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Muttontown Preserve Announces Hikes

The magnificent Muttontown Preserve will host two weekend nature events in June.

The first, “Smell the Wild Roses,” on Sunday, June 7, between 10 a.m. and noon, offers participants the opportunity to view a variety of roses in full bloom, along with Autumn Olive, Honeysuckle and Buttercups. During past walks, more than 50 species of roses have been seen along the trails. The tour is three miles over mostly flat terrain that includes the upland woods trail.

The second event, “Amazing Honey Bees,” takes place on Saturday, June 13, between 10 a.m. and noon, and will be led by an expert bee-keeper. Designed for the entire family, the event includes a lecture about bees and their behavior, followed by a display of bees outdoors. In addition, there will be a half-mile hike over flat terrain.

Enrollment for the walks ($3) is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 516-571-8500 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The walk will begin at the Bill Paterson Nature Center on the preserve. Muttontown Preserve is located on Muttontown Lane, south of 25A, in East Norwich.

Comprising 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, Muttontown is Nassau County’s largest nature preserve and one of the most beautiful settings on Long Island. The preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Muttontown Preserve also has several structures, including the renovated Chelsea estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.