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Get Closer to Nature in July

Published: 06.28.2023

In July, Naturalist Marianne educates us about the inhabitants of Russell Forest and leads us on a nature hike into their habitat.

Wildlife Presentations

Saturday, July 1 – 9am-4pm during Arti Gras
Sunday, July 2 – 9am-4pm during Arti Gras
Friday, July 7 – 6-8pm
Saturday, July 8 – 9am-4pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Stop into the Naturalist Cabin during Arti Gras, Friday On The Green, or on the other listed dates and times to see some local Russell Forest representatives and learn about the role they play in the woods. You’ll discover what they eat, how they live, and what types of habitats they prefer. Naturalist Marianne will be on hand to interpret the displays and also tell you all about the myths surrounding some of our local wildlife. There will be plenty to learn! No charge—everyone is welcome!

Guided Nature Tour

Let’s Spend Some Time in the Woods!
Saturday, July 8 – 5pm
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead

For about 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 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—preferably some that can get wet! Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! There is a $10 fee for this program. Please contact our Naturalist at 256-496-2710 or [email protected] to inquire and to register.

For all Guided Nature Tours: It is recommended that participants have a moderate fitness level and are able to stand or walk for at least two hours. Walking pace will be relaxed with frequent stops. Comfortable, seasonally appropriate clothing and shoes are advised. Participants may also wish to bring bottled water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. There are no bathrooms on the Forest Trails.

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