The trail will start at the Yurt - now painted yellow. A roof and floor repair are in the works. Inside the yurt, traditional Native American stories and laws of the stars will be explained in displays. As you leave the yurt (which represents the Sun,) you will hike a distance to a sculpture of Mercury. You can read the sign post for information about Mercury and consult your activity guide for some simple demonstrations. Leaving Mercury, you'll travel the relative distance to Venus, then Earth, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, and beyond!
The Educational Wharf will be open to recreational boaters, hikers, and campers. It will also be able to host river sampling for lessons in water chemistry, ecology, invertebrates, and more. A demonstration water turbine will be available to show the conversion of energy from the current of the river into electrical energy.
Students can take their samples to a newly renovate Lloidl Chemistry Lab to analyze the pH, oxygen content, phosphate levels and more. Additionally, the lab will be utilized to assist workshop participants in making salves and other biologically-derived products.
Thanks the the Brushy Fork Flex-E Arc grant, ASPI will be completing all of these projects at the Rockcastle River Site this summer and fall! Veggies and Volunteers Day on July 26th will be our big Kick-Off to these projects. Bring your family, friends, a water bottle, and a sandwich - we'll provide the veggi
Suzi Van Etten