October 1, 2022

Essex Land Trust Hosts First Family Outing in ‘The Preserve,’ Today

An idyllic scene of the newly acquired 'Preserve,' where the Essex Land Trust will lead a Family Outing, Aug. 22.

An idyllic scene of ‘The Preserve,’ where the Essex Land Trust will lead a Family Outing, Aug. 22.

The Essex Land Trust is hosting a Family Outing in The Preserve on Saturday, Aug. 22, starting at 9 a.m. Be among the first to explore The Preserve in a hike and exploration from the Essex access to this unique forest.

The Preserve is the recently purchased 1,000-acre forest that resides in the towns of Essex, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. This property is probably the most significant addition to Connecticut’s open space in many years. It has numerous trails, 114 acres of wetlands, including 38 vernal pools, 3,000 feet of watercourses, and a 30-acre swamp. A mature coastal forest with three rocky ridge formations, it is home to a significant and diverse population of animals and plants.

Bring the family and join Chris Cryder of the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Steven Trojan, Director of the Bushy Hill Nature Center, in exploring the critters, plants, and ponds of the new Thousand Acre Preserve.

Another view of 'The Preserve.'

Another view of ‘The Preserve.’

This outing will walk some easy trails and share adventures, followed by refreshments.  Rain cancels.  All ages are welcome.

Parking and access are off Ingham Hill Rd., which is off Rte. 153, Plains Rd., Essex.

For any questions, contact Judy Saunders at judith.saunders@comcast.net