Guilford College has received an extraordinary gift, through a barter arrangement, from the Greensboro Fat Tire Society. On Saturday, Dec. 10, the members of this society were instructed in our Leak Room on how to build a sustainable woods trail, and used our woods as their laboratory. We now have a well-designed, sustainable trail about two-thirds of the way built to the “Underground Railroad Tree.” It will hopefully be completed in January.
Thanks to a $15,000 grant received from the Tannenbaum-Sternberger Foundation last March, there had been a plan in place to create an online curriculum and onsite program for field trips related to the Underground Railroad. It was a stroke of great luck when the society’s need for a place to learn about sustainable trail building and a lab for building such a trail coincided with our need to have one to make our field trips in the woods better and safer.
The 2016 Senior Gift was designated to be part of the Underground Railroad Project as well, and the gift of a trail means more of the Senior Class money can be spent on enhancements rather than only the basic physical trail.
The grant team working on the project is very excited about having a nearly completed trail and will soon be moving forward on designing the curriculum.