Community invited to join nature exploration hike


WATERTOWN, N.Y. (May 20, 2019) – Come explore with Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust (THTLT) from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 22, at the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary in Rutland, New York. The outing is a free, family-friendly, informal guided hike in the woods, with activities designed to engage the senses and inspire discovery. Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust logo.jpg

For this wildlife sanctuary adventure, participants should dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes (waterproof boots if it has been wet), and bring along tick and bug repellent. THTLT will have some water and snacks on hand. Individuals are welcome to bring a bag lunch to enjoy at the trailhead after the hike.

Participants will meet at the sanctuary parking lot that is adjacent to 31270 Middle Road in Rutland. To get to the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary from Watertown, take State Street (State Route 126) east. Turn right onto Community Drive (County Route 162). Turn left onto Middle Road (County Route 160) at the stop sign. There is a white church on the southeast corner of intersection of Community Drive and Middle Road. The Wildlife Sanctuary is about three miles down Middle Road on the north side (left side) of the road. Look for the sign at the entrance to the parking lot. 

For more information, or to RSVP (encouraged), contact Lin Gibbs, THTLT community programs director, at (315) 779-2239 or

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Protected by THTLT, the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary is open year-round to the public for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The sanctuary offers free public programs year-round for the community to explore and learn more about nature.

Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust is a non-profit regional organization that works with private landowners to protect and foster responsible stewardship practices of working forests, farms, recreation and wildlands in northern New York’s Tug Hill region. The 2,100-square-mile Tug Hill region covers parts of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego counties. To date, more than 19,000 acres of Tug Hill’s forests, farms, and wildlife habitat have been protected by THTLT.


(Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust)