Work Parties & Mtgs

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November 9, Saturday, 9:00 AM

Birchbank Trail Cleanup

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a work party at Birchbank, and the trail impediments are growing. There are at least a couple blowdowns, some general overgrowth, and we keep thinking about better ways to cross the stream at “The Chimney.” We’ll address all of that at our next work party on Saturday, November 9.

If you’d like to help, please join us at 9:00 AM (note the later start time) at the Birchbank Mountain trailhead. The trailhead is located on Indian Well Road, about a mile past the entrance to Indian Well State Park, where the road crosses over the railroad tracks. To park, cross over the tracks and there’s a parking area on the left.

If you’ve never been to Birchbank, you’re in for a treat. It’s one of our prettiest trails, leading past a cascading stream and up to an overlook of the Housatonic River. 

Bring sturdy work gloves and water. We have work tools, or feel free to bring your own clippers and loppers. No special skills are required. Students may use work parties to fulfill their community service requirements.

Saturday promises to be chilly, so what better way to warm up and get some exercise! Hope to see you there!

Questions? Contact Val Gosset at or 203-803-5247. If the weather is questionable, check this page for updates.


Upcoming Events

Sat., November 23, 9:00 AM. Work party on the Turkey Trot Trail.

Sun., December 1, 1:00 PM. Turkey Trot Trail Hike.

Sat., December 14, 9:00 AM. Work party,  tentative location Riverview Park. 

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Trail Monitors Wanted!

Want to help outside of regular work parties? Become a Trail Monitor! "Adopt" a trail you walk regularly, remove any small obstructions, and report bigger issues to the Trails Committee. We can clear the trails much faster if we know exactly where the problems are. For details and information on which trails are in need of a Monitor, have a look at the Shelton Trails Monitor blog page.


Meetings: Open to the public,  held the first Wednesday of the month, bring cookies.
Work party schedule: Usually held the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.

What to bring: Depending on the season, be sure to bring ample water to drink, bug spray, and gloves (leather gloves are best if there are briars).  Permethrin-based spray on clothing will kill ticks.  Please bring your own tools if possible (depending on the job, this might include pruners, loppers, hand saw, rakes, grub axe, shovel, etc). In most cases, the Trails Committee will bring along a few extra tools, but if more people than expected turn up, there could be a shortage of tools.

After doing trail work: Rubbing alcohol is an effective solvent to remove possible poison ivy sap on skin. Do a thorough tick check every 24 hours.


  1. I don't know if you'll need the bug spray, but you may want something hot to drink for this one.

  2. Quick question that can we get at least 4hours there