On Saturday, March 3rd, 8 members of the SUNY ESF’s chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB) implemented a geospatial engineering trails project at a nature park in Marietta, NY, called Amberations. Amberations has 50 acres of parkland with steams, hiking trails, a barn, barn animals, and various gardens accessible with ADA compliance such as wheelchair friendly paths. Amberations is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and nurture human mental health by providing visitors interaction with the natural environment.

Amberations Barn - photo from Amberations.

Our EWB student members encountered unseasonably warm winter weather during this Amberations visit, which made marking and mapping the main trails an easier task. With the help of a Trimble GPS, we were able to map the main trails and contribute to the creation of an accurate trail map that provides users with location and train distances. The EWB team made trail markers from tin lids and glow in the dark stars that can now be found on trees throughout the main trails.

Amberations Trail Map - Illustrated by Amberations, not surveyed.

Now the system needs testing! So take a hike at Amberations and visit its many points of interest along the trails, including the barn at the trail head. If you would like to learn more about Amberations you can visit their website at http://www.amberations.org/ . You can also come and enjoy SUNY ESF’s Engineers without Borders Third Annual Hike for Honduras, Part Two for Peru held this year at Amberations on April 15th to help kick off Earth Week.

Animals at the trail head - Amberations photo.