PROJECTS AT CRANE-BESHAR
RHINOCEROS CREEK RESERVATION
Nature Education Pavilion
This handsome pavilion is the first major project at Rhinoceros Creek Reservation. It is the heart of Somers' newest green space – a place to meet, to gather for educational programs, to read, draw, dream and let the stress of your day fade away.
Taking advantage of a mild winter, we have enhanced the pavilion surroundings. A&V Home Improvements graded the area, placed an array of boulders, and built a beautiful natural
When the weather is right, we will call for volunteers to plant native species of trees, shrubs and perennials. Not only will those plantings offer beauty to the human gaze, but importantly, they will provide pollen to native species that are under duress.
Like all projects, the pavilion has a behind-the-scenes story. Our story begins on a snowy day in December, 2017, when Gail and Jan wrote a grant application. Spring brought the exciting news that we had won the NYS grant administered through the Land Trust Alliance. We wasted no time in ordering the pavilion and rounding up our dedicated volunteers to start the project. Highlights of the project are in photos below.
The Green Loop Trail
It's a gem in the rough with some tricky ups and downs, but if you are adventurous, with good waterproof boots and a sturdy hiking stick, you can navigate this beautiful loop. The diversity of habitat and views at the top make it worth the effort.
The start is straight uphill at the point where the entrance drive turns left (green arrow on map below). Green paint blazes mark the way. This spring and summer, the green trail will get several rounds of
grooming to smooth
out stumps and
roots and we will
add bridges and
planking in the
Thanks to the following for their contributions to the pavilion project!
Most grants require matches of time and money. Your generous donations and volunteer hours help us meet our grant match.
Volunteers who gave their time and muscle to build the pavilion include: Jan Antonucci, Michael Barnhart, John Engel & John Engel Jr., Donald Gambino, George Gatta, David George, Barry & Michael Graziano, Doug Lee, Geoff Line, Mike Lubchenko, Ron Miller, Rick Morrissey, Tom Newman, Frank Petruzzi, Gail & Dan Simpson, Rosey Van Wart, Lorin Woolfe.
Are we missing someone? Please let us know. Photographs courtesy of Jan Antonucci, Donald Gambino, Lauretta Jones, Dan Simpson, and Gail Simpson.
Jan & Bob Antonucci
A & V Home Improvements
Wayne & Karen Eadie
George Gatta & Elizabeth Simpson
Ed Hicks/Orienteering Unlimited, Inc.
Heritage Hills Hikers
The Jantos Family
The Louras Family
Claire L. McLean
The Peters Family
The Russ Family
Gail & Dan Simpson
Somers Democratic Town Committee
Somers Lions Club
Somers Women's Club
The Whipple Family
Ruth M. Woolfe in honor of