Posted on June 4, 2019 by Greg MacKinnon
Woodbury – State Representative David T. Wilson (R-Litchfield) assembled a group of recreational and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the 66th Assembly District, which is comprised of the towns of Woodbury, Bethlehem, Watertown, Middlebury, Morris, and Litchfield, last weekend in recognition of Connecticut’s Trails Day. This advocacy day is an annual tradition meant to promote the use of state and local parks.
State Rep. Wilson said, “I want to thank the Flanders Nature Center for having us out to their Van Vleck Farm and Nature Sanctuary in Woodbury. This particular property is also home to a functioning farm with a large variety of livestock. We had a great hike, led by naturalist Dr. Ed Boisits, around the property to take in all the sights and sounds.”
Rep. Wilson went on to outline how Flanders Nature Center has worked to become a quality community partner. While he visited the Woodbury property, it was expressed that the nature center would like to take on a greater role in education and regional preservation of greenspace. In order to do so, the board is looking to area businesses or other local land trusts to collaborate with.
“Ensuring we protect our greenspace is an incredibly important task. Leveraging partnerships with local job creators and other conservation agencies will be beneficial for all. In total, there is a staggering 2,300 acres across various trusts owned and maintained by Flanders Nature Center, which can be used by members of our communities. The nature center places a strong emphasis on educating youth and providing quality options for year-round recreational use. I encourage you to take an afternoon and visit one of the trusts managed by Flanders Nature Center,” explained Rep. Wilson.
To learn more about the spring and summer educational programs, as well as upcoming events you can participate in, check out their website at www.flandersnaturecenter.org.