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Preston Nature Preserve – Preston / property details / get directions / trail map

The trails wander through woods and fields with beautiful spots to stop and look.

Total Hike & Seek Targets: 5

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Depending on the time of year you visit, the fields can be cut short to keep out larger woody plants and to let new plants grow up. Or it can be starting to grow up green with maybe some flowers, and by the end of the summer the meadow can be taller than you!   Take a picture of the meadow to show how tall it is.


There are several places along these trails where you can sit on a bench or a stone and take in the view.  Share a photo of where you chose to sit.  What do you see?


Look around. This area has been part of a farm for a very long time. There are fields for crops like hay and fences and walls were built to keep animals in or out of the fields. Walls were made of abundant stones and the gateways were made from the cedar trees that grew in the woods. You will find several gateways and notice the special way the farmer created the barways: With old horseshoes!


Many birds want to make their nests inside cavities or holes in trees. Woodpeckers can make them easily. Chickadees, wrens, bluebirds, and tree swallows need holes but cannot make their own. A great way to help them out is to put up birdhouses, which are just like holes in trees: deep, dark and safe. Take some time to watch a birdhouse in the field. Depending on the season, you may see nest-building activity, parenting or babies. In the winter, birdhouses may protect a family of mice!