Join Our Local Weekly Nature Walks—Free!

Did you know? Spending time in nature can

  • Lead to better relationship skills and reduced stress, anger, and aggression.
  • Help increase focus and impulse control and reduce hyperactivity.
  • Boost intellectual performance, creativity, and critical thinking.
  • Promote better fetal growth for pregnant mothers.
  • Reduce nearsightedness and increase Vitamin D levels. (Source: Children and Nature Network research library, 2017).

Join us for weekly nature walks in Foster Park, Oakdale’s Lutheran Park, Fox Island County Park, and around the Redeemer Lutheran Church and Classical School neighborhood. Walks will be guided and are open, free, to the public. The 2017-18 walk schedule is below.

Parents must accompany children. All nature outings start at 1 p.m. and are usually on Fridays unless otherwise specified. Participants must sign a liability waiver form. To save time you may print it, complete it, and bring with you the first time you join us, or we will provide copies on-site.

To receive text reminders and notifications of last-minute changes, such as due to weather, text @redeemercl to 81010. If that doesn’t work on your phone, text @redeemercl to (347) 983-9822.

Suggested carry-alongs: Insect repellant, sturdy shoes, colored pencils, weather-suitable clothes, nature journal/sketchpad, magnifying glass or binoculars, water, snacks. Strollers and baby carriers also welcome—all walks will be baby accessible.

Redeemer Classical 2017-18 Nature Walk Schedule

September 8: Neighborhood walk and leaf gathering.
September 9: Field trip to Advanced Tree Technology U-pick apple orchard, 10 a.m.
September 15: Foster Park seed collection walk.
September 22: Autumn Equinox picnic at Fox Island, 5 p.m.
September 29: Neighborhood mini-beast hunt.
October 5 (not 6): Lutheran Park Harvest Moon Walk, 8 p.m.
October 13: Neighborhood walk and burr, dandelions, maple seed collection.
October 20: Foster Park leaves walk and sketch.
October 27: Autumn pond study at Fox Island.
November 3: Neighborhood walk and moss hunt.
November 10: Foster Park lichen walk.
November 17: Neighborhood leaf search, gathering, and identification.
November 22: Neighborhood mushroom search.
December 1: Neighborhood walk and pine cone collection.
December 8: Foster Park coniferous trees nature walk.
December 15: Neighborhood winter treasure hunt.
December 22: Decorate Redeemer pine tree with bird food decorations.
January 12: Outdoor play at Lutheran Park. Sledding if weather permits.
January 19: Foster Park winter scavenger hunt.
January 26: Neighborhood winter tree study.
February 2: Neighborhood bark rubbings.
February 9: Fox Island winter pond study.
February 16: Neighborhood walk to kick off local field guide term project.
February 23: Foster Park nature walk and bird sound listening.
March 2: Neighborhood (church backyard) earthworm hunt.
March 9: Make worm compost in church backyard. Bring worms from your yard!
March 16: Nesting birds neighborhood walk.
March 23: Spring picnic at Lutheran Park. Bring tarps if wet.
March 29: Hike at Fox Island.
April 13: Neighborhood snail hunt.
April 20: Neighborhood black ant observation project.
April 27: Visit to or from local beekeepers.
May 4: Plant butterfly garden and take-home pots at Redeemer school.
May 11: Field trip to Botanical Conservatory butterfly exhibit ($5/adult, $3/child for non-members).
May 18: End of year picnic at Fox Island.

Location Information

For neighborhood walks, meet at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
For Lutheran Park outings, meet at the splash pad.
For Foster Park outings, meet at the trail head next to the parking lot beyond the playground.
For Fox Island outings, meet outside doors of nature center. Fox Island entrance is $2/person or free with annual $30 family membership. Purchase at the park or their website.

We will walk in rain, snow, or shine, the only exception being dangerous inclement weather. We will notify of cancellations via our text-messaging service. So sign up for the text service and wear weather-appropriate clothing!