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It’s a Springtime Celebration!

Published: 04.17.2024

In April, Naturalist Marianne shows us what spring means for the plants and animals that call Russell Forest home and leads us on a hike into the darker side of nature.

Cabin Presentations

Springtime Celebration!
Saturday, April 20 – 9am-2pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Visit the Naturalist’s Cabin in April and take a close look at what spring means for the plants and animals that call Russell Forest home. Samples of Russell Forest plants will show how the buds and bark are formed and how they function. And a sampling of vertebrate and invertebrate animal life will reveal the vast variety of living things that are bustling about in their busiest of seasons. The lifeforms on display in the cabin will relate directly to those in your own backyard. Appropriate for all ages.  No charge—everyone is welcome!

If you have questions for Marianne, she can be contacted at 256.496.2710 or [email protected].

Guided Nature Tour

Saturday, April 20 – 3pm
Meet at Adamson Road Trailhead

This hike will focus on the variety of plant and animal life that relies on SHADE to thrive. Sunlight is essential, but some things grow better on the darker side of nature. We will get down low to peer at the living things who rely on a lack of sunlight to thrive. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! There is a $10 fee for this program. Please contact our Naturalist at 256-496-2710 to inquire and to register in advance.

For all Guided Nature Tours: It is recommended that participants have a moderate fitness level and are able to stand or walk for at least two hours. Walking pace will be relaxed with frequent stops. Comfortable, seasonally appropriate clothing and shoes are advised. Participants may also wish to bring bottled water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. There are no bathrooms on the Forest Trails.

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