The church’s nature trail is a treasure that you don’t want to miss! The trail is named in honor of Grace Marshall who was one of the early members of the Fellowship and an avid supporter of both the United Nations and the environment.The entrance to the Grace Terry Marshall Nature Trail is located directly behind the UUFE building and offers a magnificent walk through one of the few remaining old-growth forests in Maryland. Nestled under tall trees near the beginning of the trail, is a group of benches used for outside services or private meditation. From here, the trail continues down a set of wooden steps and gradually descends to a small stream at the bottom of the hill.

Be sure to check out our plant identification guide with illustrations by UUFE’s Jim Richardson.  Look for it in the box near the start of the trail:

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Although a short trail, it offers a large variety of plants including wild ginger which is extremely rare on the Eastern Shore.  As the path winds its way through tall stands of ash, sycamore, red maple, sweet gum and tulip trees, numerous understory trees such as ironwood, pawpaw and dogwood can be seen. Clinging to many of the trees are grape vine, trumpet vine and poison ivy. Here, you can also discover an especially diverse variety of shrubs and wildflowers. Spicebush with its yellow flowers blooming from mid-March through April attracts early butterflies. Abundant also in the spring are violets, jack-in-the-pulpit, May apples, and spring-beauty. From the swinging bench at the stream the visitor may discover crayfish burrows or raccoon and deer prints or sometimes wood ducks floating peacefully on the water. Singing birds including wood pewees, crested flycatchers, blue grosbeaks and house finches, can also be found throughout the forest. Occasionally, one may even observe a bald eagle or osprey soaring overhead.

We invite you to enjoy the splendors of this trail.