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In the Nature in Your Neighborhood program, our backyards and neighborhoods are our classrooms. Birds, trees, ferns, and mammals are just a few of the topics we will learn about together.

Our explorations are 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.

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


View the List of Topics and Presentations:

Birds — with Ken Wilson and Dave Rugh

Trees — with Erik Kingfisher

Insects — with Richard Lewis

Ferns — with Heather Harding

Amphibians & Reptiles — with Geoff Hammerson

Shrubs with Byron Rot

Herbaceous Plants — with Coca Sanchez and Dana Ecelberger

Mammals with Darrell and Lorna Smith

Observing as a Naturalist with Ken Wilson (includes an overview about observational skills and using binoculars)

Local Geology — with Michael Machette

Coastal Geomorphology — with John Bethel

Marine Mammalswith Dave Rugh

Wildlife Tracking — with Sarah Spaeth

We’re excited to announce that in Winter 2021 we will have a set of bonus Nature in Your Neighborhood Winter Virtual Nature Walks that take a deeper dive into specific forest-related topics. Please save these dates and stay tuned for more to come! 

Wednesday January 27th, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Mosses with Tracy Hudson

Wednesday, February 3rd, 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Liverworts with Tracy Hudson


You can still sign up! Sign up below to gain access to recordings of our Virtual Nature Walks and Extending Our Reach presentations and see the full list of resources provided by our volunteer naturalists.

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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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