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Take A Hike: The Art of Trail Markers

Somehow, while we weren't looking, Memorial Day weekend came and went. We are looking forward to the long, wonderful days of summer filled with events and activities. As your summertime calendar fills, it's important to remember to slow down and take some time for yourself. A nice, quiet walk through the woods can be just the ticket. 

If you're hiking a COL preserve, you might notice a new, easy-to-read system of trail markers along your path. These new markers use signs and symbols to help hikers find their way along the trail and to better understand the area. The trail marker signs identify points of interest along the trail, warn of unusual trail conditions, and educate hikers about interesting natural features found nearby. Most important, they act as guides, providing destinations and distances along the route.

Pulling together a trail marker system like these is no easy feat. It takes months of volunteer hours to develop, design, and install the markers along the trails. Thankfully, our dedicated stewardship volunteers were on the job. A special thank you to COL Stewardship Committee member Pat Fisher, who developed the standards for the uniform trail marking system found on our COL trails, and soon to be installed in other preserves in and around Harbor Country. We want everyone to enjoy all the great trails in the area, and having a consistent trail marking system helps make your hike easy and informative.


Check out the trail markers already installed at Robinson Woods Preserve and Jens Jensen Preserve! Want to help install trail markers in Turtle Creek Preserve? Join us there for our next Stewardship Day on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 am- 12:00 pm.

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Interested in learning about the process of making an entire new trail? Join us for the dedication of one of our newest nature preserves, the Chris Thompson Memorial Preserve on Sunday, June 9 at 2:00 pm. COL will lead guided walks through the preserve, and talk about our plans our plans to build trails and to do a prairie restoration. Find out more about the dedication here.