Prizes offered for walking trails in Wilton

WILTON — To encourage social distancing and discourage foot traffic along the popular Norwalk River Valley Trail, town officials have created the Explore Wilton Walking Trails program, which is offering prizes.

A notice on the town’s website says the goal is to encourage residents to discover other ways to be in the fresh air in a healthy, socially responsible way.

“We are hopeful this program will introduce you to new walking trails and help others learn about the trails in a fun way with each entry eligible to win gift cards from Wilton restaurants and businesses,” the notice says.

Program details

Step 1. Visit and explore at least 10 of Wilton’s open space parks.

Step 2. Complete a Walking Log Form on the Conservation Commission page on the town’s website, This does not include the NRVT due to overcrowding on this trail.

Step 3. Create a short video (30 seconds max) telling about your experience. Share footage of you on the trails, show how you practice social distancing while hiking — be creative and have fun.

Step 4. Like and follow @wiltonconservationcommission on both Facebook and Instagram, and accept Follow-back and Friend requests.

Step 5. Post and share your video to Facebook or Instagram and tag @wiltonconservationcommission and add #wiltonconservationcommission to your comment.

By tagging @wiltonconservationcommission in your post, participants give the town permission to re-post to these social media accounts and the town website.

The deadline is May 8. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter on Facebook, Instagram and the town’s website.

Before venturing out onto a walking trail, participants are reminded to:

 Check the trail map online or posted at trail site kiosks;

 Practice social distancing while hiking;

 Wear tick repellent.

Questions may be emailed to Zen Herter of the Environmental Affairs Department at

Wilton open space parks

 Ambler Farm

 Belknap Preserve

 Bradley Park

 Cherry Lane Park (Dogs on leash only)

 Grassi Property

 Gregg Preserve

 Harrison Smith Preserve

 Honey Hill Nature Preserve

 Horseshoe Park

   Marble/Van Haelwyn-RichardsPreserve

Norwalk River Parks and Fields

 Olmstead Hill Farm Fields

 Quarry Head State Park

 Sackett Preserve

 Schenck’s Island (Dogs on leash only)

 Spencer-Rice Preserve

 Stonebridge Wild Fowl Sanctuary

 Town Forest (Dogs on leash only)

 Vista Road Property

 Weir Preserve

 Wild Duck Reserve

 Woodcock Nature Center