Trail building introduces students to sustainable trail design, construction, and maintenance, as well as safety practices for working with trail building tools. Throughout the term the trail building crew will construct sections of the Pine Hill trail system and a low-challenge course element. Trail building develops an individual's work ethic, increases strength and endurance, and supports leadership skills as participants learn to work, communicate, and play as a team. This choice will be limited to between 8 and 10 students.
Jill Craig returned to the northeast in 2015 after living in Arizona for more than a decade where she was Education Director for the Highlands Center for Natural History, a community center devoted to sharing the power of nature-based education with people of all ages. Ms. Craig has spent time in some of the most beautiful parts of the country backpacking and leading teenage crews in doing trail and conservation work for the Student Conservation Association. Her classroom experience comes from teaching fifth through eighth grades at a small charter school. Ms. Craig's passions lie in doing anything outdoors, going on adventures with her family and finding creative outlets. She and her husband live in Conway with their twins and two grateful rescue dogs.