On the Trail


On the Trail, sponsored by the CT Trail Census, hosted by Neva Taylor, is a podcast all about topics both on, off, in and around trails in Connecticut. Come see what we learn "On the Trail!" New episodes posted every Friday at 12PM!

All Episodes

Hi Outdoors Enthusiasts! As you might have picked up from the title of the podcast, this will be my final podcast with the Connecticut Trail Census :(. As a farewell, Laura Brown, Kim Bradley, and I decided to interview each other about the progression of the podcast, future plans for the podcast, and my thoughts about the creation and evolution of the podcast. I'll also speak a little to why I'm leaving (it is my final semester at UConn). I am sad to go but so thankful the people I have been able to meet, the voices I have been able to broadcast, and the messages I have hopefully been able to get across. Thank you listeners for everything!!

Aug 30

26 min 53 sec

Hello Listeners! Today we have a super important episode about a non-profit called Open Doors Outdoors that help Veterans, their families with healthy activity and healing through outdoor activity. I interviewed Dave Edwards founder and director and we talked about his military experience, his PTSD, and how this amazing program came out of all of it. There are mentions of suicide, depression and other negative mental states but there is no graphic descriptions in today's episode. Click the link below to find out more about Open Doors Outdoors and if you or anyone you know is suffering from suicidal thoughts please use the hotline below.  https://www.opendoorsoutdoors.org/ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Jul 19

34 min 29 sec

Hi outdoors enthusiasts, welcome back to another episode of On the Trail! Today I talked to Katie Joly, Association Program Manager of Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, all about adaptive sports. We discussed how, with a little bit of support, nothing is off limits for people with different abilities. We also discussed how, in order to make the outdoors accessible to all, there needs to be all types of voices invited to the table so that many different perspectives are heard. You can click the link below to learn more about the organization and the many giving events they host throughout the year specifically the Gaylord Gauntlet which will take place on June 26, 2021 in Wallingford, CT.  https://www.gaylord.org/Giving/Events

Jun 18

26 min 14 sec

Hello friends! Today's episode is all about getting young people, specifically girls, into biking and mountain biking! Petal (not pedal) Power is an all girls mountain biking team under Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP) that is coached by Jen Ahren. I talk to Jen about inclusion, empowerment, and access to opportunity from her experiences biking herself and coaching her team. Listen in as we talk about all things girl power. You can find more about Petal Power and CCAP fundraisers at the link here.

May 14

33 min 58 sec

Hello friends and HAPPY EARTH WEEK! Welcome back to another episode of On the Trail! Today we are highlighting Nicola (Nicky) Wood, co-founder and executive director of Outside Perspectives. Tune in to learn more about what they do, why they do it, and the impact they are having. Click the link below to learn more from their website, donate or volunteer!   https://www.outsideperspectives.org/

Apr 23

28 min 46 sec

Hi Trail Lovers! Today's episode features Raul Irizarry, a Hartford native who is passionate about increasing accessibility to the outdoors for BIPOC. He has worked for the center for Latino Progress and is currently working on the Bridgeport Waterfront Project which aims at increasing accessibility and walkability in the waterfront area by adding more multimodal walkways and paths. Listen in as he discusses how his own experiences with urban and green spaces in Hartford has shaped his passions and missions today. 

Mar 12

22 min 5 sec

Hello trail enthusiasts and bike lovers! Happy Black History Month! In honor of Black History Month, we are bringing you another episode of the Walk with Me series. Today we talk to Joseph Dickerson, education chair on the board for the Connecticut Outdoor Recreation Alliance (CORA) and owner of Inspired Adventurist, a mentoring and coaching company. Joseph shares what it was like to be one of the only black kids in his small Washington town growing up and what made him move to Connecticut. This episode does contain some profane language so sensitive listeners please be advised. 

Feb 17

31 min 16 sec

Hi tree lovers! Today's episode is all about urban forestry. I talk with Heather Dionne, Hartford's first ever female city forester, about what urban forestry really is, some of the difficulties she faces and how climate change has affected her job. Tune in to learn more about the trees and greenery we see in our cities, and how you can help be part of the solution!

Jan 15

25 min 30 sec

What is a watershed? Do you live on or in a watershed? In today's On the Trail episode I interview Patricia Young, Program Director of Eight Mile Watershed, as she fills me (and then you!) in on all there is to know about watersheds. We cover everything from their locations, their impacts, their regulations and how to get involved! Tune in to find out more!   http://www.eightmileriver.org/ https://cteco.uconn.edu/help/watersheds.htm#:~:text=This%20drainage%20basin%20system%20divided,7%2C067%20small%20drainage%20basin%20areas 

Nov 2020

22 min 58 sec

Hello friends, I am pleased to offer you a new episode of the On the Trail podcast! We are back to discuss nature's role in healing and recovering. Today I talk to Dylan Howley, who had a long road to recovery after being in a bad motorcycle accident. He beautifully explains, in a very raw way, the depression that often comes with painful injuries, and how he used biking and a lot of positivity to get back on track. Just a trigger warning this episode does contain discussions of suicide and alcohol abuse. The information I reference in today's episode can be found below. Please enjoy and don't forget to take a walk in the fresh air!   https://www.who.int/mental_health/media/investing_mnh.pdf  https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/how-does-nature-impact-our-wellbeing

Oct 2020

29 min 47 sec

Hello friends! Happy Indigenous Peoples Week! Today we are focusing on Indigenous peoples week and an event called THIS LAND: Quinektikut Blanket Exercise, hosted by student leaders from the Native American Cultural Program (NACP), Fridays for the Future (FFF) and UConn Collaborative Organizing (UCCO). Check out my discussion with Sage, Michio and Brittany about their event and collaboration, and their experiences with Indigenous Peoples Day/ week. Walk with Me!

Oct 2020

36 min 28 sec

Hello trail lovers! Today I interview Kai Addae, co-director at the Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op in New Haven. At the bike co-op (where she bikes to work most days), Kai primarily promotes inclusive bike programming for all. She leads all women bike maintenance clinics and participates in diverse rides for bikers at all levels. Kai wants to make sure that biking and cycling is a community for all. Listen here to what she has to say. You can also check out Kai's work here: https://bsbc.co/

Sep 2020

34 min 42 sec

Walk with me as I talk to Lauren Little, former Outdoor Education Coordinator for Knox in Hartford. We discuss the importance of representation, equity in access to all things outdoors, the power of education - especially when it comes to kids having necessary life skills, and why she left her workplace at Knox. 

Aug 2020

39 min 12 sec

Hey friends, I am back with our next installment of our mini-series all about inclusion, access and equity within the outdoors communities. Today I spoke with Amy Hernandez, a representative from the Connecticut chapter of Latino Outdoors, a nationwide movement to promote Latino people and culture in the outdoors. Here is a quick quote from their website: "As part of this work, we are focused on expanding and amplifying the Latinx experience in the outdoors; providing greater leadership, mentorship, and professional opportunities while serving as a platform for sharing cultural connections and narratives that are often overlooked by the traditional outdoor movement.". Here I have linked a specific Latino Outdoors blog called "Yo Cuento," which is a space for people to share their own lived experiences and a space for people to learn about others perspectives so I highly recommend you check that out after you listen to the podcast. 

Aug 2020

28 min 25 sec

Hey nature lovers! Listen in to this episode of On the Trail as I talk to Maureen Farrell, Community Wellness Director for the regional Western Connecticut YMCA. Today we discuss nutrition, health, preventative measures and how we can achieve some of these things by going outside and getting on our local trails. Listen in and learn some new things about health!

Jul 2020

38 min 52 sec

Hey friends, welcome back! Today I talked with Susan Smith, former executive director of Bike Walk CT, and Kate Rattan Transportation Program Manager for Southeastern Connecticut Counsel of Governments (SCCOG). We discussed bike advocacy, safety, education and awareness because bike riding is increasing and we need to make sure that all those bikers are smart and protected! Take a listen and I'll see you on the trail!

Jul 2020

37 min 22 sec

Welcome back to our mini-series! Today I interviewed Herb Virgo of the Keney Park Sustainability Project (KSPS). We talked all about the healing powers of nature and the importance of access, inclusion and education. Does nature bring you peace? Do you think about the people who don't have access to a green space? Listen in as we discuss some of these topics. Walk with me as we learn from Herb's experiences.  https://www.keneyparksustainability.org/

Jul 2020

28 min 44 sec

Hello Listeners! This addition of On the Trail is all about conservation. What is conservation? How can you help? What does conservation mean for our future green spaces? These questions and more will be answered as I discuss with Lindsay Suhr, Land Conservation Director for CFPA and Amy Paterson, Executive Director of CLCC. Join us on the trail as we discuss conservation!  

Jul 2020

35 min 2 sec

Hello listeners! This week's episode is all about trail and waterway planning. Do you know what goes into deciding where a trail goes or does not go? Well, find out right here when we talk to Jennifer Kaufman, Senior Planner and Wetlands Agent for the town of Mansfield. I learned so much interviewing her and I hope you do too. Come join us on the trail! If you are listening to this on the podbean app, feel free to leave us comments and questions because we would love listener participation and interaction! If you are not listening on the app, go to our Facebook page (CT Trail Census) to join an online discussion there. 

Jun 2020

26 min 2 sec

Welcome to our next installment of the Walk with Me mini-series! Today, we will be talking to Doreen Abubakar about her experiences with connecting communities to the nature around them and the importance of representation, community accountability and inclusion. Doreen has started many non-profits and her work surrounds community engagement with green spaces in urban settings. It was so much fun to talk to her, so I hope you listen closely! https://grassrootsfund.org/groups/learning-corridor-council https://www.connecticutmag.com/issues/features/people-across-connecticut-are-creating-a-pollinator-pathway-for-bees-and-butterflies/article_0329e478-c29b-11e9-a904-2328392d59b1.html 

Jun 2020

31 min 2 sec

Hello friends! I happy to announce that this is our very first installment of our Walk with Me mini-series where we learn through listening to people of color's voices in the outdoor community. We are kicking things off with a bright light of a person, Marisa Williamson, an artist in residence at the New England Scenic Trail. She discusses her art, how she promotes inclusion, and what she hopes to see in the future of art/artists. Hope you'll take a walk with us!   http://www.marisawilliamson.com/  https://monumentstoescape.com/  https://www.facebook.com/CTForestandParkAssociation/videos/782881142152799/  https://vimeo.com/233113380  

Jun 2020

31 min 11 sec

Hi friends, happy Friday and happy Juneteenth. Today's podcast is all about trail stewardship. Who has been stewarding our land? How can you be a steward? And why is this important? Find out on today's episode. Below are some links for more information. If you know a young person wanting to get involved in nature, make sure they check out Groundwork Bridgeport if they are high school age, or CFPA if they are college age. Don't forget to get out in nature and take a big deep breath this week! https://www.seedyourfuture.org/volunteering https://www.ctwoodlands.org/volunteer  

Jun 2020

33 min 17 sec

Are you unsure where to start when it comes to finding the right trail for you? Well, today on "On the Trail" we will be talking to Cary Chadwick, a geospatial educator at the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR), about the best resources to use when hiking, walking, or mountain biking, along with some other interesting facts about her work with GIS. Come join us on the trail! Resources from today's episode: https://www.trailforks.com/ https://www.alltrails.com/ https://www.ctwoodlands.org/blue-blazed-hiking-trails/trail-info Twitter - @ctdeepnews

Jun 2020

25 min 29 sec