Monday, October 23, 2017

Prospect Land Trust 24th Annual Fall Hike

What a wonderful day 
for a walk in the woods!
October 15,2017

Eric Nelson lead the way as he pointed out the many different species of trees, rocks, ferns. The group used its senses of sight, smell, and touch when learning how to tell the different between local trees such as the Sweet Birch (Black Birch) when crushed has the aroma of wintergreen, Witch-hazel and its use as an astringent, Sassafras with its sweet root beer aroma just to name a few. The list could go on and on. Kathan Woods has a good range of different species for plants/trees to explore.  

We also were fortunate to see animal scat that is believed to be from a red fox that was seen at the trail head that morning as well as smelling its wonderful musky, almost skunk like scent along the way before heading up to the Bluff Head. Eric described how the red fox uses its scat as well as its scent as a way of conveying its status and marking its territory. He also had the group tune in their hearing to the many different bird calls we heard through out the day.

Thank you to Eric and let’s not forget Barney and the historical tid-bits he provided of the Kathan Woods property for making the 24th Annual Hike one that I am sure will be remembered by all as a time of being in good company, making new friends, and enjoying a day in the woods with the added benefit of learning something new along the way!  

Eric Nelson is a naturalist from Cheshire who holds many programs on rocks, trees, plants, etc. He his workshops are featured through at the Cheshire Historical Society.

Saturday, October 7, 2017




This years Annual Fall hike will be a leisurely Nature Walk on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Kathan Woods, beginning at 2 p.m. at Boardman Drive cul-de-sac.

Hike leaders Barney Kathan and Eric Nelson (outstanding naturalist from Cheshire) Eric has led many programs on rocks, trees, plants; make sure to bring your camera and notebook!
The walk covers a scenic and historic part of Prospect with different habitats, second-growth hardwood forest, trap rock ridge, hundred-year flood plain, and includes a wood road used by a Waterbury brass company, a part of the old Quinnipiac Blue Trail with Bluff Head promontory, and an abandoned town road. 

Please no dogs; rain cancels; no registration.
In the event of inclement weather, a cancellation notice the day of the event will be posted on PLT’s web page: 
and PLT’s facebook page: .

Meet at the end of Boardman Drive cul-de-sac off Plank Road (which turns off Route 68, nearly 1 mile west of the Route 68 and Route 70 junction).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


TAKE A HIKE- LEAVE ONLY FOOTPRINTS!...please remember that Prospect Land Trust does not allow for any bikes, dirt bikes, ATV's or any other kind of off road vehicles on their properties. THANK YOU!


For as little as a $2 donation (or more) you can show your support with this vinyl window cling (non-adhesive, static cling). SEND DONATIONS along with your name, number of clings wanted ($2 each) and mailing address to the Prospect Land Trust, P.O. Box 7375, Prospect, CT 06712 and we will get them out to you right away! THANK YOU!

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Due to the oppressively hot weather (95 degrees) today the Prospect Land Trust workday scheduled for 5pm has been canceled at College Farms. New trail signs and re-blazing of the trail orange will be taking place this morning at 10am if you would like to join me.  A new date will be determined at a later time for spreading of woodchips and general trail maintenance.
Thank you in advance for all your help!  -  Lisa PLT member