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Fournier Interpretive Trail

In 2022 the Forest & Trails Committee received a grant from the Conway Cultural Council to develop an educational interpretive trail on the Fournier property behind the Conway Grammar School (CGS). We engaged the CGS 6th grade class of 2022-2023 in this service-learning project. Their goals were to use the town property as an outdoor classroom, and to expand public knowledge by identifying trees, shrubs, plants, geological, natural, and historical features.

During the school year, the students identified and created 19 different signs. They chose topics of interest to them, researched, and wrote about each, then placed the signs along the trail. These signs mark a specific feature and have a QR code that links to the town website where you can read the students’ research reports.

As the students explored the property during different seasons, they got to know the land and experience learning about the features outdoors. They also used technology to research and write for a specific purpose. This trail fosters educational opportunities for the general public as well as Conway Grammar School students today, and ideally for years to come. The students took great pride in creating this project. Sadly, some of the signs have been vandalized. Our hope is that the community will respect their efforts and protect the trail for future students to learn and build upon. We invite everyone to come see the trail and learn about this wonderful land we call home.