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Start Summer with Scales vs. Slime and Hikes in the Forest

Published: 05.25.2023

As we wind up May and head into June, Naturalist Marianne offers bunches of presentations and two nature hikes.

Wildlife Presentations

Touch and Discover
Saturday, May 27 – 9am–1pm
Sunday, May 28 – 9am–1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Stop by the Naturalist’s Cabin during any of the times above and discover a display of wildlife artifacts (including live animals). Touch, discover, and learn from the Russell Forest items and get tips on how to get more enjoyment from your time spent outdoors. We will discuss ways you can attract wildlife to your yard and what to do if you’re trying to discourage them from visiting your property.

Scales vs. Slime
Friday, June 2 – 6–8pm
Saturday, June 3 – 9am–2pm
Friday, June 16 – 6–8pm
Saturday June 17 – 9am–2pm
Saturday, June 24 – 9am–2pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Join Naturalist Marianne at Russell Crossroads for an informative display highlighting our native wildlife! Stop by the cabin and compare and contrast REPTILES & 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! If you have questions for Marianne, she can be contacted at 256.496.2710 or [email protected].

Guided Nature Tours

Sunday, May 28 – 7am
Meet at Wilson Road Trailhead

Let’s get up and go! We will explore habitats influenced by damp soils and creeks during this slow-paced walk through the woods. As we move from one area to the next, the variety of flora and fauna specific to the each region’s moisture content will be examined, discussed, and enjoyed! We never know what we will find, but count on always finding a renewed spirit and a good time. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.

A Walk in the Shade
Saturday, June 17 – 3pm
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 the Nature Tours.
Please contact Naturalist Marianne at 256.496.2710 to inquire and to register in advance.

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