2023 Walks in the Woods & Other Cool Things to Do Outside

North Shore Land Alliance Nature Preserve

Our Walks are as popular as always, limited only by parking/access restrictions at the delightful, often off-the-beaten-path locations.   New locations this year include Sound View Dunes Park, Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Laurel Hill Farms and Hofstra University. Some of you may have already experienced our new protocol of delaying registration for each walk until 2 – 3 months prior to, so they don’t all get filled up before our calendar brochures reach members’ mailboxes. 70 attendees enjoyed walks in our first quarter, shown in photos here.

Join us for these upcoming Walks in the Woods.

Advance registration is required and events are subject to change. To register or for more information, visit our website at www.northshorelandalliance.org/events.

Thursday, June 29th, 6:00 pm
Youngs Farm, Old Brookville
Led by Tim Dooley
Tim will lead us on a tour of one of Nassau County’s most treasured family farms.

Saturday, July 15th, 10:00 am
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue

Led by Matt Kaelin
Quogue Wildlife Refuge is home to all three of the types of carnivorous plants found on Long Island. Matt will introduce us to these and other curious species with a presentation on carnivorous plants and their habitats and a tour of the bog at the Refuge.

Saturday, August 5th, 10:00 am
Hallock State Park, Riverhead
Led ByMaryLaura Lamont
In partnership with Long Island Botanical Society
MaryLaura will introduce us to the 18 species, some now very rare, of native Long Island wildflowers planted in Hallock’s garden. They all attract a huge variety of pollinating bees, butterflies and other insects. We will then stroll to the Sound for a look at the beach and cliff plants. ($8.00 parking fee)

Tuesday, August 29th, 7:00 pm (rain date: Wednesday, August 30)
Humes Preserve, Mill Neck
Led by Peter Martin
When the full moon is nigh, Peter will lead an exploration across Humes’s meadow. We may find migrating birds, crepuscular and nocturnal mammals and who knows what else?

Saturday, September 23rd, 6:00 pm
Wawapek, Cold Spring Harbor
Led by Meghan Leverock
Meghan, who resides at and manages the property, will tour its habitat restoration and formal garden areas whose dramatic improvements she has overseen, then lead us through the preserve’s woodland. The tour will end at our newly installed Ralf Lange Garden and restored greenhouse.

Saturday, October 7th, 9:00 am
Laurel Hill Farms, Cove Neck
Led by Enrico Nardone, In partnership with Seatuck Environmental Association
Join Seatuck’s Enrico (and friends!) for a walk at Laurel Hill Farms. It includes some of the best North Shore deciduous forest in Nassau County. The changing foliage of early autumn and the fall bird migration should provide plenty of interest, and the topography will ensure some exercise!

Saturday, November 18th, 11:00 am (rain date Nov. 19)
Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich
Led by Glen Malings
Afraid you’re relying too much on GPS? Want to practice your map reading skills? Orienteering is like a treasure hunt in the woods using a map to find controls (box shaped flags) hanging from trees. We’ll give instructions and then you can go out alone or with friends. The course should take about an hour, if you don’t get lost.