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Tuesdays on the Trail: Herpetology

July 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Head outdoors on Tuesdays in June and July to discover our area’s unique biodiversity protected by Land Trust preserves!

The Expedition: Search with herpetology expert Andrew Cantrell for the snakes and lizards native to Madison County. Take a special opportunity to spend time hiking at a Land Trust property that is closed to public access. Matthews Nature Preserve is family-friendly with very little elevation change, so younger siblings are welcome to tag along!

From Andrew, our event leader:

We welcome you to learn about the vast diversity of reptiles and amphibians that call Alabama home. Come join herpetologist Andrew Cantrell on a small adventure to see what we can find at Matthews Preserve (a preserve closed to the public).  The aim is to help you learn about these secretive animals, how to look for them safely (for you and them), and what makes these species so special.  Long pants and boots recommended. Bug spray and sunscreen is recommended, but not if you would like the opportunity to handle any of these species.

Cost: FREE but only available for Land Trust members at the Trailblazer (Family) level or above. Not a Land Trust Member? Join today!

Reservations: Land Trust members at the Trailblazer (Family) level or above only. Reservations are required. Space is limited. Please register using parent/guardian’s information (name on your Land Trust membership) and select spots for the number of children only. Adults do not need to reserve a spot for themselves. Registered participants will receive an email with full details closer to the event. There are no waitlists for these events. If spaces become available, registration will reopen so please check back if you’re interested in attending.

Ages: 6-12 years. An accompanying adult is required for all programs.

Activity Leader: Andrew Cantrell

Location: Matthews Nature Preserve in Limestone County – Directions and instructions about the meeting location will be provided to registered participants the week of the event. Please note: Getting to the starting point of this hike involves driving down a dirt road. Extremely low vehicles might have a difficult time.

What to Bring: We recommend closed toe shoes, long pants, bug spray, sunscreen, and water.

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If this event has to be canceled due to weather or trail conditions, we will send a notification to the email address you use to register.


2024 Tuesdays on the Trail Series:

June 11 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Nature Journaling at Rainbow Mountain

June 18 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Watersheds and Agriculture

June 25 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Early Birds at Chapman Mountain

July 2 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Gamer Hike at Blevins Gap

July 9 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Herpetology

July 16 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Butterflies and Other Pollinators

July 23 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Reptiles and Amphibians

July 30 – Tuesdays on the Trail: Bug Hunt


July 9
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Matthews Nature Preserve (Closed Property)
Toney, AL 35773 United States