The grounds at Old Quarry Nature Center have two educational trails for visitors to explore.
- The Meserve Ecology Trail
Created by Barbara Starr of Bent of the River in South Britain, this easy-to-medium trail was made possible through a grant from the Meserve Memorial Foundation in 1999. This trail starts at Rogers Park Pond and continues through thirty points of interest to the Field House. These are keyed to square RED enameled numbers placed on trees at these landmark points - about 10 feet above the ground. The Meserve Ecology Trail Guide can be found at the link on the left menu. It describes noteworthy plants along the trail as well as their wetlands environment.
What you may find along this trail: Japanese Barberry, Multiflora Rose, Tuliptree, Snags, American Basswood, Wild Grape, Staghorn Sumac, Lichen, Blueberries, Mountain Laurel, Witch Hazel, American Chestnut, Ferns, Sphagnum Moss, Red-Osier Dogwood, American Hazelnut, Round-lobed Hepatica, Asters, White Oak, Red Oak, Swamp White Oak, Mayapple, Spicebush, Eastern Cottonwood, Sedges, Goldenrod and Winterberry.
- The Pawloski Geology Trail
Created by John A. Pawloski in 1967, this medium-difficulty trail goes up several hills and visits both quarries. It includes seventeen geological points of interest, including the Giant's Chair. These are keyed to square BLUE enameled markers placed on trees at these landmark points - about 10 feet above the ground. The Pawloski Geology Trail Guide can be found at the link on the left menu. It describes noteworthy geological points of interest.
What you may find along this trail: Manhattan Formation bedrock of Gneiss, Pink Feldspar, Pegmatite, Magnetite, Inwood Marble, Glacial Erratics; Uplifted Quarry One with Calcite crystals, Limonite, Pyrite crystals, Agronite, Microline Feldspar, Black Tourmaline, Quartz, Biotite Mica and Gamets; Drag-folded Quarry Two and Giant's Chair of Talus, Pegmatite, Actimolite, Rose Quartz and Marble; a small quarry test pit; the Fireplace and Indian Mortar.
- The Welch Wildlife Trail
This easy-difficulty, level trail is under construction. It will be keyed to square WHITE enameled numbers placed on trees at its landmark points - about 10 feet above the ground. The Welch Wildlife Trail Guide will contain a link in the left menu when its documentation with Western CT State University is complete. It will describe the wildlife habitats along the stream that runs between Bethel and Danbury.
- Local Animal Residents Inhabiting the Trails
Spring: Honey Bee, Spring Peepers, Red-back Salamander, Red-pack Ants, Tent Caterpillars, Box Turtles, Toads, Wood Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Cray Fish, Fawn
Summer: Chipmunk, Baby Snapper/Painted, Stag Beetle, Woodchuck, Cow Bird, Dragonflies, Tiger Beetles, Damsel Flies, Garter Snake, Green Frog, Red Newt, Red Spotted Newt, Fox and Kits, Cicada, Sphinx Moth, Racoon
Fall: Luna Moth
Winter: Flying Squirrel, Squirrel Flies, Deer Mice, Pheasant, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Bird
"By sharing ideas and pooling efforts we recreate this rare jewel of wild life and
open land in downtown Danbury - and recreate ourselves." - Virginia Welch