This monthly series of themed walks explores different aspects of the preserve’s environment, encompassing its unique physical features and wildlife, as well as critical conservation issues and helpful practices to create a healthy, sustainable environment.
Our expert guides include Tree Sister Hildur Palsdottir, Port Washington Monarch Alliance Founder David Jakim and guest naturalists who bring a range of perspectives for each outdoor adventure. Check back for information about each upcoming walk – and join us on Second Sundays for an enriching experience on the preserve.
Next Walk – October 14:
On this walk, we will explore fall decomposition in many different environments that are crucial to the regeneration of life in the spring. From falling autumn leaves in the tree canopy to shrubs underneath, and withering flowers dispersing seeds on the ground, we will see examples of decomposition in its many layers and patterns as it is interwoven through the woods. As we open up decomposing logs and dig through soil, we will explore these small subterranean worlds that allow forests to function as they degenerate and regenerate every year. We will search out the common groups of mushrooms and explore the world of little creatures that rule the subterranean habitat, including the detritivores, herbivores, and predators. Scooping into the pond muck, we will get a rare glimpse into the world of underwater decomposition, and, taking one-meter soil core samples, we will see the layers of decomposition and the layers of weathering of sediments under our feet, providing a view of decomposition of organic matter. Finally, we will be looking into the squirrel nut-patch and the chipmunk burrow, where these animals store acorns and seeds that will germinate in the spring. Next walk: November 11.
Members: $10 per car
Non-Members: $20 per car
Includes parking. Payment received at the Gate.
- November 11, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Venue: Castle Gould
Directions to the Sands Point Preserve
Directions from NYC: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a left and go under the Long Island Expressway heading north. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.
Directions from points east: Long Island Expressway to exit 36 (Searingtown Road/Port Washington). At the light, make a right onto Searingtown Road. Take Searingtown Road north, it will change into Port Washington Boulevard and then into Middle Neck Road. The Preserve will be on the right.