On the Trail
Walk with Me Ep. 4

Walk with Me Ep. 4

August 10, 2020

Hey friends, I am back with our next installment of our miniseries all about inclusion, access and equity within the outdoors communities. Today I spoke with Amy Hernandez, a representative from the Connecticut chapter of Latino Outdoors, a nationwide movement to promote Latino people and culture in the outdoors. Here is a quick quote from their website: "As part of this work, we are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latinx experience in the outdoors; providing greater leadership, mentorship, and professional opportunities while serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement.". Here I have linked a specific Latino Outdoors blog called "Yo Cuento," which is a space for people to share their own lived experiences and a space for people to learn about others perspectives so I highly recommend you check that out after you listen to the podcast. 

Health and Nature with Maureen Farrell

Health and Nature with Maureen Farrell

July 17, 2020

Hey nature lovers! Listen in to this episode of On the Trail as I talk to Maureen Farrell, Community Wellness Director for the regional Western Connecticut YMCA. Today we discuss nutrition, health, preventative measures and how we can achieve some of these things by going outside and getting on our local trails. Listen in and learn some new things about health!

Bike Safety and Trails as Transportation

Bike Safety and Trails as Transportation

July 10, 2020

Hey friends welcome back! Today I talked with Susan Smith, former executive director of Bike Walk CT, and Kate Rattan Transportation Program Manager for Southeastern Connecticut Counsel of Governments (SCCG). We discussed bike advocacy, safety, education and awareness because bike riding is on the rise and we need to make sure that all those bikers are smart and protected! Take a listen and I'll see you on the trail!

Walk with Me Ep. 3

Walk with Me Ep. 3

July 7, 2020

Welcome back to our miniseries! Today I interviewed Herb Virgo, of Keney Park Sustainability Project (KSPS), all about the healing powers of nature and the importance of access, inclusion and education. Does nature bring you peace? Do you think about the people who don't have access to a green space? Listen in as we discuss some of these topics. Walk with me as we learn from Herb's experiences. 

 

https://www.keneyparksustainability.org/

What is Conservation?

What is Conservation?

July 3, 2020

Hello Listeners! This addition of On the Trail is all about conservation. What is conservation? How can you help? What does conservation mean for our future green spaces? These questions and more will be answered as I discuss with Lindsay Suhr Land Conservation Director for CFPA and Amy Paterson, Executive Director of CLCC. Join us on the trail as we discuss conservation!

 

Trail Planning

Trail Planning

June 26, 2020

Hello listeners! This week's episode is all about trail and waterway planning. Do you know what goes into deciding where a trail goes or does not go? Well, find out right here when we talk to Jennifer Kaufman Senior Planner and Wetlands Agent for the town of Mansfield. I learned so much interviewing her and I hope you do too. Come join us on the trail!

If you are listening to this on the podbean app, feel free to leave us comments and questions because we would love listener participation and interaction! If you are not listening on the app, go to our Facebook page (CT Trail Census) to join an online discussion there. 

Walk with Me Ep. 2

Walk with Me Ep. 2

June 24, 2020

 Welcome to our next installment of the Walk with Me miniseries! Today we will be talking to Doreen Abubakar about her experiences with connecting communities to the nature around them and the importance of representation, community accountability and inclusion. Doreen has started many non-profits and her work surrounds community engagement with green spaces in urban settings. It was so much fun to talk to her so I hope you listen closely!

doreenaubakar@gmail.com

https://grassrootsfund.org/groups/learning-corridor-council

https://www.connecticutmag.com/issues/features/people-across-connecticut-are-creating-a-pollinator-pathway-for-bees-and-butterflies/article_0329e478-c29b-11e9-a904-2328392d59b1.html

Walk with Me Ep. 1

Walk with Me Ep. 1

June 19, 2020

Hello friends! I happy to announce that this is our very first installment of our Walk with Me miniseries where we learn through listening to people of color's voices in the outdoor community. We are kicking things off with a bright light of a person, Marisa Williamson, an artist in residence at the New England Scenic Trail. She discusses her art, how she promotes inclusion, and what she hopes to see in the future of art/artists. Hope you'll take a walk with us!

 

http://www.marisawilliamson.com/ 

https://monumentstoescape.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CTForestandParkAssociation/videos/782881142152799/ 

https://vimeo.com/233113380  

What is Trail Stewardship?

What is Trail Stewardship?

June 19, 2020

Hi friends, happy Friday and happy Juneteenth. Today's podcast is all about trail stewardship. Who has been stewarding our land? How can you be a steward? And why is this important? Find out on today's episode. Below are some links for more information and if you know a young person wanting to get involved in nature make sure they check out Groundwork Bridgeport if they are of high school age, or CFPA if they are of college age. Don't forget to get out in nature and take a big deep breath this week!

https://www.seedyourfuture.org/volunteering

https://www.ctwoodlands.org/volunteer

 

How to find the right trail for you with Cary Chadwick

How to find the right trail for you with Cary Chadwick

June 12, 2020

Do you not know where to start when it comes to finding the right trail for you? Well, today on "On the Trail" we will be talking to Cary Chadwick, a geospatial educator at the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), about the best resources to use when hiking, walking, or mountain biking, along with some other interesting facts about her work with GIS. Come join us on the trail!

 

Resources from today's episode:

https://www.trailforks.com/

https://www.alltrails.com/

https://www.ctwoodlands.org/blue-blazed-hiking-trails/trail-info

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