Waldron, who has spent a lot of time hiking in the School Forest and other park land in the Hudson Highlands, wanted to create a project that would encourage use of the School Forest. "I felt that this would help to make the school forest more accessible to our community," he said. "The kiosk will enable hikers to plan their hike better. The map will be a wonderful tool for all the hikers in this area."
The wooden kiosk features a large map of the School Forest, the history of the School Forest, the rules and operating hours of the School Forest, and emergency phone numbers. It is located at the School Forest entrance at 135 Snake Hill Road.
Waldron made a presentation and submitted a proposal to the School Board members of the Garrison School in May 2015. He worked with Richard Timmons, the Garrison School's Director of Maintenance, to scout out a location for the kiosk within the School Forest. Later in the summer, Mr. Timmons helped to install the kiosk.
N. Dain's Sons Co. of Peekskill gave Waldron a generous discount on the lumber for the kiosk. Waldron worked with his uncle Dan Lehmeier to build the kiosk in June. A crew of fellow Boy Scouts, Waldron's uncle, and others helped Waldron to install the kiosk in the School Forest on August 20. The pictures below chronicle the stages of the project. They are part of a book Waldron created to document his project. An excerpt from the book is displayed below.
Waldron attends James I. O'Neill High School, and is now an Eagle Scout in Philipstown Boy Scout Troop 437.
Waldron, Finn. Finn Waldron Troop 437, Eagle Scout Project: The Garrison School Kiosk. Garrison, NY: Finn Waldron, 2015. Print.