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, call or email RSVP contact with your name, the date(s), and number in party. 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 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. 

2016 -- HIKES FOR ADULTS & FAMILIES --  AUGUST - OCTOBER

Hawk Walk @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area Orchard
When: Saturday, September 24th, 9:30-11:30am (weather permitting)
Location: 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.
Walk: Aspetuck Land Trust Members are invited to join local hawk-bander, Larry Fischer with ALT Board Member Jacquie Littlejohn for a special hawk walk in the orchard.  Trout Brook Valley fields provide important habitat for hawks flying down the east coast flyway zone. The 100+ acre open field in the orchard is one of the last great open fields on the New England Coast.
Park:  At end of dirt road thru the woods, park in designated area next to the Orchard's Blueberry patch.
Terrain:  Easy
RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  (40 people max). 
Note: Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.
Please follow this link to donate if you are not a current member of Aspetuck Land Trust.


Seasonal Tree and Wildlife Hike @ Ernest Hillman Preserve, Fairfield
When: Tuesday, September 27th, 6pm - 7pm.
Location: Ernest Hillman Preserve, Fairfield (High Point Rd.)
Walk: Learn about trees, birds and other wildlife and their habitats from Senior Director of Science & Conservation, Milan Bull from the Connecticut Audubon Society. 
Park:  The Ernest Hillman Preserve is located at the end of High Point Lane off Hillside Road. Park roadside at the cul-de-sac.
Terrain:  Easy
RSVP This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  (20 people max). Open to the Public. 

 

Hawk Walk @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area Orchard
When: Saturday, October 8th, 9:30-11:30am (weather permitting)
Location: Rte. 58 (Black Rock Tpke) past Bluebird Restaurant to Freeborn Rd.  Turn left on Freeborn Road. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Drive onto this road toward the blueberry bushes.
Walk: Join local hawk-bander, Larry Fischer with ALT Boardmember Jacquie Littlejohn for a special hawk walk in the orchard.  Trout Brook Valley fields provide important habitat for hawks flying down the east coast flyway zone. The 100+ acre open field in the orchard is one of the last great open fields on the New England Coast.
Park:  At end of dirt road thru the woods, park in designated area next to the Orchard's Blueberry patch.
Terrain:  Easy
RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript (40 people max). 
Note: Aspetuck Land Trust Members Only.
Please follow this link to donate if you are not a member of Aspetuck Land Trust.

 

A Walk Through Eden:
Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Backyard and Woods A plant and mushroom walk with an ethnobotanist @ Caryl & Edna Haskins Preserve

When:  Sunday, October 16th, 2pm - 3:30pm

Location:  Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve, Westport

Walk: Did you know many invasive plants make fantastic foods and medicines? That many of the weeds painstakingly pulled from your garden are in fact edible and more nutritious than what you can buy in a store? Join ethnobotanist Hayden Stebbins (haydensharvest.com) on a walk through the Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve in Westport. Throughout the walk, Hayden will discuss common weeds and invasive plants (and possibly mushrooms). You will look at your yard (and plate) in a whole new way after this walk. A graduate of Cornell University, Schumacher College in the UK, and a student of Marc Williams (Director of botanyeveryday.com and Plants and Healers International), Hayden's mission is to spread awareness about and encourage the ecological use of plants and mushrooms in everyday life.

Park:  Preserve parking lot is located on Green Acre Lane (off South Compo)

Terrain:  Easy

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

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 our towns more green, and more fun!