- Every Tuesday in June & July
- Free for Land Trust members
- RSVP online - they fill up fast!
The North Alabama Land Trust’s “Tuesdays On the Trail” program is a wonderful way for even the busiest of families to spend some time together outdoors. Don’t tell the kids… you’ll learn a lot about local environmental education too!
Tuesdays on the Trail programs take place every Tuesday in June and July at various North Alabama Land Trust preserved areas and properties.
I took my family and set out to the first program of their summer series last week – lucky for you there are still several weeks of activities left, but you must hurry! Space is limited and availability fills up fast.
What to Expect at Tuesdays On the Trail
Each program has a different focus and features local flora, fauna, and conservation topics. This first session was fishing at Harvest Pointe Square, one of the newer NALT Preserves. As a native, it was great to discover a new place that encourages nature exploration and is available for the public to enjoy.
We joined the rest of the group under a pavilion and listened to a brief talk about the kinds of fish that lived in the ponds and a little history about Harvest Square Preserve and the animals that lived around it. The majority of kids were ages 5-10 and everyone was excited to be there!
A demonstration on how to tie a hook, line, and sinker to our cane pole came next. All the materials are provided by the Land Trust and there are plenty of volunteers on hand to help families. After that, we were ready to fish from the bank!
Again, several helpers are stationed around the pond to help bait hooks and take fish off the lines after they are caught. You will hear several squeals of delight around the pond as kids start reeling in fish! Our fish were too small to keep so back into the water they went. We fished for about an hour and headed home at dusk.
My boys really enjoyed TotT and we can’t wait to go back! The Land Trust staff are very knowledgeable, and great about igniting enthusiasm for nature in kids.
An Award-Winning Program
The Environmental Education Association of Alabama (EEAA) named “Tuesdays On the Trail” as Alabama’s Best Community Environmental Education Project. That’s pretty high praise, especially since those who win this accolade are only eligible to win once and have bragging rights for the duration of the program!
“There is simply nothing better than seeing kids faces light up when they are connecting with nature – except for watching the parents faces as they see their children discovering a whole new world. We truly believe that fostering appreciation of nature and the need to preserve the places we love is vital to raising the next generation of land preservation advocates.” – Cathie Mayne, Land Trust of North AL supporter.
2022 Tuesdays On the Trail Schedule
Reservations are required in advance, and all programs are FREE for Land Trust members! Call 256-534-5263 to RSVP or register now online – long pants, bug/tick spray, and water recommended. Call soon – sessions fill up quickly!
June 7: It’s All About the Macros!
June 14: Herp Hike
June 21: Fungus Among Us
June 28: The Buzz on Pollinators
July 12: Adventure Awaits
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