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Hiking Series: The Nature of Saint John’s
December 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
One event on October 13, 2019 at 2:00 pm
One event on November 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm
One event on December 14, 2019 at 10:00 am
One event on January 18, 2020 at 10:00 am
Join Outdoor U educators and special guests on five designated hikes using the Nature of Saint John’s field guide. Along the hikes we’ll highlight various topics from the book chapters with interpretive talks and “reading the landscape.” Participants are encouraged to read the book excerpts prior to each hike. No registration or fees. Open to the public and family friendly. Please leave dogs and bikes home; they are not allowed in the Abbey Arboretum.
Hike #1: Prairie Wetland and Savanna Trails
Thursday, September 19: Meet at the prairie kiosk
3-4 mile hike. Pages 17-64 of The Nature of Saint John’s.
Guest expert: Dr. Stephen Saupe, botanist in the CSB/SJU biology department
Hike #2: Old Road Trail
Sunday, October 13: Meet at the Old Entrance Road gate (past the Prep School)
2-3 mile hike. Pages 131-154 of The Nature of Saint John’s.
Guest expert: Tom Kroll, forester and director emeritus at Outdoor
Hike #3: Deep Woods Trail
Wednesday, November 6: Meet at the sugar shack
3-4 mile hike. Pages 95-130 of The Nature of Saint John’s.
Guest expert: John Geissler, abbey land manager and director of Outdoor U
Hike #4: Chapel Trail
Saturday, December 14: Meet at the Abbey Bell Banner
3-4 mile hike. Pages 65-93 of The Nature of Saint John’s.
Guest expert: TBA
Hike #5: Pine Knob Trail
Saturday, January 18: Meet at the Old Entrance Road gate (past the Prep School)
3-4 mile hike. Pages 155-179 of The Nature of Saint John’s. There is the possibility to ski/snowshoe if there is interest and conditions allow.
Guest expert: TBA