Germain was involved with designing the trail, collaborating with experts across different fields to make sure the trail would be accessible in every way possible. Speech pathologists considered the directional signs along the trail; while as an OT, Germain considered the terrain and the sensory properties of materials used.
With the trail officially open, Germain; Melinda Cozzolino, associate professor and chair of occupational therapy; and Dev Neu, assistant professor, brought second-year OT graduate students to visit the site.
“I’ve been working with this group for a long time,” said Germain of the project, which was delayed in part due to the COVID pandemic. “To finally get to bring a cohort of students to visit the finished trail and to see it come to fruition is really big.”
The cohort of students who accompanied the professors to the trail this fall have finished most of their coursework and completed 12 weeks of field work. Now that they are equipped with training and experience, Germain wanted the students to think about how they can use a place like the ANT therapeutically with individuals and groups receiving occupational therapy services.
Ithaca alumna and speech language pathologist, Gail Serventi '72, co-founder of the ANT and current chair of The ANT Alliance, steered the planning committee Germain served on. Her generosity helped make the trip possible. Serventi met the group at the ANT and provided a tour, discussion of on-going events, and is excited to continue to partner with Ithaca College graduate students for programming at the ANT. She was on hand to observe the students on their tour of the trail.