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Purpose of a Natural Trail

A nature trail is the basic teaching tool in outdoor education. Its purpose is to provide a controlled natural experience for visitors to enjoy, where they will be shown, by simple signs, the trees, smaller plants, geology, natural communities, the native animals that live in the area, and how these are related to people, to each other, and to other resources. The trail allows visitors to move through the natural area without disrupting the environment.

The trail objectives are:

- education - In an exciting setting the visitors can see, feel, smell and hear living examples of the natural history of their region.

- interpretation - Signs and labels help visitors to see interdependence between living things and their environment.

- conservation - The trail can show how conservation techniques and solutions to local problems.