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Juvenile Chestnut-backed Chickadee on Vine Maple Tree. Photo by Wendy Feltham.

Juvenile Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Photo by Wendy Feltham.


In the new Nature in Your Neighborhood program, our backyards and neighborhoods will become our classrooms. Birds, trees, ferns, and mammals are just a few of the topics we’ll be diving into throughout May and June.

Our weekly explorations will be guided by an experienced naturalist (or two) who’ll kick off our week of learning with a Virtual Nature Walk and then send us out with activities to explore and observe the hidden wonders close to home. In addition, each week the Online Study Group will come together to wrap up and discuss their adventures from the previous week. 

The program is free and open to all ages, so you’re welcome to encourage your loved ones to participate with you. 

All events will be hosted via Zoom in the Finnriver InCider Space. Links to join will be sent to you via email prior to each event. We’ll also be sharing about our experiences on social media. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to join in on the fun!

View the Nature in Your Neighborhood Schedule:

Every Friday throughout May and June:

3:00 – 3:45 pm: Online Study Group Discussion

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Virtual Nature Walk on New Topic

Weekly Schedule:

Friday, May 1: Birds — with Ken Wilson and Dave Rugh

Friday, May 8: Trees — with Erik Kingfisher

Friday, May 15: Insects — with Richard Lewis

Friday, May 22: Ferns — with Heather Harding

Friday, May 29: Amphibians & Reptiles — with Geoff Hammerson

Friday, June 5: Shrubs with Byron Rot

*Saturday, June 13: Herbaceous Plants — with Coca Sanchez and Dana Ecelberger

Friday, June 19: Mammals with Darrell and Lorna Smith

Friday, June 26: Neighborhood Zoom Potluck Share about your program highlights!

In addition to our virtual nature walks and study group discussions, we will also offer a series of presentations that extend your reach beyond our local neighborhoods.

Select Wednesdays throughout May and June, 3:00 – 4:30 pm:

Wednesday, May 6: Observing as a Naturalist with Ken Wilson (includes an overview about observational skills and using binoculars)

Wednesday, May 20: Local Geology — with Michael Machette

Wednesday, June 3: Coastal Geomorphology — with John Bethel

Wednesday, June 17: Marine Mammalswith Dave Rugh

Wednesday, June 24: Wildlife Tracking — with Sarah Spaeth


It’s easy to participate!

Sign up here to join weekly Virtual Nature Walks, participate in discussions led by volunteer naturalists, connect with one another in our Online Study Group and be a part of the Extending Our Reach presentations.

Can’t commit to the full series? No problem! Just dip in and out as your schedule and interest allow.

Signing up here will automatically register you for all future events and announcements for the full program.
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A big thank you to our volunteer naturalists, the Land Trust Alliance, and partner Finnriver Farm & Cidery who are helping make this program possible.

To join them in supporting our conservation mission, please make a gift to Jefferson Land Trust today. Thank you!

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