CT TRAILS DAY 2018 on Sherwood Island: Archaeology Walk AND Kayak Paddle

Saturday, June 2

11:30 am - 3:30 pm




at Sherwood Island State Park, Sat. June 2nd

Events Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island



11:30 am Archaeology Walk

Join us for an Archaeology Walk on the Sherwood Island History Trail.  The walk will be led by Archaeologist Cece Saunders. The walk will include points of interest, terrain, and examining the traces of past inhabitants of Sherwood Island  from 1000 B.C. to the 1940s. The leader 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.

Leader: 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

Register at: alisonrivard5@gmail.com

Questions—Email: sherwoodislandfriends@gmail.com

1:30 pm      Kayak Paddle

See Sherwood Island from the water! Join us for an afternoon paddle, as we explore the shoreline of the park. Bring your own kayak, canoe, or other paddlecraft, as well as a pump/bailer.  A life vest and whistle/horn are required by CT state boating regulations. Your life vest must be worn for this event. A waterproof VHF radio or cell phone are recommended.

The event begins at 1:30 pm (high tide is at 2:44) and ends at 4:00 pm.  We’ll do a safety check & demonstration on the beach for life vest fit, seaworthy vessel, and emergency gear. We’ll paddle into the salt marsh behind the park while the tide is rising. Then we’ll paddle the length of the Sherwood Island shoreline, west to the entrance of Mill Pond, and 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. Michele is a Coastal Kayak Instructor with eighteen years teaching experience.  See www.kayak-adventure.net “Meet Your Instructor” for more information. Optional: Bring waterproof binoculars for spotting birds, and/or a waterproof camera. A kayak cart with thick wheels for sand is recommended, as it’s a long carry over the beach.  We will help each other.

Leader: Michele Sorensen

Total Distance: 3 miles

Meeting Place: Drive around the circle to the East Beach Parking lot; follow the road along the shore past the Nature Center; park in front of beach almost at the end of the lot.

Rain Plan & Registration:

Rain or Shine, except heavy rain cancels.

Pre-registration is APPRECIATED

Register at: alisonrivard5@gmail.com

Questions –Email: sherwoodislandfriends@gmail.com