Former Abbott Fr. Francis Michael will lead nature enthusiasts on a walk through the woods at the  Monastery of the Holy Spirit three times in May and June.

Michael, who is a naturalist and land manager, will help participants discover the natural treasures of the monastery's landscapes.

The guided tours, which are open to 20 participants, are sponsored by the nonprofit Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance. 

They take place 9 a.m. to noon on May 12, June 16 and June 30.

The monastery, located in Conyers, sits on 2,000 acres that include the Abbey Church, the Monastic Heritage Center, and the Honey Creek Woodlands Natural Cemetery.

It is the largest protected, privately owned green space in the Atlanta area and home to the highest concentration of butterflies ever observed in a single day east of Texas.

Michael will guide walkers through the forest and share the natural wonders he has discovered in more than 40 years of exploring and studying the plants, animals, and insects around the monastery.

Participants  are encouraged to bring plenty of water and insect repellent; wear sturdy walking shoes and long pants; and be prepared for a lot of walking, standing, and whatever elements Mother Nature decides to share.

The monastery is at 2625 Georgia 212 in Conyers. Walkers will meet at the Abbey Store just before 9 a.m.  

Preregistration is required for the tours. Tickets are available at http://walkinthewoods.bpt.me.

For more information, visit www.arabiaalliance.org or contact Sarah Lisle at sarah@arabiaalliance.org or 404-998-8384, ext. 6.