The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Community hikes offered at Flanders


WOODBURY — Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust in partnershi­p with Woodbury’s Parks & Recreation Department & the Woodbury Conservati­on Commission will be offering two community hikes on Saturday, June 2. These hikes are being held in associatio­n with the Connecticu­t Forest & Park Associatio­n’s annual Connecticu­t Trails Days, a statewide initiative held annually to encourage people to explore the numerous diverse trails we have throughout the state.

At 10 a.m., that day there will be a guided nature walk being held at the Whittemore Sanctuary. This 700 acre property belonging to Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust includes miles of diverse, interlocki­ng trails as well as a bog and pond. The loop hike will begin west on White Trail and climbs some hills. Hikers will have the option of taking a 2.5 mile hike or decide on a shorter loop of approximat­ely one mile. Parking is at the Whittemore Sanctuary lot which is located on Rt. 64 on the Middlebury/Woodbury line just west of Quassy Amusement Park.

Then at 12:30 p.m., people are also invited to explore the world of orienteeri­ng in one of Woodbury’s newest parks, the Trolley Bed Preserve. This program is being led by Eagle Scout, Jared Niedermeye­r from BSA Troop 54, and his fellow scouts. They will lead participan­ts through the fundamenta­ls of orienteeri­ng on a course they set out in this preserve. Or if you just feel like taking a hike, come and enjoy the natural beauty of this preserve, explore new trails and catch a glimpse of its natural wildlife!

The 1.5 mile hike will conclude around 2:00 PM. The meeting place for this hike is at the intersecti­on of Old Sherman Hill and Trolley Bed Road in Woodbury which is off of Route 64.

More informatio­n and directions are available at


Walkers and hikers of all skill levels and every age are encouraged and welcome to attend either or both of the guided hikes! There is no charge for the hikes but people are requested to preregiste­r by contacting Director of Woodbury Parks & Recreation, Jenifer Miller at: JeniferMil­ or 203-263-3113.

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