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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( with questions or to register


Saturday, May 7, 2022
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Guida Farm Conservation Area: from Route 17 south (towards Durham), take the first left after Dooley Pond onto Round Hill Road. After 0.5 mi, at stop sign at intersection with Coleman and Round Hill, turn right into parking lot. (GPS: 300 Round Hill Road). On modulating trails, we will explore this 100-acre area protected by the city and Middlesex Land Trust. The Preserve offers wooded areas, open fields, and small ponds. This walk is part of screen-free week.

Saturday, June 4, 2022
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: McCutcheon Park Area: from Randolph Road (Route 155), turn south onto Millbrook Road. Follow Millbrook for 1.5 miles and take fifth right onto Livingston Road. After 0.2 miles, turn right into the park at Crystal Lake. Meet towards the left near the original buildings. (GPS address: 250 Livingston Road). The hike, walk with some ups and downs, will cover forest, rock overhangs, and meadow areas in the woods west of the lake and include a discussion of Native uses of the area. June 4/5 is CT Trails weekend and June 5 is World Environment Day.

Saturday, July 2, 2022
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Middletown Nature Garden, from Route 17, turn west on Randolph Road about 0.3 miles. The park entrance is on the left (between Brown St and Long Hill Rd) (GPS: 1495 Randolph Rd). This small preserve has flat looping trails on which we will reconnect with nature. A calm, peaceful walk, with benches for contemplation.

Saturday, August 6, 2022
10:00 a.m. (lasts ~1.5 hours)
Location: Mattabesset River Trail, Newfield Street to Tuttle Road, then right on to Tuttle Place to cul-de-sac, (GPS: 54 Tuttle Place). Using a two-mile section of the Multi-use Trail system, we will walk along the Mattabesset River. This is paved, level, and mostly shaded.

Saturday, September 3, 2022
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; sometimes the Dripps Rd sign is missing). 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 Middlesex land Trust 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.


Memorial Day Weekend

It’s Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. Not quite a typical one: no parades or picnics. We are still in place.

Here is a tribute to how nature changes in place, once again in areas that are within two miles of where I am sheltering. And a tribute on this Memorial Day weekend to the memory of those we’ve lost so far and will continue to lose to our current pandemic.
Thanks again to the Middletown Rec office for sponsoring this video.
( Music called “Where I am From“ provided by Google )

Mother’s Day and Perseverance
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and those who have had mothers.

Here’s a little piece on perseverance in nature that I hope helps us trust that we will all get through this. All photos were taken within 2 miles of where I am sheltering. Thanks to the Middletown Recreation office for sponsoring this video.
(The mother squirrel near the end is carrying a baby from one nest site to another. Baby’s tail is wrapped around her neck, she has it firmly in her mouth, and baby is hugging her tight. Difficult to distinguish.)

May Day: Signs of Spring

Here are some lovely signs of spring to help get through our times of confinement:

2020 Virtual Earth Day Event: April 22

Check out this for a few ideas on ways to celebrate the 50th Earth Day while we are limited in our activities:

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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23 08 2012
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