Land trusts in the state's northwest corner have organized a slate of programs in celebration of upcoming Land Trust Days.

The events will offer residents and visitors opportunities for observing the change of season, native wildlife and outdoor recreation.

"Many of our local community land trusts schedule public programs during this time of year, but this is the first time we are doing it together, promoting participation in these events as a way of collectively celebrating our work and our successes as a region and destination," said Susan Payne, executive director of the Roxbury Land Trust.

The Roxbury and Kent land trusts host open meetings for local land trusts several times throughout the year to promote networking and information sharing among organizations.

More than 15 area land trusts will soon offer a variety of events, including guided and self-guided hikes, a mushroom walk, picnics, a photo exhibit, programs with experts presenting on invasive plant species and predatory birds, and the Pomperaug River Festival.

"Most of these events are designed for families to enjoy together," said Connie Manes, executive director of the Kent Land Trust.