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Naturalist Marianne Featuring Wet Wildlife and a Night Hike

Published: 07.25.2023

In August, Naturalist Marianne showcases the wet wildlife that know how to get cool in a sweltering summer forest.

Wildlife Presentations

August Aquatics
Saturday, August 5 – 9am-2pm
Friday, August 11 – 6-8pm
Saturday, August 12 – 9am-2pm
Friday, August 18 – 6-8pm
Saturday, August 19 – 9am-2pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Join Naturalist Marianne at Russell Crossroads for an informative exhibit featuring wet wildlife! August is all about the aquatic species that call Lake Martin home. A variety of tanks and terrariums will be on hand while our Naturalist interprets and teaches from this display of denizens of the deep. Multiple soggy specimens will make a splash as they demonstrate the features that make them more at home in the water than out. Come to the cabin at your leisure to get a lesson on the spot about the critters on exhibit. Display includes live animals and is appropriate for all ages. No charge—everyone is welcome!

Guided Nature Tour

Night Hike!
Saturday, August 12 – 7pm
Meet at Wilson Road Trailhead

The sun will set as we walk the Russell Forest trails. Let’s listen as the evening sounds slowly turn into nighttime noises. The forest settles into a different rhythm at night. BE THERE TO FEEL IT! As the light dims, we will be in the woods identifying the variety of plant and animal life we discover. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Insect repellent will be provided—bring your own flashlight, drinking water, and comfortable shoes. Appropriate for participants ages 5+.

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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