Saturday, October 10, 2015 We are excited to announce that registration is open for the following events:
- 3rd ANNUAL Run For the Hill Of It 5K Trail Run/Walk Presented by Nicolet Bank on October 10, 2015 at 9 a.m.
- Little Hill Racers Kids Run Presented by KI on October 10, 2015 at 8:45 a.m.
Please go to the Trail Run/Walk page and follow instructions to register for both or either of these events. Space is limited, so register now!
These are fun and challenging events where the finish line is located at the TOP of Triangle Hill. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the Baird Creek Greenway.
Baird Creek photos, trail maps and access points can now be viewed on a NEW iPhone App thanks to Francis Eanes, grad student at UW-Madison! The new interactive GeoTools App is only available on the iphone.
Check it out at: http://maps.aqua.wisc.edu/geotools/surfer/
- Click on Green Bay Place
- Drop-down menu under TOPICS include Baird Creek trail map, areas of ecological interest, vistas, etc.
To download the application, anyone with an iPhone can:
- Click on the App Store icon on your phone’s main screen
- Go the “search” tab
- Enter “WI Geotools Explorer” into the search bar
- We’re the first “hit” that comes up. Click to download (it’s free!)
- Once it’s dowloaded, the app will appear on your phone’s screen under the name “SpatialNarratives”
Last summer Alex Kuepper completed a boardwalk project through a wet and heavily eroded trail area in the Baird Creek Parkway. The boardwalks were built as an Eagle Scout project. Alex began the project in March 2013 and finished in August of 2014. The project required approval of the Green Bay Parks Department, the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation, and the Boy Scouts of America.
Alex said that the most difficult aspect of the project was finishing within the time limits of the grants he received for building materials. Alex received grants from Lowes, Home Depot, and from family members. The boardwalks required over $1,000 of building supplies and took over 150 man-hours of labor to build. There are two boardwalks, one 20 feet long and the other 25 feet, and fencing to steer walkers away from some wet, sensitive locations.
Alex said that the thing that gave him the most satisfaction in the project was seeing the way it turned out, so beautiful and functional at the same time. Several times hikers stopped by and complimented him on the project and made donations for building materials.
If you would like to see this project as well as one built several years earlier by Eagle Scout Chris Harrelson, park at the bottom of Superior Road and hike in on the trail just south of Baird Creek. The boardwalks are about 100 yards in from the trailhead. The one built by Chris is the boardwalk furthest west, and the two by Alex are to the east.
They are both beautiful projects that help protect water quality and plant diversity, as well as enhancing the hiking experience for park users.
The Baird Creek Greenway is providing a great way for students to learn, have a little fun and enjoy the outdoors. The ongoing restoration activity within the greenway provides students with hands-on restoration experiences and first-hand exposure to citizen-based conservation. Our organization greatly benefits from a stronger direct link to local K-12 schools.
BCPF will be working with the FIELDS Program (Field Investigations, Environmental Learning, Decision-making by Students) to provide environmental education to local elementary schools. Select students from Aldo Leopold and Wequiock schools will be learning about the effect of urbanization on water quality. The students will be given in-classroom instruction on erosion and water quality issues, and then be transported to the greenway to conduct water quality sampling and analysis.
These classes will serve not only as a way to cultivate appreciation for nature, but as a reminder that conservation is necessary for future generations to enjoy the natural beauty within the city of Green Bay.
This unique opportunity was made possible through a grant from the Wisconsin DNR.
Jessie Fink and Landscape Architect Company JJR were awarded as the best project in design and planning by the for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
You can read the master plan by clicking on the links below
Baird Creek Master Plan
Chapter 1 (PDF)
Chapter 2 (PDF)
Chapter 3 (PDF)
Chapter 4 (PDF)