“Play for grown people is recreation – the renewal of life, for children, it is growth – the gaining of life.” – Joseph Lee

Come join Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist, David Wright, for informative spring and summer discovery walks, “Exploring Natural Stratford – Forest to Shore”.  Walk Stratford’s shore and trails and see them as you have never seen them before.  Walks are free.  Advanced Registration requested.

Activity # 449910

Stratford, Natural-ly
Nature Walks & Hikes - Winter/Spring 2018



Location of Walk


Meeting Location

Winter Beach Walk 03


Long Beach/Pleasure Beach


parking lot at Long Beach

Bald Eagle Observation 13


Shepaug Dam Fee $15


commuter lot at Ryder's Landing.

Winter Beach Walk 07


Short Beach


Main Pavilion at Short Beach

Spring Forest Walk 24


Roosevelt Forest


Forest parking lot

Old Postal/Stratford History 22


Elm Street - Stratford Center


St James Church just off Main Street

Greenway Walk 08


Greenway Walk


DeLuca Field lot near Greenway entrance

National Trails Day Walk 11


Judson House History Walk


Judson House on Academy Hill Road

Peck's Mill Walk 19


Peck's Mill to The Dock


parking area E Main Putney and Main St

Town Park Walk 16


Wooster Park


Wooster School lot on Freeman Avenue


Birds, Beans and Burgundy                449910      Section 13

Come join us for a fun-filled winter romantic getaway close to home and view America's symbol on the wing and in the air. On Saturday, February 10, meet us at the commuter parking lot across from Ryder's Landing at 9:00 am. We'll board a bus to travel up the Housatonic River stopping at Lake Zoar to view eagles on the wing over the dam. From Lake Zoar, we'll continue on to Southbury looking for eagles along the way and observing eagles hunting at the Shepaug Dam. We'll be able to locate and observe many other wintering water birds and songbirds on our trip to and from the eagle observation area at Shepaug Dam. The staff from Horizon Wings will bring their eagle and hawks to the dam so, even if the “eagling” is not up to par, at least there’ll be something of interest on hand at the dam. After our visit to the Shepaug Dam, we'll all need some warming up, so we'll travel to a local Vineyard. Once we're cozy and warm from some romantic red or white liquid cheer at the Vineyard, we'll reboard our bus for a return trip to Stratford around 3 pm. Fee is $15 food and drink not included. Registration is January 2-31. An adult must accompany children under 18.

For more information on the bald eagles of Shepaug Dam, please visit

Nature Camps                                                      119950

Camps are June 18-22 and August 13-17 from 9-12pm at Roosevelt Forest.  The program is for grades 1-8 and the fee is $100 a week.  Registration is limited and begins March 26-June 10.  Must have ten registered for the program to be held. Parent meeting will be Wednesday May 30 at 6pm at Birdseye Complex.