Hambidge has a number of hiking trails among an incredible biodiversity of meadows, streams, waterfalls, native plants and wildflowers, and a cove forest. Nature Hikes take place most Third Saturdays, meeting at 10am at the Weave Shed Gallery.

November 16, 10am-12pm: Forest Intelligence with Kathryn Kolb

In partnership with EcoAddendum, Kathryn Kolb will lead an innovative walk along the trails of the Hambidge Center. During this mile-long jaunt, we’ll discuss new research about the intelligence of trees and plants and other creatures. We’ll look at growth patterns that tell us how the forest and its myriad species interact with each other and respond to various challenges, “reading” the forest’s story, illustrated by what we find along our way.

We’ll cover info about the recently discovered root-fungi communication system, the “wood wide web,” and how some plants learned to change their behavior in scientific experiments designed for animals, and how plants employ the principles of quantum mechanics in photosynthesis.

We’ll also observe how native forest species have been shaping each other – and us – for millions of years, and we’ll touch on the golden mean and some of the geometries that inspired Jay Hambidge that we find in natural forms around us every day. The fall season is the perfect time to focus on leaf forms and growth patterns.

Cost $15, Limit 15

To reserve a space for a hike, register (RSVP) HERE with EcoAddendum.

Remember to wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes even for Summer hikes! Dress in layers, bring allergy meds/epi pen, water, a snack and a walking stick if desired. Most of our hikes are rain or shine.

Scheduled nature hikes in 2019 include:

April 13 - a special wildflower hike
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20

August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16

We are always in need of volunteers to assist with trail maintenance. If you are interested in helping, please contact us by clicking here.

The Hambidge Saturday Series invites the public to the campus on almost every Saturday for a series of rotating activities, including 1st Saturday Gristmill Visits and 2nd Saturday Artist Talks.