Skier passing silently through the Summerstown Forest
The winter trails are maintained and groomed by the Friends of the Summerstown Forest.
School kids and their teacher at Summerstown Forest.
Another volunteer work detail!
Without volunteers nothing gets done.
In a group or with friends or by yourself the forest offers some very special moments.
It's difficult not to enjoy yourself whether you are a snowshoer or skier.
Hot Chocolate tops off a great day.
One of the many school groups that visit the forest each winter to try snowshoeing or x-country skiing.
FOTST offers ski & snow shoe rentals on weekends and holidays.
Volunteer members come out every fall to help with clean up and trail maintenance before ski & ss season.
Forest Walk, April 2016
The focus of the walks are forest ecology and forest management led by South Nation Conservation staff. Always an excellent outing for members.
L'Héitage Students and Volunteers.
This crew has been at work cutting a new snowshoe trail. Great job!
Sometimes the groomers are on the trails 3 or 4 times a week and it takes about 5 hours to groom and track set the ski trails. Thoughtless ATVers or snowmobilers who trespass on our trails can wreck many hours of work in a few minutes.
Vic, the head of the Trails Committee for FOTST and VP of the organization.
Some Early-Season Skiers
Hot Chocolate After an Outing in Summerstown Forest
One of FOTST's most successful programs is the x-ski and snowshoe outings for elementary students from across the county. We go through gallons of hot choclate each winter.
Some First-Time Snowshoers, Summerstown Forest
FOTST operates a ski and snowshoe rental program on weekends and holidays. During the week equipment is used for school groups.
FOTST Sponsored Forest Walk
South Nation Forest Manager leads the outing and discussions on forest ecology; conservation and tree identification.
Map boards, benches and signs are taken down and hauled out every spring.
Ski Trail in Summerstown.
Snow Shoeing is as popular with visitors as x-country skiing.
A great winter day is Summerstown Forest
Family out snowshoeing in Summerstown Forest.
FOTST operates a ski and snowshoe rental program on weekends and holidays. During the week this equipment is used for school groups.
A beautifully groomed and track-set trail
Hours of work goes into getting our ski trails into such perfect condition.
Volunteer appreciation day.
The guys that groom the ski trails. They're volunteers and some of them can put in up to one hundred hours of work through the fall and winter.
NO! There it is!!
The annual May bird walk is a great outing for FOTST members. Over the years several hundred bird species have been observed in the forest and surrounding wetlands.
Ski Lessons given by a certified nordic-ski instructor at Summerstown.
Cross-country skiing is easy but with a few lessons you will be gliding across the snow.
These skis are really skinny!
Forest Walk sponsored by FOTST
Jim Hendry leads a walk and discusses such topics as forest ecology & forest management. FOTST is getting more involved in the management of the forest.
SDG Staff Outing, Feb. 2016
SDG County owns Summerstown Forest and they contract South Nation Conservation to manage the forest. Some of our ski & ss trails are on MNR lands as well.
Volunteer Appreciation Day, Jack's Pub, Williamstown
A skier out on a beautiful afternoon.