After remaining dormant for about 15 years, the Pioneer Ecological Reserve is getting much-needed attention and use this spring. The Sevastopol School District purchased the land in 1962 with a $5,000 state grant under the leadership of Carl Scholtz who was the school superintendent at the time. Second-grade teachers Katie Grooters and Brooke Tanck, along with other faculty, started trimming the overgrown trails this spring and utilizing the 71-acre reserve as an educational resource again for students and the public. Tanck credits Mike Madden who preserved and maintained the land for many years to make it an outdoor classroom. She shares some of the improvements that have been accomplished recently.
The Grand Opening celebration is being planned for this Saturday from noon until 2 pm. The public is invited to attend and hike the new and improved Pioneer Ecological Reserve which is located about one-half mile off east of Highway 57 on Dunn Road.
(photo courtesy of School District of Sevastopol facebook)