There's a hole in our forest that acts as a doorway to a wonderful canopy of trees, birds and wildlife. Typical of this part of Hastings County, the landscape has been heavily shaped by glaciations. It combines rolling rock outcrops of the Pre-Cambrian Shield and the more gently sloped Limestone plain.

The diversity of our forest landscape is maintained by allowing natural succession to determine species mixture. This is the most effective way of ensuring plant diversity, and thus wildlife habitat.

Mature deciduous trees are abundant on the property, and include Red and White Oaks, Sugar Maples, American Beech, Basswood, Hickory, Ironwood and Silver Birch. The endangered Butternut tree is also prevalent.

Our conifer trees offer protection in winter and provide nesting and resting opportunities for migratory birds such as warblers. The super canopy trees that tower above the forest are important to our raptor population of hawks and owls.

They also provide roosting trees for our Wild Turkeys. Woodland plants abound, including lady slippers, trilliums, mosses, violets, jack-in-the-pulpits, and the rare walking fern indicative of undisturbed woodlands.

Forest Bathing, a term coined by the Japanese, has shown that a leisurely stroll through green spaces can lower the pulse and blood pressure. For those seeking a more strenuous activity, a hike up our main forest path with its slight, but steady incline to the top provides an invigorating aerobic work-out within a beautiful forest environment.

From time to time, we work with Certified Wildlife Rehabilitators, who volunteer their time to raise the young of a parent animal or bird that has met an untimely death. Once healthy and capable of surviving on their own, the offspring are released back into a forest habitat. It is always a joyous occasion, and at times, quite comical.