With summer in full swing (along with the golfers), it’s a glorious time to be outside. Oak Hills Park, the public golf course and tennis center located in Norwalk, CT, has a feature that is unique: A nature center. At a time when many golf courses around the United States have closed or been “repurposed” as prairies and meadows, Oak Hills did a good deed in 2016 by protecting this natural habitat alongside its golf course.
The Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee (OHPNAC) has openings for new members and is reaching out to Norwalkers interested in nature stewardship efforts. We hope you will contact us!
OHPNAC has assisted the Park in establishing 3 nature areas, located behind the clubhouse restaurant: A 1.5-mile woodlands trail; the “Fountain Garden” with pollinator plantings; and the “Great Lawn” with an oval walking path. All areas are open to the public year-round, with occasional events which we’ll resume once the pandemic crisis has abated and groups can gather once again. Plans going forward include the installation of an informational kiosk near the trail head, and establishment of meadow areas in the Great Lawn to enjoy as the walking path meanders in and out of wildflowers.
Overall maintenance of the course is in keeping with organic and pollinator-friendly practices. The Park's horticulturist and superb grounds crew have established and maintain beautiful garden areas with native plantings, full of color and thriving pollinators.