Nature hike in Rutland

WATERTOWN, NY — Come explore with Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust (THTLT) on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to Noon at the Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary in Rutland. The outing is a free, family-friendly, informal guided hike in the woods, led by Lin Gibbs, THTLT’s Community Programs Director, with activities designed to engage the senses and inspire discovery.

For your wildlife sanctuary adventure, please 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. If you’d like to have lunch at the trailhead after the hike, you are welcome to bring along a bag lunch.

Meet us at the sanctuary parking lot that is adjacent to 31270 Middle Road in Rutland, NY.  To get to the Sanctuary from Watertown, take State Street (SR 126) east.  Turn right onto Community Drive (CR 162). Turn left onto Middle Road (CR 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 3 miles down Middle Road on the north side (left side) of the road.  Look for the wooden sign at the entrance to the parking lot.

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

Protected by THTLT, The Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary is open year-round to the public for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and XC skiing. The perfect place to visit, either as an individual enjoying the outdoors or group, 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 wild lands in northern New York’s 2,100 square-mile Tug Hill region. The Tug Hill region covers parts of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida and Oswego Counties. To date over 19,000 acres of Tug Hill’s forests, farms, and wildlife habitat have been protected by the Land Trust.