First Fridays in the Field: A Volunteer Work Day

Photo: Don Specker


2:00 PM—5:30 PM


Stevenson Forest Preserve—town of Enfield, Tompkins County


Please RSVP with Nature Preserve Manager Jason Gorman by emailing or calling 607-275-9487.


Join staff and volunteers on the first Friday of every month from May through November for FLLT nature preserve stewardship activities and socializing. If you are looking for a good reason to take off a half-day on a Friday, this is it! Work sessions will be held from 2:00-4:30 pm, followed by a social hour from 4:30-5:30. Tools, work gloves, light refreshments, and snacks will be provided.

The Stevenson Forest Preserve is an 83-acre gem located in the Emerald Necklace near the Finger Lakes Trails Conference’s Bock-Harvey Preserve and the upper parts of Robert H. Treman State Park.  This preserve has a number of features that makes it so special: a large stand of old white pines and Eastern hemlocks; a section of the Finger Lakes Trail; and one of the best scenic vistas in the area. Please join us to cut and remove brush and small trees which are obscuring the view and encroaching on an area that is maintained as meadow/early successional habitat. Some of the cutting will be done by hand, and FLLT staff will also have power tools for larger trees and shrubs. Brush piles will be stacked on the edge of the fields to create wildlife and insect habitat.

Please note the following:

  • You can expect just over a 1-mile roundtrip hike to get to and from the work site from the parking area. The hike is relatively easy with a gentle elevation gain.
  • Sturdy hiking shoes or boots and long pants are recommended. We will be hauling brush through tall grasses and other plants.


From Ithaca, take Route 13 South to Route 327. Turn right onto Route 327 (Enfield Falls Road) and go 4 1/2 miles to Trumbull Corners Road. Turn left and go approximately 1/2 mile to preserve the parking area on the right side of the road.

See More Events