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The Muttontown Preserve will host a guided "Winter Trek" hike on Sunday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, announced Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi.

The hike will lead participants through the range of environments present on the preserve, including the wetlands, wooded trails and upland woods, open meadow, conifer stands, and kettle ponds. The tour guide will also discuss the plants and animals located in the various areas of the preserve. The hike is approximately three miles in length.

Enrollment for the hikes ($3) is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 571-8500 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The walk will begin at the Bill Paterson Nature Center on the preserve. Muttontown Preserve is located on Muttontown Lane, south of 25A, in East Norwich.

Comprising 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, Muttontown is Nassau County's largest nature preserve and one of the most beautiful settings on Long Island. The preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Muttontown also has several structures, including the renovated Chelsea estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Long Island Press has named Muttontown Preserve the "Best Nature Walk" on Long Island. The county's 423-acre Massapequa Preserve on the South Shore was named "Best Nature Preserve."

For more information about the Parks Department, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/parks or call 572-0200.


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