Residents are invited to explore Milford’s 36 acre Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve and the 1.1 mile trail bordering the two largest of five ponds on Saturday, June 4 from 10 to 11:30 a.m, and then Solomon Woods later in the day.

Mondo Pond

The trail around the large pond has recently been improved through a cooperative Subway Corporation and city project that cleared brush and wood-chipped the trail for walking.

This open space area is a part of the Beaver Brook Watershed, offering scenic views along the trails that border the ponds. Small rocky islands remain from the 1950s gravel excavation when these ponds and dam were created. The trail loops through stands of white pine, spruce, swamp forests, rocky oak woods, and beech with their smooth grey trunks.

The ponds are ideal habitat for 179 species of birds that have been seen here. Ospreys, Red-Tail hawks, egrets, herons, ducks and many songbirds have been seen along with diverse wildlife that adds to the hiking experience.

“The Mondo Ponds Nature Preserve is a valuable open space area that is bordered by residential neighborhoods, the Subway corporate offices and the John F. Kennedy elementary school,” said Open Space Manager Steven Johnson.

Meet at the parking lot of the John F. Kennedy school parking lot, 404 West Avenue, Milford Saturday, June 4 at 10:45 a.m. Rain cancels.

People should wear hiking shoes, bring binoculars, and be prepared for a few muddy trail sections.

For further information and to register, contact: Open Space and Natural Resource Agent, Steve Johnson, at 203-878-7812 or stevenjohnson@ci.milford.ct.us.

Solomon Woods

A walk will take place later at Solomon Woods Nature Walk from 1 to 3 p.m.

Explore Milford’s 100 acre Solomon Woods trail meanders through an upland wetland forest of streams and vernal pools in North Milford.  Hikers on this 2 hour walk around the wetlands and rocky outcrops will see evidence of the Wisconsin Glacier that covered Milford with an estimated 1,800’ of ice.   The trail loops around several vernal pools, old New England rock walls and building foundations. We will cross 4 shallow streams using stepping stones.

This open space area is a part of the Wepawaug River Watershed offering scenic views along the trails that border the vernal pools and rocky outcrops.

Meet at the parking lot 810 West River Street, Milford Saturday, June 4th.  Rain cancels.  Limited parking is available at 810 West River Street.  Additional parking is available at the Eisenhower Dog Park entrance on West River Street.

For further information and to register contact: Open Space and Natural Resource Agent, Steve Johnson, at (203) 878-7812 or stevenjohnson@ci.milford.ct.us .