A dozen teenage students with Elida's Junior Optimist Club came out to Elida's Environmental Education Preserve on Sunday, to lay down mulch along the trails. Nathan Cellar used to visit the woods when he was younger, and loves the idea of allowing others to have the same experience he did with the nature preserve.
Over time, the paths have become covered with fallen branches, and weeds have begun to creep inward. Clearing the walking paths and spreading mulch not only improves the appearance of the area, it makes it a safer place for everyone.
Serving as an advisor for the group, Debra Thomas admires the work ethic and willingness the students have, taking on a project of this size.
At the end of the day, members covered portions of two of the paths with mulch, and hope to complete the remaining paths on a later date. Thomas says the group of teens have decided to take the project on all year, and hope to find themselves back in the wooded nature preserve come this winter.