Work Parties & Mtgs

Work Parties   

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March 24 Update:

Work parties are postponed until further notice. Please continue to enjoy the trails while maintaining safe social distancing practices. 

If you encounter any blowdowns, please report them to And feel free to do any minor trail-clearing on your own! 

Enjoy, and stay safe!


March 14, Saturday, 8:30 AM
Work Party on the Rec Path

The mild weather continues, the crocuses are blooming … and the weeds are planning to launch their attack in a few short weeks. This coming Saturday, March 14, we’ll head to the Rec Path and beat back some briers and branches near the Shelton Intermediate School. We’ll also upright the leaning fence post near Silent Waters, now that the ground isn't frozen solid.

If you can spare a couple hours, please come out and help! We’ll meet at 8:30 AM in the parking lot of the Shelton Intermediate School on Constitution Boulevard N.

Dress for the weather and wear sturdy work gloves. We have a selection of tools, or bring your own.

And yes! Work parties can count towards community service hours for students.

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

Postponed under further notice
-Mar. 28, Sat., 8:30 AM. Work party on the Paugussett Trail at Independence Drive
-Apr. 4, Sat., 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Major reroute of Tahmore Trail. We are hoping for some strong backs to help dig in the trail. Rain date April 11

-Apr. 25, Sat., 10:00 AM. Wildflower Hike, Birchbank Mountain
-Jun. 6, Sat., 10:30 AM. National Trails Day Hike, location TBD. (Rain date Sun., June 7, 1:00 PM)
-Oct. 2, Fri., 7:00 PM, Full Moon Hike, Nicholdale Farm
-Nov. 29, Sun., 1:00 PM, Turkey Trot Trek, Shelton Intermediate School  

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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