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CT Trails Day(s) 2016: Sherwood Island Event List for Sat., June 4

Saturday, June 4 - June 5

All Day

Download Sherwood Island’s CT TRAILS DAY Schedule here!

We’re just one part of the huge  CT Trails Day weekend.
To see  over 200 events STATEWIDE on both days, download the full schedule at http://www.ctwoodlands.org. (Look under Westport for Sherwood Island.)

 

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Friends of Sherwood Island is thrilled to be taking part in CT Trails Days. We have lots of great trail-centric activities planned. We’ll be exploring trails on the land, over the sea and even in the air! See our events below!

 

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    CT TRAILS DAY 2016

Discover Sherwood Island, Sat. June 4th

Events Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island

8:30 am Bird Walk

Event SummaryA Bird Walk around Sherwood Island, led by Bird Photographer, A.J. Hand. Meet him at the Nature Center, then explore the varied habitat and spot species of birds attracted to the island.

Full Event Description:  Discover the birds of Sherwood Island! Join us for a Bird Walk on Sherwood Island State Park, led by Bird Photographer A.J. Hand. The walk will begin inside the Nature Center at A.J.’s unique “Birds of the Park” exhibit, where you will be amazed at the photos taken of land birds, water birds and birds of prey found on the island. On the walk among the birds, various types of habitat will be examined, starting with the man-made Purple Martin houses and then natural types of habitat found in the woods, marshes and beaches.

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Leader: 

A.J. Hand

Total Distance: 

1.5 miles

Meeting Place: 

Meet inside the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center. Ask at the Park gate, turn left at East Beach, parking lot is adjacent to the Nature Center.

Rain Plan & Registration Details: 

Rain cancels.

Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

Questions and/or participant registration, contact:

Alison Rivard

alisonrivard5@gmail.com      203 955-1943

9:30 am Kayak Paddle

Event Summary: See Sherwood Island from the water! Join us for a morning paddle along the shoreline.  Bring your own kayak, canoe, or other paddlecraft, and a pump or bailer. A life vest is required.

Full Event Description:  Join us for a morning paddle, as we explore the shoreline. The event begins at 9:30am (high tide is at 11:21) and ends at 12:30pm.  We’ll do a safety check & demonstration on the beach for life vest fit, seaworthy vessel, emergency gear (whistle or horn required).  Then we’ll paddle the length of the Sherwood Island shoreline, west to the entrance of the Mill Pond and east past the park boundary to Frost Point. We’ll ride the rising tide into the salt marsh behind the park, explore a bit, then return to our launch point on the open beach.  Your guide will point out birds along the way, and show you how to safely exit and enter your kayak from deep water just off the beach. Optional: Bring waterproof binoculars for spotting birds. Michele is a Coastal Kayak Instructor with sixteen years teaching experience.  See www.kayak-adventure.net “Meet Your Instructor” for more information.

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Leader(s): 

Michele Sorensen, 203 247-1390 

Total Distance: 3 miles

Meeting Place: 

Meet on the beach at the end of the East Parking lot, past the Nature Center. Turn left at East Beach, parking lot is adjacent to the Nature Center.

Rain Plan & Registration Details: 

Heavy rains or thunderstorms cancel.  Showers, we’ll go ahead.

Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

Questions and/or participant registration, contact:

Alison Rivard

alisonrivard5@gmail.com

203 955-1943

10:45 am  Wonder of Flight/Air Trail

 

Event Summary Wonder of Flight/Air Trail. Practical explanation of why things fly, including hands-on experiences from both computer simulators as well as actual flying of radio controlled models.

Full Event Description:  The Wonder of Flight – from Birds to Drones. At the Nature Center in the morning, demonstrations supported by computer simulation will be led by Don Lord, a private, instrument rated pilot and radio controlled enthusiast for over fifty years.  In addition to the numerous static models, there will be an opportunity for “flying” a plane or drone on the simulator provided.  In the afternoon, demonstrations of gliders, acrobatic planes, helicopters and drones will be conducted at the flying field – just a short walk from the Nature Center.  Adults and children will be given the opportunity to try their hand at actually flying a radio controlled model.

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Leader: 

C. Donald Lord, Jr.

Total Distance: 

Less than 0.25 mile.

Meeting Place: 

From 10:45AM – Noon:  Sherwood Island Nature Center. Ask at the Park gate, turn left at East Beach, parking lot is adjacent to the Nature Center.

From Noon- 3:00PM: Model Flying Site at Sherwood Island (walk from Nature Center).

Rain Plan & Registration Details: 

Morning session will continue. Rain cancels afternoon session.

Pre-registration is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to ensure adequate availability of simulators.

Questions and/or participant registration, contact:

cdlordjr@gmail.com

Alison Rivard

alisonrivard5@gmail.com

203 955-1943

12:30 Archaeology Walk

Event SummaryJoin us for a Discover Sherwood Island Archaeology Walk on the new History Trail, led by Archaeologist Cece Saunders. Points of interest, terrain, traces of past inhabitants (Native Americans and settlers) will be examined.

Full Event DescriptionJoin us for a Discover Sherwood Island Archaeology Walk on the new History Trail, led by Archaeologist Cece Saunders. The walk will include points of interest, terrain, examining the traces of past inhabitants of Sherwood from 1000 B.C. to the 1940s. Leader Cece will share findings from recent excavations, including Native American, early settlers, and onion farmers. Along the trail various sites will be described and examined, and various artifacts, maps, old photos, and recent recoveries will be used to bring the island’s past inhabitants to life.

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Leader(s): 

Cece Saunders

Total Distance: 

1.5 miles

Meeting Place: 

Meet at the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center. Ask at the Park gate, turn left at East Beach, parking lot is adjacent to the Nature Center.

Rain Plan & Registration Details: 

Rain cancels.

Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

Questions and/or participant registration, contact: 

Alison Rivard

Alisonrivard5@gmail.com

203 955-1943

2:00 Nature Walk

Event Summary:  Discover Sherwood Island! Go beach to beach and discover habitats, inhabitants, and special features (9/11 Memorial, model Airport, wetlands, pine forest) of this waterfront Gateway park.

Full Event Description:  Go beach to beach on a Fun Walk along Long island Sound- discover habitats, inhabitants, birding locations, viewing platforms, a purple martin enclave, and other special features of this waterfront Gateway park. Other park points of interest include Connecticut’s 9/11 Memorial, model aircraft Airport, Trail heads, wetlands, and a pine forest.

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Leader(s): 

Louis Pietig      203 858-6215

Total Distance: 

2.5 miles

Meeting Place: 

Meet at the Sherwood Island State Park Nature Center. Ask at the Park gate, turn left at East Beach, parking lot is adjacent to the Nature Center.

Rain Plan & Registration Details: 

Rain or shine.

Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

Questions and/or participant registration, contact: 

Alison Rivard

alisonrivard5@gmail.com

203 955-1943

Here’s more info from theConnecticut Forest & Park Association:

 

Connecticut is proud to host the largest National Trails Day® celebration in the nation.  Although we are a state small in size, we are big on outdoor fun!

Plan on getting your heart pumping and celebrate the thousands of miles of trails in Connecticut with us.  Host your own event or grab your friends and family and hit a trail in your community.

Online event registration is now open, click here to register your event today. Also, check back in late Spring for our online directory to find events throughout the state.

Last year there were 225 trail events in 133 towns to choose from. Thank you to all the event organizers, leaders, sponsors, volunteers, and participants who helped to make the 2015 celebration truly special. We hope to see you all again this year.

For more info, see:

— Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s site

–The National Hiking Society’s June 4 National Trails Day site.

–Our entry at the Long Island Sound Study’s site.

Trails Day Events: Birding, Kayaking, Nature Walking, Model Flying at Sherwood Island State Park

And yes, Connecticut had the most events of all 50 states–by far!

PS: Writers and Photographers: you can submit stories about your hike, and even photos here.