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By registering for the 2023 pass, you will be able to attend all of the activities listed below. Registration is required for each individual activity.


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Nature Connection and Hikes Pass
This pass will allow you to register for all of the programs below: Nature Walks Forest Bathing 101 Everyone Outside - Nature Connection
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2024 Pass 
N/A N/A MTu  01/01/2024 - 12/31/2024
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Various Locations
$15.00 Res, $20.00 Non-Res

Forest Bathing 101
Come out to Middletown’s beautiful parks and enjoy time reconnecting to nature and the planet. Each month we’ll do a mix of nature connection exercises, breathing techniques, and a sit spot meditation that will help you become more present in nature. Monthly locations will vary, see below, and be updated early enough to register! All ages are welcome! Though parents may enjoy dropping their young children (4+) at the Everyone Outside kids nature program that meets at the same time. Instructor: Erik Assadourian
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Forest Bathing 101 - March 
N/A N/A Su  03/24/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Guida Farm Conservation Area
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - April 
N/A N/A Su  04/28/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Smith Park
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - May 
N/A N/A Su  05/26/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middletown Natures Garden
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - June 
N/A N/A Su  06/23/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Philip Salafia Sr. Canoe and Kayak Launch
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - July 
N/A N/A Su  07/28/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Daniel Swarzkopt Conservation Loop
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - August 
N/A N/A Su  08/25/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middlesex Community College
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - September 
N/A N/A Su  09/22/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ron MC
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - October  
N/A N/A Su  10/27/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middletown Natures Garden
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - November 
N/A N/A Su  11/24/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Wadsworth Mansion
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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Forest Bathing 101 - December 
N/A N/A Su  12/15/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Wadsworth Falls (main hiking area)
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res

Everyone Outside
Join us for nature play and games with your child, or let us occupy your child while you attend Forest Bathing 101, which takes place nearby. We will walk to a nearby spot and play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species and see what else nature presents to us!
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March Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  03/24/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Guida Farm Conservation Area
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc
 
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April Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  04/28/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Smith Park
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc
 
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May Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  05/26/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middletown Natures Garden
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc
 
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September Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  09/22/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ron MC
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc
 
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October Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  10/27/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middletown Natures Garden
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc
 
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November Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  11/24/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Wadsworth Mansion
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc
 
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December Nature Connection Activities For Everyone  
N/A N/A Su  12/15/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Wadsworth Mansion (Main Hiking Area)
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
We don't just hike; we also play games, make tea from edible plants, build forts, explore, learn about invasive species, etc

Nature Hikes / Walks
Wear hiking shoes and bring a light snack and water. Children under age 16 must attend with an adult 18+. Cancelled if inclement weather. Leashed dogs generally OK; check for specifics. Each walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Some may be longer. Come walk with Beth Lapin, Erik Assadourian and Greg Klaus. Enjoy, exercise and learn while walking.
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March Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Su  03/03/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Long Hill
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
This is a mostly level loop walk through the park, with one steeper climb.
 
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April Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Sa  04/06/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hubbard Brook Preserve
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
A mostly level walk, we will explore this 75-acre park protected by an easement from CL+P to CT Forest and Park Association. The Preserve offers protected habitat for plants and wildlife, with scenic vistas of the Connecticut River.
 
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May Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Sa  05/04/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Guida Farm Conservation Area
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
On modulating trails, we will explore this 100-acre area protected by the city and Middlesex Land Trust. The Preserve offers wooded areas, open fields, and small ponds. This walk is part of screen-free week.
 
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June Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Sa  06/01/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Ron MC
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
The hike, with some ups and downs, will cover forest, rock overhangs, and meadow areas in the woods west of the lake and include a discussion of Native uses of the area.
 
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July Nature Walk 
16y and up N/A Su  07/07/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Middletown Natures Garden
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
This small preserve has flat looping trails on which we will reconnect with nature. A calm, peaceful walk, with benches for contemplation.
 
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August Nature Walk 
16y and up N/A Sa  08/03/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mattabesset River Trail
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
Using a two-mile section of the Multi-use Trail system, we will walk along the Mattabesset River. This is paved, level, and mostly shaded.
 
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September Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Sa  09/07/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Spiderweed Preserve
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
Bring your camera, a great area for birding and views. This is a moderate hike, with a few steep areas. We will investigate a little known 150-acre Middlesex land Trust preserve that was the former summer retreat of a New York actress.
 
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October Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Su  10/06/2024
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

TBD
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
 
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November Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Sa  11/02/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Wadsworth State Park
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
This is a mostly level 3-mile loop walk through the park, exploring both Little and Big Falls.
 
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December Nature Hike 
16y and up N/A Su  12/01/2024
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Highlawn Forest
$0.00 Res, $0.00 Non-Res
This 275-acre preserve, under easement to CFPA, includes plantations, forests, and swamps. Trail is primarily level and easy.

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