Take a Guided Nature Walk on the New Trickett's Thicket
Andrews University’s Arboretum has recently groomed some new walking trails, dubbed “Trickett’s Thicket,” through the mature woods behind Garland Apartments. The trails will be formally opened and dedicated on Thursday evening, May 20, from 5:30–6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting and then take an inaugural walk with Dennis Woodland, professor of botany and chair of the Arboretum Council.
Trickett’s Thicket is dedicated to the memory of Andrews University alumni Wilson and Verda Trickett. They previously owned the property and dreamed of making it available to the campus community for the enjoyment of Michigan woodlands. In their retirement years, Wilson and Verda were beloved for their care and assistance to international students struggling to make ends meet. The Tricketts ran a food pantry, known as Project P, which continues to assist families in need today. Wilson served Andrews University in business management beginning in the 1940s. Verda was a school teacher in the Niles school system. They both passed away in 2002.
Guests to the ribbon-cutting and inaugural walk are asked to park behind Garland Apartments and follow the signs to the trail opening.