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Hit the trails with Family Take a Hike Week

By Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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Stamford Museum & Nature Center will again hold its Family Take a Hike Week during Spring Break, April 21-23. Families are invited to get outside and enjoy nature!
There is no better cure for Spring Fever than Family Take a Hike Week at Stamford Museum & Nature Center!

The whole family can enjoy three days of fun, hands-on activities during Family Take a Hike Week, Tuesday, April 21, Wednesday, April 22, and Thursday, April 23, with guided nature hikes, tree plantings, and a scavenger hunt. Back with some new twists this year is a scavenger hunt with an Earth Day theme, set for Wednesday, April 22. Come test your riddle solving skills while exploring the unique attractions the Museum has to offer!

Back again is "Wildman" Steve Brill of Mamaroneck, N.Y., to lead a popular hike in search of wild edibles. The Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s 118-acre site has a vast network of trails, including the Wheels in the Woods universally-accessible trail, and 80 acres of forest.

Family Take a Hike Week is open to all ages and is free with gate admission: Members, Free; Non-Members: Adults $8, Seniors & Students $6, Children $4, Children 3 & under, Free. Visitors are invited to stay and enjoy the rest of the SM&NC site including Heckscher Farm, a working traditional New England farm with more than 50 animals including cows, goats, llamas, sheep, pigs, as well as Animal Embassy, home to live exotic animals. Stop in the Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries to see the exhibition Rodin: In His Own Words, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

Family Take a Hike Schedule

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
For the Birds- Hike begin at 7:30am
This early morning bird walk will help beginner birders learn how to identify many of the common birds found here at SM&NC and in their own backyards! We’ll visit the Museum’s birdfeeder station on the Wheels in the Woods Trail. In addition, participants will learn how to attract birds to their yards using feeders, gardens, and natural plants.

Wild Edibles- Hikes begin at 10 am, 11am & 1pm
We welcome back world-famous naturalist "Wildman" Steve Brill. Join “Wildman” on hike to identify often overlooked edible and medicinal wild plants that grow throughout our region. Under expert supervision, they're easy to learn, recognize, gather ecologically, and use for food and home remedies. Enjoy generous helpings of science and conservation, a pinch of folklore and mythology, a dash of history, and an all-natural extract of cooking information; all tossed together with his jokes, humor and anecdotes.

Homes and Habitats – Hikes begin at 2 pm & 3 pm.
Museum staff will lead a guided nature hike for beginners along our woodland trails. Join us has we search for homes and habitats of many of the animals that call our forest home including our streams, woodland meadow, vernal ponds and hardwood forest.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tracks and Traces – Hikes begin at 9:30 am & 11 am.
Ever wonder what might be making a home in the woods? Let’s hit the trail in search of some tracks and traces! Ever Join us as we look for signs of our animal residents by searching for their footprints and other clues that they leave.

Scavenger Hunt- 12:30pm to 3:00pm
It’ Earth Day! And there is no better way to celebrate it than on an adventure at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Join us for an Earth Day scavenger hunt. Have fun testing your riddle solving and orienteering skills while exploring the museum’s unique attractions! Pick-up your first clue at the front gate to begin the scavenger hunt that will take up throughout our trails. At each destination participants will take part in a hands-on activity before being given a clue to their next destination. Meet us on our hiking path to learn about indigenous birds and trees, meander through our young chestnut grove, and visit our vernal pond! A prize will be given to those who complete the entire scavenger hunt!

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Vernal Pond Ecology Hike- Hikes will begin at 9:30 am & 11am
Join naturalist Lindsey DeVito from Greenwich Audubon as she takes you to one of the Museum’s most unique habitats, our venal pond. In springtime, these “nurseries of the forest” come alive with frogs, salamanders and many other creatures. On this hike participants will learn what a vernal pond is and about the flora and fauna found in this special place.

Five Senses Hike- Hikes begin at 1:00pm & 2:30pm
Come join museum staff as they lead a guided nature hike for beginners along our woodland trails. Use your sense of smell, sight, hearing and touch to explore the natural world as we visit different habitats including streams, woodland meadow, vernal ponds, and the hardwood forest.

Getting there

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is located at 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT (3/4 mile North of Merritt Parkway Exit 35.) For more information call 203.322.1646 or visit

Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s Mission

Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity and interaction, seeking to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, and nurture an appreciation for lifelong learning through exhibitions, educational programs, and special events that enhance the visitor’s experience on its unique site.

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