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


Join the 2015 Trail Hike Challenge

Hike 15 of our trails between now and October and receive a special gift. Learn more


What to look for on the trail in January & February


JANUARY Snowy Owls in open fields and coastal areas. Stoneflies emerge. First heavy snows, footprints. Honeybee flights. Hunger Moon of the Ameircan Indian. Stock birdfeeders well, put out suet.

FEBRUARY Redpoll flights. Feb. 2 is Groundhog Day. Tiny black snowflies at the sunny base of trees. Great Horned Owls nest. Foxes yip at night. Snow Buntings move northward along the coast. Red-wings return.




Postponed from March 1 due to ice on the trails.

Exploring the Secrets of Trees in Winter

Sunday March 28, 2–4:00 pm with Susannah Graedel. Learn more…



Barry Haigis
1935 – 2014

We say goodbye to our longtime friend and supporter, Barry Haigis.



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Read about the early years of the Land Trust and learn about harvesting salt marsh hay in Madison.