Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust launching new trail hike series
The Woodbury-based Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust is hosting a new trail hike series, with each hike focuses on a different preserve that Flanders conserves and stewards.
The first hike in the series, The Whittemore Bog Winter Hike, will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Whittemore Sanctuary on Rt. 64 in Woodbury. Wetland ecologist and soil scientist Kyle Turoczi will guide a group to explore the bog ecology and learn about the plants and animals that live there.
The second hike in the series, The Old Sap House Hike, will be led by former Flanders Executive Director Arthur Milnor on the Fleming Preserve located on Cowles Road in Woodbury. The hike is set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, and will give attendees information about the beginnings of our maple sugaring production as it traverses the forest land containing sugar maples and the original Flanders sap house.
The third hike will take place on Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m. and will explore the Hetzel Refuge, which is located on Breakneck Hill Road in Middlebury. The Hetzel is a pristine wooded refuge of 66 acres and offers prime observation areas for both birds and animals. This guided hike with Flanders Trail Maintenance Coordinator Dave Terry will traverse woodlands, hayfields, conifer plantations, swamps and several man-made ponds.
The final hike in this series, takes place on thehistoric Flanders Van Vleck Sanctuary on Saturday, April 25, at 9 a.m. Master naturalist Edward Boisits will lead a leisurely Earth Day walk pointing out the signs that signify the change of the season.
Hikers should dress for the weather and wear terrain appropriate footgear.