Preview our 2023 Walks in the Woods

Walks in the Woods

2023 Walk in the Woods Preview

Saturday, January 21st, 1:00 am – Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood
Led by Abby Bezrutczyk, Bill Jacobs and Melody Penny

Join the Long Island Invasive Species Management area to learn about winter tree and shrub identification as we explore the diversity of both native and invasive plants along the property’s cosmic trail.

Sunday, February 19th, 2:30 pm – Shore Road Sanctuary, Cold Spring Harbor
Led by Gwen Ugan

Don your citizen scientist hat and join Gwen the weekend of the Great Backyard Bird Count to survey winter waterfowl in Cold Spring Harbor.

Saturday, March 25th, 11:00 am – Matheson Meadows, Lloyd Neck
Led by Richard Weir and Lisa de Guzman

Visit Matheson Meadows with a dynamic duo when you will find egg cases – first discovered here by Lisa – for an insect unusual in these parts. Richard, a marvelous teacher and expert horticulturist, will enlighten you about the Meadows’ diverse plant community.

Saturday, April 29th, 9:30 am – Williams Preserve, Lattingtown
Led by Peter Meleady and Jane Jackson

Peter and Jane will lead a tour of our newest preserve – a charming 4.5-acre property consisting of mature native trees, emerging meadow and freshwater pond – and discussion of habitat restoration underway.

Saturday, May 12th, 9:00 am – Sound View Dunes Park, Southold
Led by John Turner

Explore Sound View Dunes Park’s 57 acres of beach, dune, wetland and forest habitats with one of Long Island’s most loved and respected naturalists. The focus will be on birds during their spring migration.

Friday, June 16th, 6:00 pm – Hofstra Arboretum, Hempstead
Led by Mike Runkel

Explore Hofstra University’s plant communities as Mike discusses how a warming climate plays into decisions about shifts in heat hardiness zones and what species to plant here on Long Island.

Thursday, June 29th, 6:00 pm – Youngs Farm, Old Brookville
Led by Tim Dooley

As harvest time approaches, 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 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 by MaryLaura Lamont in partnership with Long Island Botanical Society

MaryLaura will introduce us to the 18 species, some now 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 beach and cliff plants. $8.00 parking fee

Tuesday, August 29th, 7:00 pm – Humes Preserve, Mill Neck
Led by Peter Martin

When the full moon is nigh, Peter will lead an exploration across Humes’s meadow when 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 manages the property, will tour its habitat restoration and formal garden and 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, which 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 – 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 instruction and then you can go out alone or with friends. The course should take about an hour, if you don’t get lost.

Events are subject to change.  Please check our website ( for updates.