Education is a core part of the North Shore Land Alliance’s mission and is integral to helping community members understand the benefits associated with the preservation of Long Island’s land and waters and the important role land conservation plays in ensuring a healthy quality of life.

Our Walks in the Woods are a series of free educational and interactive explorations through Long Island parks and nature preserves, many of which are off the beaten path.

Since 2007, the Walks in the Woods program has educated nearly 3,000 visitors of all ages about the wildlife and plants that call these natural areas home. Participants have also gained an understanding and appreciation of local land conservation and its benefits to our food and water supplies and wildlife habitats and its connection to the strength and health of our communities.

If you would like to register for a walk, join or renew your membership or make a donation to help advance our conservation efforts, please visit our website or call 516-922-1028.

These events are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Walk dates, times and locations are subject to change so please check our website for updates.


2024 Walks in the Woods

  • North Shore Land Alliance Nature Preserve

    Nature Walk Through Roosevelt Preserve

    Thursday, July 25th, 6:00 PM – Explore the Roosevelt Preserve, a delightful strip of woodland, in the summer when the aroma of sweet pepperbush fills the air.
  • Paddle Cold Spring Harbor

    Paddle Along the Historic Cold Spring Harbor

    Thursday, August 1st, 5:30 PM – Join the Land Alliance for a delightful summer evening on the water, with our experienced and friendly kayak leaders.  
  • Wawapek

    Nature Walk Through Wawapek Preserve

    Wednesday, August 21st, 6:00 PM – Learn about the recent habitat restoration projects followed by an exploration native propagation in the Wawapek greenhouse.
  • Seminary of the Immaculate Conception

    Bird Walk at the Newly Protected Seminary

    Saturday, September 14th, 8:30 AM – Join the Land Alliance for a bird walk as we explore the newly protected Seminary property at Lloyd Harbor.
  • Paddle Cold Spring Harbor

    Paddle Oyster Bay from Centre Island Beach

    Sunday, September 21, 2:00 PM – Explore the high-quality marine habitat of the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge while paddling through Oyster Bay Harbor.
  • Big Reed Pond Nature Preserve

    Hike Big Reed Pond Nature Preserve

    Saturday, October 12th, 11:00 AM – Be on the lookout for interesting plants and birds as we hike Big Reed Pond Nature Preserve in Montauk.

    Explore Garvies Point Nature Preserve

    Sunday, November 3rd, 11:00 AM – Witness firsthand the wonders of nature and explore how we can apply its principles to enhance our own lives.
  • Adelphi University

    Adelphi University Arboretum Tour

    Saturday, December 7th, 11:00 AM – Learn about the plants, flowers and foliage that create a healthy and inviting home for students, faculty and wildlife.