Guided Walks & Other Events
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Upcoming Hikes & Events
Animal Evidence at Houdek Dunes — Saturday October 8th 10:00 am
Docents Ann McInnis, Jane Gale, and Beth Chiles invite you to explore with them the fall activities of plants and animals inhabiting this diverse 337 acre Natural Area. We’ll look for evidence of ever-shy bears, deer, coyotes, foxes, bunnies, even cougars, and much more which may give us clues to how life in the natural world survives, let along prepares for the upcoming Leelanau winter. What do plants and mushrooms do? Find out the role geology & weather have played in contributing to the diverse ecological communities currently found in this amazing Natural Area. We’ll generate questions… perhaps with no answers.
Nature Prepares for Winter at Kehl Lake — Saturday October 22nd 10:00 am
Explore this biologically diverse Natural Area with docents Ann McInnis and Jane Gale as the cooler seasons approach. What are some clues that signal to plants and animals that preparations are needed in order to survive a Leelanau winter and what are some of those preparations? Why do some trees drop their leaves after changing colors? How do mushrooms fit into this picture? What are some strategies used by animals to survive as they remain inactive or active all winter? Many questions lead to new Nature discoveries…and lots of fun learning…..maybe even more fun than indoor electronic thingies?!
Fall Color Hike at DeYoung — Sunday, October 23rd 1:00 pm
Join docents Dave Amos, Marsha Buehler, and JoAnne Gerben in a hike around the DeYoung Farm to see the Fall colors. The oaks, black cherry, maple, poplar and bass wood will be in varying shades of red, yellow and brown and the fields are full of many varieties of late blooming flowers and berries.
Please park in the Strang Rd lot. Strang Rd. is about a quarter mile north of the main farmstead.