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Scales vs. Slime
In June, Naturalist Marianne compares reptiles and amphibians, and takes us to some places in Russell Forest where we might find them.
Friday, June 11 – 6-8pm
Saturday, June 12 – 9am-2pm
Sunday, June 13 – 9am-2pm
Friday, June 18 – 6-8pm
Saturday, June 19 – 9am-2pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads
Join Naturalist Marianne Hudson at Russell Crossroads for an informative display highlighting our native wildlife! Stop by the cabin where we’ll compare and contrast reptiles and amphibians. Live specimens will be our guests as we take a close look at these two groupings and their amazing designs. We will discuss where they live, what they eat, and the role they play in the local Russell Forest ecosystem. Examples on hand will inspire you to appreciate the wild dramas being lived out all around us. Program includes live animals and is appropriate for all ages. No charge—everyone is welcome!
Guided Nature Tour
A Walk in the Shade
Saturday, June 12 – 4pm
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead
For almost two hours, we will be in the woods identifying the variety of plant and animal life we discover. In addition to learning from the finds in the forest, we will examine a nearby creek and 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. Relaxed pace. Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! There is a $10 fee for this program. 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.