Amphibian Neighbors

Kids discovering amphibians along our trails with Yale biologists Dave Skelly and Kealoha Freidenburg.

Reading the Forest

Author and biologist Tom Wessels taught us how to understand history by looking at the forest.

Spring Wildflowers

Yale Botanist Michael Donoghue leading a spring botany and wildflower walk.

Ox Pasture Hike

Julie Ainsworth leading a group out into the Ox Pasture in the spring time.

Greist Pond

Fall on the Greist Pond loop of the Ironwoods Trail.

Treasure Hunt Hike

Young hikers following a treasure hunt along the Neck River.

Spring Birding

Birder Mike DiGiorgio leads a group in the early spring along the Summer Hill Trail.

Red-Shouldered Hawk with Chick

Photo by Dave Stephenson, near Indian Rock Shelters Trail

Mushroom Forest

Photo by Anne Elliott, 2011 photo contest, Ironwoods Preserve

Fairytale Forest

Photo by Emily Soboleski, 2011 photo contest, Shepherds Trail

Ox Pasture in the Early Morning

Photo by Natasha Barrow, 2011 photo contest

Cedar Island

Photo by Joan O’Neill, view of Cedar Island looking toward the Sound from the East River

Wood Frog

Photo by Geoffrey Giller

Dam in the Ironwoods Preserve

Photo by Joan O’Neill


Sunday, July 23, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner and Music at Rettich Preserve

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The best thing you can do to insure that the Whip-poor-will’s beautiful song greets us for many springs to come is to make a  generous donation.




Kids ages 8-11 are invited to join us this summer for Summer Explorers.

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violetWhat to look for on the trail in April – June

APRIL  Red Maples flower. Tree Swallows, House Wrens, Wood Pewees, Phoebes, catbirds, Flickers. Toads call, Turtles crawl. Spring Azure Butterfly. Anemone, Spring Beauty, Hepatica, Bloodroot, Wild Ginger, Dwarf Ginsing, Trilliium, Vibod-Betony, Wild Geranium, Blue-Eyed Grass, Cinquefoil.

MAY Marsh-Marigold, Bluets, Chickweed. Pussytoes, catbrier, Ferns unfolding, Violets, Blue Flags, Bittersweet, Trout Lily, Mayapple, Starflower, False Hellebore, Solomon’s Seal, Wood Sorrell, Indian Cucumber-Root, Bellwort, Jack-in-the-Pulpit

JUNE Butterflies, Wood Nymph. Fireflies. June Bugs, crickets, Bullfrog chorus. Bats in evening sky. Devil’s Paintbrush, Orange Hawkweed, Lady’s Slipper, Moccasin-Flower, False Solomon’s Seal, Butter-&-Eggs, Spotted Wintergreen, Partridgeberries, Wild Strawberries, Mountain Laurel, Water-Lilies.