Children's Hikes

Please join us for one of the upcoming hikes listed below. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Note: To reserve a spot, please email RSVP contact with date/name of hike, and the number of children attending. If unsure of weather, call 203-331-1906 the morning of hike for status. No rain date. Wear appropriate clothes, shoes, and bring a water bottle. There is a 15 child maximum per hike except where noted. Parent(s) must accompany child. 

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.

 

2015 KIDS HIKES -- SHORT HIKES FOR SHORT PEOPLE

MAY

Textures of Nature @ Leonard Schine Preserve

When: MAY 16, Saturday, 8:30-9:30am

Age Range: 5-10 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Leonard Schine Preserve, Westport

WalkJoin local birder Carol Kratzman, former director of Connecticut Audubon Societys Nature Explorers Program (CANE) as she leads children on an interactive nature hike which will develop your childs nature observation and sensory skills.

Park: The Leonard Schine Preserve is located off of Weston Road (Rt. 57 in Westport). Park on Glendinning Road (private road), which is located 1/10 mile North of Lyons Plains Road (before W. Branch Rd Extension).

TerrainEasy

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Who Lives in Vernal Pools @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: MAY 30, Saturday, 9-11am

Age range: 6-10 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston

Walk: Join amphibian aficionado Jennifer Titrud to learn about the little creatures that live in the vernal pools and streams of Trout Brook Valley.

Park: Bradley Road entrance to Trout Brook Valley, Weston

TerrainIntermediate with rocky areas

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript (15 children max) Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.

 

JUNE

Trees @ Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve

When: JUNE 6, Saturday, 9-10:30am

Age Range: 5-10 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Caryl & Edna Haskins Preserve, Green Acre Lane, Westport (off South Compo)

WalkCarol Kratzman, former director of Connecticut Audubon Societys Nature Explorers Program (CANE) will lead children on an interactive tree hike which will develop your childs nature observation and sensory skills.

Park: Preserve parking lot on Green Acre Lane

TerrainEasy.

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Honey Bees @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: JUNE 13, Saturday, 10:30am-noon

Age range: 6-10 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Trout Brook Conservation Area, Easton. Rte. 58 (Black Rock Tpke) north 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 orchard.

Walk: Join the Backyard Beekeepers to learn about the magical inner-workings of bee hives. Children will open up hives and explore what takes place in a real bee hive. They will even look for the Queen bee herself!

Park: Trout Brook Valley Preserve orchard.

TerrainEasy.

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JULY

Monarch Butterflies @ Sasqua Wildflower Preserve

When: JULY 25, Saturday, 10am-11am

Age Range: 5-10 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Sasqua Wildflower Preserve, Westway Rd, Southport (across from Pequot Library)

WalkButterfly expert Mike Wallace will discuss butterflies and their habitats and lead children on a search for Monarch caterpillars and chrysali.

Park: Roadside on Westway Rd. or at Pequot Library.

TerrainEasy.

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SEPTEMBER 

Who Lives in the Salt Marsh @ Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve

WhenSEPT 19, Saturday, 9:30-11:00am

Age Range: 5-10 year olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Ash Creek Open Space, Fairfield

Walk: Take a walk with us at low tide. Hear the call of the wild and smell the salt air! Fairfield Audubon Society naturalist Colleen Noyes will lead us on a walk along the edge of the marsh. Look for signs of life in the salt marsh, such as crabs, sea stars, mussels and minnows. Sneakers that tie or boots a must! 

Park: Ash Creek Open Space is located at the end of Turney Road in Fairfield. Drive past the gate house, take an immediate left, drive through the boaters parking area to the open space parking. Meet at the picnic tables above the playground, overlooking the salt marsh.

TerrainEasy. Mud.

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Beginning Birding @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: SEPT 26, Saturday, 9-10:30am

Age range: 5-10 year olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Easton. Rte. 58 (Black Rock Tpke) north 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 orchard.

Walk: Join local bird aficionado Carol Kratzman, former director of Connecticut Audubon Societys Nature Explorers Program (CANE) as she leads children on an interactive birding hike which will develop your childs nature observation skills.

Park: Trout Brook Valley Preserve orchard.

TerrainEasy.

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  (15 children max) Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.

 

For more information and to become a member, visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org. Annual memberships start at $35. Parking and directions will be emailed to those who RSVP.

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 your town greener, and more fun!