461 (6/3/09)

     We have a full and fun Trail Guard summer ahead of us, and the season is off to a great start.  Thanks to all our supporters for making this possible, and for the huge vote of confidence in what we do.

     Those of you visiting the park will see the hard work our crew has put into restoring our one-mile network of trails.  All obstructions have been either removed or routed around, and the new segments of trail have been defined, and, in some short stretches, completed. 

     We have an extraordinary crew this year, working harder than ever, and getting things done.  Much of this is due to the addition to Joe Kustritz to our seasonal supervisor staff.  Joe, who is Tom and Florence Scheierl’s nephew, spent time working at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Waite Park, and has experience in both trail maintenance and supervision.   We are very lucky to have him.

     Twenty-eight kids worked and played at the park last Saturday, and made our day easy, productive, and fun, despite the temporary loss of two of our staff to a church mission trip in Nicaragua.  Thanks to these great kids for all they do, and for following our simple rules and guidelines, just as we’ve asked them to do. 

     We have our three basic rules, as listed on our website, but also an unwritten little “guideline” rule that simply says “If it’s not yours, don’t touch it.”  That means you don’t knock someone’s hat off, or grab it and run.  You don’t poke or push someone, even if it’s just for fun.  You don’t take off on someone else’s bike.  It’s very effective.

     The other weekly reminder that helps is the tattle-tail issue.  I usually don’t care for tattling, but I make a big exception here.  If there is anything going on that shouldn’t be--language, behavior, or otherwise--we want to know about it, and we want to know immediately.  For some reason, kids love to rat on each other, and opening this little door really helps keep things clean and wholesome.

     By the way, someone lost a set of keys (on a feathered dream-catcher key fob) at the Nature Park a week and a half ago.  Call me at 320-250-0464 to describe and claim.

     Have a great summer!