PHOTOS: Finding magic with Darien Land Trust’s Trail Discovery Day

All photos Jarret Liotta

Boy Scout Frank Pirone, 15, of Darien, introduces Maren Papajohn, 4, of Darien, to archery.

Nurturing a love of nature, several local land stewards celebrated the trails of Dunlap and Selleck’s Woods Sunday afternoon with a family-friendly get-together.

Olivia Harris, 4, of Stamford, discovers a gnome living in the woods

The Darien Land Trust, Friends of Selleck’s Woods, and the Darien Parks and Recreation Department hosted a Trails Discovery Day that featured a food truck, face painting, animal ambassadors, and an “Adventureland” run by the Boy Scouts of Troop 35.

Cub Scouts from Troop 161 look over some of the prizes at Trails Discovery Day.

“We’ve been doing this for many years,” said Chris Filmer, president of Friends of Selleck’s Woods, noting this was the first year for the popular Adventureland, which included a zip line and an archery range.

Paul Guidry of Darien and his son Rocky, 3, hike the woods at the Trails Discovery Day at Dunlap and Selleck’s Woods on Sunday afternoon.

“The scouts are backing us up,” he said, “and we have a lot of volunteers.”

Families also strolled through the woods, with kids on the look out from several families of gnomes that were on hand to greet them.

Darien High School volunteer James McPartland does face painting for Annie Keefe, 4, of Darien, at the Trails Discovery Day at Dunlap and Selleck’s Woods on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s for the kids,” Elizabeth Mathus, DLT board member, noted of having this land itself.

She explained that 97% of Darien is already developed. “The little that’s not yet developed has to be protected,” she said.

Gillian Imbriglia of Darien tries her hand at archery at the Trails Discovery Day at Dunlap and Selleck’s Woods on Sunday afternoon.

“Preserving open space for the next generation is our obligation as educated adults,” Mathus said.