Discover Rhode Island’s Special Places
Just Outside Your Door
During Land Trust Days
Have you ever wished you knew of a place nearby where you could get outdoors, relax, take a walk, sit by a brook, read a book under a tree, or watch birds? Here is the perfect opportunity to find that place “just outside your door.”
Land Trust Days is underway until September 30 with a full calendar of adventures statewide, including right here in Westerly. Check them out at www.LandTrustDays.org. You and your family can discover little Rhody’s best outdoor places as you enjoy your favorite activities or try something new. Guided trail walks, canoe and kayaking, star-gazing, naturalist talks, geo-caching and family festivals are just some of your choices.
These activities are hosted by land trusts — non-profit organizations that are working to protect the special places in communities throughout the state for everyone – current residents, visitors and future generations. The Rhode Island Land Trust Council is organizing Land Trust Days to showcase the special places that land trusts are protecting for you. Most events are free, but some require reservations.
Go online now at www.LandTrustDays.org for the calendar of Land Trust Days activities. Take this opportunity to find a new “favorite” place “just outside your door.”
Enjoy the best days of summer and fall exploring the trails, landscapes, waterways and working farms – Rhode Island’s very best is all much closer than you think!
The Westerly Land Trust is hosting these free Land Trust Days events in September:
Native Grassland Stroll at Avondale Farm Preserve
September 9, 10am-12pm (Rain date September 10, 10am)
Jenifer LoVetere, a local horticulturalist, will point out several native grassland plants that are important and unique to the ecology of Avondale Farm Preserve. This property is home to a variety of rare grassland birds and plants, making it a popular recreation area for families, birdwatchers, runners and roller bladers. Meet at the Quail Run entrance to the preserve.
Owl Prowl at Grills Preserve
September 15, 6:30-8:30pm (Rain Date September 16, 6:30pm)
Born To Be Wild Nature Center will lead an owl prowl hike for all ages. The expedition will take us into the oak forest and red maple swamp areas of the 550-acre Grills Preserve, our largest parcel of conservation land. While we are out, the sun will set and owls will become active. As we travel over the well groomed trails, we will listen and look for resident owls. If we do not find any in the wild during our walk, there’s no reason for despair. BTBW will be bringing along some of their resident owls from their facility and participants will get an up close and personal experience where they can learn about these amazing birds!
Glacial Geology Hike at Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park
September 22, 10am-12pm (Rain date September 24, 10am)
This preserve’s topography was created by the last ice age as enormous glaciers carved the landscape. The preserve is set at the southernmost edge of the recessional moraine where some of the best examples of glacial geologic features on the planet can be viewed first hand. Various kettle ponds and kettle holes, glacial erratics cover this forested landscape and an impressive panoramic view over the coastal plain is not to be missed. On a clear day it is easy to spot Block Island, Long Island and Montauk Point from the edge of the moraine at Charlie’s Overlook.
For more information about the Westerly Land Trust, its various open space properties, programs and upcoming events, visit www.westerlylandtrust.org.