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, email RSVP contact with your name, the date(s), and number in party to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript If unsure of weather, call 203-331-1906 the morning of hike for status. No rain date unless noted in description. 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. 

2017 -- HIKES FOR ADULTS & FAMILIES --  
Upcoming Hikes:

Saturday, April 22nd
Spring Hawk Migration
Join local hawk-bander. Larry Fischer for a special spring hawk walk in the orchard. Trout Brook Valley fields are an 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.
When: 1:00-3:00pm, April 22nd (rain cancels)
Where: 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
For additional information and to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  please email: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 12:00 pm on April 22nd.


Sunday, April 23rd
Spring Ephemerals with Anthony Zemba
Learn about and search for spring ephemerals, a group of wildflowers that only bloom early in the growing season before the overhead canopy of trees and shrubs leaf out. Anthony Zemba, a professional environmentalist, will also talk about the ecological role that these curious plants play in the forest ecology.
When: 1:00pm -3:00pm, April 23rd (rain cancels)
Where: Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Bradley Road, Weston, CT
Terrain: Moderate
Dress: Sturdy shoes, hiking boots and protection from deer ticks which are present at this time of year.
Length: Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours.
For additional information and to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  please email: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript .
In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 12:00 pm on April 29th.

Saturday, April 29th
Stone Walls and History at Poindexter Preserve, Easton
Enjoy a hike with Aspetuck Land Trust Board Member, Alan Goldbecker. Alan will lead a walk through our 40-acre Poindexter Preserve, a good example of old CT farm land returning to forest with lots of beautiful stone walls.
When: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Where: Poindexter Preserve, Easton, CT
Dress: Sturdy shoes and protection from deer ticks which are present at this time of year.
Park: Rosedale on Judd Road, between Maple Road and Knapp Street.
For additional information and to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  please email: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 9:00 am on April 29th.
 

Saturday May 6th 
Raptors and Reptiles in Trout Brook Valley let by Christing Peyreigne.
A demonstration by local wildlife rehabilitator Christine Peyreigne of Christines Critters.
When: 10:00 - 11:30am, May 6th (rain date May 7th)
Location: Trout Brook Valley 
Parking: Follow Valley Fordge Road north to its junction with Lyons Plain Road, or south from its junction with Newtown Turnpike.  Turn onto Bradley Road and follow to the end.  Park in designated area. 
Length: Approximately 1 1/2 hours. 
For additional information and to  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  please email Alice at:  This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript
In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 9:00 am on May 6th. 

Saturday, May 13th
A Family Special with the Westport Library and Christines Critters. 
Go Outside! at The Leonard Schine Preserve Natural Playground.
Voted one of the Top 50 Playgrounds in the U.S. by Early Childhood Education Zone.com
Come outside and play! Bring the whole family to Aspetuck Land Trusts Natural Playground. Special guest Lynne Perrigo, a Childrens Librarian at the Westport Library, will be there along with David Brant and Christine Peyreigne. There will be adult conversation about getting children outside for some unstructured natural play with David. Lynn will lead the children in play at the natural playground. Christine Peyreigne, a federally licensed falconer, wildlife rehabilitator and wildlife educator will introduce event participants to raptors (think hawks and eagles) and a variety of live reptiles and amphibians. Children will learn about responsible animal keeping, special adaptations, and why birds and reptiles are important to the environment and have fun!
When: 10:30 - 12:30am, May 13th (no rain date)
Location: Leonard Schine Nature Preserve, Weston,CT
Length: Approximately 2 hours.
For additional information and to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript  please email: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript .In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 9:30 am on May 13th.

A Walk Through Eden: Edible and Medicinal Plants of the Backyard and WoodsA plant and mushroom walk with an ethnobotanist @ Caryl & Edna Haskins Preserve
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.
When: 8am9:30am, May 13th
Location: Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve, Westport
Park: Preserve parking lot is located on Green Acre Lane (off South Compo)
Terrain: Easy
Length: Approximately 2 hours.
For additional information and to This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript please email: This email address is hidden from email harvesters via JavaScript In the event of a cancellation you will be notified via email by 9:30 am on May 13th.

Saturday, May 20th   
Gourmet Biologist, Sean Graesser Entomology and Herpetology in Trout Brook Valley
When: 10-11:30am, May 20th
Where: Trout Brook Valley Preserve, Bradley Road, Weston, CT

Details to follow.

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!