Hikes & Events


Michael botanizing

Saturday, May 4, 1:00 p.m.

Botany Hike, Rockland Preserve

Join Yale botanist Michael Donoghue for a spring flora hike in Rockland’s Wildflower Preserve.  We’ll explore the preserve’s five ecological niches to look for wildflowers, and other plants common to our own backyards.  Waterproof footwear is recommended.   No dogs, please.

Meet in the Renee’s Way parking lot.

Saturday, May 11, 8:00 p.m.

Astronomy Night, Bauer Park

Learn about the night sky with members of the Astronomical Society of New Haven.  Telescopes will be set up on the hill near the community gardens.  Take a close look at Mars, the first-quarter moon and other celestial objects in the spring sky.

Saturday, May 18, 8:00 a.m.

Spring Birding Hike, Rettich Preserve

Join nationally recognized wildlife artist and birder Mike DiGiorgio for a spring nature walk with an emphasis on birds.  With its location along the Hammonasset River, the Rettich Preserve is an excellent site to spot waterfowl and migrant songbirds.  Binoculars are recommended.  This will be a quiet hike, since we’ll be locating birds with their calls.  No dogs, please.

Meet by the parking area at 274 River Road.

Sunday, June 2, 1:00 p.m.

Amphibian Hike, Blinnshed Loop

Join Yale ecologists Kealoha Freidenburg and David Skelly on a Connecticut Trails Day hike to search for frogs, toads, salamanders and newts.   Please wear boots and bring a dip net if you have one.  The trail features extensive wetlands and old logging roads through the woods.  The hike will run rain or shine.  No dogs, please.

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

Sunday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.

Foraging Hike, Rettich Preserve

In partnership with Madison Earth Care and their in-house herbalist Taylor Lavenu Gendron, join us for a morning plant identification walk through Rettich Preserve. We will identify native, non-native and invasive species and discuss their medicinal, culinary and historical use.  We will talk about ethical wild gathering and cover basic medicine-making skills to turn your foraged finds into potent, nutrient dense medicine. Meet by the parking area at 274 River Road.

Saturday, September 21, 9:00 a.m.

Buds, Birds & Bugs Walk, Bauer Park

Former state entomologist Carol Lemmon and wildlife artist Mike DiGiorgio will lead a walk at Bauer Park, pointing out flora and flying fauna along the way. Learn from the experts about our local plants, insects and birds. Be prepared for walking in fields and meadows, and along woodland trails. No dogs please.

Sunday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

Autumn Moonlight Walk

We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of this amazing event! Bring a flashlight and join us for an evening stroll on the Garvan Trail at the Surf Club. 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.

Saturday, October 19, 8:00 a.m.

Fall Birding Hike, Hammonasset State Park

Join nationally recognized wildlife artist and birder Mike DiGiorgio on a search for fall migrants at Hammonasset.  Binoculars are recommended.  No dogs, please.  Meet at the Meigs Point Nature Center parking lot.

Sunday, November 3, 1:00 p.m.

Geocaching Hike

Learn the popular sport of geocaching with MLCT board member and active geocacher Ian Taylor. There are geocaches hidden on all 22 MLCT trails and Ian has found them all. Discover how to access clues, then use your GPS or cell phone to navigate and locate hidden treasures. The hike location will be posted on the MLCT website.

Friday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

MLCT Annual Meeting, North Madison Congregational Church
Birding in Connecticut” with Frank Gallo

Join us for a book talk and signing with Frank Gallo, former associate director of Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center in Milford. Birding in Connecticut is the definitive guide to where, when and how to find birds in the state. Frank is a leading expert on where to find birds in Connecticut and has led birding expeditions all over the world. He is a tour leader for Sunrise Birding, LLC, a member of the Connecticut Avian Rare Records Committee, and a federally licensed master bird bander. Frank is also the author of two children’s books and is a published freelance photographer.



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Hunting, camping, fires, cutting trees or vegetation, horses, and motorized vehicles are all prohibited on Madison Land Conservation Trust property. MLCT trails and properties are for hiking only.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are allowed, but must be leashed. Unleashed dogs may be at risk if approached by a coyote. Learn more about coyotes here.

Please pick up all animal waste.