Hikes & Events


August 26, 10 a.m. – Noon

Mushroom Hike with Bill Yule

Rockland Preserve

Meet at trail head off Renee’s Way. Participants can bring mushrooms for identification. Also bring lunch if they want for casual discussion of what we find at noon.

We will meet at the trailhead at Renee’s Way. After a short talk about fungi we will hike the trail out to the old beaver pond and loop back to the start. Along the way we will find and identify mushrooms and other fungi, give them names, talk about their role in the forest ecology and talk about edibility and medicinal properties of mushrooms. People can bring mushrooms from anywhere to start with and be sure and bring water, bug spray and comfortable shoes.

Crickets at night

Crickets at night by Mike Digiorgio

September 2, 8:30 p.m.

Creatures of the Night with John Himmelman

Bauer Park

Take an evening field walk with John Himmelman, author of Night-Singing Insects of the Northeast and many other natural history books.  Come look (and listen) for katydids, coneheads, tree crickets and other night-singing insects.  Learn how to identify them by their calls and get some up-close looks at these cryptic critters.  Bring a flashlight, and meet in the parking lot by the Bauer farmhouse at 257 Copse Road.


October 8, 7 p.m.

Autumn Moonlight Walk

at the Surf Club

Join us for an evening stroll on the Garvan Trail at the Surf Club.  As always, a bagpiper will lead the way.  After the walk, refreshments will be served in the Surf Club building, and members of the Astronomical Society of New Haven will set up telescopes for viewing the moon, planets and stars in the night-time sky. Bring a flashlight and meet by the flag pole in front of the Surf Club.


Saturday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.

Geocaching Hike

Blinnshed Loop

Learn the popular hobby of geocaching with MLCT board member and active geocacher Ian Taylor.  There are geocaches hidden on all 23 MLCT trails and Ian has found them all.  Bring a GPS receiver or download the free Geocaching app onto your smart phone and we’ll teach you the rest, including the history of geocaching, what a travel bug and geocoin are, and the translation of FTF, TFTC and TOTT!

Meet in the parking lot of The Country School at the intersection of Opening Hill and Blinnshed Roads.