As a person who lives in, visits, or simply enjoys Essex, you will want to be included on the list of donors whose generosity created the Essex Quarry Nature Park.
Champlain Area Trails is asking you to make a donation to permanently protect this fabulous 35-acre property, located on Main Street, just ½ mile south of the ferry. You will invest in a great community project and support developing interpretive trails that explain the property’s unique natural, geological, and historical features; plus amazing fossils!
Your donation will create a lasting legacy at Essex Quarry for you and your family. Here’s how: Those individuals and families who donate $1,000 and above will be honored on a permanent plaque placed at the trailhead with a special highlight for those who give $5,000 and above. Donors at other levels will be noted at the registration kiosk. Thus, all donors will be forever engrained in Essex history.
You will ensure public access to Essex Quarry for families and friends to hike, ski, and learn about nature and Essex history. As a nature park, it will bring visitors to Essex and nearby communities where they will patronize local businesses and help the local economy. To learn more about the Essex Quarry project and see pretty pictures, click here.
To make your gift or for more information, please click here, send a check to CATS, PO Box 193, Westport, NY 12993, or call our office at 518-962-2287.
For those interested in naming opportunities, Essex Quarry provides a number of options including trails, benches, and even the name of park; please contact our office for details.
As a final note, picture this: As people get off the ferry from Vermont, they see a sign directing them to “Essex Quarry Nature Park.” They walk or drive for a half-mile up Main Street through the town’s business district and by historic homes to hike on the Essex Quarry trails where they have fun, meet a few local residents getting some exercise on their in-town trail, and learn about natural communities and geology, are amazed by fascinating fossils, and find out how people quarried stones, shaped them, and moved them to locations near and far. Leaving the quarry, they go back through town, stop in stores, get food and drinks in local eateries, maybe spend the night in nearby lodging, and explore more of the Valley the next day.
Your donation will make this picture real.