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Ithaca, NY – Summer in Ithaca is short and sweet and the Finger Lakes Land Trust hopes you will get outside to enjoy these gorgeous days. Step away from your screen, pull on your hiking shoes, gather your children and go explore one of our 10 public conservation areas in Tompkins County.

To make getting outside even easier, the Land Trust is hosting three special trips for families over the next month and, like all of our events, there is no charge to come learn. Please join us for one or all!

Photo courtesy of Rick Lightbody

Here are the events:

1) Bugs & Butterflies | Saturday, July 18 at 10:00 am at the Roy H. Park Nature Preserve (south entrance).

Please join Cornell entomology graduate student Heather Connelly on a hunt for the bugs and butterflies living all around us. Heather will lead families on an easy walk through a field, forest and into Six Mile Creek capturing, investigating, (and releasing!) insects along the way.

2) Story Walk | Thursday, August 6 at 10:00 am at the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve

Valerie Akers, founder of Corner of the Sky preschool, will guide families through the woods and over two creeks, stopping along the path to read a book. Now in its third year, Story Walk encourages childhood literacy and an early love of nature. Bonus: families who attend the kickoff walk will receive a free copy of the book to bring home (while supplies last). If you miss the kickoff walk – don’t worry! The story walk will open through early fall for self-guided adventures.

3) Creek Walk | Saturday, August 22 at 10:00 am at the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve

Sarah Fiorello, Interpretation Coordinator for Cornell Plantations, will join us for an exploration of what lives under the rocks and in the streambed of the Ellis Hollow Nature Preserve. We’ll learn a little about stream health and see what else we can find on the preserve. Be sure to wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet!

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For directions and more information on our events, please visit the Land Trust’s web site at www.fllt.org/events.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust is a member supported, non-profit conservation organization working to conserve forever the lands and waters of the Finger Lakes region, ensuring scenic vistas, local foods, clean water, and wild places for everyone.

The Land Trust protects over 17,000 acres of our region’s beloved forests, fields, wetlands, streams, and lakeshores. Many of these lands are open to the community for quiet recreation through a network of 35 nature preserves, including 10 public preserves in Tompkins County. We have protected thousands of additional acres by working with landowners to place permanent development restrictions on private lands that remain on local tax rolls. We focus on protecting critical habitat and water resources, connecting conserved lands, and keeping prime farmland in agriculture. Additional information on the Land Trust may be found at www.fllt.org.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.