As an Eagle Scout project, Moody High senior Kyle Parker is creating a nature trail for the high school’s outdoor classroom.
Parker said Moody High School has had four eagle scouts just in the past two years, and poised to have two more within the year.
“I really want to make a difference at our school,” Parker said. “I thought I could with this project. I thought it was a shame with us having all this nice land, and not doing anything with it.
“I wanted to be able to come outside and learn hands-on. I think a nature trail is awesome where we can explore the different plants and trees. See all the animals and stuff like that. Just a relaxing place to get away.”
Parker said the area around the outdoor classroom was “just a mess” with weeds.
“It had the potential if someone would just put the time and effort into it,” he said. “We have worked on it three different times.
“The first day, we cleaned it all up. The second day, we installed a bridge and started on the nature trail, using landscaping timbers.”
Parker said the bridge was actually created by he and his grandfather, Kevin Parker.
At one point the nature trail, loops back around —a long loop, and a short loop “to make it interesting,” Parker said.
“There is a fork in the trail,” he said. “You take a right, and that’s the end of the trail. You take a left, and it’s a little bit longer.
“Basically, as you walk the trail you can observe the different trees and plants. We’ve also seen turkeys, squirrels and rabbits, just to name a few. There is a lot of wildlife out here.”
Parker said there is one area of the trail that he really enjoys. It is a circle with trees in the middle of it.
“You could actually bring an entire classroom out here in that area,” Parker said. “There is so much room. Then, when you’re done, just file out and you are at the end of the trail.”
Parker said Lowe’s and National Tree Service donated several items for the work.
“We are extremely thankful for their help,” he said.