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 Tree Sister 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: Springtime Celebration – Adventures in Observation
Monday, May 27 at 3 – 4 pm
We’ll discover how mother earth wakes up after winter’s dormancy. We will observe spring growth in the woodlands and habitats across the Preserve. We’ll take a walk along the beach to see what the sea has deposited over the course of the colder months and observe the changes taking place in the water world in preparation for summer. Turtles have woken up from the muddy bed of the fresh water pond, and, overhead, the migrating birds are arriving in abundance. Bring your binoculars!
Members: $10 per car
Non-Members: $20 per car
Includes parking. Payment received at the Gate.
Wisdom & Folklore from Native & Exotic Plants
Sunday, June 9
Explore the cultural and traditional uses of native and exotic wild plants. What are the physical and chemical properties that give them their smells, flavors, and textures? Most medicines that we have today were inspired by active ingredients found in the natural world. How do cultures from around the world determine which plants are edible and/or medicinal?
Geological Exploration Through Time: Before the Dinosaurs to the Present
Sunday, July 14
Join us as we reconstruct the geological history of the preserve. Discover extraordinary environmental features, including gigantic boulders strewn erratically across the landscape, patterns in sediment layers on the beach dune cliffs showing evidence of ancient rivers, and wind-blown dust from the bottom of the Long Island Sound. On the beach, we’ll observe coastal geological processes and discuss the consequences of climate change.
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.