That’s a wrap folks

friends Intern, Pumpkinvine News

I’ve spent the last two weeks of my internship frantically trying to wrap up my different projects (with this blog post being the last of them).  I finished up my management plan which clocked in at 27 pages, made a new home page for the website (check it out at pumpkinvine.org)  emailed approximately 5 billion people, and got bit by …

Two weeks left?

friends Intern, Pumpkinvine News

The summer is wrapping up as GCS begins the 2018-19 school year on Wednesday, and with it so wraps up my summer internship. There are only two weeks left and yet it feels like there is so much left to do! I still have to make significant edits to my long term management plan before submitting it to the different …

Bontrager Family Foundation invests in completion of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

The Bontrager Family Foundation has awarded the Friends of the Pumpkinvine a $25,000 matching grant toward the cost of construction of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 20 and County Road 35. In other words, the Family Foundation will match other trail-development donations – dollar for dollar – up to a total of $25,000. “Via this grant, the Bontrager …

Reflections on the 2018 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride

timdrescher Pumpkinvine Bike Ride

  The 2018 Pumpkinvine Bike Ride was a success, according to the feedback we received from 300 participants. Over 1,000 riders signed up and 856 showed up for the ride. The weather forecast for morning rain, which we had for about an hour, wasn’t enough to deter most riders. The afternoon warmed up, but it was not as hot as …

Eppley Study compares Pumpkinvine to other Indiana trails

awag126 Pumpkinvine News

Last summer the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University’s School of Public Health conducted a survey on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail to collect data on trail usage, health factors relating to trail usage and the economic impact the trail has on surrounding communities. The Pumpkinvine was one of eight trail systems in Indiana that participated in …

Trail construction on CR 33 to CR 20 is underway

jdyoder Pumpkinvine News

The long awaited, much anticipated construction that will close the gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail between County Road 20 and County Road 33 has started. All the permits from the relevant environmental agencies have been obtained and the contract for construction has been signed with the Pulver Asphalt Paving Inc., Albion, Ind., the same company that built the last …

New location, new supporters

jdyoder From the President

On April 24, 2018, the Friends of the Pumpkinvine held our annual dinner in Elkhart for the first time. Our previous 16 dinners had been in the Pumpkinvine towns of Goshen, Middlebury or Shipshewana, and although we have many supporters in Elkhart, we weren’t sure if people from the three main towns identified with the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail would travel …

Modern Naturalists

Brittany Short Naturalist's Corner

This issue’s naturalist corner centers around a photo of me working along the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail in late June. In the photo, I am using my cellphone in way you might interpret as disinterest in the nature surrounding me. Typical 20-something, right? A common narrative these days is that teenagers and young adults only care about electronic devices to the …