Sullivan Pond Interpretive Trail Project

Sponsored by:

The Nature Conservancy

Project Champion:

Sunny Healey

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K through 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

4 classes

Is there an opportunity for community service:


Is there a deadline for this project:

Spring 2015

Is this a new or existing project:

Existing project

Estimated project cost:



A minimalist trail to a future bird viewing area was built by the 7th graders in 2013 and again in 2014. This trail could continue through the cottonwoods near Sullivan’s pond.


There will be a boardwalk and pathway to it but the actual structures would be very minimal (or it may be determined that a structure is not necessary). The focus here is on birds and the important connection between birds, bugs, and habitat. I envision the pathway having a series of stopping points with bird signs (similar to the visitor center).

The students could design or co-design coloring books for field trips where they could then try to find and identify birds, bugs and plants of the ecosystem. One page could be for checking off their list and adding new species they see. This will help kids understand the relationship between birds, insects, fish and the creek.

The trail would be built by the students and the coloring book could be co-designed by the students.

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