Contact: David Brant, Aspetuck Land Trust
Short Walks for Short People Help Kids Visit Open Spaces
The Aspetuck Land Trust announced a series of Short Walks for Short People this spring and summer in Weston, Westport, Easton and Bridgeport/Fairfield. The program of guided hikes offers fun activities and education for children ages, four to ten and their parents in exciting natural environments.
Each hike features an expert guide to help children learn a particular aspect of that unique environment. For example, at the Natural Playground in Westport, children will make art with natural materials, learn about letterboxing and make music with recycled materials. At Weston’s Stonebridge Preserve, children will sample the Saugatuck River for plankton using magnifying glasses, walk through open meadows with wildflowers, and sing river themed songs with recycled instruments. In Fairfield, they will take a boat ride to the Great Salt Marsh and learn about who lives in the tidal marsh and visit an Osprey nest platform.
“We’ve designed this program to give families a great outdoor experience and encourage them to want to do more together outside, either on other open space properties or in their own backyard,” said ALT Executive Director, David Brant. “The hikes will build their comfort level in being outside and playing and exploring together. It also demonstrates the importance of open space.”
The Short Walks for Short People series includes:
June 18: 10-11:30am: Wonders of Watersheds – Stonebridge Preserve, Weston
July 20, 10-12am: Who Lives in the Tidal Marsh – Great Salt Marsh Island in Ash Creek, Bridgeport/Fairfield
August 3, 10-12am: Welcome to the Farm – Trout Brook Valley, Easton
September 10, 10-11:30am: History – Newman Poses Preserve, Westport
A maximum of twenty children may attend each hike. Reservations are required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. After reserving a spot, emails will be sent to alert families of any rain postponements. Sign up today as spots go quickly!
Aspetuck Land Trust is a Connecticut non-profit devoted to preserving open space and the natural resources of Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport for the benefit of the public. For more information, visit http://www.aspetucklandtrust.org.