Hiking trail honors science teacher

Jane BeathardA new hiking trail, named for a beloved West Jefferson science teacher, opened June 2 at the Big Darby Headwaters Nature Preserve in Logan County.

The Gary J. Jainshig Trail leads visitors on a 2.5-mile trek through the 900-acre preserve and provides a panoramic view of The (Ohio) Nature Conservancy's recently completed restoration of Big Darby Creek's headwaters.

A generous donation from Jainshig, who taught science in Jefferson Local Schools in Madison County for 32 years, made construction of the trail possible. His approach provided students with hands-on learning opportunities as part of their school day. After school, Jainshig was a Boy Scout leader and ski club advisor. He died in 2009 at age 78.

In keeping with Jainshig's commitment to education, the new trail includes a series of interpretive signs to help visitors understand the work that went into restoring this area of the Big Darby.

That work, completed earlier this year, reversed "channelizing" of more than a mile where the creek becomes a permanent stream. Channelizing means the stream had been straightened and dredged to speed water flow and improve drainage from nearby farms and roads.

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