Join us and our co-host the Connecticut Land Conservation Council to visit land conservation success stories made possible by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Open Space & Watershed Land Acquisition Program (OSWA) - funded by the Community Investment Act - and other local investments.
One of these "success stories" is Aspetuck Land Trust's 1,009 acre Trout Brook Valley Preserve which was purchased by Aspetuck Land Trust in 1999 for $11.3 million with a $6 million grant from the State of Connecticut. Enjoy a fun, informal walk in the Trout Brook Blueberry Patch to pick blueberries (inclement weather cancels unless otherwise noted), and talk with State legislators, other elected officials, land trust representatives, and community leaders. The event is free and open to land trust members and others interested in discussing our state, regional, and local conservation priorities.
From intersection of Merritt Parkway and Rte 58 (Hi Ho Motor Inn), go north on Rte 58. Pass thru light at Rte 136, continuing on 58. Pass Bluebird Gas Station and Restaurant on left. After Bluebird take third left (Redding Rd and Norton Rd are 1st two) onto Freeborn Road (sign at end of road) which is a couple of miles from Bluebird. Go left onto Freeborn. There will be woods on the left and right. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Go up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Drive across the field on road about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and park. You have arrived at the blueberry bushes!