Walking Schenck’s Island by moonlight

The natural world takes on a different appearance when the sun goes down, and that’s what’s in store for those who take part in a moonlight walk planned for Sunday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. at Schenck’s Island in Wilton Center.

Presented by the Wilton Conservation Commission and the Conservation Committee of the Wilton Garden Club, it will be led by Mike Conklin, acting environmental affairs director. The plan is to walk for about 30 minutes under the full moon, when sightings of nocturnal animals may be possible and familiar sights become less so.

The group will then return to the main entrance to warm up with a bonfire, s’mores and hot chocolate and hot cider, and visit with fellow walkers. In the event there is snow on the ground, walkers may bring snowshoes or cross-country skis, or wear boots. Children are welcome and dogs on leashes may also attend.

A similar moonlight walk is planned for Feb. 28, with details to be announced.

Despite its name, Schenck’s Island is not an island, except when considered as a 17-acre oasis in the middle of town. Most of the park is owned by the town, with three of the southernmost acres belonging to the Wilton Land Conservation Trust. It is the last natural part of the vast Schenck estate of the early 20th Century, which was eventually sold and broken into parcels that now contain condominiums, the Avalon apartment complex, the Executive Campus and River Park Plaza, where Stop & Shop is. The park sits between the railroad tracks and the Norwalk River.

Pre-registration for the walk is highly recommended so organizers can plan properly for refreshments, and also to let participants know the cancellation plan should the weather be inclement. Call Jackie Algon at 203-210-5240 to pre-register and leave a message indicating how many persons will attend and a phone number or email address for any notifications.