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Horsing Around in Russell Forest

Published: 04.25.2023

In May, Naturalist Marianne opens up with a live horse in honor of Derby Day then offers several opportunities to connect with nature throughout the month.

Horsing Around

Saturday, May 6 – 9am–1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

It’s Derby Day! Gallop to the Naturalist’s Cabin to brush, groom and learn all 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 also 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. Check your pantry for stale cereals or breads—they are a perennial pony favorite! Although all interactions will be closely guided by Marianne, please assist in supervising your child in this activity. Call Naturalist Marianne at 256.496.2710 with any questions. No charge!

Marianne will also be at The Stables for the Derby Day event with a Russell Forest critter!

Wildlife Presentations

Friday, May 12 – 6–8:30pm
Saturday, May 13 – 9am–1pm
Saturday, May 27 – 9am–1pm
Sunday, May 28 – 9am–1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Stop by the Naturalist’s Cabin during any of the times below 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.

Guided Nature Tour

Sunday, May 28 – 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 the 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 our Naturalist at 256-496-2710 to inquire and to register in advance.

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