There are several upcoming guided hikes - be sure to check out Google Calendar on the homepage to see what's coming up next!
All of these hikes are FREE to the public! We welcome donations though to support our ongoing public programs. We are a nonprofit nature preserve and depend on your generosity to continue to offer free public programs for all. A donation of $5 a person is suggested at public hikes. Or donate online or become a member today!
Living off the land: Springtime medicines
Join Justin Wexler for a guided hike about Native American Plant usages, with a focus on spring time plants.
This hike leaves from the Eldridge Research Station on Pond Hill Rd.
The forests, fields, and wetlands of Huyck Preserve host a diverse array of ferns. Join us for a special 2 hour guided hike by PhD candidate Weston Testo (Univ. Vermont) along Lake Myosotis and through the woods to discover unique aspects of fern biology while learning to identify our most common and charismatic ferns. Please wear sturdy walking shoes and come prepared with water and sunscreen.
This hike takes place during our Open House and will leave from the Visitors Center
How invasive pests and plants shape our forest and backyard ecosystems
Join Dr. Radka Wildova, postdoctoral associate at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, for a 2 hour guided hike of the Preserve to learn about the invasive species in this area. We’ll look at invasive insects, pathogens, and plants and talk about their impacts on native species and ecosystems. The invasive pests that we will see include viburnum leaf beetle, hemlock wooly adelgid, and beech bark disease, all of which can have major impacts on the Preserve’s ecosystems. We’ll also discuss some pests that are on the verge of invading our area, including EAB, and some that have affected the Preserve in the past such as the gypsy moth. Additionally we’ll see many species of invasive plants and talk about their effects on native plants and animals.
This hike leaves from the Eldridge research station on Pond Hill Rd.