Connecticut Trails Weekend Hikes – June 3 & 4, 2017

On the weekend of June 3-4, Connecticut is set to host the largest Trails Day celebration in the nation with over 200 free events scheduled statewide. The Wintonbury Land Trust and its partners invite you to explore Bloomfield at our three local hikes:

  • Farmington River Park, Saturday, June 3, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (map
    Explore a scenic route along the Farmington River from Bloomfield to Windsor. Return along an inland path through the remains of glacial Lake Hitchcock, a strange “moonscape” in the heart of Connecticut. Rated easy (mostly level, few obstacles). Leashed dogs welcome. Rain date Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Tell us you’re coming or share with friends on Facebook.
  • Auerfarm State Park Scenic Reserve, Saturday, June 3, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (map)
    We’ll walk the Orchard Trail from the historic apple barn along Cider Hill Road to the high orchard, where we’ll have great views of Hartford, the Seven Sisters, and the Metacomet ridgeline. Then we’ll descend through the orchard and farm fields, hopefully viewing Bobolinks with the help of local birder Zellene Sandler, past president of the Hartford Audubon Society. Cosponsored by the Friends of Auerfarm Scenic Reserve. Rain cancels. Rated easy (mostly level, few obstacles). No dogs permitted. Tell us you’re coming or share with friends on Facebook.
  • Seabury Wildwoods, Sunday, June 4, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (map)
    We’ll hike out to the Wildwoods Trails at Seabury Life and explore several trails and their different trains. We hope to see many interesting birds and flowers. Cosponsored by the Seabury Trails Committee. Rain cancels. Rated easy (mostly level, few obstacles). Leashed dogs welcome. Follow Seabury Drive around the left of the main building and park on the left beneath the solar panels. Tell us you’re coming or share with friends on Facebook.

Connecticut’s weekend-long celebration is coordinated by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Connecticut’s land, trails, and natural resources. This long-standing event celebrates the state’s spectacular trails, the many joys and benefits they provide, and the countless supporters and volunteers who make them possible. The full listing of events can be viewed online.



Annual Meeting & Animal Presentation – June 21, 2017

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 21st, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Join us at the picturesque 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm for our meeting, refreshments, and a live animal program by Adam Harris. Living with Reptiles and Amphibians both Native and Exotic.

Land Trust members and the public are invited to attend either or both parts of this evening. We extend a special invitation to families to bring your kids so they may learn more about these fascinating creatures and see them alive and up close!
  • There will be a short business meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. (including election of the Board of Directors by current members), followed by light refreshments at 7:00 p.m.
  • Our reptile presentation will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Because the presentation includes live animals, we encourage you to arrive early enough to park and be seated by 7:30 p.m.

The 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm is located at the end of Auerfarm Road, off Simsbury Road (Route 185), in Bloomfield (map). Look for Wintonbury Land Trust signs for parking and the room.