Make "spend more time with nature" one of your New Year's resolutions and join Southampton Trails Preservation Society and Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt for hikes this January.
All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise indicated.
Sat, Jan. 5 – Barcelona Point Perambulation. 10 a.m. to noon.
Leader: Bob Wolfram, 631-848-2255.
Sun, Jan. 6 – Whiskey Hill Circuit. 10 to 11 a.m.
Meet on Mill Path off Lopers Path (heading east), Bridgehampton. Moderately-paced, 1.5-mile hike with ocean views from top of moraine with kettlehole ponds and an enormous glacial erratic along the way.
Leader: Jean Dodds, 631-599-2391.
Sat, Jan. 12 – Paumanok Path to the Mulvihill Preserve. 10 a.m. to noon.
Meet at Sag Harbor Industries on the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, opposite the Verizon building. Moderately-paced 4-mile hike through oak forest with views of glacial erratics and kettleholes.
Leader: Joe Lane, 631-725-3942.
Sat, Jan. 12 – Animal Tracking at Mashashimuet Park: for Adults. 10 a.m.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Museum. Leaders Alexandra Eames, of the Board of Directors Mashashimuet Park, and Callie Velmachos, a Level III Certified Animal Tracker in the Cybertracker International tracking system. It’s into the woods of this popular Sag Harbor park to look for tracks and signs of animals in winter. In this walk and workshop for adults, you’ll learn the fine points of animal tracking in a variety of habitats from experienced tracker Callie while you learn about the park’s history from Alex. This is an unusual opportunity to work with a Certified Animal Tracker in the Cybertracker International tracking system, a system used to track and monitor wildlife throughout the world. Limited enrollment, reserve now.
Sun, Jan. 13 – Sears Bellows Traverse. 10 a.m. to noon.
Meet on Spinney Road on the south side of County Road 24 just east of Birch Creek in Flanders. Moderately-paced 4-mile hike with views of Owl Pond and Sears Pond.
Leader: Jim Crawford, 631-369-2341.
Sat, Jan. 19 - Elliston Park Ramble. 10 a.m. to noon.
Meet at the Elliston Park entrance on Millstone Brook Road in Southampton for a moderately-paced hike with views of Wolf Swamp and Big Fresh Pond.
Leader: Howard Reisman, 631-283-5376.
Sat., Jan. 19 – Old Farm Road Clean-Up. 8 a.m.
Help clean up the roadside along Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt's adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park. Bring gloves, bags provided.
Leader: Jean Dodds, 631-599-2391
Sun, Jan. 20 – Narrow Lane Cleanup. 8 to 9 a.m.
Help Southampton Trails Preservation Society clean up litter on an adopted road. Meet on Narrow Lane and the east corner of Norris Lane. Bring gloves. STPS will supply bags.
Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.
Sun, Jan. 20 – Laurel Valley Meander. 10 a.m. to noon.
Meet at the kiosk located on Deerfield Road in Noyac across from Deerwood Path (North Side Hills). Moderately-paced hike through wooded knolls and laurel-filled ravines. Hilly terrain.
Leader: Glorian Berk, 631-283-2638.
Fri, Jan. 25 - Full Moon Owl Prowl: For Adults. 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by SoFo. Joe Giunta is one of SoFo’s most engaging birding teachers, and this foray is one of his most enjoyable. The evening starts with a brief slide show and taped calls to acquaint you with our native owls. Then Joe will take you into the woods to call owls in for actual sightings. There is a good possibility that you will see an Eastern Screech Owl and maybe even a Great Horned Owl, whose courtship period begins at this time of year. This walk is for adults, but children over the age of 12 may attend. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. Limited enrollment, reserve now.
Sat, Jan. 26 - HOT Ride. 10 a.m. to noon.
BYO horse and helmet. Must be a member of STPS/HOT to participate due to insurance requirements. Easy to join on the day of the ride. Call for reservations and meeting place.
Leader: Barbara Bornstein, 631-537-6188.
Sat., Jan. 26 – Full Wolf Moon Hike. 8 to 9 p.m.
Join Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt and South Fork Natural History Museum on a leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. Take advantage of some “wolf moonshine” and then stay afterwards for hot cider and donuts. Meet at the SoFo Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks.
Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.
Sun., Jan. 27 – Hike The Moraine. 10 a.m. to noon.
Meet at intersection of Old Sag Harbor Road and Water Mill Towd Road off Noyac Road for a moderately-paced hike to Elliston Park. See Split Rock, Big Fresh Pond and views of Peconic Bay. Rain or snow cancels.
Leader: Susan Colledge, 631-283-0071. Day of hike: 631-484-3816.