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.
2016 KIDS HIKES -- SHORT HIKES FOR SHORT PEOPLE
Honey Bees @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area
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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.
Grand Opening Childrens Interpretive Nature Trail
When: , Saturday,
Age Range: 4-10 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.
Location: Leonard Schine Preserve & Natural Playground, Westport
Walk: Explore Aspetuck Land Trusts new Interpretive Nature Trail and play at the refurbished Natural Playground featuring the famous Tower and new Giant Bird Nest. Music and live animal demonstrations. Christine will present her wild animal critters and the world renowned Catskill Mountain Music Man will sing and tell stories from 11-2 in the Natural Playground. Come explore and have a fun outdoor adventure with your child.
Park: The Leonard Schine Preserve is located off of Weston Road (Rt. 57 in Westport). Park on Glendinning Place (private road), which is located 1/10 mile North of Lyons Plains Road (before W. Branch Rd Extension).
Who Lives in the Salt Marsh @ Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve
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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.
Terrain: Easy. Mud.
For more information and to become a member, visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org. Annual memberships start at $50. 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!