Burnett Woods reopens with new 1.5-mile trail completed as part of local teen’s Eagle Scout project

Burnett Woods, an Avon-area nature preserve owned and managed by the Central Indiana Land Trust since 1998, reopens to the public on Sept. 13, giving area residents their first opportunity to enjoy the preserve’s recently completed 1.7-mile trail.

The preserve had a half-mile trail until a local Boy Scout, Stephen Schafer of Troop 358 in Zionsville, built a 1.2-mile extension as part of his Eagle Scout project. Now the site has a blue trail that’s .5 miles and a red trail that’s 1.2 miles.

On the 13th, visitors are invited to participate in the re-opening by visiting the preserve anytime between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., when staff will be on hand with maps of the property, refreshments and periodic guided hikes of the new trail, which is ideal for hikers of all ages and skill levels.

The property is open seven days a week from dawn until dusk. Parking is available at the back of the Light and Life Methodist Church, 8264 County Road 100 S, Avon.

The Central Indiana Land Trust conserves and protects natural areas that Hoosiers hold dear. For more information, visit www.conservingindiana.org.

WHAT:                  Grand reopening of Burnett Woods

WHEN:                  Saturday, Sept. 13, 9-11 a.m.

WHERE:                Burnett Woods Nature Preserve, 8264 County Road 100 S, Avon

COST:                    Free

RSVP:                    Contact Stacy at info@conservingindiana.org or 317-631-5263

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Jen Schmits Thomas, 317-441-2487, jen@jtprinc.com