Batman is spotted at the nature preserve in Wilton

Batman was spotted at Wilton Land Conservation Trust's, WCLT, 183 Ridgefield Road Nature Preserve in Wilton.

The members of the Wilton Land Conservation Trust also recently introduced children to the attributes, and the characteristics of nature, with dance, stories, and a Halloween nature parade.

On Sunday, October 24, 2021, in partnership with the tutoring business the Tutor Chest, the Wilton Land Conservation Trust celebrated family, nature, and Halloween at the Wilton Land Conservation Trust’s recently acquired 183 Ridgefield Road Nature Preserve property.

The event was the final stop for the Books and a Blanket, three-part educational series touring of three Wilton Land Conservation Trust nature preserves. Families gathered at the property that is known as “183” to explore nature, listen to spooky stories, dance, and trick or treat across the meadow that is on, and is the property.

“Connecting kids with nature is the best part of my job,” Wilton Land Conservation Trust Executive Director David McCarthy told Hearst Connecticut Media.

The event started with short stories about pumpkins, nature, and the holiday Halloween, which is Oct. 31.

In-between stories, children, who were in attendance at the event, made arts, and crafts, and burned energy with activities like freeze dance. Families made jack-o'-lanterns on paper plates, and decorated trick-or-treat bags for the Halloween nature parade.

Skeletons, astronauts, witches, and the character Batman himself paraded around the meadow, collecting candy from volunteers at stop points that were along the way on the property.

“It was magical to see so many kids dressed up, smiling, and enjoying nature,” McCarthy said.

“Conservation makes educational opportunities within natural landscapes possible, and we're delighted to be educating young minds at “183,” McCarthy said.

Education is a primary focus at the Wilton Land Conservation Trust’s 183 Ridgefield Road Nature Preserve.

‘“The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is committed to building a stronger community around nature by offering more educational opportunities, like Books and a Blanket, to our friends, members, and the Wilton community. The WLCT has more events in the works and looks forward to educating more families about nature at “183,”’ the not-for-profit organization said in a statement.

The benefits of conservation go beyond the environment. Preserving land for open space creates opportunities for recreation, education, and increased mental and physical health,” the not-for-profit organization also said in a statement.

“Spending time outdoors, in nature, can work as a balm for our busy brains. Being in nature has been linked to various benefits that include lower stress, improved attention, a better mood, reduced risk of psychiatric disorders, and even upticks in empathy. The WLCT encourages the community to visit its preserves, hike its trails, and connect with it online at www.wiltonlandtrust.org,” the organization also said in a statement.

The Wilton Land Conservation Trust is a not-for-profit organization protects Wilton's unique natural, scenic, and historical landscapes through conservation, community, and stewardship. The WLCT is a community-focused land trust dedicated to preserving land for open space, protecting biodiversity, and promoting environmental awareness and education.

The nonprofit's efforts are made possible by the leadership of its all-volunteer Board of Trustees, its interns and volunteers' dedication, and the generous support of its friends and members. 100% of the WLCT's operational funding comes from its members. The WLCT is very fortunate to have passionate volunteers and members committed to its Mission.