Natural Areas Tours
(click here for Shoreline Tour information)
|Jim Steffen, woodland ecologist
12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
|Center for Teaching & Learning Staff
11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
(20 minutes — description below)
Tour start location:
Meet at the McDonald Woods shelter, off the main exit road.
Jim Steffen, the Garden’s woodland ecologist, leads you on a tour through the ongoing ecological transformation of our 100-acre McDonald Woods. Learn how the aggressive control of invasive plants, especially buckthorn and garlic mustard, has led to an amazing resurgence in native plant communities. Along the way we’ll watch for birds, insects, and other native critters that have returned to live in our restored woodland.
McDonald Woods Family Tour
Families will discover the wonders of the woods! Giant oak trees, trillium, and deer all call the woods their home. Learn about woodland plants and animals, use your senses for a scavenger hunt, and explore habitats.
This program is available to Garden members and visitors as part of World Environment Day programming. Standard Garden parking fees apply; Garden members receive free parking.