Grace Belvo Land Lab at Miamisburg High School
Our January 15th update......(16 1/2 miles walked in the woods since the end of XC season) ”Pastor Hout feels like a wimp. He has not been on the trails for a couple of weeks due to a busy schedule and some wild weather. He feels like he is missing a lot by not seeing the beauty of the woods under a light layer of snow. We are still smiling, though, about the good adventure with the Wysocki family. Coach Wysocki and his family checked out the trails and posed for a great photo on the picture tree. Pastor Hout is still happy after hiking over 100 miles in that woods this past year. He is now working on 200 miles in the coming year. It was tough going to get even a quarter of a mile in a year ago since there were not any connecting paths. Now a hike in this historic woods can take one over a half mile path. The new outside trail is on higher ground and will be able to be used even when the lower trail is muddy (like all this spring). We say thank you, thank you, thank you to Mike and Alan McCabe for their chainsaw help in opening up the trail after a big tree went down. It has also been nice to get to know the new environmental education teacher, Ms. Erin Dunn. We wish her well and are glad to see her classes out and utilizing this wonderful work of nature.”
Behind the track and soccer stadium at the High School lies a wooded area that has been in use for a number of years. Most especially, it is the environmental education classes at Miamisburg High that utilize the area. The space and trails were dedicated in November of 1996 and named after the last owner of the woods. This is how the Grace Belvo Land Lab came into existence. We have a picture of that dedication up on our bulletin board at St. Jacob.
Over the years, the trails have become harder to locate and a number of trees have fallen over the paths. Pastor Hout and some others have begun walking in the woods and are trying to help make it more functional. Many thanks to Seth Osborne for all his efforts to get some big stumps off the trails. Working with Miamisburg teacher Mr. Joe Beringer and the environmental education classes at the High School, there are hopes and dreams that this land lab can be enjoyed by more and more people in the coming days.
Have you heard about Pastor Hout at open mike night at the Lucky Star? He has been singing about “paved paradise put in a parking lot” and adding a verse about the Grace Belvo Land Lab.
Here are the two YouTube videos we made of the trail. Can you believe this is the 20th anniversary of the dedication? Take a look at it and let us know what you think of our fall video and our winter video. We hope to add another video soon.....