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Naturalist Marianne Takes Us “Back to Class” and More

Published: 09.16.2020

In the month of September, our Naturalist Marianne is offering us several opportunities to get back to nature. She’ll be taking us “Back to Class” and conducting guided hikes through Russell Forest.

Wildlife Presentations

Friday, September 4 – 6-8pm
Monday, September 7 – 9am-1pm
Friday, September 11 – 6-8pm
Friday, September 18 – 6-8pm
Saturday, September 26 – 9 am-1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Back to Class!
Supplement your student’s science lessons with a visit to the Naturalist’s Cabin! Join Naturalist Marianne during any of the above scheduled times to discuss how various Russell Forest residents are CLASSIFIED. Representatives from the bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, and insect groups will be at the Cabin to display how their similarities and differences place them in separate categories. Participants will discover how animals’ similarities and differences help us categorize them. Each variety of critter will be used to illustrate how various features are used to categorize and classify living things. Appropriate for all ages!

Guided Nature Tours

Monday, September 7 – 7am
Saturday, September 26 – 7am
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead

Let’s spend the morning in the woods!
For almost two hours, we will be in the woods identifying the variety of plant and animal life we discover. In addition to learning from the finds in the forest, we will search for wet residents keeping cool as the season prepares for change. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Insect repellent and sunscreen will be provided – bring your own drinking water and comfortable shoes. Appropriate for participants ages 5 – 105.

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.


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