The Land Alliance is pleased to announce the lineup for their 2016 Walks in the Woods program which began on Sunday, Feb. 7, with a brisk walk through James Preserve and Clark Sanctuary in Old Brookville. Locations range throughout Long Island.
The Land Alliance Walks in the Woods program is a series of free, educational and interactive explorations through Long Island parks and nature preserves, many of which are off the beaten path. Since 2007, the Walks in the Woods program has educated nearly 2,000 visitors of all ages about the wildlife and plants that call these natural areas home. Participants have also gained an understanding and appreciation of local land conservation and its benefits to our food and water supplies and wildlife habitats and its connection to the strength and health of our communities.
Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. – Dan Kriesberg, Fox Hollow Preserve, Laurel Hollow
Dan will lead a group on a family friendly investigation into what Fox Hollow’s animal residents are up to in early spring.
Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m.
Peter Martin, Gerry Park and Bar Beach Shore Trail, Roslyn
Peter’s been visiting the duck pond at Gerry Park since he was a wee lad. This walk will have particular appeal to children. We will follow our visit with waterfowl with a hike along the recently established shore trail along the west side of Hempstead Harbor.
Thursday, June 2, at 6 p.m.
Eric Swenson and Tom Powell, Cedarmere and, if time allows, William Cullen Bryant Preserve, Roslyn
Eric and Tom will recreate a hike that William Cullen Bryant himself would have taken. We will walk the path around Bryant’s pond and visit his garden area and some interesting trees on the property. Bryant walked three miles to work each day in New York City, and would appreciate people today following in his footsteps!
Sunday, August 14, at 8:30 a.m.
Ken and Sue Feustel at Caumsett State Park, Lloyd Neck
Ken and Sue discovered a colony of Baltimore Checkerspot butterflies at Caumsett in 2009, a discovery that, in part, ultimately led to the grassland restoration project now underway. Explore the butterfly species that inhabit the various habitats of the Park and learn about the restoration.
Saturday, September 10, at 5 p.m.
Philip Asaph, Shore Road Sanctuary (aka former ExxonMobil property), Cold Spring Harbor
Late summer is a delightful time to take in the grassland and beach where oil tanks used to occupy the scenery. Poet Philip will guide us in putting inspiration into words.
Sunday, October 30, 11 a.m.
Richard Weir, Red Cote Preserve, Oyster Bay Cove
Richard will lead us through this preserve of rolling meadows and now a delightful new woodland trail in glorious autumn.
Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m.
North Shore Land Alliance and the Sierra Club, multiple properties in Laurel Hollow and Oyster Bay Cove
This hike will be a lengthy one through several protected properties, beginning at the Land Alliance’s Fox Hollow Preserve in Laurel Hollow and finishing at Tiffany Creek Preserve in Oyster Bay Cove. This will be a wonderful opportunity to cover a lot of ground and experience the true flavor of undulating North Shore field and forest.
Registration is required as space is limited on many of the walks. To register, visit www.northshorelandalliance.org. For more information about Walks in the Wood program, contact Jane Jackson at 516-626-0908 or at email@example.com.
About the North Shore Land Alliance (Land Alliance)
Since 2003, the North Shore Land Alliance has permanently protected more than 1,000 acres of land through acquisitions and conservation easements and provided stewardship services for more than 500 acres of valuable natural areas. As part of its mission, the Land Alliance works actively in schools and outdoors to educate our community about the important relationship among land, water, locally grown food and recreational opportunities. Since its beginning, the Land Alliance has helped to secure $265 million in public and private funding for local land and water protection. The Land Alliance is a membership organization with nearly 3,000 members and is recognized as one of only 317 accredited land trusts out of more than 1,700 land trusts nationwide.
To learn more about the North Shore Land Alliance education programs, visit www.northshorelandalliance.org or contact us at 516-626-0908.