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October 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm


Hike the Mt. Cuba Trails and Ashland Hawk Watch Hill

Mt. Cuba Center Fall Walks & Hikes
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Reconnect with nature in this exceptional behind-the-scenes trek through the natural areas with Ellen Lake, Mt. Cuba’s director of conservation and research, and Joe Sebastiani, manager at Ashland Nature Center. Along the way, scout for birds, explore old-field meadows and woodland habitats, and learn about several natural lands projects and research experiments. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars, a water bottle, and lunch. Be prepared for a four-mile hike through hilly terrain.

This program takes place in person in Mt. Cuba Center natural lands on Wednesday, October 18, 2023 (Rain Date: Wednesday, October 25).

About the Instructor:
Ellen Lake, PhD, is the Director of Conservation and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She taught environmental education and was the Education Director at the Brandywine and Red Clay Valley Associations. Ellen has a master’s degree in Entomology and Ph.D. in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Delaware, where she researched biological control of mile-a-minute weed and how to integrate weed management techniques to restore plant communities. Ellen has extensive experience researching insect-plant interactions, including work for the USDA in the Greater Everglades ecosystem.

Joe Sebastiani is the Director of Adult Engagement for the Delaware Nature Society. He is passionate about birds and wildlife, founded the Ashland Hawk Watch, and edits Delaware eBird, an online checklist program, for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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