Spring Wildflowers

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

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

Greist Pond

Fall on the Greist Pond loop of the Ironwoods Trail.

Ox Pasture Evening

Treasure Hunt Hike

Young hikers following a treasure hunt along the Neck River.

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.

Ox Pasture Hike

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

Rettich Preserve

Mushroom Forest

Photo by Anne Elliott, 2011 photo contest, Ironwoods Preserve

Fairytale Forest

Photo by Emily Soboleski, 2011 photo contest, Shepherds Trail

Wood Frog

Photo by Geoffrey Giller

Dam in the Ironwoods Preserve

Photo by Joan O’Neill

Without your help, this beautiful bufflehead duck might lose an important resting spot on the Ironwoods Preserve.


The best thing you can do to insure that our woodland friends continue to make their homes in our town is to make a generous donation.

New England Aster

What to look for on the trail

SEPTEMERMushrooms. Goldenrod, Asters, Fringed Gentian. Monarch Butterfly and Great Darner migration. Broad-Winged Hawks on the wing. Webs of Fall Webworm. Tree swallow and Fall Warbler migration. Full moon will reveal passing bird migrants.

OCTOBER Nuts ripen. Juncos, Grosbeaks, Purple Finches, Chickadees appear. Sharpshinned Hawks, Ospreys, Blackbirds migrate. Flocks of waterfowl appear out of the north. Chipmunks go underground. Sept. leftovers of Black-Eyed Susan, Peppergrass, Sneezeweed, Sticktight, Common Mallow.

NOVEMBER Canada Geese honking across the sky. Old birds’ nests visible. Golden pods high on tulip trees. Witch Hazel in bloom. Last calls of Meadow Crickets. Deer herds gathering. Early snows.

DECEMBER Orion visible. Wood Turtles go into hibernation. Ducks active as ponds start to freeze over. Mice feed on grass shoots and bark. Starlings flock. Redpolls, Goldfinches, Titmice appear.