Adult Hikes

Aspetuck Land Trust offers numerous educations and specialty hikes for adults and children that are open to everyone and offer a great way to explore and learn more about the diversity of over 1,700 acres of open space in our community. Please join us for one of our great upcoming hikes for adults listed below.

To reserve a spot, email RSVP contact with your name, the date(s), and number in party to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript If unsure of weather, call 203-331-1906 the morning of hike for status. No rain date unless noted in description. Wear appropriate clothes, shoes, and bring a water bottle. There is a 30 person maximum per hike except where noted. All hikes easy to moderately difficult.

For detailed maps and directions to each preserve, select the Town name on the Visit a Preserve page and select the name of the Preserve. 

2017 -- HIKES FOR ADULTS & FAMILIES --  
Upcoming Hikes: 

Saturday, October 14th From 8:00am – 12:00pm
Pumpkins, Gourds and Blueberry Bush Planting a Family Fun Event! 
Ages birth to adult.
Bring the whole family to plant a bush. Sponsors pick your spot and place your tag. Children and families can plant this fall and pick next summer!!
Drive in to the blueberry patch (directions below) and take a 10 minute walk up the hill through the beautiful Trout Brook Valley apple orchard to farmer Haydu's magical pumpkin patch. This picture was taken today! There are pumpkins galore and thousands of ornamental gourds for your fall decorating needs. Go Gourd Wild! There is no charge for Aspetuck Land Trust members just our sincere gratitude for your support of local open space! Your support makes experiences like this possible. So hide your kids I Phones and come out this Saturday for a great Pumpkin Adventure.

Directions and Parking:  Rte. 58 (Black Rock Tpke) past Bluebird Restaurant to Freeborn Rd.  Turn left on Freeborn. When woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Drive into this road to blueberry bushes. Park at the end of dirt road thru the woods, next to the Orchards Blueberry patch.
Terrain:  Easy
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This event is for members and volunteers.
If you are not a member but would like to join please link: BECOME A MEMBER.
More information about this preserve can be found HERE! 
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Saturday, October 21st From 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Nighttime Saw Whet OWL Demonstration with Larry Fischer!
Details to be announced.
In the late fall large numbers of saw-whet owls leave their northern breeding grounds and head south.  Join naturalist and raptor researcher Larry Fischer in Trout Brook Valley for an evening presentation on the natural history of the saw-whet owl. Learn about their status and abundance during the different seasons in CT. Larry will also discuss their diet, habitat preferences during the different seasons, courtship behavior, and behavioral traits they share with other owls, as well as behavioral traits that make them unique among owls. This presentation will take place “in the field.” Using federally licensed bird banding techniques Larry will attempt to capture a few of these owls as they move through our CT forests. If successful, participants will have the unique opportunity to get close-up looks of this small owl as Larry takes weight and measurement data as well as the owl’s age and sex. Larry has been studying this, the smallest of our forest owls, for the last 22 years. 
This presentation is limited to 25 participants.
Since this event takes place at nighttime we ask you to take note of the following suggestions:
Please bring: headlamp (preferred) or flashlight, a warm jacket, water bottle, appropriate walking shoes, and if you wish a folding chair.
Children 8 years or older, accompanied by a parent, are welcome.
Parking will be in the Bradley Road lot and the presentation itself will be on the “berm” just inside the Trout Brook Valley preserve. Additional information about this preserve and Directions can be found HERE.
This presentation will run from 7:30 until 10:30pm.  Those of you who cannot stay for the entire evening are free to leave whenever you need by simply signing out with Jacquie Littlejohn and Letitia Carter who will be there on behalf of the Aspetuck Land Trust. 
You MUST register in advance (this is required) with Alice @  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript

Wednesday, October 25th from 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Aspetuck Brew Lab Event!
3389 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport (Just over the Fairfield border)

Join local author and outdoorsman Joe Schnierlein for a talk on the history of Long Island Sound including it's history of whale sightings and how weather and human activity has impacted it in its past, present and will in the future. Joe will talk about how the Sound is being studied and what needs to be done to understand it better. This is a must attend event for anyone living in a Connecticut coastal community. Joe is a great storyteller and this promises to be a very interesting talk.  Come by for some of the finest craft beers you will find anywhere and a great talk by Joe. Hope to see you there.
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Directions: Aspetuck Brew Lab

 
For more information and to become a member visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org
Annual memberships start at $50. 

The Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. ALT provides passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of our towns. ALT maintains 45 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,700 acres of land.

ALT has 1,000+ local members who support the organization through annual tax deductible membership contributions. Members receive our cool member decal, 4 town map, access to special events and member only hikes, and the satisfaction that you are supporting a local conservation group that makes our towns more green, and more fun!