Outdoor Education Trail dedicated

By Tom Lollis

Outdoor Education TrailThe Outdoor Education Trail at Clemson’s Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence was officially dedicated on April 14.

The trail runs along the scenic 150-acre Dargan’s Pond and features a series of learning centers on the natural resources that can be found in agricultural, forest, lake, wetland and urban ecosystems.

The dedication featured wildlife displays, live animals, equipment demonstrations, children’s activities and a nature walk led by Rudy Mancke, host of SC-ETV’s Nature Scene. Support for the trail is growing among both environmental and agricultural groups, according to Jim Frederick, Clemson agronomist and trail coordinator.

“Kids can come out here and see crops growing, the nature trail with all the kiosks and learning centers and find out about wildlife and many other things,” said Anne Neely, a Sierra Club member and math/science coordinator for Florence Public School District No. 1.

David Branham, director of commodity relations for the S.C. Farm Bureau, said, “This is a great program. It complements our Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom Program.”

For information: Jim Frederick, 843-662-3526, ext. 228, jfrdrck@clemson.edu