Where the Wild Things Run at Woodcock Nature Center

Fri October 23 - Sun October 25 Directions

Run wild for Woodcock!

90% trails, 100% outdoor fun. 

Woodcock Nature Center welcomes runners, hikers and walkers of all ages at its annual Where the Wild Things Run 5K and Kids Fun Run. This year a hybrid-virtual race will be offered between October 23-October 25 (hours of 8am-6pm only) on the Woodcock Trails. Sign-up here to track your time. Run/walk on your own schedule! You can even become a fundraiser and promote your run to friends and family to increase your impact.

For several decades, this event has highlighted Woodcock’s nearly 5 miles of publicly accessible trails and raised money for the center’s educational programs. All proceeds support the nature center!

The popular 5K is 90% trail with a mix of groomed trails, rugged trails and narrow bridges/boardwalks. The terrain of the 5k highlights the diversity and beauty of the Woodcock property. A shorter 1K Kids Fun Run geared towards ages 6 and up is appropriate for walkers and runners of all ages.

As you complete your run/walk please post your photos on our Facebook Page wearing your Woodcock t-shirt!
#runwildforwoodcock #woodcocknaturecenter 


5K racers will be entered in a raffle to receive one of the following prizes:

1st Prize:  $100 gift card to Outdoors Sports Center in Wilton
2nd Prize: $25 gift card from Ridgefield Running Company in Ridgefield
3rd Prize:  Swag bag of outdoor-themed goodies from Merrell

Fun Run racers will be entered in a raffle to receive:

One Prize:  $25 gift card to Town Center Toys in Wilton

Once the race has ended, prizes will be announced via our Facebook page and prizes will be mailed to winners or made available for pickup. 


Packet pickup and Registration

Registration via RunSignup only and in advance of packet pick-up, please. Packets include a Woodcock t-shirt and Boxed Water and can be picked up at Woodcock Nature Center on the following dates/times:

Wednesday, October 21 between 4:30-6 pm
Saturday, October 24 between 9-10:30 am

*Only participants registered before October 22 at 12 pm will be guaranteed a t-shirt.*



Start at the trail kiosk in our driveway, head down the trail head, turn right onto the blue trail and follow to the end, turn left onto red trail briefly then turn left onto blue trail bypass, follow back onto blue trail, double back on blue trail, at end turn left onto trail head, finish at starting kiosk. Please be aware of roots and rocks.

Start at the trail kiosk in our driveway, head up the driveway toward the staff house, turn right on path toward pavilion, turn left and head up the Red trail, turn left onto Blue trail, follow to end then turn right on to Red trail, follow to end then turn left onto Purple trail , follow to Spectacle Lane gate 1, turn left to follow Spectacle Lane to gate 2/Orange trail, turn left and follow Orange trail to lower dam property, follow signs around property to reenter the Orange trail, follow until Fawn Lane, follow Fawn until reenttry to Orange trail, follow to WNC parking lot, turn left up driveway, follow then turn right onto waterfall path, continue up behind the Nature Center, follow signs back to driveway, head down driveway to finish at starting kiosk. Please be aware of roots and rocks.


  • keep your distance from others and have your mask ready to wear as you encounter others.

  • The grounds and trails will remain open to the public during the race weekend.

  • restrooms are not available to the public.

  • please park parallel along our driveway and be mindful of runners and other visitors when arriving and leaving the driveway .

  • trails are not stroller friendly.

  • leashed dogs are welcome.

  • no Woodcock staff will be on-site during the race please call 911 for emergencies.



Woodcock also welcomes interested businesses to inquire about sponsorship opportunities using the contact form below.

Woodcock Nature Center
Race Contact Info

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