Ranger Things Have Happened
by Niki Kourofsky
In the fall of 1912 about a dozen forestry students showed up in Wanakena and got right to work—not hitting the books, but hitting nails on their school’s first buildings. One hundred years later, what stands on this scenic spot near Cranberry and Star Lakes is the oldest Forest Technology school in America.
The Ranger School—part of Syracuse’s State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry—celebrates its centennial this weekend with a Forest Festival. It kicks off on Friday, September 28, with a lecture by visiting Bavarian forester Arthur Reinelt, from 6–9 p.m. On Saturday a Forest Fun Run/Walk races 250 chains (that’s ranger speak for five kilometers), starting at 9 a.m., followed by forestry demonstrations and property tours; music by Roy Hurd and the Blind Owl Band; and children’s crafts, games and stories. The Wanakena Historical Association will be on hand throughout the weekend with historical displays and an exhibition of the winners of their photography contest.