PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - An effort to bring students to the outdoors in Pass Christian had its first trial run Wednesday morning.
Fourth graders from Coast Episcopal enjoyed a morning stroll through a freshly cut nature trail in the Henderson Point area.
"It's just beautiful, it's beautiful," said Coast Episcopal K-6 principal, Kelly Duffy. "I don't think we spend enough time outside, so I think it's a great place to come. The kids are so engaged."
The students actually had a hand in fundraising to make the trail possible. They sold artwork, and even created a few pieces of art for the trail itself. In fact, it was their fundraiser that got the project going.
The school called the executive director of the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Judy Steckler, and something sparked.
"So this became an idea to develop where children could go outdoors, they could have fun, their imaginations could just go wild," said Steckler.
According to Steckler, several organizations came together to design and turn the 7-acre property into an enchanted trail. Those who made it happen say it's important to make sure children learn about the world around them at an early age.
"The more places that we have right near neighborhoods, it's good not only for the animals and the habitat, but also for the kids because they can get to it on their bicycles," said architect Allison Anderson who helped design and construct the trail. "They can get to it with their grandparents. They can show them something that's really special."
The trail is right off of Fort Henry Street in the Henderson Point area of Pass Christian and is open to the public.