May – Selden Island Hike

The Connecticut River Museum is excited to offer this unique experience. We will be departing on the vessel RiverQuest at 8:00am to go to Selden Neck State Park. There will be 3 guided hikes of your choosing. Pack a lunch in your day pack to enjoy on the island. We will return to the Museum

Learn about Nature Journaling. Selden Neck State Park, bordered to the east by Selden Creek and by the Connecticut River to the west, is a 607-acre island roughly a half-mile wide and one-and-a-half miles long. The island is completely blanketed with lush woodland vegetation, except for the tidal marshes. Join a CRM educator to hike and explore the plant life that inhabits the island.

Explore the trails of Selden Island in search of breeding birds tending their nests. This large, but little explored island is home to breeding warblers, vireos, thrushes, and more. From the wooded hills, look out into the tidal marshes and listen for rails, Marsh Wren, Swamp Sparrow, and other secretive birds. If we’re lucky, we may get some glimpses of Bald Eagles that breed in the area.

Hike to the top of the lookout, exploring the historical sites of the island with views of the Connecticut River and Selden Creek. Look for ruins of the old farm buildings after exploring the abandoned quarry. In the late 1800s, stone from the quarry was used as pavers across New York City.

Physical fitness is required, as trail conditions may be variable and in some places could be steep. Sturdy footwear and a water bottle are a must.

Museum Members: $75

Non-Museum Member: $85

No Children under 12 please.


  • Monday May 13, 8:00am – 2:30pm

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  • It is best to book online to secure your spot.
  • Please, always confirm the cruise is going by checking the home page for any changes! or call 860-767-8269
  • RiverQuest leaves the dock on time! Please check in at the dock at least fifteen minutes before departure.
  • NO ON-LINE BOOKING FOR OVER TEN PERSONS.  Please email us if you have more than 10.
  • The Captain reserves the right to change the cruise itinerary or cancel a cruise anytime he feels that there may be a weather, viewing or safety issue. We want to remind everyone that this is a nature cruise and the weather can change drastically in minutes; rain, wind, fog, ice and heavy snow may develop quickly. There are times when a cruise may need to be canceled very last minute. We will of course try to give as much notice as possible. Thank your for your understanding.


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