UCA’s Jewel E. Moore Nature Reserve this Saturday will host “Spring into Action: A Walk in the Nature Reserve,” featuring trail walks guided by UCA biologists.The reserve includes approximately two miles of interconnecting trails through woods, along streams, and through a five-acre virgin prairie that is a remnant of prairie that was mapped by surveys in 1819 (and noted by the naturalist Thomas Nuttall in the same year during his travels through the area).
There will be three walks: The first, at 9 a.m., will begin at the west side of the UCA campus adjacent to Farris Road beside the HPER building, and participants will see plants and animals, spring flowers, and trees in new leaves, and discuss ecosystems and relationships of the organisms. The second, at 10 a.m., is geared toward children, and will begin at the east side of the UCA campus adjacent to Donaghey Ave. and the Farris Softball Complex. The final walk, at 11 a.m., will be a repeat of the 9 a.m. walk.
The trails are easy walking trails with signs and benches along the way. Participants are invited to enjoy dutch oven cobbler and camp coffee or water at the Farris Road side of campus in the Reserve before and after each walk.