May 29, 2022

2011 Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit Concludes with Turkey Romp and Plunge


Hikers enjoy the Turkey Tromp and Plunge at Viney Hill Brook Park

The 2011 Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit, sponsored by the Rockfall Foundation, wrapped up this year’s program after Thanksgiving  with the Turkey Tromp and Plunge at Viney Hill Brook Park, when half a dozen brave swimmers took to the freezing water.  Organizers say they will be hoping for more turkeys to participate next year.


The 2012 Essex Great Outdoor Pursuit calendar is shown below.  Please join them for these great outdoor events.

2012 Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit

The Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit is a cooperative effort between Essex Land Trust and Essex Park and Recreation Department. Our mission is to bring the families of Essex together through positive and healthy outdoor endeavors, while increasing the presence and awareness of our local parks, open spaces, and preserves. For more information, please visit the Park and Recreation website:

How to Play!

  1. All families who participate will receive a Great Outdoors Pursuit passport. With each event you complete, your passport will be stamped. For a family to officially complete the event, at least one parent and one child must participate (except for Turkey Tromp and Plunge). You may pick up your passport at any event or in the Park & Recreation office. Participants will receive a small prize for attending an event.
  2. Families must turn in their stamped passports to the Park and Recreation office no later than December 7, 2012.
  3. At the conclusion of our program, we will hold a drawing for a really cool grand prize valued at $250. Each family will have their name placed into the drawing the same amount of times for each event they officially completed. For example, if a family did 2 events they will have 2 tickets in the drawing, or for all 8 events, you will have 8 tickets in the drawing. The greater number of events a family completes, the greater the chance of winning the grand prize!

2012 Essex Great Outdoors Pursuit Program – List of Events

Winter Walk at Falls River Preserve and Jean’s Island 2/4/12
Arbor Day Event 4/28/12
Birding Seminar / Spring Migrants 5/5/12
Fishing Clinic 5/11, 5/12/12
Great Meadows Hike & Tremendous Turtle Program 6/27/12
Kayaking Program 8/9/12
Mountain Bike Ride 8/25/12
Ivoryton 5k Run/Walk/Road and Trail Race and Pumpkin Run 10/20/12
Family Turkey Tromp and Plunge 11/17/12