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Hazel was a well respected and loved volunteer, then a staff naturalist at the Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre in the 1970s and 1980s. At her death, in memoriam funds were directed to the Willow Beach Field Naturalists. The Ex-ecutive decided to create a simple, rustic, but functional tribute at LLOEC to honour this life-member. Thus two colour-coded directional rock indicators for LLOEC have been placed at key trial junctions. These will assist some 3,500 students and staff that attend outdoor education classes annually as well as family groups tapping into the Northumberland Land Trust website. Beige-pink granite barn foundation rocks were donated.

Subsequently, these were delivered by bobcat to the LLOEC parking lot. Then, Joe Orma of “Carved in Stone” sand-blasted three key trail names, hand painting them to match the appropriate trail markers. The biggest challenge was to move these rocks into location. Two Percheron horses, each dragging a stone-boat with a rock strapped to it were up to the difficult task and now the rocks are firmly in place at LLOEC.

Audrey E. Wilson