Join us for this monthly series of themed walks as we explore 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 Environmental Educator Hildur Palsdottir, Port Washington Monarch Alliance Founder David Jakim, assistant Max Goldman, 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 – Life Beneath the Leaves: Adventures in Observation
Sunday, November 10
Take a mindful walk through the Preserve’s woods and discover the magnificent patterns, colors, shapes, and textures of Fall. We’ll note deciduous trees and evergreens; collect nuts for identification of their parent trees; and learn the common characteristics that distinguish families of trees based on their shared characteristics. Below the decomposing leaves on the ground, we’ll utilize expert clues such as leaf structures and arrangements, nuts and fruit, bark characteristics, smell, and texture to identify trees. Participants will learn to recognize the most common tree species found at the Preserve including maples, oaks, birches, beaches, hickories, ashes, cherries, and tulip trees.
Members: $10 per car
Non-Members: $20 per car
Includes parking. Payment received at the Gate.
Wildlife Prepares for Winter
Sunday, December 8
Sights and sounds reveal the year-round residents at the Sands Point Preserve. On this walk, we’ll discover how animals and birds adapt to colder temperatures. A special guest from the North Shore Audubon Society, Peggy Maslow, will help us spot the birds that stay throughout the year, and we’ll discuss effective ways to support winter bird life, including calorie-rich natural food sources and shelter to keep warm. We will introduce ways to help winter birds thrive in your backyard, including native fruiting shrubs and trees. Bring your binoculars!
- Wildlife Prepares for Winter
December 8, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm