Families hiking the trails of the Westport Summer Passport program in 2016 left many happy comments in the notebooks hidden in the program’s secret boxes:
“The trail smelled like flowers today.”
“It’s a beautiful day to be alive.”
“Can’t get enough of this special place!”
They were referring to Westport’s forests, fields and historic sites.
This July, the Summer Passport returns for a third year, featuring new locations for a fun and free family experience, according to a release from Westport Historical Society. A partnership of Westport Land Conservation Trust, Westport Historical Society, Westport Education Foundation, and Westport Fisherman’s Association, the Summer Passport is designed to showcase some of Westport's great natural and historical treasures.
It features six notable conservation and historic properties in a series of relaxed self-guided hikes. Based on the popular letter-boxing activity, the Passport calls for participants to visit each property and follow clues to find a hidden box, which contains a stamp and a small notebook. Hikers stamp their own Passport booklets and leave their thoughts or impressions in the notebook for others to enjoy.
Families who complete all hikes and obtain six stamps in their Passport booklets will be entered to win a special prize at the end of the summer.
The Westport Summer Passport 2017 runs July 1-Aug. 31. Locations can be visited in any order, seven days a week, over multiple days if necessary. All hikes are under 1.5 miles and may cover uneven terrain.
Visit WestportLandTrust.org to download a Passport booklet, or call (508) 636-9228 for more information.