Tuesdays on the Trail

Growing the Next Generation of Land Stewards

Summer Environmental Education Series for Kids

Growing the Next Generation of Land Stewards

Head outdoors on Tuesdays in June and July to discover our area’s unique biodiversity protected by Land Trust preserves. This summer, local experts will 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!
  • Reservations: Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please use the link provided below each program listing. 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.
  • Ages: 6-12 years. An accompanying adult is required for all programs.
  • What to Bring: Closed toe shoes are required for all programs. We also recommend long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

Questions? Please call 256-534-5263.


June 4 at 10 AM
Archaeology at Green Mountain

Green Mountain is a treasure trove of clues that tell us about the past. Join archaeologist Ben Hoksbergen as he leads participants on an exploration of what came before. Pack your lunch and enjoy a picnic under the natural rock shelter at the end of Alum Hollow.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.


June 11 at 9 AM
Herpetology at Chapman Mountain

We are on the hunt for amphibians and reptiles (aka herps) out at Chapman Mountain Nature Preserve. Biologist Andrew Cantrell will teach us where to look and how to handle snakes, salamanders, and more!

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.


June 18 at 9 AM
Tim Talk at Blevins Gap
Join Madison County Schools STEM Coach Tim Gels on an exploratory hike of all things nature! Tim’s expert knowledge will open our eyes to the often-overlooked wildlife that thrives at the top of Huntsville Mountain.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.


June 25 at 9 AM
Tim Talk at Rainbow Mountain

Rainbow Mountain offers a fascinating collection of limestone formations, varied wildlife, and interesting sights. Explore these features and more on a hike with Madison County Schools STEM Coach Tim Gels.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Sign up for this program!


July 9 at 9 AM
Water Ecology at Bloucher Ford

Director of Freshwater Programs for the Nature Conservancy in Alabama, Jason Throneberry, will be our guide on a walk along the banks of the Flint River as we learn about the many organisms that call this unique freshwater ecosystem home. Bring a blanket and sack lunch and stay for a picnic in the field.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.


July 16 at 9 AM
Tree ID at Wade Mountain

Bring your aspiring dendrologist out for a lesson on the many tree species that reside on Wade Mountain. Sarah Hart, Exhibit Specialist at the Cook Museum of Natural Science, will guide us down the trail as she notes the varied characteristics of the trees we encounter.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.


July 23 at 9 AM
Tracking at Matthews

Nick Sharp, Nongame Biologist for the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Program, will guide us through the fields and trails at Matthews Nature Preserve and teach us how we can use clues from our environment to gather information about the wildlife nearby.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.


July 30 at 7:30 PM
Mothing at Monte Sano

Though often overlooked, moths far outnumber butterflies and are much more varied. Join us for an evening hike with entomologists Ken and Rufina Ward as we collect, identify, and learn about these fascinating creatures. We are sure to find many other insects as well! Head lamps or flashlights recommended.

Land Trust Members only. Ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration is closed. This program is at capacity.