Guided Nature Walks

The Preserve’s spectacular 216 acres offer a mix of natural and landscaped areas to explore. Stroll, hike, jog or run on six marked trails through diverse habitats of woods, open fields, and pond. Trail maps are available at the Gate House.

GUIDED NATURE WALKS
Second Sundays of Every Month

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 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 Between the Tides – Animals, Plants, and Amazing Adaptations for Survival
Sunday, August 11 

The zone between high tide and low tide at the beach is a tough place to live. The environment is continuously changing: air and water; crashing waves and rocks; strong winds and salt spray; quick changing temperature extremes. But hundreds of species are well adapted to these challenges, and, on this walk, we’ll search for them with new-found respect: from crab, sea stars, and urchins to several of the Long Island Sound’s 70 distinct types of seaweed – and more.

Admission
Members: $10 per car
Non-Members: $20 per car
Includes parking. Payment received at the Gate.

Upcoming Walks

Monarchs, Milkweed and their Environment
Sunday, September 8

Meet at the Monarch Butterfly Garden at the Phil Dejana Learning Center Outdoor Classroom, and, with a little luck, we’ll observe adult Monarchs and look for signs of their life cycle: egg, caterpillar, and chrysalis. We’ll draw connections between this extraordinary species’ life story and the natural history of the Sands Point Preserve. We’ll explore the world of the Monarchs’ close relatives in the butterfly family and other groups of invertebrates, and we’ll discover the importance of native plants in the evolution of insect-host relationships.

Enhance your Eco-Literacy: Beware of Invaders
Sunday, October 13

The Sands Point Preserve is has many different habitat types – but the native plant species within each habitat are threatened by invasive species that can shade out and compete for nutrients. Across Long Island, non-native, invasive species cause significant problems, and careful management is of utmost importance. On this walk, we’ll learn to identify and distinguish between invasive and non-invasive species so that you can begin to manage the plant life around you. Learn best practices for early detection and fast removal! Participants will take home a reference guide and a Citizen Science application to report invasive species data to benefit the environment.

Life Under the Leaf Litter: 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.

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!