Get outside this weekend and rack up some steps, ride your bike or enjoy the water on a canoe.  Below are some activities in the Health District to celebrate the beauty of our communities and our state.

In Wethersfield:  4 events

2018 CT Trails Day Events
Great Meadows Conservation Trust. Inc.
Celebrating Fifty Years • 1968 ‒ 2018

Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 2018

1. Educational Nature Walk for Little Kids! Saturday, June 2, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PMWood Parcel. Bring your young naturalists (ages 4-6) for a short 1-mile hike and nature activity on this Great Meadows Conservation Trust property. We will cross the shiny bridge over the brook, follow the trail through the woods, pass the turtle pond, and follow the trail along the marsh. The route will skirt the edge of the cornfield, site of the original “Pyquag” Native American summer camp, to the irrigation pond and back. We’ll have a table set up with stickers and nature activities. Meet leader Jim Woodworth at the entrance to the Wood Parcel.

2. Kayak and Canoe Paddle. Sunday, June 3, 9:00AM to 11AM. Intermediate Paddlers.Limit 20 boats. Join the Connecticut River Conservancy’s Lower River Steward Alicea Charamut and GMCT’s Tim Lewis. Launch in scenic Wethersfield Cove, paddle upriver to Hartford and back. Explore the beauty of the river—view eagles, ospreys, learn about clean water efforts. A limited number of canoes are available. For more information and pre-registration (required!) call or email Jim Woodworth 860-808-9968, . Life vests are required. Heavy rain or high water cancels.

3.Kayak and Canoe Paddle. Sunday June 3, 10AM. Novice Paddlers. Limit 20 boats. Join Boy Scout leader Denis Walter and GMCT’s Paul Woodworth in a paddle around the Cove. Explore the north side of the Cove and Folly Brook. View birdlife and learn about clean water efforts. A limited number of canoes is available. For more information and pre-registration(required!) call or email Jim Woodworth 860-808-9968, info@gmct. org. Life vests are required. Heavy rain or high water cancels.

4. Bike Ride Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury Sunday, June 3. 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Meet leader Jim Woodworth at Cove Park. We’ll follow Wethersfield’s Heritage Way bike route from the Wethersfield Cove through village streets visiting historic Comstock, Ferre and Anderson Farms, along gravel agricultural roads past, fertile fields, flood plain forest, and marsh habitat along the Connecticut River toward the Rocky Hill Ferry Landing. Ride across the nation’s oldest ferry ($4 round trip, if it is running!) to the Killam-Bassett Farm in South Glastonbury and return. Total mileage: 15. For more information email .

In Berlin: Two Events

Berlin - Hike

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Hatchery Brook/Bicentennial Park Hike
Saturday, June 2
9:00am - 11:30am
 
 
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This hike will explore a 500-acre open space area in Berlin that encompasses the Hatchery Brook Conservation Area and Bicentennial Park. These open space areas were connected by the recent purchase of the former Chotkowski Orchards property and the completion of new connecting trails. The hike will include the newly created connecting trails as well as other trails in the areas. The route will pass through former orchards, wooded areas, the former Girl Scouts Camp Meribrite and along Hatchery Brook. Terrain is mixed including some uphill sections. Hike leaders will point out a variety of tree species, wildlife and features that reflect the historic uses of the properties. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing including footwear, to use sun protection and to bring water. Light refreshments will be provided.
Leader(s): 
Jim Mahoney
Leader's Phone Number: 
 
860-681-5602
Leader's E-mail Address: 
 
Total Distance (miles): 
5.5
Meeting Place: 
Kensington Orchards parking lot at 1495 Chamberlain Highway, about 1/4 mile south of Rt 364 (Southington Rd).
 
Rain Plan & Registration Details: 
Rain or shine.
Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED
Berlin Land Trust
 

Berlin - Hike

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Ragged Mountain
Saturday, June 2
8:00am - 1:00pm
 
 
 
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Come check out the New England Trail! This hike will cover rocky terrain with many ups & downs featuring good view points. Leader will discuss some natural history en route if group size & interest allows. Break for lunch midway. Wear appropriate footwear & clothing. Hiking poles, repellent & water recommended. No young children please.
Leader(s): 
Scott Gray
Leader's Phone Number: 
 
203-623-9961
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Total Distance (miles): 
6
Meeting Place: 
Ragged Mt Trailhead/Kiosk West Lane, Berlin
 
Rain Plan & Registration Details: 
Rain cancels.
Pre-registration is RECOMMENDED

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In Rocky Hill:  Two Events

 

Rocky Hill - Bike

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Quarry Park
Saturday, June 2
10:00am - 1:00pm
 
 
 
 
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A bike ride, traveling around Quarry Park through The Meadows, Goff Brook, Old Main Street, Riverview and return to Ferry Park. Route is predominantly flat roadway. Helmets required. Route may change in the event of inclement weather.
Leader(s): 
Paul Dattilo
Leader's Phone Number: 
 
860-258-2772
Leader's E-mail Address: 
 
Total Distance (miles): 
10.0
Meeting Place: 
Ferry Park parking lot, 350 Meadow Rd, Rocky Hill
 
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Rocky Hill - Hike

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Historic District and Quarry Park
Sunday, June 3
1:45pm - 3:00pm
 
 
 
 
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Our walk will take you through the Historic District, Quarry Park, do a loop and return to Ferry Park, then head south to Surwilo Park and back.
Leader(s): 
Ed Chiucarello
Leader's Phone Number: 
 
860-258-2772
Leader's E-mail Address: 
 
Total Distance (miles): 
3.2
Meeting Place: 
Ferry Park parking lot, 350 Meadow Rd, Rocky Hill
 
Rain Plan & Registration Details: 
Rain or shine.
Pre-registration is NOT REQUIRED
 
 

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