Thanksgiving Weekend Waddle at the Nature Center

data blogNovember 20, 2023

Gather your whole family and make your way to the Nature Center on Saturday, November 25, for a refreshing Trail Trek to burn off that holiday feast! Don't miss out on this fantastic annual event, which has been a beloved tradition for members and guests alike.

There are two Trail Treks planned, one starting at 10 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. No prior registration is necessary, so feel free to drop by. Participants are asked to gather at the Sugar Shack at either 10 a.m. or 11 a.m., and please ensure that children are accompanied by an adult.

While exploring the trails, you'll have the opportunity to search for some of nature's most cherished wonders, including apple trees, maple trees, and honey bees, among others. You'll also discover why late autumn is a bustling time for various wildlife, such as deer, squirrels, and birds!

As an added Thanksgiving treat, following the hike, you'll be treated to a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of the Animal Care facilities and the Birds of Prey Exhibit!

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Tips for Thanksgiving in CT

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Connecticut offers a plethora of delightful ways to make the most of this festive occasion. First and foremost, consider indulging in a stress-free holiday feast by letting the talented chefs at local restaurants take the reins. Some even offer convenient take-out options, like Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ. Be sure to reserve your spot in advance to secure a memorable dining experience.

For those eager to create a homemade Thanksgiving masterpiece, bring the farm to your table by sourcing fresh, locally-grown ingredients. From handpicked produce to locally-raised turkeys and homemade pies, Connecticut’s farmers’ markets and farms provide everything you need for a mouthwatering meal. You can even turn the shopping excursion into a charming family adventure by visiting markets like the West Hartford Farmers’ Market or the Guildford Farmer’s Market.

Beyond the dining table, Connecticut offers a wealth of outdoor family fun opportunities to work off those Thanksgiving calories. Explore scenic hiking and biking trails suitable for every county, or take a leisurely stroll through outdoor art destinations like the New London Mural Walk or the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk. If you’re feeling particularly active, consider participating in one of Connecticut’s turkey trots like the Newtown Turkey Trot.