Aspetuck Land Trust offers 'Short Walks for Short People'

The Aspetuck Land Trust will sponsor a series of "Short Walks for Short People" this spring and summer in Weston, Westport, Fairfield, Easton and Bridgeport.

Each hike will be led by a guide to help children learn about aspects of each environment through hands-on activities such as using magnifying glasses, making art with natural materials and singing.

The schedule follows:

Saturday, May 14: "Play" at Leonard Schine Preserve, Westport; 10 to 11:30 a.m. -- Make art with natural materials, learn about letterboxing, and make music with recycled material.

Saturday, June 18: "Wonders of Watersheds" at Stonebridge Preserve, Weston; 10 to 11:30 a.m. -- Sample the Saugatuck River for plankton using magnifying glasses, walk through open meadows with wildflowers, and sing river-themed songs with recycled instruments.

Wednesday, July 20: "Who Lives in the Tidal Marsh -- Great Salt Marsh Island in Ash Creek" in Fairfield and Bridgeport, 10 a.m. to noon -- Take a boat ride to the great salt marsh and learn about who lives in the tidal marsh and visit an osprey nest platform.

Wednesday, Aug. 3: "Welcome to the Farm" at Trout Brook Valley, Easton; 10 a.m. to noon -- Take a hike to the blueberry orchard to pick blueberries and then continue to the farm for a tour and tractor ride.

Saturday, Sept. 10: "History" at Newman Poses Preserve, Westport; 10 to 11:30 a.m. -- Learn about how the land was used in colonial times, trees, how wood is used, and how people like Paul Newman and Lillian Poses made contributions to conservation. Read "A Tree is Nice" and create an art project at the end of the walk.

A maximum of 20 children may attend each hike. Reservations are required by emailing After reserving a spot, emails will be sent to alert families of rain postponements.

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