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Eco Hike: Insect Gall Hunt

Join our Deputy Director of Ecology, Elijah Goodwin, on a winter walk to search for plant galls. Plants create galls when an insect lays its eggs in the plant, and the gall structure becomes both food and shelter for the growing insect. Different species of insects cause the plants to make different shapes and sizes of galls. During the walk we will talk about the emerging and fascinating science of galls and our project to document this and other insect diversity across our landscape. You will have a chance to collect some galls to contribute to the Stone Barns Center gall project and participate in science that has the potential to reveal new information about the world around us. Be prepared for some short trips off-trail. This is a great winter scavenger hunt opportunity for families.

Accessibility Guidelines: This hour-long activity will include walking over varied topography. Please wear good walking shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty, as well as long sleeves and pants. Children are permitted to join (ages 12 and older require a ticket), but please keep in mind that we will be walking through brush, over uneven terrain, and possibly into muddy or snowy patches.

Unless otherwise noted, all Stone Barns Center programs take place rain or shine! We have a 72-hour cancellation policy for all tickets. For a refund, please contact us 72 hours prior to your visit at info@stonebarnscenter.org.

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