Grace Belvo Land Lab at Miamisburg High School
Our September 18th update......”We had some good rain but the trails are dry and in great shape again. Pastor Hout says he is closing in on 100 miles hiked in that woods!!! Can you believe we now have a new outside trail? This is on higher ground and will be able to be used even when the lower trail is muddy. That will give us two quarter mile loops and a person can now walk a half mile in the woods without going over the same spot. Many thanks go 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 meet the new environmental education teacher, Ms. Erin Dunn. We wish her well and are glad to see her classes already 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. We are happy to announce that a trail can now be followed all the way from the sign to the back of the baseball backstop!!!
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 a spring video soon (before the honeysuckles start growing).....