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. 

 

2015 -- HIKES FOR ADULTS & FAMILIES

MAY 

Birds a'Nesting and Local Wildlife @ Trout Brook Valley Orchard

WhenMAY 23, Saturday, 9:30-11:30am

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area orchard. Take 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 blueberry bushes.

Walk: Join Scott Kruitbosch, bird expert from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, as he discusses the birds and wildlife that make Trout Brook Valley their home or stopover on their migration. 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 Orchards Blueberry patch.

Terrain: Easy

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JUNE

Special Insights into the LeGallienne Bird Sanctuary.

WhenJUNE 6, Saturday, (National 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 LeGalliennes purchase of the property in the 1920s 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 60s, and our habitat improvement plans to foster the Chimney Swift and other forest-interior birds by reducing some of the tree canopy growth, planting more native vegetation, among other improvements.

Park: Limited parking along September Lane and October Drive. Please do not block neighboring driveways.

Terrain: Moderate, gently hilly

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Early Summer Birding hike @ Newman Poses Preserve

When: JUNE 11, Thursday, 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 donated by Paul Newman which provides ideal early-successional habitat for birds. Lissy Newman will recount her familys experiences hiking and exploring this land.

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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Tails, Trails & Tales # 1 A conservation biologist and his dog hike @ Randalls Farm Preserve

When: JUNE 13, Saturday, 10am-noon

LocationRandalls Farm Preserve, Easton

WalkWhat 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 1 mile north of Silvermans Farm in Easton on Sport Hill Road (Rt. 59)

Terrainunder 2 miles, Easy

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JULY

Odonata and other Flying Objects @ Trout Brook Valley

WhenJULY 11, Saturday, 11am-1pm

Location: Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area, Weston.

Walk: Join Scott Kruitbosch, bird expert from the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, as he discusses birds and odonata, an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing dragonflies and damselflies. The uncommon Tiger Spiketail dragonfly, a threatened species in CT, has been sighted in Trout Brook Valley.

Park: Bradley Road entrance to Trout Brook Valley, Weston 

Terrain: Easy

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65+ Blueberry Picking @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area

When: JULY 18, Saturday, 10am noon (rain date Sunday 7/19)

Location: Blueberry patch in Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Easton

Walk: Join Aspetuck Land Trust Trustees Bud Martin & Tom Johnson for Aspetuck Land Trusts Second Annual Senior Blueberry Picking Day! We recognize that some of our older members cant 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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Butterflies with Lepidopterist Victor DeMasi @ Randalls Farm Preserve

When: JULY 25, Saturday, 10am-noon (Rain date: Sunday, July 26)

LocationRandalls Farm Preserve, Easton

WalkJoin 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

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

TerrainEasy

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AUGUST

SHORE BIRDS @ Great Salt Marsh Island / Ash Creek

When: AUG 13, Thursday, 5:45-6:45pm

Location: Gilman Ave by the sandbar in Bridgeport

WalkBring 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.

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

Terrain: Easy

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Geology & Natural History Hike @ Jump Hill, Easton

When: AUG 15, Saturday, 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.

ParkParking lot on Rt. 58 or roadside on Country Club Lane

Terrain: Moderate to difficult - some rocky, steep hills

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SEPTEMBER

Hawk Walk # 1 @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area Orchard

When: SEP 19, Saturday, 9:30-11:30am

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 Orchards Blueberry patch.

Terrain: Easy

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OCTOBER

Tails, Trails & Tales# 2 A conservation biologist and his dog hike @ Caryl & Edna Haskins Preserve

When: OCTOBER 3, Saturday, 10am-noon

LocationCaryl and Edna Haskins Preserve, Westport

WalkWhat 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. 

ParkPreserve parking lot is located on Green Acre Lane (off South Compo)

TerrainEasy

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Hawk Walk # 2 @ Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area Orchard

When: OCT 10, Saturday, 9:30-11:30am

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 Orchards Blueberry patch.

Terrain: Easy

RSVP: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  (40 people 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 our towns more green, and more fun!