Sapling Club and Hiking Club

Beginning March 13, 2021, the Land Trust will begin offering two new clubs for kids. 

The Sapling Club–for Elementary-aged kids: Enjoy free play in the forest with friends! We’ll meet up the second Saturday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Banningwood Preserve. Parents are welcome to stay or drop-off.

The Sapling Club is limited to 15 participants per meet-up.

The Hiking Club_for middle school-aged kids(official name TBA): Each hike will be a new adventure to explore the natural world. It meets the second Saturday of each month in a different preserve from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30. p.m. The Hiking Club is a drop-off/pick-up program.  If you are a parent who would like to walk the trails during the club time, you are welcome to do so on your own, with other friends/parents, or even bring your dog!

The Hiking Club is limited to 10 participants per meet-up.

Registration required. If you would like to join one of the groups, please contact Regan Stacey at

Please check the LLT website event listings to register for the club meet-ups. 

The clubs are organized by two volunteers, Regan Stacey and Angel Santos Burres. Both have children in the LOL school district.

Environmentalist/artist Regan Stacey currently runs the Tree Collective, a program for teens. She owns Awaken the Forest Within, a mindfulness-based practice that helps [re]connect people to nature for the betterment of themselves and the earth

Angel relocated to Old Lyme this fall after 20 years of non-profit work in Greater Boston. Most recently, she was the director of Outdoors Rx, a program of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Angel encouraged families to explore the outdoors together with a focus on local spaces. She is thrilled to explore all of the nearby woods, marshes, lakes, rivers, and ocean and hopes to meet you on the trail.

Photo by Regan Stacey
Photo by Regan Stacey