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

 2014 Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

(4th Tuesday of each month)

April 12, 6:15 pm: Sunset Hike on Skyline Property, Somers

Hike along the Trust's Skyline Scenic Trail in Somers at sunset for  a beautiful view towards the west and the distant Springfield skyline.  Meet behind the Somers Town Hall near the Route 83 and 190 intersections in Somers and carpool to the property.  Moderately hilly hike.

May 10, 10:00 am Kayak/canoe Exploration of Upper Bolton Lake

Join us for a leisurely tour of a beautiful, wild, scenic area pond, highlighting a rare grove of Atlantic White Cedar (see Hartford Courant article printed on 3/16/2014 by Peter Marteka) and various birds and wildflowers.  Meet a boat launch on Hatch Hill Road off Bolton Road in Vernon.  Must bring own boat, paddles, life vests.  Contact Karl at 860-649-4949 for more information. 

May 11, 10:00 am Mothers Day hike on McCann Family Farm, Somers

Geared to a family outing, bring the kids and grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Easy 2 mile hike through open field, small stream bridges, and forested trail.  Meet in parking lot of Somers Town Hall on south side of Route 190 just east of intersection with Route 83.  Contact Albert at 860-623-5487 for more information. 

June 7, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm CT Forest and Parks Trails Day Hike at Whitaker Woods, Somers

We will follow blazed trails on this premier 200+ acre property, featuring woodland and a cow pasture.  This approximately 5 mile hike is scenic with bridge crossings and beautifully constructed and well-preserved stonewalls.  The hike leaders will discuss land use history along the way.  Meet behind Somers Town Hall on Route 190 at the center of town; we will carpool from there to our destination.  Pre-registration is appreciated.  Questions, rain plan and to pre-register, contact leader Albert Grant, 860-623-5487,

June 14, 10:00 am Hike/tour of Ellington Swann Farm and American Chestnut orchard project

Short .5 mile walk followed by optional tour and review of the Trust and American Chestnut Foundation project orchard to restore disease-resistant chestnut trees to the Northeast.  Meet at parking area, denoted by Trust sign, off Reeves Road in Ellington.  Contact Richard at 860-749-0061 for more information. 

TBD, October 2014: Talcottville Archeology and Geology Walk

The public is invited to a free walk on TBD at 1:00 p.m. in the historic Talcottville section of Vernon. Meet in the parking lot at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon, for a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville gorge, including the Talcott Ravine which is a Northern Connecticut Land Trust property, historic bridges and buildings, and the sites of former mills. Geologically, the walk will start out on the Portland Arkose, take us over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits. Some of the terrain is steep and bumpy, so please wear sturdy sneakers or shoes. October is archeology awareness month, and this walk will educate participants about the ancient times in the Talcottville area. Speakers include geologist Gary Robbins, from the University of Connecticut, and Jon Roe, webmaster of the Tankerhoosan and Talcottville web sites: and The hike will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels.

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