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! You can also find additional adventures available for non-members here.
  • 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. 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: Closed toe shoes and masks are required for all programs. We also recommend long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

Questions? Please call 256-534-5263.


Tuesdays on the Trail – Summer 2020

Tuesday, June 16 at 9 AM
Wade Mountain Tree ID

Bring your aspiring dendrologist out for a lesson on the many tree species that reside on Wade Mountain. Naturalist Sarah Hart will guide us down the trail as she notes the varied characteristics of the trees we encounter. Land Trust members only. Children ages 6+ with an accompanying adult.

Registration Closed. 


Tuesday, June 23 at 9 AM
Matthews Herp Hunt

We are on the hunt for amphibians and reptiles (aka herps) out at Matthews Nature Preserve. Biologist Andrew Cantrell will teach us where to look and how to handle snakes, salamanders, and more! Land Trust members only. Children ages 6+ with an accompanying adult. 

This event has been cancelled due to weather.


Tuesday, July 7 at 9 AM
Blevins Gap Naturalist Hike

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. Children ages 6+ with an accompanying adult. 

Registration Closed. 


Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 PM
Harvest Square Night Hike

Join naturalist and author Heather Montgomery for an evening in the forest. Come prowl the moonlit trail, discover the power of night vision, and experience the world of nocturnal animals. With flashlights tucked in our pockets, we will stroll through the Harvest Square Preserve and explore a side of the forest most people miss. If the clouds cooperate, we will sit in awe under the stars and hear ancient legends. Land Trust members only. Children ages 6+ with an accompanying adult. 

Registration Closed. This event is at capacity.


Tuesday, July 21 at 9 AM
Monte Sano Nature and Printmaking

Nature leaves behind a lot of beautiful items that can be repurposed into whimsical art. Join Randolph science teacher Ansley McDurmon as we learn about what’s been left behind on the forest floor and how we can use these items in creative expression. Land Trust members only. Children ages 6+ with an accompanying adult. 

Registration Closed. This event is at capacity.


Tuesday, July 28 at 9 AM
Bethel Spring Wildlife Tracking

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. Children ages 6+ with an accompanying adult. 

Registration Closed. This event is at capacity.