Nature of Saint John's Hiking Series

Where book club meets hiking club


hiking in the prairie with field guides

Join Outdoor U educators and special guests on five designated hikes using the Nature of Saint John's field guide. Along the hike we'll highlight various topics from the book chapters with interpretive talks and "reading the landscape." Participants are encouraged to read the guidebook excerpts prior to each hike.  Prepare for each hike by wearing comfortable footwear, bringing water, bringing your book, and bringing your curiosity.

No fees, No registration. Open to the public and family friendly (but please leave dogs and bikes at home; they are not allowed in the Abbey Arboretum).

Hike #1: Prairie Wetland and Savanna Trails

Thursday, September 19
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Meet at the prairie kiosk 

3-4 mile hike. Pages 17-64 of The Nature of Saint John's.
Guest expert: Dr. Stephen Saupe, botanist in the CSB/SJU biology department

Hike #2: Old Road Trail

Sunday, October 13
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Meet at the Old Entrance Road gate (past the Prep School)

2-3 mile hike. Pages 131-154 of The Nature of Saint John's.
Guest expert: Tom Kroll, forester and director emeritus at Outdoor U

Hike #3: Deep Woods Trail

Wednesday, November 6
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Meet at the sugar shack
*Sunset is around 5 p.m. We will bring flashlights and headlamps for the end of the hike. Bring your own if you have one!

3-4 mile hike. Pages 95-130 of The Nature of Saint John's. 
Guest expert: John Geissler, abbey land manager and director of Outdoor U

Hike #4: Chapel Trail

Saturday, December 14
10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Abbey Bell Banner

3-4 mile hike. Pages 65-93 of The Nature of Saint John's.
Guest expert: Peggy Roske, CSB/SJU archivist

Hike #5: Pine Knob Trail - CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER

Saturday, January 18
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Meet at the Old Entrance Road gate (past the Prep School)

3-4 mile hike. Pages 155-179 of The Nature of Saint John's. There is the possibility to ski/snowshoe if there is interest and conditions allow.
Guest expert: TBA