In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.

~John Muir

April 11, 2020 - Amphibian Inventory ... VIRTUAL TOUR!

This is now a vrtual Vernal Pond Exploration! It will be hosted by Cathy Shea, joined by Edward Pawlak, MS, Registered Soil Scientist and Certified Professional Wetland Scientist. It is supported with our thanks by the Colchester Garden Club and Cragin Memorial Library.

Virtual, format TBD. Facebook live or possibly a recorded video. Kids and Family Event. This is a one-mile easy hike... well, easy for you because you'll be watching from home.

Come, virtually explore the Vernal Ponds of Spring in Bulkeley Hill Preserve, Bulkeley Hill Road, Colchester. Learn about the amphibians and eco-systems that survive and thrive in our wooded wetlands.

2020 Events & Hikes:

The year 2020 is shaping up rather differently than most of us imagined. The coronavirus and its repercussions have thrown everyone's best-laid plans akimbo.  That is not to say that we are throwing up our hands in defeat. But, it does mean that things are a bit up in the air. Our first major adjustment is the postponement of our very popular Salmon River  Run, from May 9 to October 3. Other hikes and events, tentatively sketched out on the Hikes and Events page, are still in our plans... though things will likely adapt to whatever realities we encounter in the coming months. We appreciate your understanding of the situation. First and foremost, stay healthy, follow the guidelines, don't panic! Get outside and enjoy as best you can.

Past Outings:

Over the past several years, CLT hikes have promoted the beauty and diversity of Colchester's natural resources: parks, trails, farms, ponds, swamps, even cemeteries! We have an abundance of interesting sites in our small town. Hundreds of folks have taken advantage of CLT's monthly Discover Colchester Hikes to get acquainted with this natural bounty. Often, participants expressed that they had no idea there were such wonderful resources so close to home. From casual hikes along the Airline Trail to informative walks with local and regional experts, these hikes highlight the importance of our natural surroundings. We've learned to appreciate the symbiotic relationship of people and wildlife. Flora and fauna that may go unnoticed have a real effect on our well-being. Micro-organisms living underfoot and all around us are important to the maintenance of the entire ecosystem. In a real sense, we all are one.


Remember, the Colchester Land Trust is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that works to permanently protect open space in Colchester. Protecting land takes time and requires funding. Protecting open space is more important than ever, as the world changes around us.

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