Join the Town of Mansfield and Joshua’s Trust for a summer full of outdoor fun!

Summer ExporationFor Elementary Schoolers

Saturday, June 25, 10 a.m.:

Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist, will lead a one-hour walk through Mason’s Mill, a Joshua’s Trust preserve that is home to remains of Mansfield’s industrial history. Come learn about how archaeologists learn about the past and uncover hidden treasures!

Saturday, July 9, 10 a.m.:

Dr. Will Ouimet of UConn will lead a one-hour geological exploration of the Bradley-Buchanan Woods. He will explain the preserve’s kettle holes, identify common rocks and minerals, and show how water moves through the landscape.

Saturday, August 6, 8:30 a.m.:

The first in our two-part kids’ trail run series. Warren Church will lead a run through the Hubbard Sanctuary in Chaplin.

Saturday, August 13, 8:30 a.m.:

In our second kids’ run, Ashley Mattingly, local marathoner and trail running mom, will lead a trail run in the Bradley-Buchanan Woods. Bring water!

For Preschoolers

Join Maggie Ferron of Mansfield’s Early Childhood Services for 45 minute nature walks in Mansfield’s Whetten Woods. Bring your preschoolers (and siblings) for an exploration of the summertime woods! We will create collections, work on scavenger hunts, and play Pooh sticks. 3 Thursdays: June 23, July 21, and August 25 at 3 pm. Park at Hope Lutheran Church, 62 Dog Lane.

For the Whole Family

Like to follow clues? Want to get outside with your family this summer? Try out this summer’s Joshua’s Trust Letterbox Challenge! Letterboxing is a great way to have fun in the woods with your family. Follow clues to find hidden boxes, locate the eight boxes on your own schedule this summer and enjoy a great family experience! Pick up a brochure and stamp book at Joshua’s Trust HQ, 624 Wormwood Hill Rd., or online at

For directions visti our property list.

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