Hike at Hays – Halloween Ecology

September 28, 2021 Click to view Hike at Hays – Halloween Ecology

Halloween features many organisms that are thought of as creepy, crawly, slimy, gross, or scary, but these forms of life are all very important to their ecosystem despite their spooky connotations. Hikers will learn about the organisms associated with Halloween like crows, cats, wolves, mushrooms, spiders, and bats, how these organisms fit into their unique ecologies, and what caused their associations with the end of harvest and Halloween. Hike at Hays with [more]

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Fall Break Fun

September 28, 2021 Click to view Fall Break Fun

Enjoy the outdoors at Hays Nature Preserve during Fall Break! Join us at the pavilion on the natural playground from 10am-12pm on Tuesday, October 5 through Thursday, October 7. Drop in during the time to enjoy a different Fall themed craft and activity each day! Free for kids of all ages.

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Fall Break Fun

September 28, 2021 Click to view Fall Break Fun

Enjoy the outdoors at Hays Nature Preserve during Fall Break! Join us at the pavilion on the natural playground from 10am-12pm on Tuesday, October 5 through Thursday, October 7. Drop in during the time to enjoy a different Fall themed craft and activity each day! Free for kids of all ages.

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Fall Break Fun

September 28, 2021 Click to view Fall Break Fun

Enjoy the outdoors at Hays Nature Preserve during Fall Break! Join us at the pavilion on the natural playground from 10am-12pm on Tuesday, October 5 through Thursday, October 7. Drop in during the time to enjoy a different Fall themed craft and activity each day! Free for kids of all ages.

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Flint River Cleanup for National Public Lands Day

August 19, 2021 Click to view Flint River Cleanup for National Public Lands Day

Lend a hand for National Public Lands Day! Join the Flint River Cleanup at Hays Nature Preserve on Saturday, September 25 from 8am-Noon. Registration is required to volunteer. Email katheleen.theriault@huntsvilleal.gov to register. Must be over 18 to volunteer. Volunteers will be working on the riverbanks to clear litter and flood debris. Please park at the parking lot by the cul-de-sac near the bridge/Flint River at Hays Nature Preserve.

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Flooding at Hays Nature Preserve

March 18, 2021 Click to view Flooding at Hays Nature Preserve

Flooding issues have closed several areas within the Parks and Recreation Department. Access to a majority of the Hays Nature Preserve has been closed today (Thursday, March 18) due to flooding issues. The only areas accessible at this time are the Main Entrance on U.S. Highway 431 and the Natural Playground and Bar Lake areas. In addition, the Indian Creek Greenway and Creekwood Park are also closed. For more information, keep up with [more]

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Literary Trails – Children’s Book & Exploring Club

January 8, 2020 Click to view Literary Trails – Children’s Book & Exploring Club

Plan to join us on February 14 For The Love of Bluebirds! Read “A Nest Of Bluebirds” with us. Then we will be exploring the Bluebird Trail to observe any early Bluebird activity and look at the sample nest. Enjoy one of our favorite books with us and a themed nature activity afterward on the second Friday of the month at Hays Nature Preserve. Literary Trails takes place from 10am – 11am. Each [more]

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Literary Trails – Children’s Book and Exploring Club

November 21, 2019 Click to view Literary Trails – Children’s Book and Exploring Club

Enjoy one of our favorite books with us and a themed nature activity afterward on Saturday, February 1 at 10am at Hays Nature Preserve. **This date is rescheduled from Friday, January 10 due to weather.**   Enjoy bird themed stories this month, followed by making bird feeders. Help us provide a Bird Treat Tree Trail snack for our feathered friends during the cold months!   Please bring an orange for your feeder – half [more]

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Literary Trails with Santa

November 7, 2019 Click to view Literary Trails with Santa

Enjoy one of our favorite books and picture time with special guest reader Santa Claus at Literary Trails – Children’s Book and Exploring Club on December 13 at Hays Nature Preserve. Choose the 12pm or 1pm session.   FREE for children of all ages with their favorite available adult.   Enjoy a story with Santa, along with hot chocolate & apple cider. After story time, there will be picture time with Santa [more]

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River Kids – SOLD OUT

April 25, 2019 Click to view River Kids – SOLD OUT

All sessions are now filled – thank you! Have a fun time learning how to kayak on the Flint River at Hays Nature Preserve with Alabama 4H & Operation Green Team, starting with a mandatory hour safety class on land. Then we head to the water for the rest! Ages 9-18 years only. Confirmed registration is required and limited. Must call 256.564.8077 to register. Wear water clothes and secure shoes that can get [more]

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