Do You Walktober? Of Course You Do!
EXPLORE your National Heritage Corridor’s 35 towns in eastern CT and south-central MA. Walktober volunteers have put together a collection of 270+ choices of walks, hikes, historic tales, paddles, bike rides, farm visits, and more offered to YOU this Walktober! Scroll down to see the additions since the brochure printed. The dedicated & passionate Walktober teams and generous sponsors make it happen. Thank them all!
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♦ CANCELLED WALK: Bird Watching (listing 191), scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, at 7am is CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. No regrets – we do need rain. Opacum Land Trust offers programs & hikes all year long, so don’t limit your visits to just Walktober!
♦ CANCELLED WALK: A Dawg’s Day in the City (listing 195), scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, at 11am is CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. BUT, you can Walk Norwich all year long!
♦ CANCELLED WALK: A Jaunt Along the Heritage Walk (listing 197), scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd, at 1pm is CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. BUT, you can Walk Norwich all year long!
♦ Bonus Free Walk added: Preston Nature Preserve Haunted Forest, Saturday, October 22nd, 4-5:30pm. Address: Preston Nature Preserve, Krug Rd., Preston, CT. 860-599-4867. Visit this 55-acre jewel of meadows, wetlands, and hardwood forest that offers splendid peak-color vistas, which just might also offer a taste of the spooky. Avalonia naturalist and photojournalist Bruce Fellman will lead a family-friendly trek along the Preserve’s half-mile of gentle trails that starts with a search for migrating birds and butterflies, including Monarchs, and a scan of plants for caterpillars, galls, and all the preparations for winter that the natural world undergoes in October with plenty of time to observe the leaves changing their hues and to talk about the biology of the annual color change. Then, as the darkness grows, we’ll enter a possibly haunted forest. If we survive, we’ll emerge in the fields to hunt for bats and owls. Come in costume… if you dare. Sponsored by Avalonia Land Conservancy.
♦ Bonus $ Fee Event added: Owl Prowl, Saturday, October 22nd, 5:30-8:30pm. Key(s): Restroom near. Address: 9 Sand Hill Rd., Ashford, CT. 860-429-2181. Pre-registration for Owl Prowl walk to firstname.lastname@example.org. Adults $7, Children & Seniors $4, Children 3 and younger for FREE.
Participants are guaranteed to see 4 species of live owls. Kids crafts, Education Station where you can dissect an owl pellet, owl related raffle items. Food and hot beverages also available. There will be a short 1 mile, 30 minute Owl Prowl Walk at 8pm on the Nipmuck trail behind the facility to see if we can attract some wild owls (pre-registration required for this portion of the event.) Please wear weather appropriate clothing as this event is outdoors. Bring a flashlight, no headlamps please. Sponsored by: Horizon Wings.
♦ RESCHEDULED WALK: Night Visit to North Cemetery, is happening Saturday, October 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm. Address: Pomfret Post Office, 32 Putnam Rd (Route 44) Across from Xtra mart, Pomfret, CT. 860-208-4829. Due to a scheduling error, this walk is rescheduled to Saturday, October 22 (listing 165). Take advantage of visiting an 18th century graveyard, in the dark, with a compelling story teller!
♦ BONUS WALK) Ashford’s Langhammer Town Forest Trails Dedication & Hike, Sunday, October 23, 1 – 3 pm. key(s): Rain Date 10/30 1pm, Easy. Address: Listig Rd., Ashford, CT. Directions: In Ashford off Rt 74, take Zaicek Road 2 1/2 miles then make a left on to Chatey Road. After about a mile, make another left onto Lustig Road. Follow to end where you see signs and parked cars. You are invited by the Ashford Conservation Commission on October 23, 2016 for a talk, hike and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1:00 PM for the occasion of joining new trails in Ashford’s Langhammer town forest with those in Willingon’s Fenton-Ruby Preserve. A new spur trail is attached to Fenton-Ruby’s Ruby Trail. An Ashford Initiative & Regional Collaborative Effort. Schedule: 1:00 Talk: Dr. Gwen Haaland, Botanist, Ashford Conservation Commission member and Dr. Charlotte Pyle, Landscape Ecologist. 1:15 Refreshments in the woods. 1:30 Ribbon cutting and hike until 3 PM. Sponsored by: Town of Ashford, Conservation Commission.
♦ UPDATE for Walk listing 209: We are Greeneville, Saturday, October 23rd, 1pm. There will be NO CHURCH TOUR at 10am as listed in the brochure. 860-887-6964. Sponsored by Greenville Neighborhood Revitalization Committee.
♦ RESCHEDULED WALK: Walk on the Historic Captain John Clark property feat. Dr. Nick Bellantoni, scheduled for October 21st has been rescheduled (listing 136) to the rain date of Friday, October 28th. This was a preregistration walk, and it is full at this time, but we want to make sure all those that registered are aware of the change. Look for this popular walk in Walktober 2017!
♦ Bonus Free Event added: Free Friday Night Movies for the Whole Family – Wall-E, Friday, October 28th, 6pm. Address: Hodges Village Dam, 30 Howarth Rd., Oxford, MA. 508-248-5697. Bring a flashlight, blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy our newest addition at Hodges Village Dam- Our Eagle Scout Outdoor Learning and Movie Center. If the weather is rainy, the movie will be moved indoors. Perhaps we’ll have a fire in the fireplace. Call ahead for the latest information- 508-248-5697. Sponsored by USACE.
♦ Bonus Free Event added: Haunted Dam Tours, Saturday, October 29th, at 10:30am, 12 noon, & 1pm. Address: Hodges Village Dam, 30 Howarth Rd., Oxford, MA. 508-248-5697. It’s been a decade, so yes, we are bringing back the Haunted Dam Tours! For those of you who enjoy a good scare- we decorate the inside of the dam much like a haunted house, give the standard tour of the dam and hope we satisfy your eerie bone! There will be 3 individual tours: 10:30 am, 12 noon, and 1 pm. Rain or shine. For more information, please contact Park Ranger Jamie at email@example.com. . Sponsored by USACE.
♦ Bonus $ FEE Event added: Two Rivers Steam Special Train Trip on the P&W: Providence & Worcester Railroad, Sunday, October 30th, at 8:30am. Added due to popular demand and popularity of the Train Trip on 10/29 (listing 222). Address: P&W Railroad Station, 75 Hammond St., Worcester, MA. 978-470-2066. Pre-registration required through the MA Bay Railroad Enthusiasts at www.massbayrre.org. Hit the rails on a train trip on the Providence and Worcester Railroad, starting in either Worcester or Putnam. This will be an all-day excursion over 3 railroads with Steam & Diesel power. Check the website for up to date details, fees and registration info.Sponsored by: Massachusettes Bay Railroad Enthusiasts.
Walktober Leaders Thank You Celebration Party is set for Sunday, November 6th, 2-4 pm. Details.
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