With the ability to still get outside during the Stay Home. Stay Safe. order, our staff have been checking out nearby outdoor spaces! We've asked each of them to document their experience -- take a look below to see where we've been exploring!
Riverview Natural Area - Little Forks Conservancy
During these past few weeks, I have been trying to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors while practicing social distancing. Being stuck inside all day can really take a toll on a person and I feel like it is important to take a break every once and awhile, stretch your legs, and get some fresh air. I have visited Little Forks’ Riverview preserve a few times recently since it is close to where I live. At Riverview, I enjoy walking the trail along the river, it has a great view (hence the name). My dog loves going for walks there. She did not, however, love the bath that she got afterward since she was so muddy. Some of the trails are still pretty wet so I would recommend boots or waterproof shoes if visiting that preserve.
River Point Trail - Chippewa Nature Center
The other day, I visited the Chippewa Nature Center, which is only a few miles away from my house. I was walking across a boardwalk on the rustic River Point Trail when I spooked a herd of deer. There were quite a few deer that were not very far away from me. They must have heard or smelled me as I was coming towards them. I had no idea that the deer were there until they started to run away. It was a nice surprise, they didn’t seem too scared of me and took their time jogging away. One of my favorite parts about being in nature is getting to see wildlife. I find animals extremely interesting; I enjoy learning about them and their environments.
I have also been going on adventures in my own backyard and exploring our property. My family has lots of woods, trails, and ponds on our land. The other day it was sunny, beautiful, and got up to 60 degrees. My sister and I took advantage of the nice weather and went on nature walk out back behind our house. We could hear frogs making noises all around us as we walked. When we would come up to a pond the frogs could be seen jumping or swimming away. We spent some time catching a few and releasing them back into the water. There were also a few areas where we found large amounts of frog eggs. We did not see any tadpoles, but very soon the ponds will be filled with hundreds of them. I really have enjoyed spending some extra time outside lately. During my AmeriCorps service, I look forward to exploring all the preserves that Little Forks has to offer and getting to visit other natural areas nearby. Nature is incredible and has so much to offer; which is why we need to do our part and take care of it.
Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member