Rec. department to open nature trail

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The Person County Recreation, Arts and Parks Department is adding a new nature trail, which will be focused on environmental education. It is located at The Rock Athletic Complex.

John Hill, Director of the Recreation, Arts and Parks Department, who has planned to create the trail since the county purchased the complex, says the trail will offer residents something different.

“This will be a great addition offering visitors something to do along with the athletic opportunities already available,” Hill said.

A grand opening celebration for the Rock Nature Trail will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 23, at the facility, at 215 Wesleyan Road, Roxboro. Attendees can experience nature, while learning about the environment from educational placards featuring information on soils, forestry, water quality, and wildlife.

The Rock Nature Trail is a community project, led by Nancy McCormick, manager of the Person Soil & Water Conservation District. The project fulfills one of the certification requirements for McCormick to become the first certified environmental educator in Person County.

Roxboro Community School was an instrumental partner in the project, working many hours creating the trail. In addition, the RCS Environmental Club provided research and designs for the educational markers on display. Other partners involved were the Person County GIS Department, and George Brown, County Ranger of the NC Forest Service.

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