June 9th at the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve was a day for education, recreation, and celebration as more than 200 visitors participated in walks, talks, games, geocaching, and expressing appreciation to those who made it all possible.
Following acquisition of the property in June, 2016, the event was two years in the making. New trails have been marked and boardwalks have been installed. Signage has been put up to recognize and thank the major donors. Interpretive panels describe the site’s history, flora, and fauna. A new split rail fence marks the west edge of the property. The 18th century Barrows House has a new coat of paint and is enhanced with historically-appropriate plantings. Years of untamed growth have been removed to reveal an expansive lawn dubbed The Glen. More overgrowth has been removed to reveal hardy perennials not tended for decades in Deborah’s Garden.
Visitors participated in various guided walks–viewing vernal pools, wetlands, fields, forests, gardens, and foundations of farm outbuildings. Children petted a visiting herd of alpacas and went on a nature scavenger hunt. Local residents interested in the history of the site could hear a historical narrative by Bill Lewis and then view the evidence with their own eyes. Geocachers sought their own treasures. And those with energy to burn could circle the trails in either low or high gear.
The weather could not have been better–showing the preserve in a perfect light.
Read more about this event in an article published in The Sun Chronicle.