BUCKFIELD — Two classes from the Hebron Station School recently visited the Western Foothills Land Trust’s new Packard Hiking Trail in Buckfield with their teachers, Lydia Eusden and Sarah Otterson.

Lynn Richard from the Lake Auburn Watershed Protection Commission also was present to assist with a stream project.

Lee Dassler of the Land Trust said the large groups, which visited on October 10, broke into three rotating sub-groups. One group did some macro invertebrate sampling on a nearby stream while another measured the foundations of the Packard farmstead house and barn. A third group cleared a short trail to the Packard Cemetery from the new Packard Trail, she said.

“It was a great morning to share this newly opened spot with nearby students,” Dassler said in a statement.

The Packard Trail parking area and trailhead is located 1.2 miles south of Route 117 off Sodom Road in Buckfield.

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