Roaming Naturalists

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.

Hike will start at 9am. Meet your guide at the trail head parking lot.

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

Roaming Naturalists will be on a short hiatus until October 2024. Please check out our new nature journaling series that will run from May-September 2024. 

October 8 – Off Site Adventure – Meet at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site for a tour of the Grand Plaza

November 12 – Wear your water shoes or boots because we are going on a Creek Hike

December 10 – Let’s look for birds of prey