Head outdoors on Tuesdays in June and July to discover our area’s unique biodiversity protected by Land Trust preserves. Each summer, local experts lead children on explorations of topics including archaeology, water ecology, animal tracks, tree identification, and more!
- Cost: FREE but only available for Land Trust members. Not a Land Trust Member? Join today! You can also find additional adventures available for non-members here.
- Reservations: Land Trust members only. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please register using parent/guardian’s information (name on your Land Trust membership) and select spots for the number of children only. Adults do not need to reserve a spot for themselves. Registered participants will receive an email with full details closer to the event. There are no waitlists for these events. If spaces become available, registration will reopen so please check back if you’re interested in attending.
- Ages: 6-12 years. An accompanying adult is required for all programs.
- What to Bring: We also recommend closed toe shoes, long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Impressions of Nature
June 1 at 9 AM
Gain inspiration from nature and improve observational drawing skills through sketching during a guided hike led by Randolph School art teachers Mary Jones and Vinchenza Sweet. Supplies will be provided.
Location: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve (Fanning Trailhead) – 2275 Cecil Ashburn Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35802 (behind the SE Church of the Nazarene)
Chapman Mountain Mindfulness
June 8 at 9 AM
Everyone can benefit from a little stress relief – especially our kids! Head out on the trail with yoga and mindfulness instructor Emily Alman as we let nature inspire us to get calm and connected. After a short hike, we’ll create nature mandalas and do a beginner level yoga and mindfulness practice. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, or towel.
Location: Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 1263 Hwy 72 E, Huntsville, AL 35811
June 15 at 9 AM
Join naturalist Kate Gribbin on a search for animal tracks, animal homes, and actual wildlife as we explore and discuss the wildlife that can be found on Monte Sano.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Bankhead Trailhead) – 2442 Bankhead Pkwy NE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Macroinvertebrates of Fagan Creek
June 22 at 9 AM
A wide variety of aquatic macroinvertebrates such as crayfish, snails, and dragonflies, call Fagan Creek home. Botanist Lynne Weninegar will teach participants how to catch and identify these small organisms and discuss what their presence can tell us about our freshwater systems.
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Cleermont Trailhead) – 506 Cleermont Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801
Tales and Trails
July 6 at 9 AM
Do you have a favorite nature book? Bring it along to share with author and naturalist Heather Montgomery as we hike the trails of Wade Mountain Nature Preserve. We will tell tales, share stories, and maybe even discover stories written in the rocks and trees themselves.
Location: Wade Mountain Nature Preserve (Spragins Hollow Trailhead) – 10130 Spragins Hollow Rd NW, Huntsville, AL 35810
Birds of Prey
July 13 at 6:30 PM
Naturalist Tim Gels will discuss the adaptations of birds of prey as we meet the raptors of Rise Raptor Project, Inc. : an American Kestrel, Eurasian eagle owl, and red-tailed hawk.
Location: Harvest Square Nature Preserve – 111 Allyson Sadie Blvd, Harvest, AL 35749