Nature's Nurturers: A Celebration of Mothers

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." - Dorothy C. Fisher

There is nothing like a mother’s love and wild animal mothers are no exception.  From the deepest oceans to the leafy treetops – mothers of all species are caring for their babies with dedication and courage.  Join us at IslandWood on Mother’s Day for a celebratory look at the lives of wild animal mothers and the work they do to nourish, teach and protect their young.  

deer with fawn by Marina Scarr with permission

Photo by Marina Scarr, used with permission

We are creating a space for you to relax in a beautiful setting, and honor and nurture a mom or mother-figure in your life.  Enjoy our wooded trails with your family and as you hike - find your way to our special intepretation stations throughout campus located at all your fave trail spots:  The Bog TreeHouse, the Bird Blind, the Learning Tree, Creaky Tree Meadow, Mac's Pond and our Forest Canopy Tower!    Visit these trail-side 'drop-in' activities with your crew, or feel free to just enjoy our six-miles of trails as they pass by natural landscapes that soothe, captivate and inspire.  

Naturalist interpretation station

Arrive at your leisure between 1:00pm and 2:00pm.  Enjoy our grounds for a pick-up frisbee game, activities and trails with your family and then join us in the Dining Hall starting at 2:00pm for a special Mother’s Day Tea, IslandWood Style!  Our menu includes a selection of fresh and seasonal bites along with tea, coffee and fresh fruit juices. Starting at 2pm, or when you're hungry, weave your way over to the Dining Hall for a special Mother’s Day Tea, IslandWood-Style! 

This event is family-friendly, so please bring your little ones!  Dress comfortably and casually for a day outdoors.

family enjoying the buffet at Celebration of Mothersfood on the buffet

Presenting our 2019 Menu...

Spinach, ham & gruyere quiche

Roasted vegetable & goat cheese strata

NY-style bagels with assorted cream cheeses & spreads

Quinoa & kale salad

Emmer & fire blistered green bean salad

Salad of baby spinach & arugula dressed in cider vinaigrette

Assorted Danish

Assorted scones

Chocolate torte

Lemon pound cake

Fresh seasonal fruit

Coffee, tea, and fruit juice

*Vegan & Gluten-free options will be available