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Let’s Spend Some Time in the Woods!

Published: 07.02.2024

As July ushers in the summer heat, you’re invited to step into the shade of Russell Forest and learn how its residents beat the heat.

Wildlife Presentations

Friday, July 12 – 6-8pm
Saturday, July 13 – 9am-4pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Stop into the Naturalist’s Cabin during Arti Gras or Friday on the Green to see an exhibit of local Russell Forest representatives and learn about the role they play in the woods. You’ll discover what they eat, how they live, and what types of habitats they prefer. Naturalist Marianne will be on hand to interpret the displays and also tell you all about the myths surrounding some of our local wildlife. There will be plenty to learn about! No charge—everyone is welcome!

Guided Nature Tours

Some Time in the Woods
Saturday, July 13 – 5pm
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead

In addition to learning from the finds in the forest, we will search for wet residents keeping cool in summer temperatures. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Insect repellent and sunscreen will be provided. Bring your own drinking water and comfortable shoes—preferably some that can get wet! Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! There is a $10 fee for these programs. Please contact Naturalist Marianne at 256.496.2710 or [email protected] to inquire and to register.

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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