Nature Based Education Institute

2018 Nature Based Education HomeFriday Evening Lecture | Saturday Sessions | Saturday Poplar Hut Hike/Overnight Experience | Sunday Activities


 Bike Ride: The Whistle Stop Rail Trail

Depart UMF at 9:00 return by 12:00

Trip Leader: Sue Farris (

Trip Description: Bring your hybrid or mountain bike and join us for an easy-to-moderate 16-mile round trip bike ride! We’ll leave from the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center and ride a short distance through downtown Farmington to the Whistle Stop Rail Trail, a multi-use recreational trail that runs from Farmington to Jay (though we will not ride that entire distance). We’ll follow the trail to a scenic overlook in Wilton before turning around and heading back to campus. Hybrid or mountain bikes are highly recommended as this rail trail is not paved.

Trip Leader Biography: Sue is the Coordinator of Educational Assessment and Special Projects here at UMF. She has loved biking her entire life, and in 2012 participated in a leg of the Fuller Center Bike Adventure, during which she rode with a group from Saco, ME to Tabernacle, NJ. When the weather is cooperative, Sue commutes the 12+ miles to and from work on her bicycle.

 Nature/Journaling Walk: Flint Woods

Depart UMF at 9:00 return by 12:00

Trip Leader: TBD

Trip Description: Let the natural beauty of Farmington inspire you! Bring your field journals, and join us on an approximately 3-mile Nature/Journaling Walk. We’ll leave from the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center and walk about a mile to Flint Woods, where we’ll navigate the easy, well-worn, relatively level walking trail through the woods, which includes interesting highlights like the three old wells that were dug after the civil war era as part of the Farmington Village water system, and two vernal pools, where wood frogs and other amphibians abound during the wet seasons. Bring your binoculars and see how many bird species you can spot, or just relax and take in the scents and sounds of the forest around us. We’ll allow time along the way for journaling.

Trip Leader Biography: Trip Leader TBD


2018 Nature Based Education Home| Friday Evening Lecture | Saturday Sessions | Saturday Poplar Hut Hike/Overnight Experience | Sunday Activities