Roaming Naturalists is a monthly hike designed for adults that want to learn more about the natural world. Topics will range from birds to plants to insects and beyond. While each hike will have a topic of focus, we will allow the interest of the group and the surprises that nature throws at us to determine what we learn on our hike.
Hikes will range from 1-2 miles (rarely 3 miles) and easy to moderate terrain. These hikes will occur rain or shine. In the event of icy conditions, or excessive snow, the hike may be canceled. The Nature Institute closes for the weather when Alton Public Schools close.
Roaming Naturalist Hikes are free to attend. Suggested Donation: $5
Hopefully we have some snow in February or at least mud to find tracks in. Let’s see what animals are around during the coldest months of the year.
- February 20 – Tracks in the Snow
In March, we will look for evidence the amphibian migration to our sinkhole ponds. We will hopefully hear some spring peepers singing for the ladies as well.
- March 19
In April, our hike will be a search for our spring ephemeral wildflowers.
- April 16