The Orange Conservation Commission has initiated a program to help young children get in touch with nature by making available “Trail Exploration Backpacks” for children to check out from their school or town libraries. The backpacks are free and can be checked out for up to two weeks from the libraries. The backpacks can be used by children to explore the many trails in Orange’s Open Spaces.
Each backpack contains both fun and informative items: Orange trail maps, CT information guides for wildlife, plants, trees and birds, several environmental-based reading books for children, hands-on bug catchers, butterfly nets, magnifying lens and more. Fall is a great time to check out a backpack and explore the beautiful Turkey Hill Preserve, Housatonic Overlook, Wepawaug Trails, Racebrook Tract, Wolfe Park, Paul Ode Trail and Ewen Preserve.
Funding for the backpacks was provided by The Orange Community Women’s Club, Orange Rotary Club and the Orange Lion’s Club. The Orange Conservation Commission currently maintains over 950 acres of open space in the Town of Orange and any help provided by the public is greatly appreciated.
If you’re interested in volunteering, please see the OCC website http://www.orange-ct.gov/govser/conservation.htm.