Darien To Host Adventure Day! 2022 Event – Patch

Darien To Host Adventure Day! 2022 Event – Patch

DARIEN, CT — The Darien Land Trust and the Friends of Selleck’s Woods, in partnership with Darien Parks and Recreation, are delighted to again host “Adventure Day! at Dunlap & Selleck’s Woods” on May 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine.
According to a news release provided by Parks and Recreation, the event calls all nature lovers, big and small, to set off on their next adventure.
Registration is required and will be available through the Parks and Recreation website starting May 2.
Adventure Day offers a myriad ways for families to discover, or re-discover, the beauty of this unique 50-acre preserve. The guided trails are well-marked, easy to navigate, and highlight key ecosystems, flora, and fauna along the way.
Children can test their forest skills in the ever-popular Adventureland with a rope bridge, stump walk, and a zipline under the canopy of trees. The littlest of explorers can delight their imaginations at the Gnome & Fairy Village.
Naturalists and representatives from the Darien Nature Center and Darien Land Trust will sponsor multiple, hands-on activity stations throughout the woods to engage children in various aspects of the environment and the importance of conservation.
There will also be arts and crafts projects, a free raffle, music, and an ice cream truck on hand. This event is geared towards families with children aged 2-10 years old, but all are welcome.
“We are truly blessed to have this property in our community,” Den Frelinghuysen, a Friends of Selleck’s Wood and Darien Land Trust member, said in a news release. “The story of how it came to be is incredible and one that is not widely known. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, this property was a veritable dumping ground, a place where people rode dirt bikes and brought trash. But along came a man, a man with a plan.”
According to Parks and Recreation, Frelinghuysen is referring to Chris Filmer, a long-time Darien resident and Land Trust Trustee who combined the Land Trust prowess with a nascent Friends of Selleck’s Woods movement so that the beautiful Dunlap Lake area of 22 acres joined the green hues of Selleck’s Woods to make a 50-acre nature preserve.
It was this combined effort of conservationists who, with generous supporters and a clear vision of the task ahead, expelled the troublemakers, removed invasive plants, cleared, planted, built five bridges, fixed trails, rebuilt rock walls, and commissioned studies that identified 114 trees, shrubs, ferns, and animals in the seven ecosystems that comprise this jewel, according to Parks and Recreation.
“This history is a great example of how land use evolves over time, reflecting the needs and values of society throughout,” Frelinghuysen said. “Today we have an expansive and accessible nature preserve that exemplifies what can be accomplished when public and private interests come together for the common good.”
Adventure Day is a tribute to this longstanding collaboration and a celebration for all to share in peace and joy, according to Parks and Recreation.
To register for Adventure Day, visit www.darienct.gov/sellecks. The fee for the event is $35 per family (up to six people max).
Proceeds from the event will support the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of Dunlap & Selleck’s Woods.


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