CT Trails Day 2017: Celebration of the Trees of Mercy by the Sea
with Lucy Meigs and Claire Rusowicz
As part of this year’s state-wide celebration of Connecticut’s wild and scenic outdoors, join us on National Trails Day 2017, Saturday, June 3, from 2–4 p.m. when we will wander the beautiful grounds of Mercy by the Sea and learn about the wonderful community of unique old trees, including the iconic large Weeping Beech that welcomes all visitors to our front doors.
Naturalist and interpretive hike leader, Lucy Meigs, will share information about our trees including their ecology, identification and uses by Native Americans and others. We’ll take our time on the grounds to savor the rich flora and fauna around us, and then gather in our dining room to enjoy light refreshments and conversation and to read tree poetry together. This walk is suitable for older children and adults, but we are not able to welcome dogs or other pets.
Our walk will be one of thousands of such celebrations planned for the weekend as part of the American Hiking Society’s annual trail day and weekend, scheduled for the first weekend of June. Connecticut is proud to host the largest National Trails Day® celebration in the nation. To learn more, visit the Connecticut Park and Forest Association’s page devoted to the Trails Weekend event.
Although the program is free, pre-registration is required by 3 p.m . Friday, June 2.
Each participant is responsible for wearing appropriate clothing, walking/hiking shoes, insect repellant and sunscreen and bringing a water container. The walk will be cancelled only for heavy rain. Any cancellations will be posted on the homepage of our website by 10 a.m. the morning of the walk.
Lucy Meigs is founder and director of Everyone Outside, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people to spend time outside in order to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Everyone Outside grew out of Lucy’s' passion to connect people with the natural world, and she has been leading walks to take adults and children out into nature since 1998. Everyone Outside promotes this personal connection through guided hikes and activities, school field trips and programs, free classroom curriculum, after-school programs, volunteer opportunities and an interactive website.
Claire Rusowicz, Program Associate, is a certified spiritual and retreat director, and spiritual director supervisor. Her current work at the Center includes program development and presentation, and co-facilitation of Centering Prayer groups and programs.
Saturday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM|