Little River State Park

Brian Aust gives young explorers a closeup explanation of plant life found at Little River State Park in Waterbury

The Nature Center is open at Little River State Park in Waterbury Center Fridays from 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Saturdays from 4 to 6:15 p.m. and midday Sundays.

Entry fees are $4 for adults, $2 for children aged 4 to 13, and free for ages 3 and under.

Special programs will be offered; they’re first-come, first-served, and space is limited. Participants can leave at any time; hikes have simple one-way out and back routes. Water is a necessity; bringing snacks or lunch for hikes is optional.

Call to confirm all programs before showing up: 244-7103.

Special programs

Fridays, June 7 and 14

6 to 6:45 p.m. Coexisting With Bears. Nature Center.

7 to 7:45 p.m. Frogger! iNaturalist citizen science project. A-Side Beach.

Saturdays, June 8 and 15

9 a.m. Finding Birds By Ear. Locate and identify birds by their songs. CCC Camp Smith parking lot. Saturday: 45 minutes; Sunday: up to 75 minutes or more.

10 a.m. Little River Ramble. Guided tours, accessed by park hiking trails. Adaptable for all abilities. Sturdy shoes, water, snacks required. Pre-register; first come, first served. Park Office.

2 p.m. Stream Safari. Secret life of a shady mountain stream. Bring dip nets; limited supply available. Meet at Nature Trail. Up to 90 minutes with option to extend.

4 p.m. Making Tracks, Seeing Skins & Skulls. Make and paint Plaster of Paris track casts to take home. Meet “Mammal Puppeteers” while casts dry. Nature Center. 45 minutes.

6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunset Aquadventure Paddle.

Registration required, space limited. Contact Station.

Sundays, June 9 and 16

10:30 a.m. Junior Ranger Roundup & Service Project, Nature Center (about one hour and 15 minutes). Adults: help remove invasive exotic plant species, 45 minutes.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Rockin’ the Little River: Tour of Waterbury Dam. Guided walk. Meet at Little River Road near park gate.

2 p.m. 1 to 2 hours depending on interest. Wildflower Wander. Become a “citizen scientist” using iNaturalist. Register at park office.

Other information

• Little River Ramble: special group use arrangements; must reserve in advance.

• B-Side Beach parking: Hedgehog Hill Trail.

Contact Brian Aust, park interpreter at 244-7103 or green 3444 Little River Road; littleriver.html.

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