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UNI students help develop nature trails

October 4, 2012

Kathy Scholl, associate professor, UNI School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, 319-273-6316,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- University of Northern Iowa students are designing and building a natural tread trail as a part of the UNI Campus Trails Project. The project is a component of the leisure, youth and human services course, Managing Recreation Impacts on the Natural Environment.

The project was launched in 2005, and has since developed nearly five miles of natural tread trail on campus, known as the South Campus Trail. The project is now focused on developing a trail on 40 acres along the university branch of Dry Run Creek. Kathy Scholl, UNI associate professor of leisure, youth and human services, is teaching the course and envisions a campus-wide nature trail.

"There are pockets of little used green space on campus that can be enhanced to provide added educational and recreational benefits for UNI students," said Scholl. "In addition to outdoor classroom use, these areas also provide health and well-being benefits not just for UNI students, but also the local community."

Using designs from past student proposals and affiliation with the city of Cedar Falls, Scholl was able to secure $65,000 from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association to help fund the project.

For more information about the UNI Campus Trails Project, contact Scholl at 319-273-6316 or