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Horsing Around and Getting to Know Our Wild Neighbors


Published: 04.22.2021

Russell Lands Naturalist Marianne Hudson is always a great source for interesting and informative talks about the forest around us. In May, the Derby inspires a closer look into horses, wildlife and artifacts of Russell Forest, and a guided hike exploring the flora and fauna.

Horsing Around

Saturday, May 1 – 10am-2pm
The Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

It’s Derby Day! Gallop to the Naturalist’s Cabin to brush, groom and learn about equines on this day of historic horse races. A very gentle live horse will be available for kids to pet, examine and discover. Children will learn about safety around horses and discover the features that make a horse’s body so amazing. Brushes, supplies and stepstools will be on hand. Visitors are welcome to bring their own apples, carrots or sugary treats for the horse. Although all interactions will be closely guided by Marianne, please assist in supervising your child in this activity. No charge!

Wildlife Presentations

Friday, May 28 – 6–8pm
Saturday, May 29 – 9am–1pm
Monday, May 31 – 9am–1pm
The Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Stop by the Naturalist’s Cabin during any of the times above and discover a display of wildlife artifacts (including live animals). Touch, discover, and learn from the Russell Forest items and get tips on how to get more enjoyment from your time spent outdoors. We will discuss ways you can attract wildlife to your yard and what to do if you’re trying to discourage them from visiting your property. Ages 5–105. No charge!

Guided Nature Tour

Saturday, May 29 – 7am
Meet at Wilson Road Trailhead

Let’s get up and go! We will explore habitats influenced by damp soils and creeks during this slow-paced walk through the woods. As we move from one area to the next, the variety of flora and fauna specific to each region’s moisture content will be examined, discussed, and enjoyed! We never know what we will find but count on always finding a renewed spirit and a good time. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED!  There is a $10 fee for this program.
Please contact Naturalist Marianne at 256.496.2710 to inquire and to register in advance.

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