Weekend Wild Walks

Weekend Wild Walks

All Ages

Explore the Cumming Nature Center landscape with one of our expert naturalists! This summer you can discover damselflies, investigate invasive species, and fraternize with flowers during one of our themed Weekend Wild Walk programs. Visitors can also enjoy learning from lead naturalist Shariee Edersheim each weekend during Naturalist on the Loose.

Nature Center admission is purchased separately from Wild Walk admission.

Upcoming Programs 

Naturalist on the Loose
Saturdays & Sundays | 10:30am - 1pm | Free with admission
Walk alongside our outstanding lead naturalist, Shariee Edersheim, as she explores what's happening in nature each weekend. Edersheim has spent decades observing and exploring the plant and animal life at CNC, and this unique drop-in style program gives visitors the opportunity to learn from her extensive knowledge of the Nature Center landscape. Interested visitors can check in at the front desk for her location between 10:30am and 1pm each Saturday & Sunday before heading out on the trail to meet our Naturalist on the Loose!

Themed Programs: July Schedule

Dragonflies & Damselflies
July 3 | 10:30am | $4 per person
Ebony jewelwings, pondhawks, and darners; the world of odonates is full of intrigue! Come discover the amazing life cycles of dragonflies and damselflies, and identify an array of species that make up these fierce predators of ponds and streams.

REGISTER FOR JULY 3

 

Wildflower Folklore
July 10 | 10:30am | $4 per person
Once upon a time the wildflowers told their own stories, about how they fell from the stars, or were humans made into blossoms. Although we cannot hear their voices so well today, we can still pass down their legends. During this hike, naturalist and story-teller Angela Cannon will take attendees to visit a variety of flowers and trees and learn about the folklore and stories that surround their names.

REGISTER FOR JULY 10

 

Invasive Species
July 17 | 10:30am | $4 per person
What is the difference between an alien species and an invasive species? How do invasive species impact the plants and animals native to our region? Learn the answers to these questions and more during this program! Come and learn how to identify invasive species, discover methods of removal, and how citizen science programs, like iMap Invasives, can help preserve our native species.

REGISTER FOR JULY 17


Beaver Ecology
July 24 | 10:30am | $4
The beavers are busy at the Nature Center! During this hike you will visit lodges, dams, and newly formed beaver ponds throughout the CNC landscape. Learn about the adaptations and behaviors of this amazing semi-aquatic animal, and discover how their unique natural history may have implications for our changing climate.

REGISTER FOR JULY 24


Nature Journaling
July 31 | 10:30am | $4
Practice the art of observation through sketching and recording the natural world around you. Learn some key elements of keeping a nature journal, simple prompts to get ideas flowing, and a few sketching and smash art methods to try. Bring your own journal or use the paper, pencils, and paints we have here.

REGISTER FOR JULY 31

 

Themed Programs: August Schedule

Pond Explorations
August 7 | 10:30am | $4
Who makes their home in the pond? We mean, deep, deep down in the pond? Come explore the fascinating world of pond life, from nymphs in the mud to freshwater fairy shrimp, giant bullfrogs and swimmy newts. Rubber boots are suggested, but not necessary.

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 7


Pressed Flower Fairies
August 14 | 10:30am | $4
Pressing flowers is a wonderful way to preserve the memories of summer. Plus you can make pretty things with the preserved blossoms! Participants will each make small, simple flower presses to take home and have the opportunity to try making a pressed flower fairy.

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 14


Wild Fruits & Nuts
August 21 | 10:30am | $4
From jams, jellies, and leathers, to teas, nut snacks, and natural dyes, come learn to identify and appreciate the fruits of the wild.

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 21


Sounds of Nature
August 28 | 10:30am | $4
Have you ever wondered what that chirping or churring or buzzing sound could be? Join us for this program to practice tuning into the sounds of nature, do some sound-mapping, count the number of chirps a grasshopper makes (to test the temperature hypothesis) and practice tree ID using only sound. Come enjoy a walk on the quiet side!

REGISTER FOR AUGUST 28


Registration Information

Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance online for select programs. Hike capacity is limited so advanced registration is encouraged.


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