Naturalist Hikes

Forest Ecology and Exploration

Is your kid or your “inner kid” in need of some fresh air?

Join our naturalists on a stimulating nature hike exploring the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve trails! They will lead an invigorating walk on beautiful single-track trails, while stopping to explore the natural wonders of Alabama forest biodiversity.

Appropriate age groups: 1st grade – High School

How do I prepare for a nature hike at Turkey Creek Preserve?

  • Pack water to drink (about 1 liter).
  • Wear comfortable (closed-toed) shoes for hiking.
  • Apply bug spray, as well as sunscreen, prior to the beginning of the hike.
  • Pack a light, comfortable hiking pack (daypack) or backpack with necessary supplies (water, snack, bug spray).
  • Our Naturalist Hikes will last approximately 2.5 hours, so bring lunch or a snack as needed.

What topics will be covered on our hikes?

  •  Trail Safety
  • Botany (plants)
  • Wildlife (animals)
  • Ecology (environmental interactions)
  • Mycology (fungi)
  • Ichthyology (insects)

If you have any specific questions regarding our naturalist hikes, please contact our Program Directors.

We are excited to explore Turkey Creek with you!