Northern Connecticut Land Trust Calendar of Events: Hike/Walk/Paddle/Program & Work Parties

2015 Board of Directors Meetings held at Hall Memorial Library, Ellington accept where noted.  April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28;  (4th Tuesday of each month).

2015 Hike/Event Schedule (print)


Somers/Stafford - Sat., May 2 - Sunset / Moonlight at Skyline - 7:00PM - moonrise at 6:30, sunset at 8:00. We will hike around Trust’s 65 acre Skyline Scenic Area on Stafford Rd near Somers/Stafford line. We will enjoy the sunset and beautiful view across valley towards Springfield from atop mountain, then return by the light of the moon. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall on Rt 190 near the intersection of Rt 83 and carpool to the site.

Vernon - Sat., May 9 – International Migratory Bird Day walk at Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon. This will be a 2-hour walk highlighting migratory bird habitat information. Led by DEEP Wildlife Biologist Jane Seymour (860-306-5418). Meet at 8:00 AM at the parking area on Bread and Milk road.

Somers - Sun., May 10 - Mother's Day hike on McCann Family farm - 10:00 AM. Comfortable trail walk thru field and forest. Good bird-watching habitat. Mothers bring the kids – kids bring your mother! Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall on Rt 190 near the intersection of Rt 83.

Vernon/Bolton - Sat., May 16 – Canoe and Kayak Paddle of Upper Bolton Lake -Take a leisurely tour of this pristine lake setting, perfect for bird-watching, photo opportunities, or just a quiet morning enjoying the outdoors. Meet at the boat launch area off Hatch Hill Road at 9:00 AM. Must bring your own boat, paddles, and life vests. Call Karl at 860-649-4949 for more information. 
Vernon - Sat., June 6 – Trails Day Hike at Belding Wildlife Management Area in Vernon. This will be a tour of habitat projects in process at Belding, including wildflower meadow, grassland, riparian restoration and pitch pine. Led by DEEP Wildlife Biologist Jane Seymour (860-306-5418). Meet at 9:00 AM at the parking area on Bread and Milk Road.

Somers - Sun., June 7 - Trails Weekend - 10:00 AM - We will follow blazed trails through the Land Trusts premier 200+ acre property, featuring woodland and a cow pasture. This approximately 5 mile, one way, hike will be scenic, with bridge crossings and beautifully constructed and well preserved stone walls. There will be the opportunity to loop back to the trail head for a shorter hike. From the Land Trust property we will continue on Somers Trail Committee and Shenipisit State Forest trails to the Soapstone Mountain Lookout. There will be transportation back to the trail head. We will discuss the natural and land use history as well as local wildlife along the way. Meet behind the Somers Town Hall on Rt 190 near the intersection of Rt 83 in the center of Somers. We will car pool to the trailhead and shuttle back from the hike destination. For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487 or 860-299-5654,

Ellington - Sat., June 20 - Hike at Ernie Boothroyd Preserve, Ellington. Meet at 10:00AM.
The 58 acre Ernie Boothroyd Preserve was acquired by NCLT in 2010. Last year our stewardship volunteers created a loop trail to showcase the property. This will be an easy 1.2 mile walk with stops to look at and discuss items of interest along the way. Boothroyd Preserve is covered with Mountain Laurel which will hopefully be in bloom. Directions: From the junction of Rte. 140 and Tolland Ave. in Stafford Springs take Tolland Ave south for 1.5 miles. The Boothroyd Preserve is on the right. If coming from the south; from the Tolland Green take Old Stafford Road (becomes Tolland Turnpike) 4.8 miles north to Ernie Boothroyd Preserve on the left. For further information contact leader Richard Bailey at 860-749-0061,
Somers - Sat., Sept. 26 -  Bald Mtn. Preserve, Somers - 10:00 AM – We will hike through two Land Trust properties as well as Town of Somers and State of CT properties. These comprise the Bald Mountain Preserve, which includes the entire summit of the tallest of the surrounding mountains. Foliage should be starting to turn. The trails are steep and rocky in some places but not difficult with good shoes. The distance will be about 2 1/2 miles. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall on Rt 190 near the intersection of Rt 83
Vernon - Sun., October 11 – Fall foliage along Railroad Brook gorge in Vernon. Hike thru the Trust’s Andrew Webster Knapp property to the Rails-to-trails, then up to the ridge overlooking Valley Falls Park and Railroad Brook for some beautiful scenery. Fairly challenging walk with up and down steep slopes. Meet at the Valley Falls parking lot off Valley Falls Road at 9:00 AM. Call Karl at 860-649-4949 for further information.
Somers/Stafford - Sun., Oct. 18 -  Skyline Scenic Area - 10:00 AM - Foliage hike with great views of the valley to the west. On Stafford Rd near Somers/Stafford line. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall on Rt 190 near the intersection of Rt 83.
Vernon - Sat., Oct. 24 - The 3rd Annual Talcottville Gorge/Falls and Vernon Rail Trail circular hike.  This popular event takes attendees on a history/geology/archeological tour of this fascinating area.  1:00 pm at the Talcottville Congregational Church.


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