New Nature Trail Opens in Ephratah Thanks to Community Partnerships

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 12 to open a new nature trail in Ephratah. The trail was the brainchild of Lyn Wood, a member of the Ephratah Planning Board. Wood previously worked at the Adirondack Center and wanted to bring a piece of the Center into town for everyone to enjoy. The trail begins at the Transfer Station on Route 29 in Ephratah and is open to all daily from dawn until dusk.

It took a great deal of work to prepare the trail for opening and many people and organizations played significant roles in the project. Wood would like to thank both the Planning and Town Boards of Ephratah for their wonderful support, Lexington’s Pathfinders Day Program for clearing brush on the trail through the woods and creating the registration box at the start of the trail, Jack Wood for walking the trail and identifying all of the trees, Ron Dygert for making all the trail signs, Chris Simonds for making and donating the road sign indicating the presence of the Nature Trail, Head of Ephratah’s Recreation Commission Al Cretser, and Crester’s son Ethan and daughter Abby for helping to lay out the trail and for erecting all the signage for the trail.

Crester has been behind this project from the very beginning and his enthusiasm and support have driven it to completion. Thanks also to Chair of the Ephratah Planning Board JudyTownsend for her enthusiasm, contributing baked goods for the opening and for landscaping beneath the road sign. Wood would also like to thank Melissa Pedro who made posters advertising the grand opening and Abby Tavolaro of Lexington’s Home and Career College Program who baked a cake for the occasion. Her choice for a nature themed decoration for the frosting was perfect. Wood had this to say about the grand opening of the nature trail, “It started out as a dream and now that it’s a reality, I can’t believe it. I am so appreciative to all who helped make the trail happen.”

Wood volunteers at Lexington’s Day Habilitation programs, teaching participants about team building and the importance of self-esteem. When the idea for the trail project was born, it seemed as though Lexington’s Pathfinders Day Program would be a perfect fit as participants in the program had worked on similar projects in the past. The members of Pathfinders were thrilled to volunteer their time and expertise to help make the trail a success. Lexington Program Participants volunteered over 10,000 hours in the community last year.