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APRIL 14 (Sun) 3:00-4:30pm: ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE – KATONAH LIBRARY: “Forest Bathing,” “Eco-therapy,” “Biofilia,” …we hear these words often these days. But, what do they really mean? What actual effect does nature have on us..and, what does the lack of it do to us as well?
On April 14, at 3pm at the Katonah Village Library, the Lewisboro Land Trust presents Florence Williams, nationally acclaimed environmental journalist, and author of “The Nature Fix,” who will give a talk on the verifiable effects of nature on humans. Taking us on her journey researching scientific studies around the world, (from Japan to Scotland to Utah), we will learn: What constitutes exposure to nature? How much is optimal for maximum benefit? What are the symptoms of a nature deficit? And, how being in nature changes our brains and physiology, our mood and cognition.
This lecture is part of the Leon Levy Environmental Lecture Series and is presented free of charge due to the sponsorship of the Jerome Levy Foundation.
APRIL 28 (Sun)- 10:00-12:00- EARTH DAY CELEBRATION – Celebrate Earth’s beauty and bounty and explore the global focus of Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species. Two Programs available: CHILDREN’ FAMILY HIKE to four checkpoints where children (and their parents!) will learn about local species that are endangered or threatened, and actions we can take to help preserve them. Led by naturalist Jim Nordgren and coordinator Shantala DuGay-Iyengar. Also, GUIDED ADULT HIKE – led by Peggy Nordgren, moderately paced through beautiful varied terrain of LLP. Refreshments served. Meet at Leon Levy Preserve, rte 123,South Salem (1/4 Mile south of rte 35). Steady Rain cancels.
MAY 4 (SAT) 10:00-12:00- SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK -The early bird catches the worm when it comes to finding our loveliest spring wildflowers, many adapted to bloom before trees leaf out and cast shade on the forest floor. Enjoy the thrill of finding these jewels of the forest with naturalist Krista Munger. All ages welcome on this slow-paced tour of the Wild Flower Garden and nearby woodlands, where some of our rarest and most beautiful flowers, protected from deer, grow in their natural environment. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, rte. 121, Cross River. Meet at Trailside Museum. Steady rain cancels.
MAY 14 (TUESDAY)-1:30-2:30- PRESCHOOL NATURE WALK – After preschool and lunch, bring your little ones (ages 3-5) to Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, for an easy nature walk along Cross River. Meet at the FH trailhead by the Meadow parking lot (about 1/4 mi from office on left). Come early for a picnic by the tree, or visit the Trailside Nature Museum after. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Steady rain cancels.
SUNDAY, MAY 19th – 12:00 -1:00 — Blessing of the Animals – Old Field Preserve Meditation Garden — Please join us for Lewisboro’s third annual Blessing of the Animals, presided over by Danny Martin of Cross River. The 25-minute ceremony will include stories, music and songs. All animals/pets (whether on leashes, in cages, boxes or bowls, on lead ropes or under saddle) are welcome! Refreshments served. You may also, decorate a rock (provided), inscribed with an intention or dedication or in memory/honor, to be left at the garden. OFP is on Mead Street at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road, Waccabuc. (Car and horse-trailer parking available on east side of Mead Street; Car parking also available in the preserve and on Mead Street). Steady rain cancels.
MAY 25th (SAT)- 10:00 -11:30 – FAMILY HIKE AT MARIAN YARROW PRESERVE. Join us on a family friendly walk through a beautiful forest with meadow and stream. Dogs on leashes (with well behaved owners) are welcome. Cookies and lemonade following hike. Rated easy. Meet at parking area off Mt. Holly Road, 1/3 mi from intersection of Holly Hill Lane, Katonah. Led by Mark Ragette. Steady rain cancels.
JUNE 1st (SAT)- 2:30-4:30 – CHILDREN’S FAMILY PROGRAM: CONTAINER GARDENS. Join naturalist Pam Pooley to create a one-of-a-kind container garden that your family can watch grow over the summer. Pots, plants, seeds, soil, and materials to decorate your pots will be provided. Old Field Preserve, Mead Street, Waccabuc. Meet at meditation garden for planting, after which the group will hike the Education Nature Trail. Steady rain cancels.
JUNE 8th (SAT)- 10:00-12:00 MOUNTAIN LAUREL HIKE – Hike through meadows and forest as we enjoy the incredible beauty of thousands of blooming Mountain Laurels in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Meet at Kimberly Bridge parking in WPRR, Rte 121 (1/4 mi south of Rte 35), Cross River. (Small entrance fee applies). Optional pot luck picnic following hike. Led by Bonnie Robins. 3-4 miles; rated moderate. Steady rain cancels.
June 23, (SUN)- 12:00-2:00- HEALTHY LAKES AND WATER IN LEWISBORO. Long Pond Preserve, Mead Street, Waccabuc. Learn more about water quality of our Lewisboro lakes, what we can do to protect it, and how it effects us all. Local experts and advocates Paul Lewis and Jan Anderson (of Three Lakes Council) will take us for an informational tour along the pristine Eastern shore of Lake Waccabuc. Bring your questions and your binoculars for a closer look at lake ecology. Steady rain cancels.
July 13, (SAT) 10am – 12:00 NATIVE PLANT TOUR at Leon Levy Preserve. Smith Ridge Road (Route 123), South Salem. Pam Pooley, local native landscape designer, will lead a tour of the Leon Levy Preserve’s entrance garden and nearby restoration areas. Learn about using native plants to sustain wildlife and add beauty to your property. Steady rain cancels.
JULY 21 (SUN)- 10:00-12:00-CHILDREN/FAMILY PROGRAM: PAINTING WITH NATURE – Families enjoy a 1-hour hike gathering materials for their own set of paint brushes and then use them to create a painting. Everyone will contribute to a large-scale painting that will be displayed at the Lewisboro Library children’s room at the end of summer. Recommended for ages 4-14. Program held at at the Lewisboro Town Park, rte. 35, South Salem. Meet at upper parking lot by the baseball field. Steady rain cancels.
July 28, (Sun) 12pm to 2pm. GUIDED HIKE AT WESTCHESTER WILDERNESS WALK. Discover the Zofnass Family Preserve on Joshua Hobby Lane off Upper Shad Road, Pound Ridge NY. This faster-paced hike passes over stepping stones and up and down hilly terrain, with numerous signposts and jokes to keep up the spirit. Wear good shoes and bring a water bottle or two in case of hot weather. Rated moderately/Difficult due to varied terrain. Steady rain cancels.
AUGUST 17th (SAT), 10:00-noon- MEADOWS AND MONARCHS: Old Field Preserve. Learn about the wildlife in meadows and how to maintain one on your own property from naturalist Jim Nordgren. Look for signs of the endangered Monarch butterfly, their caterpillars, chrysalis, habitats, and learn how we can help them survive. All ages are welcome to come and count butterflies! Old Field Preserve, Mead Street, Waccabuc. (across from Schoolhouse Rd). Steady rain cancels.
AND: We hope all members of the community and friends far and wide will join us for OUR 25th BIRTHDAY PARTY on Sunday, AUGUST 18th, at Mountain Lakes Camp. Please watch our website: www.lewisborolandtrust.org or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NEW TRAIL GUIDE PRINTED! — Pick one up at the Lewisboro Town House, Lewisboro Library, both in South Salem, Lewisboro Parks and Rec Dept. at Onatru Farm in Vista, or Cross River Wine Merchant in Cross River. $10 suggested donation. To order online, go to Events on this website, and click to order.
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