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One of five farms that supported the Minshall/Painter family, South Farm is a remarkable place and not often visited. On this ramble, you will get to access the American Chestnut Orchard, visit the ruins of the South Farm Barn, and view Tyler’s huge Bat House (exterior). We will learn about some of the trees specifically planted there and why, along with seeing various other plants, insects, and birds. While there is a moderate amount of active walking, there will be stops along the way.

There’s more to discover in Tyler’s 650 acres. Leading tours at Tyler for over 30 years, Dr. Richard Brenner will be starting a new series called ‘Richard’s Rambles.’ Come along on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10:00 am-noon for a rambling walk through the various eco-communities at Tyler. From seasonal wonders, living fossils, meadows, watery locations, geological treasures, conservation areas, and unexpected wildlife, Richard will expertly guide you to prime areas for an experience you will remember. Expertise from others will often be on hand for a more in-depth exploration. These rambles are for those who have a love for nature, exploring, and learning. While a description of each ramble is posted in advance, we reserve the right to make last-minute changes, including adjustments for weather and trail conditions. Bring your reusable water bottle and dress for the weather, including sturdy shoes.


Members: FREE; Non-Members: $15 per adult, $9 per youth ages 15-17. Fee includes admission, so feel free to stay the day! All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Fee is for each adult and each youth.