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Nature trail serves as an outdoor classroom

by dsitler

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler
 

The Swallow Hollow Nature Trail, located on Knowlesville Road inside Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is a fun, little adventure for nature lovers. The 1.3 mile trail is a virtual biology field trip offering an incredible variety of wildlife and natural environments. This is not only an enjoyable trail for some exercise, but has many opportunities to learn about animals and trees that inhabit the refuge.

 

 

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler

The trails education mission recently took another step with the addition of an Audio Tour which enhances the visitor's experience. There are several audio tour signs along the way that help you get facts or answers about certain aspects of the trail. Each audio session is about  minute-long and provides interesting information about where you are standing. A combination of the audio and visual is a strong learning tool. On a recent visit, this blogger learned that you walk through three different habitats along the trail: forested wetlands, upland hardwood forest and the emerging marsh. In addition to the audio tour, the trail features many educational signs that shed insight on the nature that surrounds you.

 

 

Another great bonus is that the Swallow Hollow Nature Trail is wheelchair accessible, with one half of the trail located on a boardwalk, and another half of the trail smooth cinder walkway. If you still have a thirst for knowledge after your nature walk, go over to the nearby Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Interpretative Center for some fun learning opportunities.

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©Doug Sitler