On Tuesday, May 7, Branford Shoreline Greenway Team members Chet Blomquist, Leo Cristofar, and Judy Miller led Mary T. Murphy 3rd graders on the Tabor and Pine Orchard Birch Road sections of Branford’s Shoreline Greenway Trail. On this beautiful sunny spring day the students were full of high spirits, enthusiastic about everything they saw, and eager to learn about the importance of the Greenway Trail to biking and walking in a natural setting and to linking important sites in Branford. Students enjoyed Chet’s Pond, where we spotted turtles and heard many bird calls. Chet Blomquist pointed out that Tabor links the Branford Trail with the Greenway Trail and is abutted by Land Trust property, making it an important central natural resource. As we walked over the Pine Orchard Birch Road section, leaders pointed out the Outdoor Classroom, which a Boy Scout will soon renovate as his Eagle Scout project, and the Community Garden, which provides fresh vegetables to the Community Dining Room throughout the summer. Here we discussed the importance e of volunteers to the health of our community.
It was a pleasure to see how eager the students were to take plastic bags to clean up litter along the way. They had brought their lunches in cotton backpacks, with everything recyclable. And they were going to write journal entries about what they learned in this day of environmental exploration, which also included a Land Trust walk, a visit to the Supply Pond, clean up on the Town Green, and a visit to Zane’s to learn about wind energy. The Greenway Team was proud and happy to be a part of their wonderful learning experience.