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 20 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.

  

2014 KID'S HIKES – SHORT HIKES FOR SHORT PEOPLE  

 

MAY

BIRDS & AFRICAN DRUMMING AT THE NATURAL PLAYGROUND @ Leonard Schine Preserve

When: May 17, Saturday, 10am – noon

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

Location: Leonard Schine Preserve, Westport

Walk:  Join local bird aficionado Carol Kratzman, former director of Connecticut Audubon Society’s Nature Explorers Program (CANE) as she leads children on an interactive birding hike which will develop your child’s nature observation skills. Children will end the hike at the Natural playground where they will participate in a drumming jam session with Senegalese African drummer Waly Thiam.

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).

Terrain:  Easy

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  (20 kids max)  Open to the Public.

 

JUNE

VERNAL POOL HIKE @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: June 8, Sunday, 9 – 11am

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

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston

Walk:  Join River-Lab volunteer 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 

Terrain:  Intermediate with rocky areas

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript (20 kids max) Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.

 

Bee Hike @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: June 14, Saturday, 10:30am – noon

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

Location: Trout Brook Conservation Area, Easton. 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 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! Children will take a walk in the orchard to identify flowers that bees love.

Park: Trout Brook Valley Preserve orchard.

Terrain:   Easy.

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript (20 kids max) Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.

 

JULY

BLUEBERRY ADVENTURE @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: July 12th Saturday, 9am – noon.

Age Range: 7-13 year-olds.  Parent is required to attend.

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Easton

Walk:  Join Land Trust executive director David Brant for an adventurous hike ending at the magical blueberry patch in Trout Brook Valley.  Bring a pail and pick some blueberries to take home. It is a 45 minute hike to the berries. Bring a picnic lunch if you like. Blueberries for dessert!

Park: Wyldewood Rd Road entrance to Trout Brook Valley (off Rte. 58/Black Rock Rd)

Terrain:  Easy.

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript   (20 kids max)  Open to the Public.

 

AUGUST

EXPLORERS HIKE @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: August 2, Saturday, 9am – noon.

Age range: 7-13 year-olds. Parent is required to attend.

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston

Walk:  Join Land Trust Director David Brant for a challenging hike on the Red Trail up to Popp Mountain in Trout Brook Valley where you will see a wonderful view of the Saugatuck Reservoir.   This is a vigorous hike with a rope hold up a steep cliff and vertical elevations. We have done this hike with 7-year-olds in the past. Not for the faint of heart.

Park: Bradley Road entrance to Trout Brook Valley, Weston 

Terrain:  Difficult. Some steep climbs.

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript   (20 kids max) Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.

 

SEPTEMBER

WHO LIVES IN THE SALT MARSH @ Great Salt Marsh Island Preserve

When: September 6, Saturday, 8:30-10:30am

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.

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript   (20 kids max) Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.

 

OCTOBER

BEGINNING BIRDING @ Trout Brook Valley 

When: October 25, Saturday, 9 – 11am

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

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Easton. 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 orchard.

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

Park:  Trout Brook Valley Preserve orchard.

Terrain:  Easy.

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript   (20 kids 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!