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Summer Internship Opening


Crow’s Nest Preserve will be hosting a land management internship again this summer, a ten-week paid summer job that is an introduction to land stewardship on a Natural Lands Trust preserve. Responsibilities include invasive plant control, lawn and trail mowing, maintaining native plant gardens, and restoration of natural areas and hedgerows, and assist with three weeks of an environmental education summer day camp for children entering grades one through six.

The summer internship lasts up to ten weeks. A valid driver’s license is required. No housing is available. Natural Lands Trust, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

Please contact Natural Lands Trust for more information.

Summer Camp!


Summer camp is coming again! Natural Lands Trust’s Crow’s Nest Preserve hosts a summer day camp in July for kids entering grades 1 – 6. The nature-themed camp includes hikes, arts & crafts, creek walks and play, games, woodworking, hay rides, experiments and observation.

Please contact Natural Lands Trust for more information.

Winter’s Beauty


Winter is a great time to get out and see the landscape. Some lands, such as this scene at Crow’s Nest Preserve, are more accessible in winter when the ground is frozen and leafless trees make vistas longer. So get out there, and see you at the preserve!

Yellow-Spotted Salamander


The yellow-spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) lives at Crow’s Nest Preserve and other nearby woods. Living up to 20 years, most of the time underground, the salamander is occasionally seen on rainy evenings in early spring during its migration to vernal pools (temporary ponds naturally formed in low spots in the woods each winter and spring). Local residents assist the migrations of salamanders and wood frogs by alerting motorists to the amphibians’ presence on roads around wetland “hotspots” on the few evenings of mass migration each year.

This group of people, the Amphibian Preservation Alliance, will be holding a meeting at Crow’s Nest Preserve’s visitor center on Thursday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be Mac Given, a professor at Newman College, who will describe the various species of amphibians found in our area. (The snowdate will be February 17.) This lecture is free and open to the public.

Please contact Natural Lands Trust for more information about these volunteer efforts.

Invasives Presentation

Natural Lands Trust can help landowners and managers with invasive plant problems. Preserve Manager Daniel Barringer has prepared a presentation on the topic of invasive plants, and is available to present it to groups.


Invasive plants can replace native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers, killing these plants and altering the vegetation structure, species composition, and wildlife value of a site. Invasive plants can destroy the features landowners want to protect.

The presentation describes the impacts of invasive plants, shows pictures of many the worst invaders in our region, and covers tools and techniques to control them.

Please contact Natural Lands Trust for more information.


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