On Saturday, the 8th of September, 2018, the Nature Club had a trail, a trek to the Yeoor hills at Thane.
This place is located on the north-eastern side of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali-east.
Mr. Shailendra Patil, a physicist – turned – naturalist, was our resource person and guide for this trail. The trail passed through lush greenery on all sides. Mr Patil described the various flora and fauna that we encountered on the way.
Along the trail, we came across a variety of flora and fauna in the form of small fresh water crabs, Balsam, wild grape plants, snails, tulsi plants, teak trees, star flowers, etc….. as well as a non-venomous dead snake. Mr Patil enriched us with a thorough knowledge of each of these species that we encountered. During the trail we also enjoyed the surrounding small hills bordered with fresh green paddy fields, cultivated by the tribals of the locality. It was a treat to our eyes to witness the different shades of green exhibited by mother nature.
After the trail, we visited the Upvan lake, situated nearby. The boys relaxed with the beautiful view of the surroundings and were also entertained watching the local boys and swimming in the lake. We actively cheered the local boys and when they returned to the land we followed them as though they were like ‘Pied Pipers’.
Our boys established a very close rapport with the local boys although we were strangers from different backgrounds and cultures. We spontaneously began appreciating the skills and talents of the local boys who in turn happily obliged our gestures by demonstrating their skills without any inhibitions from either side.
Finally at 2.40 p.m. we returned to our school safe, happy and tired but mentally refreshed and enriched with this wonderful experience of the Nature Club trail. We look forward to many more trips which provide us with a good break from the hustle and bustle of city life!
Fr. Dr. Francis Swamy, S.J.