Explore the Trust’s trails, earn a backpack in this season’s Passport Program for hikers


This year’s Passport Program has concluded, but look for something similar next season.

Participants in the 2016 Passport Program tried to collect 18 stamps from walk leaders during outings on a long list of Trust properties. Those who collected enough stamps receives a string backpack with a Joshua’s Trust 50th Anniversary logo.

If you are still eager to walk on the Trust’s trails unguided, go for it! Here is our list of properties to choose from.




PROPERTY Josias Byles Sanctuary, Ashford
DATE & TIME Saturday, April 16, 9:30 a.m.
The Byles trailMarian Matthews helps walkers connect past to present by walking the Sanctuary trail and coming to the Historic Byles Homestead for snacks, drinks and a few stories. Enjoy the 2-mile long, easy-to-moderate loop trail as you pass a meadow, descend a short steep section to a stream, then travel through a bio-diverse climax forest.


PROPERTY Pappenheimer Preserve, Scotland
DATE & TIME Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.
Stone bridge at Pappenheimer PreserveJim Russel will host a walk on the “Wild Side.” Hike the 101-acre forest preserve, abutting Mohegan State Forest. Visit Red Maple swamp and a 5.5-acre grass covered swamp. A moderate walk, leashed dogs welcome. Pre-registration required.


PROPERTY Friedman Memorial Forest, Ashford
DATE & TIME Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m.
Friedman Forest foot bridgeGeorge Jacobi will host “Walking the Woods for Wildlife”– a moderate walk. He will discuss and practice deliberately walking to maximize wildlife sightings, while traversing a 2-mile loop with diverse ecosystems, including how to move (or not) and how to see and hear more effectively. No dogs, please.


PROPERTY Tobiassen Memorial Forest, Tolland
DATE & TIME Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.
Tobiassen Memorial ForestKen Hankinson will lead a short but interesting ramble through a winding forest trail, crossing seasonal brooks and passing several vernal pools. Great bird and wild life habitats. And maybe spot a resident owl. Directions – Grant Hill Rd near Coventry/Tolland border to end of Noah Lane cul de sac. For more information, call Ken Hankinson
at 860-871-7592.


PROPERTY Pigeon Swamp, Lebanon
DATE & TIME Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.
Pigeon SwampDeb Russel  in identifying beautiful spring wildflowers while hiking the trails of the Pigeon Swamp Preserve. Trails meander through upland forests and skirt a swamp, marsh and pristine pond.  Hikers will also enjoy seeing the foundations of an 18th – 19th Grist mill and home. Directions – from South Windham Center head straight up hill, Pigeon Swamp Rd is first left, follow to end where there is parking and the start of the hike. For more information, call Deb Russel at 860-423-1230, email Jim Russel  [email protected]oo.com


PROPERTY Knowlton Hill Preserve, Mansfield
DATE & TIME Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m.
Knowlton Hill PreserveMansfield Ornithologist, Dr. Chris Elphick will lead a walk on Knowlton Hill Preserve to discover some of the birds of May. Spring migrants should be back in force. Botanist, Dr. Greg Anderson will assist with botanical notes. The preserve has open fields, mature forest and views of Knowlton Pond. This will be a moderate walk at a slow pace. No dogs please Directions – Preserve entrance near 74 Knowlton Hill Rd
For more information call Mona Anderson 860-487-1381 or email [email protected]


PROPERTY Grist Mill , Mansfield
DATE & TIME Sunday, May 15, 1 p.m.
Gurleyville GristmillThe Gurleyville Grist Mill opens today and we will celebrate with docent tours. A film will be shown at the Atwood Farm at 3:00 p.m. that features the Grist Mill and some other places in Mansfield. Also take a walk along the Fenton River on the blue trail at your leisure.


PROPERTY Hubbard Sanctuary and Agnes Pasture, Chaplin
DATE & TIME Saturday, May 21, 1 p.m.
Hubbard Santuary and Agnes PastureThe walk will be at the Hubbard Sanctuary and Agnes Pasture in Chaplin led by Warren Church and will last about 1.5 hours.  The easy to moderate trail leads past and /or through a variety of terrain including two ponds, a large hayfield, and wooded ridge.  After hiking to the top of the ridge, the hiker will be rewarded by beautiful pasture rich in local history. Parking is at Chaplin Town Hall, 495 Phoenixville Rd (Rt. 198)For  more information call Warren Church 860-455-0724 or visit www.joshuastrust.org


PROPERTY H. E. Preston Sanctuary, Hampton
DATE & TIME Saturday, May 28, 1 p.m.
HE Preston Santuary“Exploring We Will Go” a walk especially for families and children, led by Marcia Kilpatrick.  Children will engage in activities using their senses as they walk through a field and woods to the Little River and follow the loop trail back to the start. Directions- 4 miles north of Rte 97/6 intersection or 5 miles south of Rte.97/44 intersection. Park on the west side of Rt. 97, across from Kimball Hill Rd. Park along the highway and on the grassy road shoulders  For more information, call Marcia Kilpatrick at 860-455-1226


PROPERTY Whetten Woods, Storrs
DATE & TIME Saturday, June 4, 11 a.m.
whetten_woods_650Susan Beach for Letterboxing at Whetton Woods, Mansfield, a 24 acre property on Dog Lane on the far edge of the Lutheran Church parking lot. You will cross a good size wooden bridge, view a prominent rock ledge, cross a stream and stone walls. Directions: park in the church’s parking lot. For update information, call Sue Beach at 860-477-0471


PROPERTY Couch Preserve, Coventry
DATE & TIME Sunday, June 5, 10 a.m.
Elizabeth Couch PreserveJoin Eric Thomas for a “Woodland Wonders” walk at the Couch Preserve in Coventry. An 18 acre preserve with forest and early succession habitats, offering an increasingly rare habitat for shrub loving species. It will be left to revert to forest as has the  remainder of the preserve  covered by oak-hickory forest about 30 years old. Directions: from junction of Rts 31 and 275, go north on Main St (Rt. 31) 0.3 miles to Root Rd. Turn right on Root go one mile to sharp turn, road is now Cooper Lane. Go 800 ft. and park on right shoulder by JT sign. For information-update email Eric at [email protected]


PROPERTY Hubbard Sanctuary, Chaplin
DATE & TIME Wednesday, June 8, 7 a.m.  New date!
Hubbard-hayfieldSteve Morytko, well known birding expert, as he leads a bird walk at the Hubbard Sanctuary in Chaplin. The grasslands, wetlands edge and nearby forest habitats attract many species including Cerulean Warbler (a beautiful threatened species) and a number of other breeding and migrating species. The grassland habitat, unique among Joshua’s Trust properties, attracts Bobolink, another threatened species. Novice and experienced birders are welcome. Bring binoculars, a few extras may be available. The walk is expected to be 2 – 3 hours but leave when you want to. Note: this is a change from the originally scheduled date. Directions: property is located behind Chaplin Town Hall on Rt. 198, just north of North Bear Hill and Chaplin St. Parking is straight ahead near the fence. For information and updates, please call Steve at 860-680-5728


PROPERTY Bradley—Buchanan Woods, Mansfield
DATE & TIME Saturday, June 18, 12 p.m.
Bradley Buchanan BoardwalkChristine Hare at the Bradley Buchanan Woods in Mansfield, the Trust’s first acquisition. At 25.5 acres, the trail has two short cut trails and connectors that lead to several other Trust properties and Mansfield Hollow State Park. The .05 mile walk is short, hilly and will go past acres of Mountain Laurel, a marsh area, and wet and dry kettle holes formed by  glaciers. Directions: the preserve is located immediately behind the Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd. (Rt.89), approx. ½ mile from Rt. 195 and Rt. 89 intersection. Park in lot south of Library bldg, behind white picket fence. For updates and information email Christine at [email protected]


PROPERTY Hubbard Sanctuary, Chaplin
DATE & TIME Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.
Hubbard-hayfieldJoin Deb Russell for a mid-summer Wildflower Walk in the Hubbard Sanctuary, Chaplin. The walk  leads through woodlands and Agnes’pasture with abundant wildflowers.  Directions: property is located behind Chaplin Town Hall 498 Phoenixville Rd (Rt. 198). Parking is straight ahead near the fence.  For information and updates, please call Deb at 860-423-1230 or email [email protected]


PROPERTY Skungamaug Meadows, Tolland
DATE & TIME Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.
Skungamaug MeadowsEric Thomas will lead a walk at Skungamaug Meadows, Tolland, a 27 acre preserve with varied habitats.  Looking for “Birds, Bugs and Butterflies.  Directions: Rt. 195 to Goose lane for 1 mile, right turn onto Lemek Lane, park in cul de sac. For information and updates email Eric Thomas at [email protected]
PROPERTY Tinkerville Brook, Ashford and Willington
DATE & TIME Saturday, August 13, 10 a.m.
Tinkerville Brook. Photo courtesy of Joan Hill.Meet Craig Smith and Anna Marie Stark at the Tinkerville Brook Preserve in Ashford for a fairly easy 1.8 mile walk exploring “Land Use Over the Centuries”.
Directions: from Rt.44 and 189, go north on Rt. 189 for 5.2 miles to Turnpike Rd-after0.6 miles turn right on Armitage Rd for 0.7miles to small dirt road on the left – park near .entrance gate.For more information email Craig at [email protected]
PROPERTY Pigeon Swamp, Lebanon
DATE & TIME Sunday, September 25, 1 p.m.
pigeon_swamp_field_1aCome to Pigeon Swamp in Lebanon and find out from Dennis Latchum about this area where “Pigeons Once Flocked”. Directions: from intersection of Rt. 32 and 203, take Main St, cross Babcock Hill Rd, go up the hill, take first left just beyond blue Fire House. This is Pigeon Swamp Rd, follow this road to end of pavement. For more information/updates email Dennis at [email protected] Sorry, no dogs.


PROPERTY Knowlton Hill Preserve, Ashford
DATE & TIME Friday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.
Star filled sky

Join John G.Morey at the Knowlton Hill Preserve in Ashford for a hilltop tour of the Autumn Night to see Stars, Constellations and Planets. If cloudy, back up date is Saturday, Oct. 1. Bring folding chairs, binoculars, telescopes. If bringing a flashlight, RED COLORED lights are strongly recommended. Directions: Preserve entrance near 74 Knowlton Hill Rd. For more information email John at [email protected]


PROPERTY Sprague Land Preserve, Franklin
DATE & TIME Saturday October 1, 1:30 p.m.
Led by Susan Allan. Come and explore the newest section of the 500 acre Sprague Land Preserve. You may bring your leashed dog.Sprauge Land Preserve


PROPERTY Josias Byles Sanctuary, Ashford
DATE & TIME Sunday October 2, 10:00 a.m.
Led by Marian Mathews. Revisit history. Leashed dogs may attend.
PROPERTY Chenes Roches Preserve, Willington
DATE & TIME Saturday, October 15 10:00 a.m.
Led by Peter Andersen. Sorry, no dogs. Moderate difficulty.


PROPERTY Wolf Rock, Mansfield
DATE & TIME Saturday, October 22, 2 p.m.
Wolf RockLed by Robert Thorson. The walk will focus on the area’s geology. Sorry, no dogs. An easy walk.


PROPERTY Tobiassen Memorial Forest, Tolland
DATE & TIME Sunday, October 23, 1:00 p.m.
AbandonedFarmEquipment_TobiassenLed by Ken Hankinson. This walk will focus on the sights of New England in the fall. Leashed dogs may attend. Moderate difficulty.


PROPERTY Coney Rock Preserve, Mansfield
DATE & TIME Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m.
Led by Carl Lindquist. Leashed dogs may attend. Moderate difficulty.


PROPERTY Pappenheimer Preserve, Scotland
DATE & TIME Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m.
Led by Jim Russel. Take a walk on the Wild Side.
Stone bridge at Pappenheimer Preserve
PROPERTY Utley Peserve, Columbia
DATE & TIME Friday, November 25, 10 a.m.
Led by Ann Dunnack. The walk will focus on history. Leashed dogs may attend. Moderate difficulty.