“Spring Renewal” Trail Walk

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Guided Tours @ 11:00am & 12:00pm
165 Fillow Street, Norwalk, CT
Free & Open to All Ages

Meet at the “Nature Trail” sign in parking lot area east of the clubhouse/restaurant at end of entrance road.

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The “Spring Renewal” Trail Walk at Oak Hills Park on Saturday, March 21, offers a wonderful opportunity to shake off the winter blues and get a fresh start on the Spring season. At 11:00am and again at 12:00 noon, there will be guided tours of three “nature therapy” practices.
Each tour will begin with a Land Cleansing Ceremony, a nonsectarian way of blessing the earth, humanity, plants and animals. Next we’ll experience Earthing by putting our feet (or hands) in direct contact with the forest floor. The third “nature therapy” practice, Forest Bathing, consists of solitary contemplation in a woodland location of your choice. Norwalk’s poet laureate, Bill Hayden, will share nature poetry throughout the event. All ages are invited to enjoy these gentle practices in the beauty of nature in the Great Lawn and on the woodland trails of Oak Hills Park.
The Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee, a group of committed volunteers, is hosting this event and welcomes all to enjoy the beautiful nature area of the Park. We are proud of the Pollinator Pathway garden planted in the park’s Fountain Garden last summer, and look forward to this year’s sheltering plants for the insects, birds, bees, and other wildlife needing our protection to thrive.
More details: For the Land Cleansing Ceremony, we’ll stand in a circle in the Great Lawn while a nonsectarian blessing is said for the earth, humanity, plants, and animals, and say any intentions we wish to share. Each of us is invited to spray a mist of flower essences that will bring harmony and balance, clearing away toxins and negativity from the land. Norwalk poet laureate Bill Hayden will read his own Nature Poetry, and bring copies of short poems for trail walkers to contemplate during their Forest Bathing. After the Land Cleansing, we’ll walk a short way along the trail to practice Earthing, when you’ll be invited to shed your shoes and socks, literally be in touch with the earth with your bare feet! It’s also fine to put your hands onto the earth. Earthing is a practice that brings us into alignment with the earth’s vibration, and is considered to have health benefits. Then, we’ll walk a little further along the trail to enjoy Forest Bathing, where each of us, alone or in small groups, can find a quiet place to sit and contemplate the quiet of nature, to simply be bathed in the energy of the trees and the earth itself.
Join us at the “Spring Renewal” Trail Walk on March 21 for a renewed sense of the natural within us on Saturday, March 21, at Oak Hills Park! Rain date is Sunday, March 22, with tours at 3:00 & 2:00 pm.


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Local Flaura and Fauna

  • Birds

    • Red-winged Blackbird
    • Northern Cardinal
    • Gray Catbird
    • Black-capped Chickadee
    • Brown Creeper
    • American Crow
    • Fish Crow
    • Northern Flicker
    • Great Crested Flycatcher
    • Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
    • American Goldfinch
    • Canada Goose
    • Common Grackle
    • Red-tailed Hawk
    • Blue Jay
    • White-breasted Nuthatch
    • Baltimore Oriole
    • Ovenbird
    • Barred Owl
    • Great Horned Owl
    • Northern Parula
    • Eastern Phoebe
    • American Robin
    • White-throated Sparrow
    • Scarlet Tanager
    • Hermit Thrush
    • Wood Thrush
    • Tufted Titmouse
    • Turkey Vulture
    • Black-and-white Warbler
    • Black-throated green Warbler
    • Yellow Warbler
    • Yellow-rumped Warbler
    • Cedar Waxwing
    • Eastern Wood-Peewee
    • Downy Woodpecker
    • Hairy Woodpecker
    • Pileated Woodpecker
    • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Mammals

    • Eastern Chipmunk
    • Coyote
    • White-tailed Deer
    • Red Fox
    • Opossum
    • Raccoon
    • Striped Skunk
    • Eastern Gray Squirrel
    • Woodchuck/Groundhog
  • Reptiles

    • Box Turtle
    • Common Garter snake
  • Nature Trail Trees

    • White Ash
    • American Beech
    • Black Birch
    • Black Cherry
    • Pignut Hickory
    • Shagbark Hickory
    • Ironwood (American Hornbeam)
    • Black Locust
    • Red Maple
    • Sugar Maple
    • Black Oak
    • Northern Red Oak
    • White Oak
    • Pin Oak
    • American Sycamore
    • Tulip Tree
  • Nature Trail Plants

    • Blueberry bush
    • Ferns (Christmas, others)
    • Yellow Trout Lily
  • Great Lawn Trees and Shrubs

    • River Birch
    • Flowering Dogwood
    • Black Gum
    • Common Hackberry
    • Thornless Cockspur Hawthorn
    • American Linden
    • Eastern Redbud
    • Arrowwood Viburnum
  • Fountain Garden Shrubs and Plants

    • Golden Alexanders
    • Shadblow Serviceberry
    • Summersweet (Clethra)
  • Butterflies

    • Mourning Cloak
    • Painted Lady
    • Black Swallowtail
    • Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
    • Cabbage White

Celebrate National Trails Day at Oak Hills Park!


Join us for a guided walk on the Oak Hills Park Nature Trail
Saturday, June 1, 2019
3:00-5:00 PM

Event Activities
Learn about the Pollinator Pathway
How to create a habitat in your own yard
Nature Poetry Readings
Norwalk Poet Laureate Bill Hayden & Others
Create Your Own Nature-Inspired Artwork
Supplies provided
Guided Trail Walks
Bring your binoculars
Nature Yoga
Simple movements for all fitness levels

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Bird Watching Trail Walk

Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 8:00am

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Join us

for a quiet nature walk with local bird guide Chris Bosak. Learn to spot resident and migrating birds in the woodlands in our community.

This free guided bird walk, sponsored by the Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee, begins at 8 a.m. Meet at the trail head near the parking area outside of the clubhouse/restaurant. 

In case of rain/bad weather, the walk will be held the following Saturday, May 11.

Bring your field glasses or binoculars.


Chris Bosak has written his For the Birds column for various New England newspapers for nearly 20 years, and his nature photographs and writings have appeared in publications throughout the region. Visit www.birdsofnewengland.com.

Wear hiking shoes or boots with good traction as the trail is winding and steep in places. Be ready to see our community’s natural beauty!