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 at the Trailblazer (Family) level or above. Not a Land Trust Member? Join today! You can also find additional adventures available for non-members here.
- Reservations: Land Trust members at the Trailblazer (Family) level or above 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 recommend closed toe shoes, long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.
- Time: All programs will be from 9-11 AM (unless otherwise noted)
Summer 2022 Schedule
June 7: It’s All About the Macros!
Macroinvertebrates, that is! During this time on the trail we’ll be learning about looking for macroinvertebrates – insect larvae found in the stream – to determine water quality at the Bethel Spring Nature Preserve. Come prepared to get your feet wet!
Location: Bethel Spring Nature Preserve – 2641 Cherry Tree Road, Gurley, AL 35748
June 14: Herp Hike
Reptiles and amphibians are some of the more common animals on Land Trust properties. During this time on the trail we’ll be on the lookout for these creatures on the Matthews Nature Preserve, a property normally closed to the public. Just so you know, herpetology is the study of these creatures – that’s why we call them herps!
Location: Matthews Nature Preserve – This is one of the Land Trust’s closed conservation properties. Directions will be provided to registered participants.
June 21: Fungus Among Us
The living organisms we’ll be learning about during this time on trail are neither plants nor animals – they’re fungus! Some of them we know by a more common name: Mushrooms. We’ll be doing our investigating and exploring on the Green Mountain Nature Preserve.
Location: Green Mountain Nature Preserve (Alum Hollow) – 13800 South Shawdee Road, Huntsville, AL 35803
June 28: The Buzz on Pollinators
There are many different insects and animals that move pollen from one plant to another, and we call these creatures pollinators. Join us for this time on the trail as we learn more about these critters at the Harvest Square Nature Preserve.
Location: Harvest Square Nature Preserve – 111 Allyson Sadie Blvd, Harvest, AL 35749
July 5: Hunters in the Sky
Some of the most amazing birds in Alabama and the world go by the description “Birds of Prey.” During this time on the trail at the Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve, we’ll be learning about and looking at some of these magnificent creatures brought to us by our friends with the RISE Raptor Project.
Location: Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve – 1263 U.S Hwy 72 East, Huntsville, AL 35811
July 12: Adventure Awaits
Land Trust trails are the perfect place for an expedition, and we’ll be introducing you to the skills you need to have a successful adventure of your own. Our time on the trail will be spent learning the basics of safe adventuring. Let’s get out and have fun!
Location: Monte Sano Nature Preserve (Cleermont Trailhead) – 506 Cleermont Dr SE, Huntsville, AL 35801