Aspetuck Land Trust believes that there are numerous benefits derived from outdoor play in a natural setting; fresh air, exercise, and imaginative play to name a few. We also believe that getting our children outdoors helps our community in many ways including building appreciation and support for open space. Therefore, we have created a Children's Hike Series (aka Short Hikes for Short People), the area's first Natural Playground, and have provided information for Backyard Nature Acitivities and Exploring our Preserves with your Family. 10 ways to get your kids outside in nature and why it matters.
Children's Hike Series (aka Short Hikes for Short People)
This series of hikes for children ages 4-10 to provide great family experiences in nature. These hikes will help introduce parents and their children to our preserves and provide an opportunity for guided play and exploration together. Please click here to see our Upcoming Children's Hikes and we look forward to seeing you on the trails!
The Land Trust has built the areas first hands-on natural playground at our Leonard Schine Arboretum in Westport! Officially opened in 2010 the playground, designed for children ages 3-7 and built with natural materials found on the preserve, was inspired by a similar playground at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It comprises approximately 10,000 square feet in a meadow and has areas for fort building, digging, tea-parties, tower-climbing, trail-walking, stick-stacking, nature collages and more! There is even an elvin village where younger visitors can play with pine cone dolls, honing both their imaginations and their fine motor skills. This is a great place to meet for a play date or to bring the grand children! For more information about the playground, click here. For preserve information and a detailed map, click here.
Preserve Exploration with Kids
Follow a family on an exploration of the Land Trust's most family friendly preserves! Join Sara, her husband and son Avery as they report on their journeys through many of our preserves. We hope they will inspire you to explore with your children!
Backyard Nature Activities
The Land Trust works with educators to develop programs and ideas that encourage children to explore the outdoors. The list of activities includes great ideas for a Nature Scavenger Hunt, Leaf/Tree Identification, and a Natural Orchestra. Click here for the full list of ideas and activities and links to great sites for kids.