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Most of Avalonia’s properties are open to the public with hundreds of miles of trails winding through 4,000 beautiful acres. These trails need to be maintained, marked and monitored, so if you like to hike and are willing to learn about our trail procedures click HERE.

Our team leader, Kimberly Bradley will be holding a basic field instruction for trail volunteers on September 29 at 10:00 AM at the Pine Swamp Preserve in Gales Ferry section of Ledyard, so come and join us to learn more. To keep our volunteers informed and safe, we ask that new trail stewards attend at least one class before taking on the trail steward job.

A chain saw workshop will be on Saturday, September 1, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Avalonia’s Hoffman Preserve (Stonington) with expert instructions on the safe operation of chain saws. Class size is limited and this class will sell out quickly. There is a $50 fee. Send an email to with your name and contact information to register for this training.

Our second class will be a trail-building workshop on Saturday, October 12, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. This session will be held on our Tri-Town Preserve (North Stonington) and taught by Connecticut Forest & Park Association’s Clare Cain, one of the state’s leading trail planners. Send an email to with your name and contact information for the trail-building class.

Trail Team volunteers must be 18 or older and willing to travel to any property within our service area (roughly New London County).

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