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Irvington HS Student Sydney Cuff Creates Tree Trail At Nature Preserve

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Sydney Cuff Photo Credit: Irvington Union Free School District

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Irvington High School freshman Sydney Cuff created a tree trail at the O’Hara Nature Center when she attached small signs to about two dozen trees in the 40- acre nature preserve. The trail starts at the nature center, follows the North South Trail and circles back to the nature center.

The 14-year-old student, who finished her volunteer project in August, consulted local arborists earlier this year to help identify the trees. She also raised $800, of which she used about $300 for the signs that include the trees’ common names, Latin names and facts about each species.

Cuff said she plans to donate the rest of the money she raised to the O’Hara Nature Center. “I can walk through the woods with my eyes closed because I know the trees so well,” she said. “I’m really connected to nature. Ever since I was little I was always outside. I feel like people should know what’s around them. I hope everyone who walks the tree trail learns more about nature.”

Irvington Schools Superintendent Kristopher Harrison said he is proud of Cuff and her accomplishments. “It’s exciting to see a student realize her passion and at the same time produce such a valuable educational resource for our community,” he said.

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