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. 

 

 2014 ADULT HIKES

MAY

“Tails, Trails & Tales”—A conservation biologist and his dog hike @ Randall’s Farm Preserve

When: MAY 17, SAT, 10am-noon (rain date Sunday May 18)

Location:  Randall’s Farm Preserve, Easton

Walk:  What does a dog sense on a hike in the woods? What does a biologist observe? How do we accommodate both and protect the environment?  Hike with Connecticut Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation Milan Bull and “Edge,” his dog. Joining us also will be noted dog trainer Jason Hoffman (owner of 203 Pet Care). Important note: At request of hike leaders and to avoid chaos, please DO NOT bring your dog to this demonstration and education event. 

Park:  Preserve parking lot is located 1 mile north of Silverman’s Farm in Easton on Sport Hill Road (Rt. 59)

Terrain:  under 2 miles, Easy

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JUNE

The backstory behind the LeGallienne Bird Sanctuary and its famous donor

When: JUNE 7, SAT, (Nat’l Trails Day) 9:30-11:00am

Location: LeGallienne Bird Sanctuary, Weston

Walk: Ted Lockwood, an experienced plantsman with a special interest in botany and native plants and is the trail steward of the LeGallienne Bird Sanctuary will lead this special walk.

He will discuss the earlier farming use of the property, Miss Eva LeGallienne’s purchase of the property in the 1920’s as a retreat from her public life, her favorite areas (including the “Big” and “Peter Pan” rock outcroppings), how the woodland has changed since she gifted it to ALT in the late 60’s, and our habitat improvement plans to foster the Chimney Swift and other forest-interior birds.”

Park: Limited parking will require car-pooling from a lot nearby. Instructions will be provided upon rsvp.

Terrain: Moderate, gently hilly

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What Paul Newman saw: Early Summer Birding hike @ Newman Poses Preserve

When: JUNE 12, THURS, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Location: Newman Poses Preserve, Westport

Walk: Learn about birds and their habitats from Senior Director of Science & Conservation, Milan Bull from the Connecticut Audubon Society.  This hike will focus on the many species that are migrants and year-round residents on this spectacular nature preserve which provides ideal early-successional habitat for birds. 

Park:  Entrance between #307 & #313 Bayberry Lane (north of Easton Road/Rte. 136) 

Terrain:  Easy but some rocky footing and boardwalks.

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JULY

It Just Gets Better! 65+ Blueberry Picking @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: JULY 19, SAT, 10am – noon (rain date Sunday 7/20)

Location: Blueberry patch in Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Easton

Walk: Join Aspetuck Land Trust Trustees Bud Martin & Tom Johnson for Aspetuck Land Trust’s Second Annual Senior Blueberry Picking Day!  We recognize that some of our older members can’t hike in to pick blueberries so we created a special day for those 65+ to drive their cars in to pick and enjoy blueberries from our more than 1,000 lovingly maintained bushes.

ParkLocation: 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.

Terrain: Easy.

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AUGUST

Rock on! Geology & Natural History Hike @ Jump Hill, Easton

When: AUG 9, SAT, 9:00am-noon

Location: Route 58 (Black Rock Turnpike) & Country Club Lane, Easton

Walk: Norwalk Community College Anthropology professor Ernie Wiegand takes you through prehistoric times as he points out notable landforms and rock outcrops and notes how they affected human occupation of the area both during prehistoric and historic times.

Park:  Parking lot on Rt. 58 or roadside on Country Club Lane

Terrain: Moderate to difficult - some rocky, steep hills

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Shore Birds and what you need to know about them @ Great Salt Marsh Island / Ash Creek

When: AUG 21, THU, 6:00-7:00pm

Location: Gilman Ave by the sandbar in Bridgeport

Walk:  Bring your binoculars to this exciting event! Milan Bull, a bird expert from Connecticut Audubon Society will lead the discussion while you view the abundant birds (osprey, shorebirds and ducks) in the beautiful Ash Creek area. Learn about the different species as well as the conservation importance of this natural salt marsh.

Park:  Park on Gilman Ave, St. Mary's by the Sea, Bridgeport

Terrain: Easy

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SEPTEMBER 

Hawk Walk and Talk @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: SEP 20, SAT, 9:30-11:30am (rain date: Saturday, October 11)

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: Join local hawk-bander, Larry Fischer 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 lot next to the Orchard’s Blueberry patch.

Terrain:  Easy

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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!

For more information and to become a member, visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org. Annual memberships start at $35.