Families Are Invited to Walk the Jackson Trails at  Flowing Wells Campus

We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to parents and students as part of our ongoing commitment to creating value for our families during the challenging shelter-at-home situation. In partnership with our neighbors on Flowing Wells Road, Jim and Ruthie Jatho, our team has worked to create this opportunity to help support your child’s and your family’s health, engagement, and well-being.

The Jackson Bridge and Trails at our Flowing Wells Campus (1337 Flowing Wells Road) are now open for all EDS families to enjoy from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We have marked a one-way trail loop in the woods that is about a 0.7 mile route starting from the Inquiry Studio. It is a well-maintained and easy to walk trail. If it has rained recently, just be conscientious about your footwear.

In order to be able to do this and to maintain everyone’s safety (and sense of safety), it is imperative that we adhere to the following protocols:

You may sign up for a start time in ten minute increments here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA9AD29AAFD0-edswalking Making sure you arrive at your appointed time will help ensure appropriate distancing– which in an outdoor exercise context is minimum 15 feet for walkers and 30 feet for runners.

Please sign up to use the trails no later than one hour before the start of your hike time.  For everyone’s safety, we will be monitoring the sign up sheet and will close the gate and cancel the monitor if nobody is signed up within 60 minutes of a time slot.

Your time is for your family only. Please do not use this time for playdates, socializing with friends, and other opportunities that may run counter to distancing guidelines.

Enjoy the trail for as leisurely or brisk a walk or run as you’d like. Just be mindful of social distancing. The trail is narrow, so it will require patience and cooperation if you need to pass another family.

Please stay only on the well-marked trail and always travel in the counterclockwise direction (the signs will be clear).

Take pictures, take deep breaths, take your time, but do not take anything else (flowers, rocks, etc.) from the property. Much of the trail is not on EDS property but on a preserve, owned by the Jathos, that is generously being shared with us.

Morris Field, the Inquiry Studio, and the Field House will be closed. At present, only the trail is open.  There will be no restrooms, so plan accordingly.

The trail is easily visible from the front of the Inquiry Studio. It is best if you can park in the paved parking lot (the front gate will be open and, most likely, someone will be checking names against the signup sheet). If you are concerned about the distance to the trailhead, there is limited parking at the Inquiry Studio.

While jogging strollers or wagons are permissible on the trails, we ask that pets, bicycles, scooters, and anything motorized remain at home.

Dr. Ned R. Murray

Head of School

EDS Faculty since 2003; 20 years prior experience
B.A., The University of the South, Sewanee
M.Ed., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
D.Min.EL, Virginia Theology Seminary

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