Austin Veile Nature Trail 

  A Destination and Passage 

Life, Vitality, Brilliance, Humor, Creativity, and Wanderlust.

"His first Grade teacher pegged his lead intelligence as a naturalist, and he was happiest out in nature.  He loved exploring the St. Clair County Greenspace Preservation.  He fished every creek and pond in the area.  He once noodled a fish out of Richland creek.  Austin had a sixth sense for reptiles; snakes, lizards, and skinks seemingly came out to greet him."  

Memorial Trail  

The Austin Veile Nature Trail is both a destination and a passage.  Austin's love of nature and the Greenspace Nature Preserve offer a guide to his remembrance and the continued use of Greenspace as the spark that inspires exploration and love of the natural environment. 

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Austin's trail represents the beginning of a new era for the Bluff Park Preserve and is a project around which additional trail development and park amenities will coalesce.  

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A bridge that is both a destination and a passage.  A suspension bridge over a Bluff Park Ravine will create an exciting destination for hikers as they explore Greenspace.  

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Elevated walkways invite pedestrians to enter and explore Austin's trail by formalizing entrances and difficult sections of trail creating accessibility for a broad range of age groups.      

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Field Stations

Spaces for Structured Learning in the Field 

Greenspace will continue to provide a place for young people to cultivate a love for the natural environment. Austin's trail will lead to the Ravine Field Station which will offer a simple place to gather and learn about the creatures of Bluff Park.  The field station can be a place of structured learning for kids or an invitation to turn over rocks and logs to discover for themselves.  


Five Lined Skink


Common Toad

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Scout Camp Reimagined

The storied girl scout camp is re-imagined by taking a cue from its past as a central point to gather, celebrate, and reflect on life outdoors.  The camp will feature a pavilion, picnic area, and camp fire ring.  

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Way finding & Field guide

A cohesive graphic branding of Austin's trail and Bluff Park Preserve will enable the trail to function as a kind of formal learning environment through interpretive signage, way finding and a Field guide.  

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