What does your dog see, smell and think about when you take it on a hike in the woods? What risks to the local environment might a conservation biologist see at the same time? How do we accommodate both and continue to enjoy environmentally responsible hiking together with our dogs?

To learn the answers join Connecticut Audubon Society’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation Milan Bull and his dog, Edge, on a hike set for Saturday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Caryl and Edna Haskins Preserve, Green Acre Lane off Compo Road South in Westport. Joining Milan and his dog will be noted dog trainer Jason Hoffman (203 Pet Service). At the request of hike leaders and to avoid chaos, please do not bring your dog to this educational event.

Haskins Preserve features meadows, trails, two small ponds, a stream, dams, and an assortment of rare trees. Mr. & Mrs. Haskins, both noted scientists, authors, and philanthropists, left their 22-acre estate in the middle of Westport to the Aspetuck Land Trust.

To reserve a spot (limit 20 hikers, without dogs), contact administration@aspetucklandtrust.org. Meet in the Preserve parking lot on Green Acre Lane.

Aspetuck Land Trust (ALT) is a local non-profit land conservation organization founded in 1966 to preserve open space in the towns of Westport, Weston, Fairfield and Easton. ALT preserves provide passive recreation and educational opportunities for people to learn about and enjoy nature, while preserving the flora and fauna and rural characteristics of local communities. ALT maintains 44 trailed nature preserves and other conservation-only properties on over 1,700 acres of land. ALT has over 1,000 local members who support us through annual membership contributions. For more information visit aspetucklandtrust.org.