Nature Education Pavilion

This handsome pavilion is the first major project at Rhinoceros Creek Reservation. It will become 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.

Like all worthy projects, the pavilion has a behind-the-scenes story. Our story begins on a snowy winter day.

In December, 2017, we wrote a grant to fund the pavilion. The waiting was hard, but when spring finally arrived, we learned we had indeed received one of the NYS grants administered through the Land Trust Alliance. We wasted no time in ordering the pavilion and rounding up our dedicated volunteers to get the project started. Follow the progress of the pavilion project in the photos below.

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.

It's not too late to help!

The generosity of our Somers neighbors has made the Rhinoceros Creek education pavilion possible. You can still help to contribute to a stone patio and native landscaping. Thanks to the following for their donations to the pavilion project!

Most grants require matches of time and money. Your generous donations and volunteer hours help us meet our grant match.

Jan & Bob Antonucci

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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