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Guided Walk of A.W. Stanley Park Nature Trail

Have you taken a walk through A.W. Stanley Park recently?

May 18 may be the perfect time for residents to do so. Sylvia Halkin, PhD Animal Behavior and Orinthology and Peter Picone, Wildlife Biologist at State of Connecticut Department of Environmental and Energy Department (DEEP) will be leading a guided walk of the nature trails from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

“This precipitated from the building of Costco,” said Don Crockett, member of the Friends of A. W. Stanley Park. “We successfully fought the use of this land. The idea came that we need to introduce people to the importance of the natural habitat in that part of the park.”

The nature trail had been created in 2000, but more efforts to showcase it, has been in the works.

“We updated the guide so it is accessible through smart phones,” said Crockett.

Picone has been revising the guide for about one and one-half years. There are about 35 stops. Some stops are about the trees and the history.

The walk is about 1 hour long if you read through the descriptions.

“We wanted to get it done last year, but this year we got it done for this walk,” said Crockett. “There will be birds around and hopefully we can see those too.”

There is also one geology stop as well that shows volcanic lava flows from way back when.

“The nice thing is you can print out the trail guide or just do a self guided walk on the smart phone,” said Crockett. “That is what is special about the habitat and trail back there. It’s a peaceful environment in New Britain that is very accessible.”

Even people in wheelchairs can access it as it is on a paved road.

“It’s a different type of experience than at Walnut Hill Park,” Crockett added. “It’s more wildernesses. You may see animals and wildflowers.”

It is hard to predict how many people will show up on May 18, but Crockett said several older people said they will try to attend. The group has spring bird walks annually and they are hoping to have another guided tour in the fall.

Bring binoculars and wear weather appropriate comfortable clothing.

For more information visit the group website at

Also look for their Facebook page.