CT Trails Day(s) 2019 is Sat, Jun 1! See Our Sherwood Island Events

Saturday, June 1

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

National Trails Day will be celebrated on June 1st.  

Friends of Sherwood Island is thrilled to be taking part in CT Trails Days. We have lots of great trail-centric activities planned. Four exciting adventures – on land, sea, and air – are being offered right here on Sherwood Island!

Download Sherwood Island’s CT TRAILS DAY Schedule here! Or see below:

 

CT TRAILS DAY 2019 at Sherwood Island State Park, Sat. June 1st

Events Sponsored by the Friends of Sherwood Island

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9:00 am      Kayak Paddle

See Sherwood Island from the water!

Join us for a morning 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 is recommended.  A kayak cart with thick wheels for sand is recommended, as it’s a long carry over the beach.  We will help each other.

The event begins promptly at 9 am (high tide is at 10:41) and ends at 12:00 pm, so plan to arrive by 8:45.  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 retired Coastal Kayak Instructor with eighteen years teaching experience. Optional: Bring waterproof binoculars for spotting birds, and/or a waterproof camera.

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.

Questions and/or participant registration, contact: 

Cece Saunders, cece@historicalperspectives.org, 203-226-7295

 

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10:00 am Wonder of Flight Interactive Air Show

Annual Wonder of Flight Interactive Air Show: informative and fun. The Air Show will include numerous giant scale radio controlled model planes, helicopters, gliders and drones, some with wing spans exceeding ten feet. The Air Show is hosted by the Country Squires, a group of remote controlled aircraft enthusiasts registered with Academy of Model Aeronautics.

As the models perform aerobatic flights, an announcer will fully explain elements of the flights and respond to questions from spectators. Drones of all kinds will be discussed and demonstrated, covering both recreational and commercial applications of these ubiquitous devices. Highly interesting and informative for both youngsters and adults.

Leader: C. Donald Lord, Jr.

Total Distance: 0

End Time: 2:00

Meeting Place:  Model Flying Site at Sherwood Island State Park. Ask at the Gate.  Drive around the circle to the special parking lot on the left.

Rain Plan & Registration Details:

Rain cancels.

Pre-registration is Not Necessary.

Questions, contact: 

Cece Saunders, cece@historicalperspectives.org, 203-226-7295

 

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12:30 am     Archaeology Walk

Join us for an Archaeology Walk on the Sherwood Island History Trail.  The walk will be led by Archaeologist Dawn Brown. 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: Dawn Brown

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: 

Cece Saunders, cece@historicalperspectives.org, 203-226-7295

 

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2:00      Nature Walk

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.

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.

Leader(s): Louis Pietig  

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: 

Cece Saunders, cece@historicalperspectives.org, 203-226-7295

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

 

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!

 

For more info, see:

— Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Trails Day site

–The National Hiking Society’s June 1  National Trails Day site. This year will set a hiking record!

 

PS: Writers and Photographers: you can submit stories about your hike, and even photos to the online photo gallery here.