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Fern Tor

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Potential Future Pursuits

Future plans for Fern Tor’s very own outdoor classroom are in the works; with the goal of providing both Environmental Science students and Marist personnel with an immersive space within nature to enable and encourage students to utilize new resources in their own creative ways. Through the addition of a modernized yet sustainable “home base” classroom environment directly on site, such a space would also significantly heighten the quality and appeal of on-campus field-based Environmental Science courses, expand on and inspire potential personal student projects regarding data collection and exploration of Fern Tor, and serve as another classroom atmosphere to improve focus and connectivity between students and their environment. 

Marist is interested in reconnecting with and learning more about Fern Tor’s Indigenous roots and connections, as the land lies on what was previously Wappinger Indigenous land. Further investigation needs to be done to look into the historical significance by contacting and maintaining connections with local Indigenous tribes that represent the Wappinger people. 

In order to protect Fern Tor and keep the grounds enjoyable for everyone, some rules to abide by are listed below! Being respectful of other visitors and the ecosystem Marist works so hard to maintain is imperative to the longevity of our great natural resource right on campus.

Please enjoy and protect the Tor!

  1. Pack it in, Pack it out - Take all belongings and trash with you
  2. Take only pictures, leave only footprints - No plants (including trees, animals, soil, or rocks should be harmed, defaced, or removed
  3. Fires are prohibited - This includes campfires and barbecues
  4. Be respectful of other visitors - Everyone shares the right to a clean, quiet natural setting, during and after your visit
  5. Stay on the trails for your safety and for the protection of the ecosystem - Tick exposure is more likely off the trails
  6. Only foot traffic is permitted - To prevent soil compaction and erosion, bicycles and motor vehicles are prohibited (except for official uses)
  7. Dogs must be short-leashed at all times, and all waste picked up
  8. Cats and other pets may not be released into the preserve