Upcoming Events and Workshops

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Wear hiking shoes and bring a light snack and water. Children under age 16 must attend with an adult 18+. Cancelled if inclement weather. Leashed dogs generally OK; check for specifics.  Free nature walks located in Middletown, CT

Contact Beth Lapin(Beth@HealingNatureCT.com) with questions or to register


Saturday August 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Mattabesset River Trail, from Newfield Street to Tuttle Road, then right on to Tuttle Place to cul-de-sac, (GPS: 54 Tuttle Place, Middletown, near Direct Energy Solar). Using a two-mile section of the Multi-use Trail system, we will walk along the Mattabesset River.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Spiderweed Preserve, at bend in Dripps Road, 500 ft from Saybrook Rd (GPS address: 60 Dripps Rd)
Bring your camera, a great area for birding and views. This is a moderate hike, with a few steep areas. We will investigate a little known 150-acre Nature Conservancy preserve that was the former summer retreat of a New York actress. We will explore pegmatite outcrops with long-range views and follow colonial stone walls that demark old fields and roadways.

OCTOBER NATURE WALK (not suitable for younger children)
Saturday, October 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~3.5 hours)
Location: Mt. Higby, on Route 66, about a quarter-mile west of the junction with Higby Road (Red Dog Saloon), look for an unmarked driveway on the right (north) with an orange cone that leads to the reservoir leads to the reservoir (west of the driveway with mail box #238 Route 66, Middlefield). Follow it to the buildings and park.

We will have a rare opportunity to access the Mattabesett Trail through the city’s water department lands that include Higby and Adder Reservoirs. This is a more difficult hike due to length (4.5 miles) and steepness.

Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Wadsworth State Park at the parking lot on 721 Wadsworth St, Middlefield
Educational walk on the trails of Wadsworth State Park. This is a mostly level 3-mile loop walk through the park, exploring both Little and Big Falls.

Sunday, December 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Highlawn Forest, on Route 66, 4 miles east from Interstate 91, exit 18 or 2.7 miles west from Main/Washington Street junction. Trail head to right of CT Forest and Park Association building. (GPS: 16 Meriden Rd, Rockfall, CT 06481)
This 275-acre preserve, under easement to CFPA, includes plantations, forests, and swamps. Trail is primarily level and easy.


Interview with Beth  Lapin, EcoTherapist on WESU,  aired March 26, 2014 Interview with Beth Lapin, EcoTherapist on COMCAST Local Access Channel 15, aired August 24, 2012


View a list of previous  HealingNatureCT events


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