Take a stroll with us if you will. Explore Neenah on foot with the High School students of teacher Tara Meinke’s class in the Arete program. We will be exploring the community with these students and seeing Neenah through their eyes in “Walking Neenah.”
It’s a place where the trail is gravel, the water is lifeless, and sun is almost non-existent. As you walk down the trail, the only thing you hear are the faint chirps of birds here and there.
It may not be the most extravagant place in the world, but if you take it for what it is you will find beauty in something. This place is located near the Bridgewood Golf Course; where golfers go to lose balls and photographers go to take pictures of nature.
When you first arrive, you enter on a path that leads you along a slow moving stream that rises and recedes like a thermometer in Wisconsin. During spring, you can see carp swimming in it that are so large, they would take an hour to reel in. Continuing on this trail will take you to a more wooded and secluded area with bodies of water on your left and right. One being the stream and the other a stagnant pond with so much algae on the surface if you ran fast enough you could possibly make it across without getting wet. If you like turtles and otters, this is your destination! Continuing on this trail will lead you away from the stream. From here you can see the first tee box. Sorry you can’t yell “Noonan” (Caddyshack) on this trail. Advancing on the trail will take you to the end of the first hole and ultimately the end of your adventure.
If you like watching golf and experiencing nature and everything it has to offer, come to the slough near Bridgewood and witness things that a lot of the community has yet to see and experience.
– Walking Neenah Article by Student Ben Makowski