All photos Jarret Liotta

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.

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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

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