Friends of Hidden Valley

The mission of the Friends of Hidden Valley is to provide support to the Lawrence Hidden Valley Committee, Inc., in programs, development, maintenance and goals that promote and benefit Hidden Valley Camp.
Friends of Hidden Valley, Inc., P.O. Box 442073, Lawrence, KS 66044 December 2007

Give Me Shelter: Summer Campers Learn Survival Skills
This summer campers learned the difference between the native rough-leaved dogwood tree and the extremely invasive Japanese honeysuckle shrub that has invaded the understory of our woods at Hidden Valley and elsewhere. Each camp unit then spent the week building their own "emergency survival shelter" using downed wood and as much honeysuckle as they wanted to cut. The variety of shelters were truly amazing...and strong. Several shelters were allowed to stay standing over summer, and were still quite sturdy when dismantled during our last workday! -Durand Reiber

Habitat Diversity Packets: Tree Trek, Stream Walk, & Wetland Wonders
Hidden Valley has a rugged topography including streams and creeks, forested hillsides, a restored prairie and wetland. Discovery Packets, including a Tree Trek, a Stream Walk and Wetland Wonders, were introduced at Day Camp 2007. Campers used dip nets and sorting trays to identify macro-invertebrates, including damselfly and dragonfly nymphs at the Wetlands; followed camp trails on a Tree Trek, comparing distinctive bark features on 21 different tree species; and, armed with clipboards, colored pens and pencils, recorded first impressions of the new Stream Walk trail which descends from Evelyn’s Attic to Bishop Glen campsite. -Bob Russell

Annual Membership Meeting Highlights the New Stream Trail
As members and guests arrived for the September 20, 2007, Friends of Hidden Valley Annual Meeting at Hidden Valley Camp, they received a close-up look of the new stream trail developed as part of a series of Habitat Discovery Packets being developed by Friends. Guests were led alongside, across, and sometimes in the small creek by Robert Russell and Margaret Townsend, who pointed out the limestone outcroppings, shale, fossils and glacial rock. In the spring, the trail is exploding with colorful varieties of fungi. Down at the cabin, guests visited while browsing through the photo albums created from the 50th Anniversary events. After a dinner of Quizno’s party trays, Friends Chair Durand Reiber presented the Annual Report and the following highlights of the year. We experienced the largest membership increase since our inception. (THANK YOU members!) The fundraising committee reported that $17,000 has been raised thus far for the DCCF Endowment Fund for the preservation of the camp. Membership Renewals
Membership solicitations were mailed in October. We hope the response increases our membership numbers. Current members received renewal letters and response cards at the end of November. Along with busy schedules during the holidays, please take time to renew your membership for 2008.

Thank you for being a Friend to Hidden Valley

(Continued on page 2)

Mary Beth Petr, Recipient of the Honor Bench Award
The "Hidden Valley Honored Friends" bench was placed in the Butterfly Garden in 2003. Its purpose is to honor volunteers who have made significant donations of time and talents to Hidden Valley Camp. The first honoree was Durand Reiber. Ellyn Owen was our second honoree in 2005 and this fall MaryBeth Petr was elected. Mary Beth has given many years of hard labor to the camp, worked at day camp, and spent many months diligently working with the city and the sewer line contractor to make sure the best interests of the camp were being considered. She made sure another water line was laid for installation of a much needed pump. She also chaired a committee during this time to investigate the possibility of a new shelter near the water pump. She’s done an awesome job! Mary Beth is definitely an Honored Friend of Hidden Valley and we are grateful for her dedication to the camp.

(Annual Meeting, Continued from page 1) Volunteers logged more than 700 hours of service to the camp and worked hard at restoring vegetation in the Lonesome Pine area destroyed by the city sewer project last winter, and clearing the under story of a densely wooded area to make room for a new recreational zone. Friends also provided funds for renovating the 3-hole outhouse, a used Johnny for the lower meadow, and contributed $600 toward Discovery Packet development. Robert Russell, Volunteers and Events Coordinator, entertained us all with a wonderful assortment of thank you gifts for our many outstanding volunteers of the year, and Karen Warner announced the 2007 Friend of Hidden Valley Honor Bench recipient.. The Annual Members Meeting closed with a vote of approval for the slate of nominees. We wish to welcome Jill Baringer and Jackie Bogner, joining returning members Jill Giele and David Reber to our Board of Directors. We look forward to another exciting year of providing support for Hidden Valley Camp. We also say goodbye to board members Robert Russell and Karen Warner. Bob has served two 3-year terms, serving as Chair and the Volunteers and Events Committee Coordinator. We owe him much for his creative ideas and the energy to accomplish them, from the wetland to the Discovery Packets and so much more. His enthusiasm has been inspirational! Karen has served not only on the LHVC board, but helped brainstorm this emerging organization over 10 years ago, helping to make it an efficient reality as a board member since its inception. She dedicated an enormous amount of time to the 50th Anniversary events, served as Chair and on almost every committee. We will miss them both, but they won’t be far away…Karen is rejoining the LHVC board, while Bob will continue to work on the Discovery Packets. Thank you, Karen and Bob, and good luck in your new endeavors. Friends’ members will receive an Abbreviated Annual Report with their membership renewal packets, which will be mailed out soon. The full report can be obtained by email request to Margaret Townsend, Secretary, at townsend@kgs.ku.edu.

Volunteers Recognized for Outstanding Dedication and Service
For over 50 years, Hidden Valley Camp has been blessed with the enormous energy of so many wonderful volunteers. Scout troops continued their tradition of performing service projects of their own at the camp and community volunteers share their time and talents to help maintain and improve the camp.

This year over 220 volunteers logged over 700 hours of service to the camp during Friends-sponsored work days, hiking patrols and other special projects.

Volunteer workdays have become a mainstay for the camp, bringing anywhere from a dozen to over 60 volunteers accomplishing an amazing amount of work in 3-4 hours of time. Each workday it seems that an insurmountable quantity of brush is cut, primarily to prevent that ever-invasive Japanese Honeysuckle from overtaking our trails, campsites and meadows. The brush is often burned in fire rings. For their hot and sweaty dedication to this task, Gwen Macpherson, Robin Robertson and Karen Warner were awarded with kerchiefs, stormproof matches, and roasting sticks.

The Hiking Patrol initiated by Friends several years ago helps LHVC monitor the 40-acres of camp for trash, downed trees, and other related problems, and also deters vandalism just by having good people present at the camp. This years’ Hiking Award goes to Wanda Waugh, who was presented with a beautiful Hiking Staff custom made by Robert Russell from a downed branch from the camp. Wanda has also made our workdays a routine part of her life. Our Volunteers of the Year Award goes to our Friends and neighbors, Flora and Benji Wyatt for their outstanding dedication to the camp. These two individuals have been a part of our workdays for so many years, always staying to the end, and always smiling…no matter how exhausted and sore they become! One task they that always seems to fall on them is the annual cleaning out of the bluebird boxes. For their efforts, they were presented with precut materials to build their own bluebird box, and a large “Wanted” poster depicting them at work! Flora started her association with the camp as a board director with LHVC. She’s been on the Friends board since 2000, working on several committees. Currently the Chair of the Membership Committee, she has worked successfully to increase our membership contributions, our main source of revenue used to support the camp. THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!!

Greetings from the Friends Chair
The first time I visited Hidden Valley was in the spring of 2002, for a potluck planned by Rebecca Gant, my younger daughter’s Daisy leader. I was in awe, absolutely amazed, that Hidden Valley was there for all of us to use. I began camping overnight at Hidden Valley with my daughters’ troops and helping when I could at day camp. I was honored when Durand Reiber asked me to join the Friends board in 2004. I’ve mostly had a fundraising role as a Board member, and I was very excited that Friends was able to establish a fund in 2005 with the Douglas County Community Foundation. This fund will help us make sure the camp is cared for, forever, and I believe the camp’s founding mothers would be proud to know that we

are planning ahead.
We have lots to do this year at the camp, and will rely, as always, on all of our Friends. Thank you for being a Friend, for volunteering at work days, on our hiking patrol and also for your financial support. We could not enjoy this wonderful green space in the heart of Lawrence without you! - Jill Giele, Friends Board Chair

Brownies Try-It at May Play Day by Margaret Townsend
Brownie Play Day was held at Hidden Valley on May 5, 2007. There were 13 troops represented and one Juliette for a total of 102 girls. The theme included the Try-Its Girl Sports and Playing Around the World. There was a morning and afternoon session. The Playing Around the World Try It stated at Southern Shade where the girls learned Kim’s Game (from England ), Jan Ken Pon (Rock, Paper, Scissors) from Japan (see photos), and Hawk and Hens (from Zimbabwe). At Arkalooka the girls made trail mix from a variety of dried fruits, cereals, pretzels, peanuts, sunflower seeds, cashews and M&Ms (leaders’ favorites), and skittles (see photo) and learned about the nutrition of why various foods are included in trail mix. The girls played Red Light/Green Light (from America) at Red Oak, and did a scavenger hunt at Osage Orange. Between the hiking around and the activities the girls and helpers were pretty well worn out by the end of the day. OgnaLi was the stretching station for the Girl Sports Try-It. Activities included various leg, back and arm stretches. In addition, bean bag tossing at a target and catching between players was also done. At Flag Pole Hill the girls played volleyball and kickball and soccer moves with recycled balls made of newpaper stuffed plastic grocery bags for the Girl Sports Try It.
Pam Young helps Brownies select tasty trail mix fixings for a snack! (Photo by Margaret Townsend)

Kim’s game is a challenge for this group of Brownies. (Photo by Jill Baringer).

(Volunteers Flex; Continued from page 5)

Property Line: 9/16 Front Bob Russell attached wheels to the front entrance gate, cleared some dead falls along Bob Billings Pkwy, and tidied up the stream trail. Ar-ca-loo-ka: 9/16 Jeannie McClure, Kate Baringer, and Kyra Flummerfelt’s troop cleaned the cabin inside and out. 9/16 Cindy Dunham, Cindy Riling, and Robin tackled the task of removing the wood edging around the front brick patio of the cabin. They replaced it with metal edging installed flush with the bricks, making the cabin more handicap-accessible. At a later date, Cris Bandle and her troop of older girls, along with Robin Robertson, completed the edging replacement around the back brick patio. 9/16 Wanda Waugh and Gwen Macpherson cut back brush around the edge of the yard. Other tasks around the cabin included reseeding areas of the lawn with fescue (Lavonne Mark’s Cadette troop #7630) and mulching around the trees (Lauren Buskirk’s

Brownie troop 7086). While reseeding the cabin yard, Cadette troop 7630 started digging up heaved rocks, both in the yard and on the trail to Hillside. It turned out that these “toe stumpers” had a bit more hidden under ground than what was protruding above the surface. UACT: 9/16 Durand Reiber and Margaret Townsend gave a full cleaning to the UACT (universally accessible composting toilet), weeded the UACT garden, and hung a sheet of paneling in the UACT on which to post instructions and the unit’s dedication poem (written by Gwen Macpherson). Hillside Campsite: 9/16 Gwen and her husband Randy Farr, not only cut up downed trees and stocked woodpiles, they also started work on the renovation of the Hillside campsite, clearing trees and brush in order to move the present fire ring to a more suitable location. Bluebird Boxes: 9/16 Flora and Benji Wyatt cleaned out the bluebird boxes.

Volunteers Flex Their Muscles at Fall Workdays by Robin Robertson
Volunteers made a huge difference at two workdays held this fall. On September 16th, the Friends hosted the annual cabin and garden cleanup workday to get the cabin and its immediate area ready for the Friends annual meeting. Thirteen girls and sixteen adults made it a success. On November 11th, the Friends hosted the final workday of the year. Mary’s Meadow and the Lonesome Pine area benefited from the hard work of fifty-five volunteers (twenty-five youth, thirty adults). Workday efforts were supervised by Durand Reiber and Robin Robertson. Food: 9/16 “Pizza Fairy” Brian Walter (Troop 7086) worked his magic, providing pizza for all of the hardworking volunteers. 11/11 Robin managed treats: s’mores, apple cider, & hot chocolate. Lonesome Pine Restoration: The excavation done for the city storm sewer project incorporated the clay subsoil into the top layer of soil in much of the open area at Lonesome Pine. Because of this, water is not draining, and large trees in the area have died or are dying. Many of the shrubs and small trees planted by earlier volunteers have died. Heavy equipment left behind very bare ground in the Lonesome Pine Meadow. This is an excellent time to encourage the spread of prairie plants in Mary’s Meadow such as Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, and Indian Grass. 11/11 Approximately 150 saplings were mulched by two Brownie troops led by Kathy Smith (#7617) and Autumn Hill and Laura Korth (#7457). Fifty-one tons of amended topsoil had been delivered and graded into terraces prior to the workday so new plantings would not have to be planted in the clay subsoil/topsoil mixture. Into these terraces, eight more trees and shrubs were planted, mulched, and watered by troops #7743/7491 (Rebecca Gant) and #7086 (Lauren Buskirk).. Two cottonwood saplings were also transplanted to the stream edge by Lauren Buskirk’s troop. 9/16 Christine Graves greeted volunteers at the cache handing out plastic bags with which to collect prairie seed from Flag Pole Hill for reseeding the Lonesome Pine meadow at a later date. Robin Robertson was on hand at the cabin to collect the seed, check in volunteers, and assign tasks. 11/11 Mulch was spread by Rebecca Gant’s troop, Cindy Neff’s troop (#7728), and Joe Gant under the adventure course structures. They also spread more mulch all over the Lonesome Pine meadow which will be disked into the clay at a later date. 11/11 Chainsaws were a big part of the effort. Four of the adults (Alex Weston, Dan Freeman, a father with Lora Korth’s troop, and David Petr) wielded chainsaws to clear hedge trees to thin out the woods in the Lonesome Pine recreational zone. A large tree that died because of the city storm sewer project was also cut into firewood. Others that helped in Lonesome Pine were Mary Beth Peter, Pam Patrick and her daughter, and Alex Weston’s daughter. Two fires tended by Christine Graves and Cindy Riling blazed for almost four hours, and there is still more to burn.

Campers created two new fire rings in the new recreational zone of Lonesome Pine during Day Camp.

Cache: 9/16 Christine Graves checked over the kitchen flys stored in the cache to make sure they are complete and serviceable. Mary’s Meadows: 9/16 Jill Giele and Karen Warner burned brush at the Gathering Place in Mary’s Meadow. 11/11 Jill Baringer and Karen Warner tended the fire at the Gathering Place. Judy Inverarity and Wanda Waugh hauled more brush from around the edge of the meadow. 11/11 Two hundred (200) buffalo grass plugs were planted by Katie Sadler along with a girl from her troop and Sara and Paula Kyriakos. Bare, compacted ground left by the storm sewer project was broken up and Konza prairie grass seed broadcast over the area (David and Ellyn Owen). Entrance &
(Continued on page 4)

CALLING ALL ELVES!
Is there someone on your list who shares your commitment to green space and a place where girls experience the outdoors? With a gift membership to Friends of Hidden Valley, your special someone will receive newsletters and invitations to Hidden Valley events. Donations are tax deductible.

Gift to: Name _________________________________________________________ Street________________________________________________ City, State, & Zip______________________________________
Gift Membership $25 ______________ Donation $________

Special Instructions:

From: Your Name ___________________________________________ Your Phone ___________________________________________
Please send to: Friends of Hidden Valley, Inc., P.O. Box 442073, Lawrence, KS 66044 Checks should be made out to Friends of Hidden Valley.

Friends will send a special greeting to your gift recipient acknowledging your generous annual membership gift and donations made in their name.

Friends of Hidden Valley, Inc. P.O. Box 442073 Lawrence, KS 66044

DISREGARD THIS PAGE

ALTERNATE LAYOUT—use if B
Cabin & Garden Cleanup Workday by Robin Robertson
On September 16th, the Friends hosted the annual cabin and garden cleanup workday to get the cabin and its immediate area ready for the Friends annual meeting. Thirteen girls and sixteen adults made it a success. Christine Graves greeted volunteers at the cache handing out plastic bags with which to collect prairie seed from Flag Pole Hill for reseeding the Lonesome Pine meadow at a later date. It was an opportunity to recognize dominant prairie grasses, including Big Bluestem, Switchgrass, and Indian Grass. In between greeting volunteers, Christine checked over the kitchen flys stored in the cache to make sure they are complete and serviceable. Robin Robertson was on hand at the cabin to collect the seed, check in volunteers, and assign tasks. Jeannie McClure, Kate Baringer, and Kyra Flummerfelt’s troop cleaned the cabin inside and out. Cindy Dunham, Cindy Riling, and Robin tackled the task of removing the wood edging around the front brick patio of the cabin. They replaced it with metal edging installed flush with the bricks, making the cabin more handicapaccessible. At a later date, Cris Bandle and her troop of older girls, along with Robin Robertson, completed the edging replacement around the back brick patio. Other tasks around the cabin included reseeding areas of the lawn with fescue (Lavonne Mark’s Cadette troop #7630) and mulching around the trees (Lauren Buskirk’s Brownie troop 7086). While reseeding the cabin yard, Cadette troop 7630 started digging up heaved rocks, both in the yard and on the trail to Hillside. It turned out that these “toe stumpers” had a bit more hidden under ground than what was protruding above the surface. Durand Reiber and Margaret Townsend gave a full cleaning to the UACT (universally accessible composting toilet), weeded the UACT garden, and hung a sheet of paneling in the UACT on which to post instructions and the unit’s dedication poem (written by Gwen Macpherson). Wanda Waugh and Gwen Macpherson cut back brush around the edge of the yard. Gwen and her husband Randy Farr, not only cut up downed trees and stocked woodpiles, they also started work on the renovation of the Hillside campsite, clearing trees and brush in order to move the present fire ring to a more suitable location. Jill Giele and Karen Warner burned brush at the Gathering Place in Mary’s Meadow. Flora and Benji Wyatt cleaned out the bluebird boxes.

Bob Russell attached wheels to the front entrance gate, cleared some dead falls along Bob Billings Pkwy, and tidied up the stream trail. “Pizza Fairy” Brian Walter (Troop 7086) worked his magic, providing pizza for all of the hardworking volunteers.

Brownie Play Day is dropped
Woodcutting Workday by Robin Robertson
On November 11th, the Friends hosted the final workday of the year. Mary’s Meadow and the Lonesome Pine area benefited from the hard work of fifty-five volunteers (twenty-five youth, thirty adults).
Lonesome Pine area (supervised by Durand Reiber)

The excavation done for the city storm sewer project incorporated the clay subsoil into the top layer of soil in much of the open area at Lonesome Pine. Because of this, water is not draining, and large trees in the area have died or are dying. Many of the shrubs and small trees planted by earlier volunteers have died. Two fires tended by Christine Graves and Cindy Riling blazed for almost four hours, and there is still more to burn. Approximately 150 saplings were mulched by two Brownie troops led by Kathy Smith (#7617) and Autumn Hill and Laura Korth (#7457). Fifty-one tons of amended topsoil had been delivered and graded into terraces prior to the workday so new plantings would not have to be planted in the clay subsoil/topsoil mixture. Into these terraces, eight more trees and shrubs were planted, mulched, and watered by troops #7743/7491 (Rebecca Gant) and #7086 (Lauren Buskirk). Two cottonwood saplings were also transplanted to the stream edge by Lauren Buskirk’s troop. Mulch was spread by Rebecca Gant’s troop, Cindy Neff’s troop (#7728), and Joe Gant under the adventure course structures. They also spread more mulch all over the Lonesome Pine meadow which will be disked into the clay at a later date. Chainsaws were a big part of the effort. Four of the adults (Alex Weston, Dan Freeman, a father with Lora Korth’s troop, and David Petr) wielded chainsaws to clear hedge trees to thin out the woods in the Lonesome Pine recreational zone. A large tree that died because of the city storm sewer project was also cut into firewood. Others that helped in Lonesome Pine were Mary Beth Peter, Pam Patrick and her daughter, and Alex Weston’s daughter.
Mary’s Meadows Robin Robertson supervised the tasks and treats—s’mores, apple cider, & hot chocolate.

Jill Baringer and Karen Warner tended the fire at the Gathering Place while Judy Inverarity and Wanda Waugh hauled more brush from around the edge of the meadow to keep the fire burning. Two hundred (200) buffalo grass plugs were planted by Katie Sadler along with a girl from her troop and Sara and Paula Kyriakos. Bare, compacted ground left by the storm sewer project was broken up and Konza prairie grass seed broadcast over the area (David and Ellyn Owen).