Tomorrow and Sunday, June 7 and 8, Connecticut will host Connecticut Trails Day Weekend — the largest National Trails Day (NTD) celebration in the nation with 258 events scheduled in 142 towns throughout the state. Nearly every town in Connecticut will be taking part in this annual tradition, which will feature events for everyone, including hiking, biking, horseback riding, running, trail maintenance, kayaking, educational walks, bird watching, letterboxing, and more. These events are guided by knowledgeable volunteers from local hiking clubs, parks and recreation departments, state agencies, conservation organizations, historic groups, education programs, and land trusts.

In Trumbull, join Kevin Malone on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m., at the Park Street/Daniels Farm Road commuter lot for an outdoor adventure sponsored by the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center. We will hike through the beautiful Pequonnock River Valley where we will explore the ridges, valleys, caves and other interesting natural highlights.  The hike will be moderately challenging and will be about 3 hours long.

As part of NTD, a nationwide hiking initiative established by the American Hiking Society in 1993, Connecticut’s weekend-long celebration is coordinated by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving Connecticut’s land, trails, and natural resources. This long-standing event celebrates the state’s spectacular trails, the many joys and benefits they provide, and the countless supporters and volunteers who make them possible.

The success of Connecticut Trails Day Weekend would not be possible without strong participation by organizations like the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), land trusts, town agencies, outdoors-oriented businesses, hundreds of volunteers, dedicated sponsors, and CFPA.

To view the full listing of events, see the 2014 Connecticut Trails Day Weekend Booklet online at www.ctwoodlands.org/CT-TrailsDayWeekend2014. CFPA members will receive their printed booklet in the mail by mid-May. Free printed booklets will also be available (while supplies last) at the CFPA headquarters in Rockfall, CT as well as at select public drop points: town/city halls, nature centers, state parks, outdoor retailers, and limited public libraries in mid-May.