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.

Red-Shouldered Hawk with Chick

Photo by Dave Stephenson, near Indian Rock Shelters Trail

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.

Rettich Preserve

Spring Birding

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

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

Join us on Saturday April 27th for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour!

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State Grant Launches Purchase of the Lowry Woods Property

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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.


What to look for on the trail March-May

MARCH Geese and ducks move north. Blackbirds, Song and Fox Sparrows, Mourning Cloak Butterflies. Spotted Salamander migration. Robins, Wood Frogs, Peepers, Skunk Cabbage, Pussy Willow, Snowdrops.

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