All-season meetups that happen 1st Fridays of the month from 1:30-3pm. Email LLTkidsprograms@gmail.com to receive details. This is a rain or snow program. Only thunderstorms and dangerous road conditions will result in meetup being cancelled.
– March 6 – Onatru Reservation (Meet at the Farhouse/Parks & Rec office located at 99 Elmwood Rd.,SS)
– April 3 – Marian Yarrow Preserve (The Preserve entrance is on the east side of Mt. Holly Road, .3 mi. south of Todd Road and .3 mi. north of the intersection of Holly Hill Lane. There is some off-road parking.)
– May 1 – Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Meadow Parking Lot located on the left about .5 miles past the visitor center.
– June 5 – Leon Levy Preserve (The main entrance and parking lot is on Route 123 – Smith Ridge Road – just south of the intersection of Route 35.)
3:00-4:30. Onatru Farmhouse.
We are sorry to say that the live animal program with Animal Embassy has been postponed. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates as we assess.
Saturday, March 21: 3-4:30pm at Onatru Farm House. Naturalist Chris Evers introduces us to a variety of fascinating creatures and how their behaviors change as spring arrives. Animals include a rabbit, axolotl, owl, snake, treefrog, African bullfrog, and turtles. Followed by a hike in the Onatru Reservation to discover signs of our local wildlife. Recommended for ages 3+. No dogs, please. Boots for potentially muddy spring conditions recommended. Meet at Parks & Recreation building, Onatru Farm, 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem.
10am-noon. Brownell Preserve. Hike leader Peggy Nordgren will be your guide to exploring the trails of this lesser- known woodland preserve. You may hear Spring peepers and Wood frogs if the timing is right! Meet at the preserve entrance at 4 Harriet Lane, north of Route 138 in Goldens Bridge. Limited parking is available – please carpool if attending with friends. Hiking boots are recommended for potentially muddy spring conditions.
Saturday, 10am-12pm at Mt. Holly Preserve, Two Programs celebrating Earth Day and The Importance of Conservation.
FAMILY PROGRAM – Naturalist Eric Stone of The Rewilding School will lead families on a wooded walk through Mt. Holly Sanctuary, and early Spring habitats, while we learn about the importance of land conservation. Recommended for ages 4+. Boots recommended.
ADULT PROGRAM – LLT‘s board member and head steward of Mt. Holly Preserve, Paul Collura, will take us on a hike through the Preserve. Journey through miles of moderate bucolic terrain. Park at trailhead near 21 Mt. Holly Road East, Katonah. Steady rain cancels.
And on Sunday…
Katonah Village Library. Author and Educator, Kim Eierman, will speak on the important topic, “Becoming an Environmental Steward of Your Own Property Has Never Been More Important.” Learn why and how. Plenty of time for Q&A. This lecture is free, thanks to the generosity of the Jerome Levy Foundation, and all are welcome.
Old Field Preserve Waccabuc. Want to get outside more but not sure where to go? Nervous about going on your own? Learn the basics: how to plan, what to take on a hike, how to read a trail map, how to read the trail blazes, leave no trace. Meet at Old Field Preserve, Mead Street, Waccabuc (across from Schoolhouse Rd). Led by Bonnie Robins.
Mountain Lakes Park. Families and friends are invited on a tour of frog ponds with naturalist Paul Lewis. It’s late in the season already for Vernal pools so we should expect to see tadpoles and perhaps some salamanders. It’s also a wonderful time to catch sight of songbirds on their Spring migration. Meet at the first parking area at the main entrance, 201 Hawley Rd, North Salem.
Old Field Preserve – Photographer Curtis Ryan Lew of Pound Ridge will lead us in a photography workshop. Whether you’re using an everyday smartphone, polaroid, or expensive digital camera, learning to see and framing a subject are the foundation of photography. We couldn’t think of a better subject than nature! Recommended for ages 8+, but not a drop off program. Meet at OFP parking, Mead Street, Waccabuc. Steady rain cancels.
Leon Levy Preserve. The Town of Lewisboro and Lewisboro Land Trust work together to provide citizens with opportunities to hike and explore nature in our preserves. Join us for two hikes celebrating our efforts to maintain safe and enjoyable trails in Lewisboro. Family hike: Short easy hike geared for families of children ages 5+ or younger kids with a carrier option. Led by LLT Board Member Shantala DuGay-Iyengar 1.6 miles. Sturdy shoes recommended. Dogs on leash welcome. Steady rain cancels. Adult Hike: Longer moderate hike through several habitats of diverse terrain. Approx 3-4 miles. Co-led by the Town’s OSPAC and LLT‘s Marc Ragette. Sturdy shoes recommended. Dogs on leash welcome. Steady rain cancels. Refreshments for all following the hikes.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. This faster-paced hike runs over a bit of rough terrain as we reach deep into the southern end of the Reservation. Meet at the Michigan Road Parking area. Small entrance fee applies. (Or buy a pass and support this gem in our backyard. You’ll want to after you finish this hike.)
A joint program sponsored by Lewisboro Land Trust with Bedford Audubon. See firsthand the devastating effect of the Emerald ash borer in a section of forest close to the entrance. This area is under study as part of a national program to save ash trees from extinction. Woodpeckers of all kinds are growing in number in response to the insect invasion – not enough to keep the borers in check however. Meet at Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road Katonah.
Leon Levy Preserve Put on your favorite Harry Potter costumes and don’t forget your wands for this one-of-a-kind evening hike in Leon Levy Preserve that will end with a birthday party for the boy wizard at Black Mansion. Ages 6+. Sturdy shoes recommended. Dogs on leash welcome. Steady rain cancels. Meet at LLP, Rte 123, South Salem.
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.
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