Nature Walks

There is at least one naturalist lead walk per month with additional ones added during the spring wildflower and fall color seasons. An emphasis is put on understanding the different forest types found in our parks. Further information is given on individual plant and animal species, geology and human history of the area.  Click here for park location maps.  All Nature Walks are free and open to everyone. Preregistration is not required.
     

 "Tree Bark" is being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, January 11, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park at the Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance.  Learn the differences of bark on different species of trees and the changes in the looks of the bark as the tree ages.  Why are some barks smooth and others deeply furrowed?  Which patterns in the furrows help in to identify the tree species and more?   

"Owl Hoot" is being held at Tenhave Woods on Thursday, January 16, 2020 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park & meet at the Lexington & Marais lot..  We will walk into Tenhave and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.

"Owl Hoot" is being held at Cummingston Park on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  We will walk into Cummingston and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.     

"Finding the Largest Treesis being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, February 22, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park at the Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance.

"Owl Hootis being held at Tenhave Woods on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park & meet at the Lexington & Marais lot..  We will walk into Tenhave and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.  

"Owl Hoot" is being held at Cummingston Park on Thursday, March 12, 2020 beginning at 7:30 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  We will walk into Cummingston and attempt to lure in or have screech & great horned owls answer tape recordings of their calls.  

"Early Spring" nature walk is being held at Tenhave Woods on Saturday, March 21, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park at Lexington & Marais lot & meet at the Lexington entrance.  

"Spring Wildflower Walk is being held at Cummingston Park on Sunday, April 19, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm.  Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  

Mushroom Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Tenhave Woods beginning at 10:00 am.  Park at the Marais/Lexington lot & meet at the park entrance.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome.  

Spring Wildflower Walk is being held on Saturday, April 25, 2020 beginning 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more. 

Spring Wildflower Walk is being held on Sunday, May 3, 2020 beginning 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more.  There is no preregistration or cost for this nature walk.  

Spring Wildflower Walk is being held on Saturday, May 9, 2020 beginning 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot & meet at Lexington entrance.  We will be looking for Red & White Trillium, blue & yellow violets, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Bloodroot, Trout Lily, Wild Geranium, Spice Bush, Spring Beauty, Wood Poppy, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, & Wood Anemone and more.     

Pond Life program is being held on Sunday, May 17, 2020 beginning at 2:00 pm at Tenhave Woods.  Park at Lexington/Marais lot, go to the Lexington entrance & follow the Pond Life signs.  We will be sampling the vernal pond for what is living in it.  We will have viewing trays to examine what we find.  For those interested small aquarium nets will be available for you to catch your own pond life and have us identify.  Come and learn about the interesting aquatic wildlife of Dragonfly Pond.  

Mushroom Walk is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Cummingston Park beginning at 10:00 am.  Park & meet at Leafdale & Torquay.  Mary Fredricks, a member and botanist/mycologist of the Royal Oak Nature Society, will lead the walk.  Anyone with an interest in learning more about mushrooms and other fungi of the urban woods is welcome.