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

MAY

 

Tails, Trails & Tales A conservation biologist and his dog hike @ Caryl & Edna Haskins Preserve

 

When: MAY 7, SAT, 10am-noon. Rain date: TBD

Location:  Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve, Westport

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 Societys 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 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.

 

 

 

Seasonal Tree and Wildlife Hike @ Ernest Hillman Preserve, Fairfield

 

When: May 22 SUN 9:30am-11:00amJuly 14 THU 7pm 8pmSeptember 27 TUE 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. 

 

 

Removing Invasive Plants that cause Lyme disease @ Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve, Weston

 

When: MAY 23, MON, 10:00-11:30am

Location: Stonebridge Waterfowl Preserve, Weston 

Walk:  Did you know that having the invasive Barberry plant on your property increases your risk of getting Lyme disease? Join Aspetuck Land Trusts invasive removal team to learn how to reduce ticks on your own property by removing invasive Barberry. 

Park: Newtown Turnpike (Rt 53) just south of the junction with Norfield Road. Park is in the fenced area on the west side of the Turnpike.

Terrain:  Easy

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Removing Invasive Plants that cause Lyme disease @ Newman Poses Preserve, Westport

 

When: MAY 24, TUE, 10:00-11:30am

Location: Newman Poses Preserve, Westport 

Walk:  Did you know that having the invasive Barberry plant on your property increases your risk of getting Lyme disease? Join Aspetuck Land Trusts invasive removal team to learn how to reduce ticks on your own property by removing invasive Barberry. 

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

Terrain:  Easy

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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:  May 29 (10am11:30am), June 26 (12 noon 1:30pm), August 14 (2pm 3:30pm),October 9 (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.

 

 

JULY

 

Butterflies with Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi @ Randalls Farm Preserve - confirmed

 

When: JULY 30, SAT, 10am-noon (Rain date: Sunday, July 31)

Location:  Randalls Farm Preserve, Easton

Walk:  Join renowned Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi, Research Associate at Yale Universitys Peabody Museum of Natural History on a walk through outstanding open meadows to observe butterflies and learn about their ecology and conservation

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

Terrain:  Easy

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

 

 

AUGUST

 

Geology & Natural History Hike @ Jump Hill, Easton  confirmed

 

When: AUG 20, SAT, 9:00am-11:30am

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

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

 

 

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!