My friend Geri Simpson and I decided we needed some exercise and friend time. I like walking. She likes exercise, but during the winter it’s difficult. So, we decided to join the Complex on the Greenway (formerly known as the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex) so we could do a little bit of everything.
She is more dedicated than I am, but I am getting to enjoy exercising for the first time ever.
While I was leaving the Complex I picked up one of their brochures, “A Naturalist Course to Expand Stewardship.” It teaches participants how to read the land. Nature lovers can become certified Master Naturalists and join a regional corps of scientist by attending a 12-week course, March 12 through May 28, on Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
The Catawba Master Naturalist Program is a Clemson University Cooperative Extension initiative that teaches participants how to explore the world around them. The course also explores the culture and history of the Piedmont Region. It is based at the Greenway, which has 2,100 acres. There are 36 miles of trails, woodlands and pastures and a variety of waterways right here in our own backyard. I thought this is a marvelous opportunity. Director of Education Dr. Michelle Evans, Ph.D., is the Project Coordinator. Knowing Evans, who was patient enough to take me on a hike, will make this course the best thing you will ever learn.
For more information go to ascgreenway.org.
They also have summer camps for kids on the Greenway. They have 40 different camps with opportunities for all, even horseback riding. These camps are so great. Campers explore nature, search for bugs and can try a ropes course.
For more information on the camps, go to GreenwayCamps.org.
I am truly thankful we have the Anne Springs Close Greenway and the recreation complex in our area. It’s such an asset to this community.