Lewisboro Land Trust’s NEW TRAIL GUIDE is printed!
This 2016 edition is the first update in 11 years, with all new maps (by Jim Nordgren) and descriptions of the 24 preserves in Lewisboro.
You can pick up a copy at any of the following locations:
The Lewisboro Town House or Lewisboro Library, both on Main Street in South Salem, The Lewisboro Parks and Recreation offices at 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem, or at Cross River Wine Merchant on Route 121 and Route 35.
A donation envelope is enclosed; $7 is suggested. Or to order online, click HERE,
and we will send you one. Get yours today!
DECEMBER 2 (SAT) 10:00: KIDS NATURE CRAFTS PROGRAM, “Building Bluebird Houses”: “Building Bluebird Houses”. Kids learn about birds and their habitat as they construct bird houses with naturalist Jim Nordgren. Great holiday gifts! Onatru Farm, 99 Elmwood Rd, S Salem. Ages 5 and up. $25 fee. Pre-registration required. Contact Lewisboro Parks & Rec Dept at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOVEMBER -24 (FRIDAY) at 11:00 am: GRAND OPENING OF THE “NATURE TRAIL” at OLD FIELD PRESERVE. Join us for the ribbon-cutting (by Chief Steward Joe Tansey) and then explore Lewisboro’s newest educational nature addition with naturalist Jim Nordgren, and see the diverse ecosystems at Old Field Preserve. Children (a nature treasure hunt) and adult programs (walk with naturalist) planned from 11-12:30. Refreshments will be served. We have received permission to park on the East side of Mead Street if the parking lot within the preserve is full. Old Field Preserve is on Mead Steet, Waccabuc, directly across from the intersection with Schoolhouse Road.
NOVEMBER 14 (MON) 3:00-5:00: KIWI PROGRAM: “Remembrance Wreaths and Rocks”: We will meet at the outdoor classroom at the newly-created Meditation Garden at Old Field Preserve on Mead Street in Waccabuc (at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road to discuss how to create a remembrance of (or in honor of) a loved one — person or pet — then go on a short hike to gather natural materials, return to the garden, and make their tokens. The kids will then place their creations in the garden area in honor of the loved one. The children may be proud to return and show others how to do the same. Ages 6-10. $25 fee. Bring water and wear clothing/footwear appropriate for a hike. Pre-registration required. Contact Lewisboro Parks & Rec Dept at email@example.com
NOVEMBER 4 (SAT) 10:00: FALL HIKE, “Linking trials in Lewisboro”: “Linking trials in Lewisboro”. Hike Old Field Preserve to Town Park into Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. 4-5 miles approx 2 hrs. moderately paced, led by Bonnie Robins. Meet at the parking area of Old Field Preserve, on Mead Street, Waccabuc, at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road. Steady rain cancels.
OCTOBER 8th (SUN) 10:00: FALL FOLIAGE HIKE: at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. We will hike the Leatherman’s loop to the lookout for views of the Cross River Reservoir. Approx. 3 miles; 1-1/2 hrs. Led by Peggy Nordgren. Rated moderately difficult due to terrain. Not suitable for children under 10. Meet at the parking area at the end of Michigan Road. Michigan Road is the first right after you go through the entry booth at the Reservation. A small per-car entry fee applies. Steady rain cancels.
SEPT 16 (SAT) 12:00: HUDSON RIVER VALLEY RAMBLE: We are very proud to be part of the Hudson River Valley Ramble this year. The Ramble is a month-long celebration of outdoor activities throughout the Hudson Valley. On Saturday, Sept 16, walk the trails at Leon Levy Preserve with Lewisboro naturalist Jim Nordgren. Visit the Native Plant Garden, deer exclosures, and the ruins of the late 19th century Black Mansion. Moderate/easy walk. 1-1/2 hrs; 2 miles. Meet at the LLP parking area on Route 123, about 1/4 south of Route 35. Steady rain cancels.
AUG 19th- (SAT) ” STREAM INVERTIBRATE SAMPLING”– We will look at critters in the clean Waccabuc River trout streams using nets and simple traps. We’ll see stone flies, dace, minnows, darters and chubbs that live in the water. Fun for kids and adults that like to get their feet wet. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, rte 121, Cross River. Meet at Kimberly Bridge parking (small entrance fee applies). Co-Sponsored by Friends of Trailside Museum. Led by Jim Nordgren. Steady rain cancels.
Saturday AUG 12th – at 9:30am: HIKE THE BLUE TRAIL, one of the more challenging trails at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. This trail includes a short scramble on rough terrain. 3.8 miles, 2 hrs. Sturdy shoes, water. Meet at Kimberly Bridge Parking Area. Led by Helen Peeples. Steady rain cancels.
JULY 22 (SAT) 10:00: “OUR WILD NEIGHBORS FAMILY PROGRAM”– Bring the kids and take a nature Walk with Naturalist from Animal Embassy. We will search for signs and sighting of local wild animals followed with a live animal presentation. 1 1/2 hrs Town Park Pavillon, Rte 35, South Salem. Free but registration required. SORRY, SOLD OUT!
JULY 1 (SAT) 10:00- SUMMER HIKE – “DISCOVER NEW LEWISBORO TRAILS” HIKE our newest renovated Preserve, Brownell. Hike through forest, wetlands, and meadows. 1 1/2 hrs rated moderate. Meet at Brownell Parking lot, rte 138, Goldens Bridge. Led by Peggy Nordgren. Steady rain cancels.
SATURDAY. JUNE 3rd: 12:00 -1:00 — The Blessing of the Animals & Grand Opening of the Meditation Garden at Old Field Preserve. Please join us for Lewisboro’s Blessing of the Animals, presided over by Danny Martin of Cross River, as part of the grand opening of the meditation garden and outdoor classroom at Old Field Preserve, which is on Mead Street at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road, Waccabuc. (Lots of car and horse trailer parking is available on the east side of Mead Street, and parking for cars is also available within the preserve). The blessing of the animals will start at noon. The 25-minute ceremony will include stories, music and songs. All animals/pets (whether on leashes, in cages, in boxes or bowls, or under saddle) and their people are welcomed! Refreshments will be served. Participants are invited to bring a rock, inscribed with an intention or a dedication or in memory/honor, (no larger than 4-5” diameter, please) to be left at the garden.
We also urge you to get out early on the 3rd and join the Open Space Committee as they celebrate National Trails Day with a 9:00am walk of Old Field.
JUNE 3 (SAT)- 10:00: WARD POUND RIDGE HIKE: Hike one of the more challenging trails on WPRR, the blue trail. Diverse terrain with a short rock scramble. Sturdy shoes and water please. Rated moderately difficult. Meet at Kimberly Bridge Parking WPRR, rte 121, Cross River (small entrance fee applies) Led by Helen Peeples. steady rain cancels.
JUNE 17 (SAT)- 10:00 “INVASIVE PLANT/NATIVE PLANT DEER PROTECTION WORKSHOP”– Native plants are better for birds, butterflies, and wildlife, but around here deer will eat everything. We will take a look at some native plants that are good for your backyard and simple ways to protect them from deer. Leon Levy Preserve, Parking lot rte 123, South Salem. Led by Jim Nordgren. Steady rain cancels.
MAY 14th (SUN)- 10:00: MOTHER’S DAY WILDFLOWER WALK: Take a walk with Mom in the wildflower meadows of beautiful Old Field Preserve and bring home a gift for mom, too. 1-1/2 hrs leisurely walk. Meet at parking area Mead Street and Schoolhouse Road, Waccabuc. Led by Jim Nordgren Steady rain cancels.
MAY 21st (SUN) 10:00: SPRING HIKE-MT. LAKES CAMP: North Salem. We will hike the blue trail to Bailey Mtn (highest point in Westchester) approx 3 miles. 1-1/2 hrs. Rated moderate. Meet at Camp Hemlock Parking area (second left after office main entrance) Led by Bonnie Robins. Steady rain cancels.
MARCH 25th (SAT)- 10:30- LATE WINTER WONDERLAND NATURE WALK. Come discover birds and other animals that inhabit our winter world. An easy paced educational jaunt with naturalist, Jim Nordgren. Don’t forget your binoculars. Meet at parking area at Old Field Preserve, off Mead Street, Waccabuc. Steady rain cancels.
APRIL 9th (SUN)- 3:30 – 5:00: “SERMONS IN STONE” LECTURE. Join us at the Katonah Library Garden Room for a fascinating talk about the history of stone walls in our area — their meaning, function, significance, and style — with author of “Sermons in Stone,” Susan Allport. This is part of the Leon Levy Environmental Lecture Series and is funded by the Jerome Levy Foundation. Free. All invited. Refreshments will be served. Books available for purchase.
APRIL 14th (FRI)- 1:00: OLD GOLDENS BRIDGE WALK FOR SENIORS. Join us for an easy 45 min walk (and a little history) of the lovely Old Goldens Bridge Reservoir Trail. We will finish this slow paced walk, with a short stroll through the charming hamlet of Old Goldens Bridge, and a reception at the Katonah Art Center in Old Goldens Bridge. All mobile seniors invited and welcomed! Meet at the entrance to the trail which is 1/8th mile past the art center at 65 Old Bedford Road, Goldens Bridge (look for our signs). Led by Bobbe Stultz. Steady rain cancels.
APRIL 21st (SAT)- 1:00: KIDS VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION: Visit these important woodland pools with dip nets and discover the creatures within. Kids of all ages with parents welcome. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Rte 121, Cross River. Meet at trailside museum on main road (small entrance fee applies). Co-sponsored with Friends of Trailside Museum.
APRIL 21st (SAT)- 10:30: EARTH DAY HIKE: Celebrate Earth Day with a hike in the woods. Ramble through woodland and meadows while we look for early spring wildflowers and vernal pools. Free refreshments. 1 1/2 – 2 hrs rated moderate. Meet at trailside Museum on main road of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, rte 121, Cross River.(small entrance fee). Led by Peggy Nordgren. Steady rain cancels.
FEBRUARY 19 (SUN) 1:00- MID-WINTER HIKE/SNOWSHOE at Mt LAKES CAMP, North Salem.
Come and experience the fun and invigorating experience of a winter outdoor jaunt.
A moderate hike or snowshoe (if we have enough snow on the ground).
About 3-4 miles; 1 1/2 hrs. Meet at Camp Hemlock Parking Area, which is past the office at the main entrance on Hawley Road, N. Salem. Dress in layers and bring water. Led by Bonnie Robins.
MARCH 11th (SAT) : 1:00 P.M.: MAPLE SUGARING IN LEWISBORO: Join us as we walk the Brownell Preserve in Goldens Bridge and we learn about the local maple sugaring process. Crown Maple will explain the sugaring process, it’s history, and what is going on in Lewisboro. Taste the raw sap as we enjoy this experience. Led by Crown Maple and Mike Surdej. Meet at parking lot of Brownell Preserve off Rte 138. Steady rain cancels.
Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00pm — Kids Program… Join us at Trailside Museum, for a program designed for kids, as we gather and use materials from the natural world to create beautiful decorations. Hot chocolate and crafts materials will be provided. Co-sponsored with the Friends of Trailside Museum, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
Saturday, December 10th — 11:00am – 12:30pm —
Saturday, December 10th — 11:00am – 12:30pm — Immediately following Breakfast with Santa, please join us in making holiday gifts in the JJHS Cafeteria— BUILDING BLUE BIRD HOUSES – with Naturalist Jim Nordgren. Build a bird house or bird feeder for a holiday gift. FOR: Boys and Girls, 4-15 years old. $25.00 per child includes all materials….. or Add a touch of “you” to your holiday decorating. This program is in partnership with the Lewisboro Parks & Rec Department. Register at Parks@lewisborogov.com
Saturday, November 12th at 10:00am — HIKE the Blue Trail at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River. Hike starts along the river then through woods, wetlands, and fields with a short rock scramble. 2 hrs. Rated moderately difficult due to terrain. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes or boots. Meet at Kimberly Bridge parking area. Steady rain cancels. (There is a small fee to enter WPRR) Led by Bonnie Robins.
November 15th, Tuesday at 1:30-4:00pm — PRINTMAKING WITH NATURE for KIDS: Another event in the Lewisboro Land Trust’s KIWI (Kids In the Woods Initiative) program in conjunction with Parks & Recreation! We will meet for a brief description of the printmaking project and then head out on the trails to collect materials from nature, returning to use them in a variety of simple print techniques. Kids will take their artwork home to display and share their skills with family and friends, and perhaps apply them for making their own holiday decorations as well!
Led by Anne-Marie Nordgren. Cost: $25 per child.
LOCATION: Onatru Farm. Kids should bring water and a snack, and wear clothing and shoes suitable for hiking. To sign up, contact Parks@Lewisborogov.com
POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER — PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR NEW DATE!
Saturday, October 22nd at 3:00pm –– St. Paul’s work hike. We will hike and help clear this seldom used and beautiful wooded preserve. Meet at St. Paul’s church, Rte 123, South Salem. Please bring gloves, and clippers if you have them. Refreshments afterwards. 1-1/2 hrs. Led by Bobbe Stultz.
SO SORRY — THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Friday, October 28th — 5:00-6:15pm– A repeat of our very popular GHOST HUNT, this year at Onatru Farm — join Good Witch Robin for a fun and educational “ghost hunt” around Onatru Farm. This program is for kids and their parents and is presented in partnership with the Town of Lewisboro Parks & Rec Department. $15 per child. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 10th, 10:00 -11:30 – Kids/Family program. “Our Wild Neighbors” We will take the kids on a short hike on town trails looking for animal habitat. Followed by a live animal presentation with Animal Embassy. Free. Registration required: Bronalea@aol.com. Snacks. Town Park, Rte 35, South Salem. Rain or shine. (In the event of rain, the live animal presentation will be expanded and will take place under the pavilion at Town Park.)
Saturday, October 1st at 11:00am — Town Historian Maureen Koehl will lead a magical “History Tour” of the Leon Levy Preserve. Highlights will be the stories behind the Black Mansion, the Crafts laboratory, and other fascinating features and facts of the property. Approx. 90 minutes. Meet at LLP parking lot, Rte 123, South Salem.
Steady rain cancels.
Saturday, October 8th at 10:30am — HIKE. Come hike the new Marx preserve trail at peak foliage with Jim Nordgren. Woods, steeps, wetlands, rock outcroppings, hillsides. It has it all. 90 minutes rated moderate. Meet at Sullivan Rd and Rte 138, Goldens Bridge. Steady rain cancels.
Friday, September 9th, 10:30-12:30 – Access Nature Laurel House Program- animal embassy hike/walk followed by picnic. Onatru Farm, Elmwood Road, South Salem.
Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 10:00am: Long Island Sound Birding Paddle. We will paddle down the Saugatuck River to saltwater marsh, Bermuda Lagoon with Michele Sorenson, kayak instructor and Audubon naturalist. Kayak rentals available. 2-3 hrs. Meet at Saugatuck River state boat ramp in Westport. Registration required: Bronalea@aol.com. Space is limited.
Saturday August 6th at 9:00am — Mid-summer Rock Trail Hike at
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Meet at Michigan Road parking area.
Led by Bonnie Robins.
Sunday, August 21 at 9:00am — Late summer Hike from Town Park loop into Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Meet at Lewisboro Town Park. Led by Peggy Nordgren.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 10:30-12:30 – Access Nature Community Based Services Program – Animal Embassy hike/walk followed by picnic at Birdstone Farm, Cross River.
Sunday, July 10th at 10:00am —
Join us for a walk through the Mount Holly Sanctuary. Families are invited on this moderate 45-minute walk with some elevation. (Not suitable for those with walking or mobility restrictions.) The trail is wooded with oak and black birch, azalea and blueberry. We’ve spotted pileated woodpeckers and coyotes on this trail.
We hope you and your family will join us on this hike with cookies and lemonade at the conclusion. (Hats, closed-toed shoes, insect spray are all good ideas!) Limited parking. If the small lot is full, please park along Mount Holly Road.
Led by Helen Peeples
Sunday, June 12th at 10am — Spring Hike at Ramsey Hunt Sanctuary. Explore this seldom-hiked beautiful preserve, adjacent to Bedford Audubon. 1-1/2 hour easy hike. Led by Jim Nordgren. Meet at the North Salem Road trailhead — which is on North Salem Road, Katonah, just north of the intersection with Mt. Holly Road. (North Salem Road is right off Rte. 35, across from the reservoir.)
Saturday, June 25th at 10:00am: Forgaging with Steve Brill, a hands-on workshop focused on what you can find to eat in the woods and in your backyard. Co-sponsored with North Salem Open Land Foundation at Mountain Lakes Camp, on Hawley Road (accessible from South Salem or North Salem). Enter from Hawley Road and proceed to first parking area on left, near office. We will meet there.
BROWNELL OPENING AND DEDICATION — SUNDAY, JUNE 5th at 11:00am
We are so excited to announce the re-opening and renovation of the Brownell Preserve in Goldens Bridge. This is a beautiful, wilderness preserve with over 2 miles of cleared trails, water crossings, and the very interesting maple syrup harvesting operation of Crown Maple. Over the past year, the Lewisboro Land Trust has refurbished the preserve with the help of a private donor. The town has added a parking area with parking for about 6 cars.
On Sunday, June 5th, everyone will meet at Fox Valley Park (off Route 138 in Indian Hill) in Goldens Bridge at 11:00 for bus transport to the preserve. (There will be no parking directly at the preserve that day because of limited space and the need for the bus to have lots of room to turn around.) Supervisor Peter Parsons will be one of the drivers. Town Councilman John Pappalardo will perform the ribbon cutting, and naturalist Jim Nordgren will lead a 90-minute hike of the preserve. (Sturdy shoes or boots strongly recommended.) Project Manager, Mike Surdej, will also be present to answer any questions about the renovation process.
The Brownell Preserve was donated to the town in1984 by Katharine and George Brownell. It was the first preserve in Lewisboro owned by the Town.
We hope all members of the community will come to see and enjoy this town gem on June 5th and thereafter!
JJHS INTERNS: We have been working with four JJHS Seniors who are doing their Senior Internships outdoors — helping us install water crossings and getting the Brownell Preserve ready for its grand opening on June 5th. They are: Amelia Jadow,
Caroline Assumma, Jenny Dewhurst , and Kerry Kelly.
SENIOR WALK — THURSDAY, MAY 26 — 2:00pm
Seniors Walk of the Old Goldens Bridge Reservoir Trail on Thursday, May 26 at 2:00. Meet at the entrance to the trail which is 1/8th mile past the art center at 65 Old Bedford Road, Goldens Bridge (look for our signs) and join us for a walk (and a little history) of the lovely reservoir trail, which will take about an hour. Finish with a short stroll through the charming, restored hamlet of Old Goldens Bridge, and a lemonade reception at the Katonah Art Center in Old Goldens Bridge, where there is also a new exhibit. In the event of rain, walk will be canceled. All mobile seniors invited and welcomed!
Friday, May 20th (4:30 – 6:30pm) “NATURE RANGERS” SCAVENGER HUNT!
Join us for another LLT “Kids in the Woods Initiative” (KIWI) event opening young senses and minds to our natural surroundings! We will meet at another of our beautiful town preserves where each child will be given cards with items to be found along the trails, and take home a Nature Ranger certificate as well as new knowledge and appreciation of nature to share with family and friends! Led by Anne-Marie Nordgren and Bobbe Stultz. Space limited to 12 children. Boots or sturdy shoes suitable for hiking and long sleeves and pants strongly recommended. Snack suggested.
FOR: Boys and girls, grades 1-5 WHERE: Leon Levy Preserve FEE: $30
To register: Parks@Lewisborogov.com
May 21 (Sat 8 am): BIRD NATURE WALK: Discover Spring Migration at Old Field Preserve, Waccabuc. Join Bedford Audubon’s Naturalist, Tait Johansson, and enjoy the sights and sounds of both spring migrants and shrubland breeding birds, likely including Blue-winged Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting and many others. Rated easy. Register at 232-1999 or email@example.com
May 8th (Sun 10:00-11:30): “Mothers Day Wildflower Walk”: Take a walk with Mom discovering local wildflowers and bring home a gift for her too. Meet at Old Field Preserve at Mead Street and Schoolhouse Road. Led by Carol Gracie. Co-sponsored with Lewisboro Garden Club.
May 7th, Saturday: Kentucky Derby Party and Fundraiser. Join us for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby — live from Churchill Downs — at the beautiful Edition Farm in Waccabuc. Luxurious hors d’oeuvres and mint juleps will be served — and you can bet on the ponies as well. Plus there will be awards for the best Kentucky Derby hats in many categories!
April 10th: (Sunday, 10:00am) GUIDED WALK:
Walk Old Goldens Bridge Trail with Peggy Nordgren
Come join us for a new walk….this one in Old Goldens Bridge, along the reservoir (which used to be the town of Katonah). Park and meet in the Metro North Trail Station parking lot and pick a space over toward Old Bedford Road. Look for our signs. We will head west to the trail and will then walk along the reservoir and see the signs of spring, and perhaps the signs of the foundations of Old Katonah. Then we will head back toward the parking lot, enjoying the lovely hamlet of Old Goldens Bridge, with its many historic homes and recent renovations. This walk should take less than an hour and is rated very easy. Appropriate for baby strollers and those with walking restrictions. Dogs welcome on leash. Heavy rain cancels.
April 10 (Sunday 3:00-5:00) Annual Leon Levy Environmental Lecture, funded by the Jerome Levy Foundation: Author Ellen Zachos, who wrote Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat. At Katonah Village Library’s Garden Room. Q&A to follow lecture. Ms. Zachos is a Harvard graduate and long-time instructor at the New York Botanic Garden. She writes regularly for the National Gardening Association and Edible magazine.
See June 25th listing for hands-on field follow-up to this lecture.
April 9th: (Saturday at 1:00): KIDS PROGRAM: “Vernal Pool Exploration”, visit these important woodland pools with dip nets to discover the creatures within. Kids of all ages with parents welcome. Meet at Trailside Museum in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Small entrance fee applies. Co-sponsored with Trailside Museum.
Feb 6th (Sat 10:00): NATURE WALK: “Winter survival and tree identification: learn how fauna and botanicals survive the harsh winter of the Northeast and identify trees in their winter garb” Meet at parking area at end of Michigan Road, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Small entrance fee applies. Led by naturalist Jim Nordgren.
January 1, 2016 — First Day Celebration in conjunction with Town of Lewisboro — join us for an 11:00 easy hike in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, followed by a chili and cider lunch in Trailside Museum. There will also be a childrens’ activity, sponsored by Lewisboro Garden Club, of pinecone winter feeders for birds.
Saturday, December 5th
Kids’ Birdhouse Building Workshop at Lewisboro Library
Thursday, October 29 — 5:00 – 6:15pm:
Children’s Ghost Hunt at Leon Levy Preserve – Join Robin and her raven, Edgar, as we embark upon our ghostly adventure. Learn what to look for and how to become a ghost hunter as we stop by the places in the Leon Levy Preserve that have stories to tell. Bring a flashlight and sturdy shoes for our adventure. The ghost hunt is educational, exciting and lots of fun. Children ages 6-12 with parents.
For fee information and registration: DMayclim@lewisborogov.com
October 24 (Saturday 10:00): “Autumn Bird Migration”- nature walk at Rose Preserve, Rte 121, Cross River. Look and listen for migrating birds. Led by Naturalist Jim Nordgren. 1-1/2 hrs. Co-sponsored with the Westchester Land Trust. Park along gravel road at preserve entrance just off rte. 121.
October 23 (Friday 1:30-4:00): – Kids’ Program at Onatru Farm — “Make a Terrarium” with items that we find out in the woods. $25 includes glass terrarium container. To register: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 19 (Saturday 10:00): “Exploring the Diversity of Nature: Part II, woods and meadows” nature walk at Old Field Preserve, Waccabuc. Naturalist, Jim Nordgren will explore the newest reclaimed meadow in OFP. 1-1/2 hrs. Meet at parking lot off Mead St. across from Schoolhouse Road.
September 5th (Saturday 10:00): Hike the Blue Trail at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. This is a beautiful trail with vistas, wetlands, meadows and forest. Optional picnic after hike. Approx 4 miles, 2 hrs. Moderate pace, slightly challenging terrain with short rock scramble. Meet at Kimberly Bridge parking area. Led by Bonnie Robins. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Steady rain cancels.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22nd – CLEARWATER SAIL
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
Come Sail the Hudson Highlands with us…
on a sunset tour with wine, appetizers, and music! We are hosting a 2-1/2-hour sail aboard the Clearwater on Saturday, August 22nd from 4:30-7pm.
August 15: (Saturday 10:00): Nature Walk: walk the Long Pond Preserve in Waccabuc and learn about lake ecology. Join naturalists and conservationists Paul Lewis and Jan Andersen who will discuss the health of our watershed on our lakes. Meet at entrance to Long Pond Preserve, Mead Street, at intersection of Chapel Road, Waccabuc. Parking is adjacent, at Mead Memorial Chapel parking area.
August 8th (Saturday 9:00): Guided Family Hike: “Indian Brook Assemblage” 1 hr. easy hike geared for families. Meet at Marion Yarrow Preserve. Mt. Holly Road, (just south of Todd Road on east side of Mt. Holly) Katonah.
Led by Helen Peeples.
JULY 25: (Sat 10:00 AM): GUIDED HIKE: “Explore the new Eastern Trails at Onatru Preserve”, 2 hrs. Moderate Led by Bonnie Robins. Meet at Onatru Farm parking, 99 Elmwood Rd, S Salem.
JULY 11: (Sat 10:00) NATURE WALK: “Native Shrubs: Investigating native botanicals vs. invasive plants in nature and your garden” Old Field Preserve, off Mead Street, Waccabuc. Led by Jim Nordgren.
JUNE 27-28: COMMUNITY CAMPOUT: Join us for the First Annual Community Campout and Nature Weekend — Sat. June 27 – Sun. June 28th at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Meet your neighbors & friends for 2 fun days of nature programs at our first community camp out. Guided Hikes, pot luck supper, toddler “hike”, campfire, group breakfast.
JUNE 6: NATIONAL TRAILS DAY – Join us on Saturday, June 6, 10am to celebrate National Trails Day: Town of Lewisboro’s Open Space and Preserves Advisory Committee (OSPAC) will lead a hike on the recently restored Eastern Trail at Onatru Farm Park. The trail, which is mostly level, crosses three new stream bridges and will be educational and informative. 1-1/2 hours. Bring sturdy shoes and water. Meet at the rear parking lot of Onatru Farm, 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem, behind the farmhouse and barn.
OUR 20th ANNIVERSARY PARTY ON SUNDAY, MAY 31
Lewisboro Land Trust is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and we hope you will join us for the party — A Country Supper at Birdstone Farm in Cross River! On Sunday, May 31st from 4-7pm.There couldn’t be a more beautiful place to celebrate! Ticket price of $65 includes wine, beer, soft drinks, appetizers, dinner, dessert, and a live band. Dress is casual, heels are not recommended. Please come celebrate with us and help us to honor our “Super-Heroes” who have helped protect over 1,000 acres of open space and community character in Lewisboro over the past twenty years!
MAY 16: (Sat 10 AM): GUIDED WALK: “Exploring Newly Opened Western Side of Leon Levy Preserve” – Be among the first to see this different side of LLP, including West Valley and the new spur trail to a vernal pool. Learn how sustainable, environmentally-responsible trails are built. Led by George Scott, Chief Trails Steward, LLP. Slow paced and informative; 2-1/2 hours. Bring sturdy shoes and water. Meet at LLP parking area on Route 123, South Salem, about 1/2 mile south of Route 35.
MAY 9 (SAT 10:00 am): NATURE WALK: “Wildflowers of Spring: Identification of spring wildflowers before the canopy is leafed out. Mt. Lakes Camp, Meet at office off Hawley Rd, N. Salem. Led by Jim Nordgren.
APRIL 25 (Sat 10:00 AM): GUIDED HIKE: “Linking Trails Through Lewisboro Preserves”, 2 hrs, moderate. Led by Bonnie Robins. Meet at Kimberly Bridge, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River.
APRIL 11 (Sat 1:00 PM): KIDS NATURE PROGRAM: “Vernal Pools Exploration for Kids”, Discover the biodiversity in these important woodland pools. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (co-sponsored with Trailside Museum).
Meet at Trailside Museum.
SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH – 10:00-11:30am: “Early Spring Hike: Exploring the woodlands and meadows at Old Field Preserve” – Guided Hike from Mead St to Waccabuc River Lane, passing the wolf enclosure (may hear or see wolves); Moderately paced 1-½ hr hike led by Jim Nordgren. Meet at Old Field Preserve parking lot on Mead Street, Waccabuc (near Schoolhouse Road).
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED.
SATURDAY, MARCH 14th – 10:00am – noon: NATURE WALK – EXPLORING THE DIVERSITY OF NATURE with Naturalist, Jim Nordgren: BIOTIC COMMUNITIES AT LEON LEVY PRESERVE (First in series of two nature walks). Meet at parking lot on Rte 123. 1-½ – 2 hr. easy walk. This is the annual Leon Levy Preserve Winter Wonderland Walk.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND – 3:00-4:30PM – LECTURE AT
KATONAH VILLAGE LIBRARY entitled:
“Got nature? The science behind why we all need it.”
Come at 2:30 for a pre-lecture reception and meet the author!
(Refreshments will be served and you can view our photo show at the same time!)
Our inherent human need for connection with nature for our physical and mental well-being is called “Biophilia.” Over 100 recent studies show that contact with nature reduces stress, heart rate, blood pressure, aggression, improves our mental health and productivity…as well as the physical benefit of walking in nature, exercise, and related reduction in obesity, diabetes and other health problems. We need to turn off the computer (both for us and our kids), put our coats on, and get outdoors! The Lewisboro Land Trust is hosting a Lecture by Stephen Kellert, Yale professor who wrote the books, The Biophilia Hypothesis and Birthright. The lecture is free to the public, underwritten by the Jerome Levy Foundation.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH — PHOTO SHOW OPENING: Join us for the opening of our annual PHOTO SHOW & SALE. Free reception, open to all, from 6-8pm on Friday. Wine & Cheese will be served, and beautiful improvised piano music will be provided by Beverly Weil.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14th — 1:00pm – “TRACKING FOR KIDS” – Learn the basics of tracking animals while exploring for signs of wildlife. For children of all ages (accompanied by parents). Meet at Trailside Nature Museum, in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. (small entrance fee applies) Co-sponsored with the Trailside Nature Museum. This program is part of LLT’s “Kids in the Woods” program.
Sunday, February 1 – 1:00-3:00pm – GUIDED HIKE: WINTER WONDERLAND AT MOUNTAIN LAKES CAMP led by Peter Gross and Dan Welsh. Enjoy the outdoors in winter with a stop for hot chocolate by a fire. 1 ½ – 2 hrs. rated moderate. Meet at main office at Mt. Lakes Camp, just off Hawley Road, North Salem. (Snowshoes welcome!)
JANUARY 1 – “First Day” Family Hike, Workshop, and reception at
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Starts at 11am on New Year’s Day.
Saturday, December 6TH – 10:00am-12:00 noon — Kids & Family Holiday Program – Building Bluebird Houses with Jim Nordgren. Bluebird houses make a wonderful holiday gift!
To be held at Cyrus Russell House in Cross River. $30 per person includes all materials. Presented in partnership with Lewisboro Parks Dept. To register, contact: email@example.com
Saturday, November 15th — 10:00am — Hike the Blue Trail at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
Walk along the river, then up the cliffs for a 1-1/2-hour loop. Meet at Kimberly Bridge parking area in Reservation. (Small car entry fee applies.) Rated moderately difficult due to terrain. Sturdy shoes and water, please. Led by Helen Peeples.
Sunday, November 2nd — 2:00pm — Join us on a private tour of the WOLF CONSERVATION CENTER in South Salem. Learn about the ecology of North American wolf families and their relationship to the environment. Meet ambassador wolves Atka, Zephyr, and Alawa as well as the endangered red and gray wolves. Reception/refreshments to follow tour. $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12.
Saturday, October 18th — 10:00am – Naturalist Walk of Old Field Preserve
with Jim Nordgren to learn about Birds and their Migratory Habits at this time of year. Meet at entrance to preserve on Mead Street, Waccabuc, which is at the intersection of Schoolhouse Road. 1-1/2 hours.
Saturday, October 11th ~ Come Sail the Hudson Highlands with us…
on a sunset foliage tour up and down the Hudson, with wine, appetizers, and music! We are hosting a 3-hour sail aboard the Clearwater on Saturday, October 11th, 4 – 7pm. The crew and staff of the Clearwater will provide history, instructions in sailing, and music. Sail departs from and returns to Beacon (40 minutes away), where you can dine afterwards in one of their many restaurants.
Come enjoy the Hudson Valley’s beautiful vistas and historic landmarks from aboard a majestic 106’ long replica tall ship. Each sail is an ecological adventure as well as a voyage of historic discovery. And, of course, there’s plenty of time to just relax and enjoy the beauty of the river!
Please reserve EARLY as space is limited. Tickets are $48 per person.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER. Light snacks will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own wine, beer, or whatever!
Proudly co-sponsored with Putnam Land Trust and Somers Land Trust.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
Monday, October 13th ~ Children’s Outdoor Photo Workshop
In this program, part of our “Kids in the Woods” series, children will learn how to express their unique inner “vision” and capture nature through the camera lens. We will start in the classroom with examples of various tips, techniques, and treatments subjects, including basics such as focus, framing and composition. We will then go out into the woods and fields to put our skills to use. Disposable digital cameras will be provided at cost. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be given “Nature Ranger” photography workshop certificates, and will be asked to take home their cameras and download their photos (with the help of an older sibling or adult) and pick their four favorite photos for display on our website. These same photos will be included in a Kids’ Photo Exhibit to be held early next year, complete with awards for all and an opening celebration!
Monday, October 13, 1:00 – 3:30 PM, Onatru Farm, 99 Elmwood Road, South Salem
Bring water, snack, proper clothing for the woods and weather
$25 per child plus $10 for camera
To register, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.
SEPTEMBER 20th (Sat) 10:00am: Join us on the Leatherman’s Loop
for an Autumnal Equinox Foliage Hike: Explore the seldom-used “Leatherman’s Loop” and see the famous Leatherman’s Cave (that’s him, above) in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. 4 miles, 2 hours. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Rated moderate. Meet at Trailhead at end of Michigan Road, first road on the right after you enter at “toll booth” (a small car fee is charged). Led by Bonnie Robins.
Saturday, Aug 23, 10:30 AM: Nature Hike for kids (and their parents) at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. We will hike the Fox Hill Trail at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, past the “magic stairs” to the Indian Tepee. Followed by “Meet the Animals of WPRR” at the Nature Museum and an optional pot luck picnic. Lemonade and Cookies will be provided. Hike is 45 min-1hr. Total program 2 hrs. Toddlers should be in backpacks. Rated moderate due to uneven terrain and some hills. Meet at Trailside Museum on main road (after entrance booth) — there is a small entry fee for cars — or meet at Yellow Monkey Village at 10:00 to carpool. Led by Bonnie Robins. This is part of Lewisboro Land Trust’s “Kids in the Woods” program.
July and August: TODDLER HIKES — The Lewisboro Land Trust is pleased to announce the continuation of “Little Acorns,” a series of “hikes” geared to toddlers and their moms and dads. These easy 45-minute walks are set to the pace of our little ones while they enjoy some time exploring the outdoors. What a great way for kids to be one-on-one with nature and cultivate a love for the outdoors and exercise. Little Acorn brothers and sisters are welcome too. The hikes are led by Jillian Robins and are part of Lewisboro Land Trust’s, “Kids in the Woods,” a series of kid-friendly outdoor programs. Our July Toddler Hike is on Thursday, the 31st at 4pm at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. Meet at The Meadows parking area (1st parking lot on left after entry booth) and we will walk the Brown Trail. And the August hike is on the Thursday, the 28th at Mountain Lakes Park, Hawley Road, North Salem at 4pm. Meet at the second parking lot, which is gravel (about 1/2 mile on right after entrance).
Saturday, July 19 — 9:00 AM: Explore the southeast quadrant and newest trail at WPRR, with its diverse biotic communities and beauty. The Rock Trail is one of the longest and more challenging trails at Pound Ridge and will take a little over three hours to complete. It is just over 5 miles long. The trail consist of many uphills, downhills and some beautiful vistas. Please wear closed-toe hiking shoes or boots as the terrain is rocky. Bring hiking poles if you have them. Also bring plenty of water, sunscreen and insect repellent (the flies are out!). This trail is not recommended for children, as it is longer than most of our hikes, and is more challenging. Dogs must be leashed. Meet at Michigan Road Trail head. Reservation charges a small entry fee for cars.
Led by Peter Gross and Jim Nordgren.
Monday, June 23rd ~ 1:30 – 4:00 (schools have half-day):
“SENSING WILD LEWISBORO” at Onatru Farm
A children’s program focused on increasing awareness of nature and our surroundings using our five senses led by Anne-Marie Nordgren. This “Signs of Summer” program will begin at Onatru Farm with a brief discussion of our five senses. Each participant will receive a workbook to be filled out during the hike of the preserve and farm where they will “discover” an aspect of nature using each of their five senses. They will then regroup at Onatru Farm to report their observations. Extra credit will be given to observations using their “sixth sense” which can be one of “feeling”, as in “peaceful”, “excited”, or any other emotion they observe. Drawing is also strongly encouraged! Each participant will receive a Lewisboro Land Trust “Nature Ranger” certificate to take home! Suggested age range 6-10. Rubber boots and gloves suggested. Also, water and a snack. $25 per participant. Limited to 20 participants. Presented in partnership with Town of Lewisboro Parks & Recreation Department.
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June 8th – Sunday – 10:00-3:00pm: ANNUAL GARDEN TOUR
Join us to tour seven unique waterscape gardens on our Garden Tour this year, presented with our partners the Lewisboro Garden Club. Tickets are $30 if purchased in advance, by clicking HERE, or $35 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Attendees should pick up their packets at the Lewisboro Town Park, Route 35, South Salem, on June 8th anytime after 9:30am. Rain or shine. No dogs please. Following the tour, you are invited to a music/wine/food reception at the Town Park, beginning at 3:30.
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat, June 7th 10 AM – “Mountain Laurels at Mountain Lakes Camp.”
Hike the newest trail at Mountain Lakes camp and enjoy the Mountain Laurel in bloom. Meet at main parking lot at entrance off Hawley Road, North Salem.
Led by Peggy Nordgren. 2 hrs, rated moderate.
May 26th – Monday – OFFICIAL OPENING OF NATIVE PLANT GARDEN AT LEWISBORO TOWN HOUSE
The Lewisboro Land Trust completed the planting of a Native Plant Display Garden at the Lewisboro Town House. This project is part of their Community Education Program and was initiated in response to many inquiries by residents as to what native shrubs, plants, and perennials grow best in our local soils and climate, what wildlife they attract, and how they grow visually. Over 40 varities of native plants are on display, all suitable for our own gardens and backyards. The official opening will be on Memorial Day. Brochues, listing the plants, attributes, and resources are available in a kiosk in the garden. Full funding and in-kind donations were provided by local supporters and friends of the Lewisboro Land Trust.
May 21st – Wednesday – 4:00 – TODDLER HIKE AT WARD POUND RIDGE RESERVATION
TODDLER HIKE (The first in our Kids in the Woods series of kid friendly programs): Let’s take a hike and let the kiddos lead the way! Set to the pace of our little ones while they enjoy some time exploring in the outdoors. What a great way for kids to be one on one with nature and cultivate a love for the outdoors and exercise. Moms, Dads, big brothers and sisters welcome. 45 minutes. Meet at trail head at end of Michigan Road (first right after entrance booth) Trail is stroller (Bobs) friendly. Led by Jillian Robins.
Sat May 10th 10AM — “Wildflowers of Spring: Meadows and Woodlands at Old Field Preserve.”
Dogwoods should be in bloom. Meet at parking area off Mead Street (& Schoolhouse Road) Led by Naturalist Jim Nordgren. 2 hours, rated easy. (Photo: Linda Broudy)
Saturday, April 19th, 10:30am – Vernal Pools Hike at Leon Levy Preserve
Please join Naturalist, Jim Nordgren, on Sat April 19th at 10:30am, and explore the Vernal Pools of the Leon Levy Preserve in South Salem. Vernal pools are usually temporary bodies of water that appear in early Spring. Since they do not support populations of fish, they provide safe havens for wood frogs, salamanders and fairy shrimp. The vernal pool habitat is essential to provide breeding conditions for many of these species. If we are lucky when we are out searching for vernal pools, we will hear the courtship call of the male wood frog. This outdoor program will be a moderately paced hike lasting approximately 2 hours. This educational environmental program is sponsored by the Lewisboro Land Trust with support from the Westchester Land Trust. Meet at the “new” parking lot on rte 123. All ages are welcome. For more information: email@example.com
Sunday, April 6 ~ 9:30 – Noon:
“SENSING WILD LEWISBORO” at Onatru Farm
A children’s hike focused on increasing awareness of nature and our surroundings using our five senses led by Anne-Marie Nordgren. This “Signs of Spring” hike rated “easy” will begin at Onatru Farm with a brief discussion of our five senses. Each participant will receive a sheet to be filled out during the hike where they will “discover” an aspect of nature using each of their five senses. They will then regroup at Onatru Farm to report their observations. Extra credit will be given to observations using their “sixth sense” which can be one of “feeling”, as in “peaceful”, “excited”, or any other emotion they observe. Drawing is also strongly encouraged! Each participant will receive a Lewisboro Land Trust “Nature Ranger” certificate to take home! Suggested age range 6-10. Rubber boots and gloves suggested. $25 per participant. Limited to 20 participants. Presented in partnership with Town of Lewisboro Parks & Recreation Department.
To register, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
March 29th (Saturday) – 10:00 a.m.: “Future Trails Hike“
1-1/2 hrs at Leon Levy Preserve. Be among the first to explore “trails in the making” and see new and interesting sections of Leon Levy Preserve. Learn how to read trail markings that guide you through our preserves. See the process of opening new environmentally-responsible trails. Hike while you learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Moderate with some steep hills. Wear hiking or waterproof boots with good traction. Hike led by George Scott, Chief Trails Steward Leon Levy Preserve
Meet at “new” parking lot on Rte 123. This is part of the “Winter Wonderland Walk” Series generously funded by the Jerome Levy Foundation.
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MARCH IS “NATIVE PLANT AWARENESS MONTH”!
We are celebrating “Native Plant Awareness Month” (March), by offering complimentary consultations by Naturalist Jim Nordgren on removing invasives and restoring natives to your backyard, and also offering 15% off on the purchase of native plants at Gossett Bros. Nursery. (Use coupon above) For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 23rd (Sun.) – Doug Tallamy lecture: “Bringing Nature Home”
LLT is proud to present Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants” who will speak at the Katonah Village Library on Sunday, February 23rd, at 3:00pm. Dr. Tallamy, a Professor & Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, will discuss how to design a plan of naturalizing your own property to sustain wildlife, and how to remove invasives and re-introduce native plantings. This lecture is part of the Leon Levy Environmental Lecture Series and is made possible by funding from the Jerome Levy Foundation. Admission is free.
LLT Annual Photo Show – Katonah Village Library – February 2014
Once again, we are proud to host our LLT Photo Show at the Katonah Village Library. The show opened on February 1st with over 100 entries in the adult and student divisions. It will be up for the entire month of February. All photos are for sale. Your purchase supports the work of the Lewisboro Land Trust.
Lewisboro Land Trust’s Guided Hike Series: “Walking Wild Lewisboro”
January 25th (Sat) – 10:00 a.m.: “Winter Wilderness Wonderland”
A 1-1/2 hour moderately paced hike through Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. AMC Winter Hiking Guidelines will be distributed. Followed by hot chocolate and optional potluck snow picnic. Meet at trailhead at end of Michigan Road. Led by Bonnie Robins.
Building Bluebird Houses // Dec. 8, 2013
Come build a bluebird house at Gilbert Farm, South Salem. They make a great gift!
Kids welcome. 1-2 hours. $5 donation for supplies.
Fall Foiliage in the Reservation // Nov. 9, 2013
A brisk 4-mile, 2-hr hike on the Blue Trail led by Bonnie Robins. Rated moderate with some more challenging terrain. Followed by (optional) picnic at Kimberly Bridge in the reservation.
Family Hike “Birds and their Migratory Habits” // Oct. 12, 2013
Mt. Holly Preserve. Over 30 people of all ages joined Naturalist Jim Nordgren for a 1.5 hour guided hike at Mount Holly Preserve.
“Autumn Wildflowers” hike at Leon Levy Preserve, South Salem // Sept. 25, 2013
Forty-five hikers joined us for a walk of the Leon Levy Preserve on Sunday, September 15th. It was led by Jim Nordren, with assistance from Paul Lewis and George Scott. And we were joined by Shelby White, who donated the funds to preserve the property, in honor of her late husband Leon Levy.
Photography Workshop // Sept 15th, 2013
We hosted a very successful Nature Photography Workshop at Mountain Lakes Preserve as a partnership with North Salem Open Land Foundation. Twenty-six participants joined instructor Rich Pomerantz for a three-and-a-half-hour workshop on the guidelines for outdoor photography, followed by a critique of the participants work.
Hike & Picnic: “Exploring Pound Ridge Reservation” hike from the Lewisboro Town Park
to Deer Hollow Loop
Join us for a 1.5 hr moderately paced hike guided by Peggy Nordgren, followed by a BYO picnic in the Town Park and a short discussion of “Leave no Trace” outdoor recreation guidelines. Leashed dogs welcome.
“Gardening with Native Plants & Shrubs” Hike at Mt. Lakes Camp
Naturalist Jim Nordgren discussed naturalizing your garden with native botanicals on this 1.5 hr hike rated moderate.
“Beyond the Garden Gate” Garden Tour
Lewisboro Land Trust & Lewisboro Garden Club invite you to explore 6 unique gardens in Vista, Pound Ridge & South Salem. Picnic lunches available.
Guided Hike at the Leon Levy Preserve // March 2013
Naturalist Jim Nordgren and Paul Lewis led more than 60 people on a great hike at the Leon Levy Preserve! The large crowd enjoyed soaking up the sun after a recent snow storm. Bobbe Stultz offered some interesting history of the Black Mansion and Paul Lewis spoke about the importance of vernal pools. The Red Maple trees and the Spice Bush shrubs are about to bloom, the Skunk Cabbage is flowering, and the Red-winged Blackbirds are back! Looks like we made it through another winter.