Welcome to the Lisha Kill Natural Area. Through this forest runs the Lisha Kill, a stream approximately one-mile in length, as well as tributary streams. “Kill” is a Dutch word meaning “stream.”
Frogs, like the one shown here, can be found in the Fly Kill, a tributary of the Lisha Kill.
This preserve features a guided audio tour in which guests use their Smartphones to scan the QR codes along the trail. Download the audio tour.
This hemlock dominated forest community has unique characteristics. It provides dense shade and a cooler microclimate, which favors a different suite of plants and animals than those normally found in broadleaf forests.
Some of the more common plants seen here include flowering wild strawberry (shown), sarsaparilla, self-heal, speedwell, fly honeysuckle, Jack-in-the-Pulpit and skunk cabbage.
A favorite resting spot among visitors is the bench along the Lisha Kill. Visitors like to take a few minutes to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful surroundings found here.
The rounded rocks seen in the Kill and all through the natural area are evidence of this region’s glacial past. Many of these rocks originated to the north and were carried south and eventually deposited by receding glaciers.
By the end of the summer, the ostrich ferns found along the streams here will be over the heads of lots of people. These ferns grow between 4 and 6 feet tall.
Visitors, especially those here with young children, may want to get their hands wet and dirty in the stream and look for crayfish and other critters hiding underneath the rocks.