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Community Update: Trails and Grounds Opening Early, Public Lectures and Walks On Hold 

The safety of our visitors and staff is of utmost importance to Cary Institute. To protect the community from the spread of COVID-19, we are following social distancing recommendations made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public lectures and walks have been cancelled through May. We are exploring ways to go virtual. Check our website for the most up to date information on future events. We will also share updates on our social feeds; consider following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

In these uncertain times, being outdoors can reduce stress. Our trails and grounds are a great place to explore, and they are opening early on Saturday, March 21. Trails will be open from sunrise to sunset, every day through October 31. Gates to our paved internal roads will be open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm.

For the safety of our visitors, Cary Institute will be closing Lovelace Drive to vehicle traffic effective April 30.  When enjoying our campus, please park at the main building or in designated parking areas.

You can access the Fern Glen using the trailhead at the main parking lot or by walking down Lovelace Drive.

Take a hike, run on our roads, or try your hand at birdwatching. Remember to adhere to social distancing. Spot a salamander or beautiful bloom? Share your photos on social media. We could all use a boost. Mention us (@caryinstitute) so that we can see what you discovered.

Our trail map is available on our website and will also be posted at trail heads (consider taking a photo with your phone before you head out). Brochure boxes will not be stocked and restrooms are closed.

While enjoying nature, be tick-smart. Ticks are now active. Take precautions and do a tick check when you get home. 

josh ginsberg

Joshua R. Ginsberg, President