You can sample the Saugatuck River for plankton using magnifying glasses, walk through open meadows with wildflowers and sing river-themed songs with recycled instruments at Weston's Stonebridge Preserve in June.
The Aspetuck Land Trust will offer a series of Short Walks for Short People this spring and summer in Weston, Westport, Easton and Bridgeport/Fairfield. The program of guided hikes offers activities and education for children ages 4 to 10 and their parents in exciting natural environments.At the Natural Playground in Westport, children will make art with natural materials, learn about letterboxing and make music with recycled materials. In Fairfield, they will take a boat ride to the Great Salt Marsh and learn about who lives in the tidal marsh and visit an Osprey nest platform."We've designed this program to give families a great outdoor experience and encourage them to want to do more together outside, either on other open space properties or in their own backyard," said David Brant, Aspetuck Land Trust's executive director. "The hikes will build their comfort level in being outside and playing and exploring together. It also demonstrates the importance of open space."The Short Walks for Short People series includes: May 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Play, Leonard Schine Preserve, Natural Playground, Westport June 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Wonders of Watersheds, Stonebridge Preserve, Weston July 20, 10 to noon: Who Lives in the Tidal Marsh, Great Salt Marsh Island in Ash Creek, Bridgeport/Fairfield Aug. 3, 10 to noon: Welcome to the Farm, Trout Brook Valley, Easton Sept. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m.: History, Newman Poses Preserve, WestportA maximum of 20 children may attend each hike. Reservations are required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . After reserving a spot, emails will be sent to alert families of any rain postponements.Aspetuck Land Trust is a Connecticut nonprofit devoted to preserving open space and the natural resources of Easton, Fairfield, Weston and Westport for the benefit of the public. For more information, visit www.aspetucklandtrust.org .
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