Lunch on the Ledge
12:00 PM12:00

Lunch on the Ledge

The Lunch on the Ledge is back!

Take a beautiful hike to the Great Ledge where you'll enjoy breathtaking views and a nice spot for lunch. This 1-mile round-trip hike is great for kids and novices alike, but note there is some elevation and uneven ground. The payoff is spectacular, and we should be able to enjoy peak foliage. (Alas, no dogs allowed.)

Hikers may park along Dayton or Tudor Roads and enter the trailhead at 82 Dayton Road any time between 12 and 2 p.m. to pick up a brown bag lunch prepared by Pignone’s Redding Ridge Market. Redding Scout Troop 306 will give a short talk at 1 p.m. on scouting's Outdoor Ethics rules, which help protect the trails we hike.

Tickets must be purchased by October 17 so we can place the lunch orders. $15 for lunch, drink and a backpack to carry it all. The rain date is Saturday, October 26, 12 to 2 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, by October 17th, and are available by clicking here.

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Annual Butterfly Walk
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Butterfly Walk

Kids and kids-at-heart alike will love the Redding Land Trust’s butterfly walk, featuring noted local butterfly expert Victor DeMasi and his team of experienced spotters. After a brief talk, we’ll meander around the meadow while spotting your favorite winged creatures with the professionals! Redding Land Trust mows this meadow annually to attract beautiful butterflies, dragonflies, and birds, and you never know which special species you may see. A walk along the shady Little River trail follows. 

Reservations must be made through the Mark Twain Library by clicking here.

Please park and meet at 105 and 107 Cross Highway, Redding, CT.

Co-Sponsored by the Redding Land Trust and the Mark Twain Library 

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National Trails Day Hike
9:00 AM09:00

National Trails Day Hike

Join the Redding Land Trust and the Redding Conservation Commission to hike from Stormfield to the new Mary Ann Guitar Preserve!

We will meet at the Stormfield entrance/parking area on Fox Run Road at 9 a.m. From there we’ll hike up one side of Stormfield to the Mark Twain Lane trail area, and then over to the MAG Preserve. Once we reach the end we’ll carpool back to Fox Run Road.

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10:30 AM10:30

Mark Twain Library Frog Walk


Two weeks before the Frog Frolic, the library will host its 2nd Annual Family Frog Walk at Redding’s Topstone Park (rain or shine). Participants will look for and learn about Redding’s local plants and animals while strolling around the Topstone Pond beach area with three knowledgeable nature guides: John McLeran, Redding Open Space Manager, environmental educator and dragonfly expert; Susan Robinson, a naturalist with the Redding Conservation Commission and the Connecticut Botanical Society; and Bill Hill, owner of Warrups Farm and Redding Conservation Commission board member. Participants are also invited to join a guide from the Redding Land Trust for a fun walk around the pond after the program ends. 

To preserve the natural habitat, participants are asked not to collect or remove any specimens from the park. Please note that no bathrooms will be available during the program.

Co-sponsored by: Redding Department of Parks and Recreation 
Co-collaborators: The Redding Conservation Commission, The Redding Land Trust, and the Connecticut Botanical Society

Register for the event on the Mark Twain Library website:

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Redding Land Trust Annual Meeting
3:00 PM15:00

Redding Land Trust Annual Meeting


Join the Redding Land Trust for an update on our work in 2018 and to take a journey through some of our hidden treasures preserved thanks to the support of our community. Members will be asked to vote on updates to our bylaws.

A wine and cheese reception follows the meeting. Everyone is welcome!

Location: Redding Community Center

Questions? Email

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Redding Pollinator Pathway Talk by Dr. Mitch Wagener
7:30 PM19:30

Redding Pollinator Pathway Talk by Dr. Mitch Wagener

Redding Pollinator Pathway is hosting a talk by DR. MITCH WAGENER - Dr. Wagener teaches climate ecology, entomology, and related courses at Western Connecticut State University. This is the first in a series of informational talks planned by the Redding Pollinator Pathway Sponsors: Highstead, New Pond Farm, Mark Twain Library, Redding Garden Club, Redding Land Trust, and Redding Conservation Commission. Refreshments will be served. Register here:

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3:00 PM15:00

Presidents Day Hike

In keeping with the Holiday Hike theme, the next hike will take place on Presidents’ Day at 1 pm. We will meet at the John Read Middle School parking lot and aim for a 2.5-3 mile hike. 

If there’s snow on the ground, please bring snow shoes, wear yak tracks or other footwear that will protect your feet and keep you from slipping. Poles are also recommended. Due to the growing number of hikers on our hiking series, we ask that dogs be kept on a short leash for the duration of these hikes. Active snow or rain or bitter temperatures cancel.

Subscribe to the Redding Land Trust newsletter for details on upcoming events. 

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11:00 AM11:00

First Annual Turkey Waddle


Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories with a stroll along Jean’s Trail (off Racoon Way in the Stormfield preserve). Meet at 11:00 AM. Parking is at 313 Redding Road – turn down the gravel driveway directly across from Lee Lane and follow to end. Please note that this is a private residence and public parking for hikes in this area is typically on Fox Run Road.

It’s an easy to moderate family-friendly hike through woods and around a dammed pond. Snow or rain cancels – bundle up for the chilly temps. Hiking boots recommended.

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4:00 PM16:00

Party by the Pond: Celebrating Redding's Enduring Beauty

Redding Land Trust Third Annual Summer Event

Join us for an evening of beautiful views and delectable food and libations. On Saturday, August 25th, 4-7 p.m., the Redding Land Trust is hosting Party by the Pond, with tasty bites by Taproot Restaurant, local brews and wines, a special signature cocktail, and live music.

Enjoy a stroll around the land trust's hidden treasure, the Poliak Pond & Trails, located on Simpaug Turnpike in Redding. Mingle with friends, neighbors, and fans of the Redding Land Trust while supporting Redding's open lands.

Event Details:

  • All tickets should be purchased in advance – no need to print a ticket, we will check you in at the site.

  • All parking is at 288 Simpaug Turnpike at the Hoyt Scout Camp. Look for the Red White and Blue mailbox.

  • Shuttles to the party will start at 3:45. Return shuttles will be available throught the evening.

  • The event is on one of the Redding Land Trust’s beautiful, natural properties, so please wear appropriate footwear for uneven terrain – flat shoes with closed toes are encouraged.

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9:45 AM09:45

2018 Butterfly Walk


Join us for our annual butterfly walk and count at the Crossfield Meadow, located in the bucolic Cross Highway valley! Local butterfly expert Victor DeMasi and his team of experienced spotters will wander around the meadow, educating kids and kids-at-heart about the beautiful species the meadow attracts.

Please contact us at with any questions.

We hope to see you there!

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4:00 PM16:00

Fancy a Beer? Join Us for the Launch of Redding Beer Company's Spruced Up Ale!

Redding Land Trust and Redding Beer Co. have teamed up to create a locally brewed ale infused with spruce tips. On a sunny Saturday last month RLT and RBC gathered with Bill Hill at Warrup's Farm to harvest the spruce, and Dave and Jim created this delicious, refreshing brew. 

And best of all, RBC has pledged to share a portion of the proceeds with the Redding Land Trust. Join us this Saturday at Redding Beer Co., 7 Main Street, Georgetown, from 4-6 to celebrate this local partnership — and enjoy the perfect springtime beer!

About Spruced Up Ale:

SPRUCED UP ALE – This Spruce Ale is a citrus, fruity, toasty beer with a unique spruce tip “sparkle”.  Made with over five pounds of late spring harvested spruce tips that add a light outdoor aroma, a sand colored creamy head with a full bodied crusty malt flavor, and a bright bitter finish.

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