Wilton celebrates National Trails Day and Connecticut Trails Day this weekend, and the weather promises to stay beautiful and accommodate anyone who wants to get out and walk Wilton Trails.
On Saturday, June 6, there will be a guided hike through Weir Farm in Wilton, led by Weir Farm lead gardner Jill Anderson. Anderson will guide this informative 3-mile hike through National Park Service, Town of Ridgefield and State of Connecticut properties. She will discuss the natural history of the area and how people historically used the land. The trail passes through old fields, wetlands, mountain laurel groves, and towering rocky ledges. The hike is sponsored by Weir Farm National Historic Site, the Norwalk River Watershed Association, the Ridgefield Conservation Commission, and the Norwalk River Valley Trail Planning Committee. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a water bottle. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. To register and for directions to the starting point, call 203.834.1896, ext. 28.
Sunday, June 7, join NRWA and Woodcock Nature Center for a guided walk and discussion of marsh and woodland habitats. The walk will pass through a reed marsh that allows viewing of many aquatic life forms, as well as a number of avian and terrestrial wildlife species that live around the marsh. The walk will also pass through a wooded section of old-growth beech and maple. Surrounded by vernal pools and streams, the path offers exciting glimpses into those habitats. The trail is dotted with an assortment of understory plants, which are hugely important for a healthy forest and which offer a home to several small critter species. There will also be an opportunity to see quite a few stone walls, which tell a story about the history of the woods. Hike leaves from Woodcock Nature Center, 54 Deer Run Rd.. Bring cameras, field glasses, boots and questions. To register or for more info contact NRWA via email or call 877.NRWA.INFO (877.679.2463).