There is magic in the forest
By Mike Gervais, Special to the Echo
Behind Stuart Baker School there lies a forest with a trail. Like any other forest in Haliburton County it has trees and rocks and plants and animals and birds and bugs. There is no one thing that is so remarkable that it stands out or captures a child’s attention, until Jim Hopkins leads you on a hike.
Mr. Hopkins is retiring from Stuart Baker this year after leading hundreds of children through hikes on this very trail. The students would learn about Elephant Rock, Stepping Stone Hill, Woodpecker Tree 1, 2 and 3.
They would learn about the region’s history with stories about Ice Age Rock and the Ancient Forest and the former site of the Sugar Shack. Every hike would bring a new story, and every story would bring new magic to the forest. The magic will live on after Mr. Hopkins retires with signs marking these special spots.
On his final walk through the forest as a teacher, on the last day of school, Mr. Hopkins was greeted at some of the magical spots by former students with signs to mark them. Now the stories can continue for generations and every student that graduates from Stuart Baker will know the enchanting tales of Hopkins Trail.