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September 30, 2019

Joan M. Pick Nature Preserve opens to the public

On Saturday, September 7, the Joan M. Pick Nature Preserve was officially opened to the public during the Pick-Nic at Pick celebration.

The Joan M. Pick Nature Preserve stands on a moraine formed in the last Ice Age. Joan M. Pick’s father Andrew purchased the property in 1937, and “Jo” ultimately inherited the land.

Jo grew to be a woman with strong connections to the land, to art, to learning, and to the community. She lived on the farm for more than 60 years. Her philanthropic efforts and sense of humor became the qualities she was best known for when she passed away a month before her 97th birthday in 2013.

Her wish was to give CLCF the opportunity to create a refuge on this land for all living things, where people could come and enjoy the beauty of nature as she had.

Nearly 90 attendees enjoyed the trail, children’s activities and lunch during the Grand Opening. Riveredge Nature Center provided a staff member to guide insect and color discovery. On October 24, the Washington County Family Nature Club will be running a Pumpkins of Fun Night from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Joan M. Pick Nature Preserve that will include dissecting and carving pumpkins and pumpkin games. To register for that event, visit the Washington County Family Nature Club Facebook page, and click on the Pumpkins of Fun Night Event and follow the link to the RSVP.