Hikes & Events


Please note that new events and outdoor education activities, as well as important updates, are frequently added to this listing so check back regularly. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date. For more information on specific trails and/or maps, click here.


Saturday, April 27. Hawk Watch at Coot Hill, led by Malinda and Glen Chapman. 9:00 – 11:00 am.


Saturday, May 11. The 2019 Grand Hike, from Westport to Essex.
Join us for the 2019 Grand Hike, Saturday, May 11!
We’ll begin 10:00-10:30, parking in Essex and take the shuttle to Westport, then walking approximately 12 miles back to Essex, arriving between 3:00 and 6:00 for the fabulous Block Party at the Essex Inn.
This year, we’re working on an alternative to walking on Route 22 into Essex, so check back on final details on timing.
The first part of the Grand Hike will be on the Viall’s Crossing Trail which features two new trail routes, John Brown’s Trail and Harold’s Oak Grove Trail. There will be several oases along the way and opportunities to hop back on the shuttle if a shorter route is preferred.
The Block Party is from 3:00 to 7:00 and will feature live music. Dinner will be available at the Essex Inn, but we’ll need your reservation to let them know how much food to prepare—you’ll pay the Essex Inn for dinner, CATS just takes the reservation. 
If you register before May 6, the cost is $25 person with under 17 free. You can register for the Grand Hike here or call the office at (518) 962-2287.
More details are to come so check back here!
Saturday, May 25. Song Birds. Larry McMaster. Location and time TBD.