We are continuing our winter series of monthly hikes with the goal of discovering various habitats and landscapes throughout Long Island, exploring new trails, immersing ourselves in nature, practicing teamwork and challenging ourselves in a fun way. We will also be working on collecting photos and notes on the flora and fauna we find interesting to contribute to a specialized project on iNaturalist.
Our third hike will take place at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of four state nature preserves on Long Island. Within its 543 acres are a variety of habitats offering guests picturesque views that change with the seasons. Caleb Smith is a passive use park. This not only helps protect the local plant and wildlife populations but also allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the quiet serenity that can only be found in nature. (information derived from the NYS Parks Dept)
We will be meeting at the main entrance parking lot (to the left of the parking booth) on W Jericho Turnpike.
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