Family nature walk planned in the Valley this weekend

A nature walk focusing on tree identification will take place in the Valley this weekend as part of Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s WalkCT Family Rambles program.

The “Tree Identification Discovery” event is set for Saturday, Aug. 16 from 8:45 a.m.–11 a.m. at the Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center, 10 Deerfield Lane, Ansonia.

Join staff from the center and Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center for a celebration of the new Tree Identification Trail dedicated to the facility’s longtime director, Donna Lingren.

Volunteer WalkCT guides Peter and Barbara Rzasa and Viola Waldo will lead the way on a two-mile journey through the nature center's woodlands, which include more than 40 different tree species, each marked with a descriptive sign.

Learn helpful tree identifying characteristics, focusing on leaves, buds, twigs, bark, and overall shape. Tree ID guides will be available to all participants.

Open to people of all ages

People of all ages and tree knowledge experience are welcome. Some moderate hills will be encountered on the route.

Wear appropriate hiking attire, including sturdy footwear. Bring water and insect repellent. Events takes place rain or shine.

Pre-registration is recommended by calling the Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center at 203-736-1053.

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Four nature events planned

The Connecticut Forest & Park Association is sponsoring four WalkCT Family Rambles from Aug. 16 to 30 around the state — each with a unique focus. The others are in Farmington, Manchester and Meriden.

The events are designed to bring families, fun and the outdoors together, and are led by trained volunteer guides. Babies in secured backpacks are welcome.

Connecticut Forest & Park Association, founded in 1895, is a nonprofit organization that works to protect forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations. The association maintains the 825-mile blue-blazed hiking trail system. Learn more at