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

stone patio.

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

wet areas. 

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

Deborah Behler

Wayne & Karen Eadie

George Gatta &                             Elizabeth Simpson

Ed Hicks/Orienteering               Unlimited, Inc.

Heritage Hills Hikers

The Jantos Family

The Louras Family

Claire L. McLean

Eric Morrissey

Mattie Perelman

The Peters Family

The Russ Family

Gail & Dan Simpson

Jane Smalley

Somers Democratic Town         Committee

Somers Lions Club

Somers Women's Club

Michael Summo

Angela Velardo

The Whipple Family

Lorin Woolfe

Ruth M. Woolfe in honor of

    Lorin Woolfe

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The Somers Land Trust is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit all volunteer organization committed to preserving open space in the town of Somers, NY. We work to protect the natural landscape  of our community through stewardship, advocacy and education.

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