With an outdoor classroom and fun interpretive signs about animals, weather, and habitats, the East Fairhaven School Trail is a treasured resource for students and teachers to connect with nature in their own backyard. But the trail isn’t just for school use; community members are welcome to walk here outside of school hours (weekdays 8:00am to 3:00pm). The trail is particularly good for young children who are just getting started exploring the outdoors.
Spearheaded by the Fairhaven Community Trail Network, this nature trail opened in 2015 with assistance from the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s education staff and service members. The network is now working to create a second trail at nearby LeRoy L. Wood School.
The East Fairhaven School trailhead is located behind the school in the northwest corner of the property. The nature trail wanders through the woods for approximately half a mile – a perfect length for families with small children. Small boardwalks and tree stump paths across streams and wetlands make this walk extra fun for kids. (Download trail map)
The school trail ends where it intersects with another foot path through neighboring Nasketucket Woods, which is marked with a sign on a large white pine. You can continue south on this trail for another half-mile or turn back to return to the school grounds.
Habitats & Wildlife
The trail passes through a wooded wetland, over a stream, and past a grove of holly trees mixed among the oak and pine forest. During warmer months, a lush thickets of ferns lines the trail’s edges. As you walk, stop and read the interpretive signs to learn more about the many habitats that thrive here in the woods.
With a stream and vernal pools, this property is a magnet for amphibians like frogs and salamanders, which breed in these wet wooded spots in spring. Look carefully among the damp logs, rocks, and leaves to see if you can find one of these special creatures!