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Local Walks and Hikes

Earthplace (Westport)
62-acre wildlife sanctuary, 2 miles of trails. Playgrouonds closed.

Aspetuck Land Trust Westport 
8 preserves ranging from woodlands to open fields, marshes and gardens.

Aspetuck Land Trust Weston 
16 diverse preserves for walks, wildlife and wildflower viewing.

Weir Farm National Historic Site (Wilton)
68-acres of "Painterly woods, fields and waterways" around the home of Impressionist J, Alden Weir. Studios closed; trails open.

Woodcock Nature Center (Wilton)
150 acres; wooded trails; boardwalks through wetlands. Buildings and playgrounds closed; trails open. Self Led Nature Activities such as scavenger hunts.

Sherwood Island State Park
238 acres; beaches; salt marsh trail;
9-11 Living Memorial and garden.

BIrding in the Aspetuck Land Trust
Top choices for birding in Westport, Weston and Bridgeport.

 Summer is here!
Don't get stuck indoors - you can still enjoy nature and the outdoors while practicing social distancing and choosing safe open space options. So many great trails remain open even if centers are closed. For updates on access to trails, check the center's websites listed on this page. 

There are ways to stay safe outside. Exercise, walk or run, but keep at least six feet between you and non-family members.  Avoid playground structures, as coronavirus can live on plastic and metal for several days. Try a family soccer game instead of play dates. More Tips

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Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens (Stamford)
12 gardens, native habitats and wetlands. Trails and gardens open; audio tours available

Connecticut Audubon Society (Fairfield)
155 acre wildlife sanctuary open for walks. Use app for bird info, native garden tips and interactive maps.

More Audubon Society Sanctuaries
Visit 20 sanctuaries throughout CT. Open for hiking and outdoor programs.

New Canaan Nature Center
Trails through diverse habitats over 40 acres of land. 

Mianus River State Park (Stamford and Greenwich)
Rolling trails along river, forestlands and wetlands, with almost 400 acres to explore. Some fishing and biking.

White Memorial Foundation and Conservation Center (Litchfield)
40 miles of trail for walking, biking and horseback riding; ponds, lakes and river for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

New York Botanical Garden at Home
Enjoy virtual walks, tours, events, digital resources and online learning, while the NYBG gates in the Bronx are closed.

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