Water Willow (Decodon verticillatus)
Photo courtesy of Donald J. House

Saturday, October 24, 2015 10:00 AM
Blydenburgh County Park, Smithtown, NY
Trip Leaders: Rich Kelly (phone: 516-509-1094) and James Lendemer

This walk will stress mosses and lichens. Blydenburgh County Park is a 627-acre park run for the residents of Suffolk County. The park is mostly woodland with swamps and fields, and is home to Stump Pond, which is [said to be] second in size on Long Island only to Lake Ronkonkoma. The pond is long and irregularly shaped, somewhat like a boot with a pointed toe.A number of trails and dirt roads make for easy walking; you’ll also encounter horseback riders. Please dress for the weather, wear boots for wet walking, and bring a hand lens. Bring lunch and a beverage.

Directions: Please contact Rich for directions and meeting location prior to the walk.

Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:00 AM
Late Winter Botany Workshop: Buds, Bark, Berries & More, Muttontown Preserve, East Norwich, NY
Trip Leader: Lois Lindberg

Indoor-Outdoor Workshop. In spite of spring’s approach, there is still plenty of time for some winter botany. Rid yourself of those confusing leaves and flowers to sharpen your botanical skills on buds and leaf scars. We will meet indoors at the Bill Paterson Nature Center to study the winter characteristics of some common deciduous trees and herbaceous plants. Weather permitting, we will head outdoors after the program for a closer look at bark textures, tree branching patterns, and remnants of last summer’s wildflowers. Bring a hand lens, winter field guides, snack or lunch, and come prepared for a hike.

Directions: Bill Paterson Nature Center, Muttontown Preserve
Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY
(LIBS monthly meeting location - Contact the trip leader for further directions)

Saturday, May 21, 2016 10:00 AM
Oak Slope Communities, Tiffany Creek Preserve, Oyster Bay Cove, NY
Trip Leader: Allan Lindberg

Situated atop the Oyster Bay Recessional Moraine, Tiffany Creek Preserve offers excellent views of the slope communities within the Oak Forest. We will hike through Hilltop, Mid and Low Slope communities, offering examples of both mixed shrub and Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) understories. We will eventually reach the wetland interface at Shutter Lane Pond with its rare North Shore stand of Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides). Other rarities along the way will include Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuminata), Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripetala) and Bigleaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla). Come prepared for a hike, bring lunch and liquid. Tick/insect repellent is recommended as Deer Ticks are a problem at Tiffany Creek. Bathroom facilities are not available.

Directions: Tiffany Creek Preserve, 45 Sandy Hill Road, Oyster Bay Cove, NY.  Meet at 10 AM at the preserve parking area.  For further directions and to register please email.

Friday, June 10, 2016 10:00 AM
Botany for Beginners, Forest Park, Queens Co., NY
Trip Leader: Michael Feder

Learn how to easily identify plants using the Newcomb's Wildflower Guide. The walk will last about 2 hours. Participants are encouraged to bring their own copy of the book.

Forest Park is the third largest park in Queens and was designed by Frederick Olmsted in the 1890's.
(Co-listed with the Torrey Botanical Society.)

Directions:We will meet at 10 AM at Wallenberg Square which is located at the southwest corner of Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens. Take the Grand Central Parkway or Van Wyck Expressway to the Jackie Robinson Parkway. Get off at exit 6, Metropolitan Avenue. Make a left onto Metropolitan Avenue. Wallenberg Square will about 1/4 mile down the road on your right at the intersection with Park Lane South.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 10:00 AM
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Trip Leader: Rich Kelly

Save the date. Details to be announced.

Saturday, October 22, 2016 Time to be determined
The Peconic Area
Trip Leaders: Louise Harrison and Andrew Greller

Save the date. Details to be announced.