The North Shore Land Alliance Walks in the Woods nature education program is a series of free, educational and interactive explorations. They are designed to guide visitors of all ages through Long Island parks and nature preserves, many of which are off the beaten path, for investigation while educating participants about the wildlife and plants that call them home. Participants also gain an understanding and appreciation of local land conservation and its benefits to our food and water supplies or wildlife habitats and its connection to the strength and health of our communities. Here’s a sample of what you’ll see next year.

 

2018 Walks in the Wood Preview:

Sunday, January 7, 9:30 a.m., Stella Miller, Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor – We’ll talk about winter birds and enjoy the company of hungry chickadees, nuthatches and tufted titmice that will avail themselves to us. Co-listed with the Sierra Club.

Saturday, February 10, 2:00 p.m., Amanda Furcall, Wawapek, Cold Spring Harbor – This family-friendly nature-journaling program will include indoor and outdoor activities led by our Associate Director of Stewardship, who is also a very talented artist and writer!

Sunday, March 31, 11:00 a.m., Virginia Dankel, Great Neck South Junior High School. Visit virgin forest on the grounds of the school!

Saturday, April 28, 8:00 a.m., Barbara Garriel, Humes Estate, Mill Neck – Veteran birder Barbara will lead a spring migration program at this special property. Some of the most active locations for birds may surprise you!

Sunday, May 20, 10:00 a.m., John Turner, Makamah Nature Preserve, Fort Salonga – John will lead us through this fascinating suburban wetland preserve to explore the plants and wildlife that call it home.

Friday, June 29, 7:00 p.m., Eric Powers, Blydenburgh State Park – We’ll be starting not long before dusk to learn about bats before we see them on the trail!

Thursday, July 27, 6:00 p.m., Mankh, Humes Japanese Stroll Garden – Mankh, whose poetry and haiku are much loved, will lead a program in the legendary Stroll Garden – also much loved!

Saturday, August 18, 10:00 a.m. – Tim Dooley and Aiden Feeney, Youngs Farm and other nearby farms – As harvest time approaches, these farm managers will lead us on tours of some of Nassau County’s treasured farms.

Saturday, September 22, 2:00 p.m., Yvonne Berger, Shore Road Sanctuary, Cold Spring Harbor (and possibly Centre Island Beach) – In this photograph program, Yvonne will introduce us to the tricks of the trade during the Monarch butterfly migration.

Sunday, October 7, 4:15 p.m., Peter Martin, Jones Beach West End, Merrick – Land and shorebirds galore, abundant insect watching and a delightful sunset (or storm clouds or rainbow?) are on the agenda this fall at this world class nature site.

Saturday, October 20, 10:00 a.m., Andy Greller, Cranberry Bog County Nature Preserve, Riverhead – Explore this magnificent 165-acre preserve, complete with abundant fresh water, a diversity of wildlife and carnivorous plants, when it is at its most beguiling.

Saturday, November 3, 11:00 a.m., Russell Burke, Fox Hollow Preserve, Laurel Hollow – How do Long Island’s frogs, toads and salamanders get through the winter? Russell will explain overwintering strategies on this exploration of this much-loved preserve.

Sunday, December 3, 11:00 a.m., Jane Jackson, Oaces Preserve, Muttontown – This woodland gem’s undulating hills, tucked away in obscurity behind suburban landscapes, has managed to maintain a healthy population of native groundcovers, shrubs and trees that we’ll explore.

For more information, please contact Jane Jackson at 516-922-1028 x 203 jjackson@northshorelandalliance.org.