Have you ever wondered what kind of mushroom is growing up the tree, which animals made the scratches on a log, how to identify an animal’s track in mud or snow?  You’ll discover all this and more with MASTER WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST GINNY APPLE! 

Join the BLT for this Exciting Hike

Sunday, January 31st at 1:00 PM


Ginny Apple has a wealth of knowledge about nature and is excited to share it with you on this hike between Sessions Woods and Barnes Nature Center.  


Through the years she has hiked, climbed, kayaked, skied and poked her way through the outdoors and developed a passion for all things natural. 


Her focused expertise is on Bears, Bobcats, Bald Eagles, Beavers and Coyotes, although she volunteers on numerous wildlife projects, including helping with necropsies on road kill animals and gives talks on a variety of other animals and birds.

Hike Descriptions:

The hike is 4.2 miles in from Sessions Woods to the Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center and back.  Hikers can arrange carpools to do a 2.1 mile hike (see directions below).  This hike has two moderately steep hills on the way back to Sessions and descents on the way to BNC with marshy areas along the brook.  The marshy areas can be very muddy depending upon the weather conditions and hikers will have to go from rock to rock to cross. 

Preregistration Required


12:45 Meet at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area by the flagpole.  Address:  341 Milford St. (Route 69), Burlington, CT    

GPS Coordinates:  41.732622, -72.955930

12:45-2:30 Hike the Blue Trail with the Black Dot to Harry C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center with Master Wildlife Conservationist Ginny Apple.  Learn about the local flora and fauna.

2:30-3:00 Walk around the HC Barnes Nature Center outdoor exhibits.  The BNC will not be open and there are no facilities available there.

3:00 End your hike here and carpool back to Sessions Woods.


3:00-4:30 Hike back to Sessions Woods with guides.

Carpool arrangements:

For a 2.1 mile hike, bring two cars to the HC Barnes Nature Center at 175 Shrub Rd, Bristol, CT.  Leave one car here and all participants (your friends and family…keep in mind the COVID protocols) pile into the other car and drive to Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area to start the hike.  Arrange your time so that you arrive at Sessions Woods before 1:00. After the hike, carpoolers get into their car at the Harry C. Barnes Nature Center and drive to Sessions Woods to retrieve their car.

What you need for this hike:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes you can wear through marshy, muddy areas

  • Water and snacks

  • Hiking poles (optional, but good for crossing rocks)

  • Face masks required. We will maintain social distancing.

No dogs allowed.

Rain cancels.

Only 15 participants will be allowed to hike due to Covid 19 virus precautions.