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Connecticut Trails Day Events and MORE at Goodwin Conservation Center

This is the best time of year to visit Goodwin Conservation Center! There are many exciting events being offered for all ages and interests. The James L Goodwin Conservation Center and State Forest is a hidden gem in Hampton, part of Connecticut’s Quiet Corner. Our mission is to offer forestry, wildlife and general conservation education for to the people of Connecticut. Come for an educational program, walk our native plant gardens, have a picnic by the pond, or traverse our 19+ miles of trails. There are a number of programs and events happening at Goodwin on Trails Day Weekend, hope to see you then!


Black Spruce Pond Hike

A Connecticut Trails Day Event

Saturday, June 1


Enjoy a hike around Black Spruce Pond and see the sights and sounds that the nesting season has to offer. Bring a pair of binoculars or borrow ours. Distance 2.5 miles. Rain cancels.


Quiet Corner NEMBA “Epic” Fun Ride

Saturday June 1, 2018

9:00 am-12:00 pm  

The Quiet Corner Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association is holding their annual Goodwin/Natchaug Epic Fun Ride on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018. This off-road event starts at 9AM and offers 3 loops with a range of terrain and miles to make everyone happy. Routes are marked with arrows for self-guided tours. All are welcome to this event and following pot-luck cookout at 12:30PM. Proceeds from this ride will fund the purchase, build and installation of a new bridge within Goodwin State Forest. Attendees can post what they are bringing for the pot-luck on our Facebook page/event. For more information, visit the NEMBA Quiet Corner Chapter website.


Nature Walk on the Discovery Trail

A Connecticut Trails Day Event

Saturday, June 1

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Join Goodwin Naturalist, Lena Ives, on a slow ramble through our trails where stops sparked by curiosity are welcome! Kids of all ages and families are encouraged to attend. Distance: 1 mile. Rain cancels.


Hike with Kat

A Connecticut Trails Day Event

Saturday, June 1


Join Goodwin volunteer, Kat Gayson, as you explore Goodwin's trails on the west side, including parts of the blue-blazed Natchaug Trail. These trails are less traveled but are some of the best in the forest. Most are wide and easy walking with little elevation gain. Distance: 6 miles. rain or shine.


Night Hike, Campfire, and S’mores at Goodwin

A Connecticut Trails Day Event

Saturday, June 1


Enjoy a delightful evening hike under a blanket of stars with a seasoned Goodwin hike leader. We'll look and listen for wildlife as we traverse the trails at night. The moon will not be full, but it will be bright. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. After the hike, please join us for a campfire and a s'mores treat! Distance: 1.5 miles. Rain cancels.


Friends of Goodwin Forest 6th Annual Trail Run

Sunday, June 2


Come for the run, stay for the fun! A challenging and fun 30k course and 10k course have been established to explore Goodwin State Forest, Pine Acres Pond and the Natchaug State Forest.  The event includes commemorative awards for each finisher and homemade treats for division winners. All ages are welcome, runners and their families are welcome to stick around for awards and a cookout at the pavilion. Proceeds from the run support educational programs and events at Goodwin Conservation Center. For more information and to register, visit www.friendsofgoodwinforest.org.


Goodwin Native Plant Sale

June 1 and 2, 9-2 

The Friends of Goodwin Forest open their annual Native Plant Sale on Trails Day weekend. We offer native, wildlife friendly and unique plants at an affordable cost. We will have Master Gardeners on hand between 9 am and 2 pm both days to answer questions and help you find the right plants for your space. As you shop, take a self-guided tour of the Richard D Haley wildlife gardens to see these pollinator-friendly plants in action. For a list of plants, visit www.friendsofgoodwinforest.org.