Thanks to Nicholas (Nick) Alexander, a boy scout from Troop 56 in Port Byron (seen in photo), the Hillside Children's Center Finger Lakes Campus has a beautifully renovated nature trail. The nature trail, along with a bridge, was originally built in 2001. Nick, who attends the Dana L. West High School in Port Byron, worked directly with Tom Ohl, Finger Lakes Campus School Counselor, to plan, coordinate and implement the renovations, all as part of his Eagle Project. In total, Nick and his crew of a professional carpenter and 30 volunteers, built 6 picnic tables, 6 benches, 8 birdhouses, cleared the trails, cleared a new picnic area and added wood chips, and stained the bridge to help preserve it.
“Nick, his volunteers, and Mr. Ohl have done an exceptional job bringing our nature trail back to life,” said Hillside Children's Center Director of Residential Services, Charles Weld. “With the addition of all the benches, birdhouses and picnic area, our youth now have a natural and peaceful place to go when they want to take a long walk or just sit and talk.”