Gateway Tech adds nature trail to college’s sustainable living center
Dana Johnson works with children from Every Child’s Place as they dig in the earth at Gateway Technical College’s new Nature Discovery Trail Tuesday.
By: James Lawson Kenosha News
Nestled behind a conference center and expansive parking lot is one of the most peaceful, yet educationally interesting areas on the Gateway Technical College Kenosha campus.
There, one can see goldfinches nesting, hawks, a peregrine falcon and maybe even hear an owl hoot. Meanwhile, a few feet away, one can learn about burr oak and white pine trees. At another station about 10 yards away, one can watch children catch butterflies and learn about insects.
Welcome to Gateway’s Nature Discovery Trail, a winding pathway that is the newest feature of the college’s ever-evolving five-acre Center for Sustainable Living complex on the campus at 3520 30th Ave. Gateway introduced the trail Tuesday during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The trail is a part of a program designed to help visitors learn how to save energy and appreciate nature.
The Gateway Technical College Foundation purchased the land six years ago and has worked on adding pieces to the complex over the past four years. The trail and the educational component are funded through endowments by Joseph Jr. and Kathy Madrigrano and the Kloss Foundation.