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Spring Calendar of Guided Hikes at PRLC Preserves

Russell hikersWelcome and Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to this year’s suite of guided hikes with PRLC’s Land Steward & Educator, Krista Munger.  First we will go to the Clark Preserve for a winter wildlife identification walk on January 28 (See Link).  Conditions may be right for snowshoeing, but don’t be concerned if you don’t have them – several of us will walk ahead and pack down the trail for you.  On March 26, we will search for early signs of spring at Halle Ravine Preserve and hope to see frogs, toads, and salamanders emerging under the green ferns and mosses.  Practice identification of trees by their bark, buds, and branching on both excursions.  Our focus on May 21 is wildflower identification in the Armstrong Preserve’s outdoor classrooms, including the Working Backyard where we grow native trees, shrubs, and plants for use in restoration projects in our preserves.  Bird migration will be in full swing and the vernal pool should be full of frogs, so bring binoculars and plan to spend the afternoon exploring whatever interests you most in nature.  There may even be morel mushrooms!

To receive a reminder ahead of each of these events, please join our mailing list.  We will send you an email about once per month.  We also have a series of volunteer work dates scheduled for the Spring beginning on March 4 at Clark Preserve.  Please see our events calendar for other dates, and email Krista at landsteward.educator@prlc.net for more information and to sign up for email reminders on volunteering opportunities.  You can like us on Facebook too!

Guided Hike at Halle Ravine, in Search of Spring

spotted salamanderDate: Sunday March 26, 2017 – Postponed to Sunday April 9, 2017

Time: 2pm-4pm

Location:  Halle Ravine, located on Trinity Pass Road near the intersection with Donbrook Road

Hunt for early signs of Spring with a naturalist guide in the forests and wetlands of Halle Ravine.  We will discuss the recent clearing of invasive species in the north end of the Preserve and the marking of hemlock trees throughout as work to protect this historic forest for future generations to enjoy.  We will also be on the hunt for the earliest signs of Spring:  frogs, toads, salamanders, and ephemeral flowering plants!  Please pre-register for weather-related updates and parking tips by emailing landsteward.educator@prlc.net, or call (914) 205-3533.