SPRING Outdoors 2017!

Walkers, Hikers, TLGV partners & members – Spring Outdoors 2017 planning has started!


Spring Outdoors launched in 2016 and was a great success. In 2017, Spring Outdoors will run from the Spring Equinox on March 20 until the Summer Solstice on June 21.  Spring Outdoors connects you to lands, waters, and trails in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, including some properties not normally accessible to the public.

Planning for Spring Outdoors in 2017 has begun.
Spring Outdoor Leaders can sign up now!

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*There is just one requirement to offer a Spring Outdoors; either you or your organization should be a proud member or partner of The Last Green Valley. Join or renew now

Your Spring Outdoors choices in 2017:
TLGV Ranger Marcy’s Acorn Adventure – Is it Spring yet on the Air Line Trail in The Last Green Valley?
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children.
Address: Chewink Rd., Chaplin, CT. Rte. 6 to Chewink Rd., park at lot where the Air Line Trail crosses road.
Expect this! Trek the Air Line Trail in The Last Green Valley! Our feet will take us west to find Joshua’s Trust Two Sisters Preserve as we search for signs of Spring – Like Skunk Cabbage! Snacks, Acorn Adventure stickers and lots f FUN always included! Dress for the weather, and bring a friend! FREE! All ages welcome. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles.Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley  and Putnam Bank.
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Spring Along the Willimantic River
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 – 3:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Key(s):Pre-register nancysilander@gmail.com Especially for families with children, NO dogs please.
Address: 30 Silver Falls Lane, Storrs (Mansfield), CT. Park at the end of Commerce Dr.
Expect this! Come look for spring along the Willimantic River – plants and reptiles – and learn about this property long-held by the Potter family of Windham. Rain or snow cancels. No dogs, please. Suitable for children ages 4 and up. Easy to moderate. Mud boots recommended and appropriate weather gear.Questions? 860-429-9023Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust.
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Thompson Together’s Month-Long Town-Wide Cleanup
April 1 – April 30, 2017
Difficulty: n/a.. Address: throughout the town, Thompson, CT.
Expect this! Thompson Together, Inc. will be doing their annual month-long town-wide cleanup in the Town of Thompson. The Town of Thompson will provide a dumpster designated for the cleanup.Questions? 860-928-1742Time/Distance: Entire month of April. Sponsored by: Thompson Together, Inc.
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NFA Students Cleanup Norwich
Select Days in April & May
Difficulty: n/a. Address: from NFA to Howard Brown Park & at the Marina at America’s Wharf, Norwich, CT.
Expect this! Norwich Free Academy Marine & Environmental Sciences students will be doing cleanups from NFA to Howard Brown Park and the Marina at Americas Wharf on select dates in April and May. Toot and give them a thumbs up when you see them at work! Questions? 860-887-2505. Sponsored by: Norwich Free Academy
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Spalding/Rapoport Preserve
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10 – 11 am
Difficulty: Moderate.Key(s):Leashed dogs
Address: Dead end of Calkins Rd. , Woodstock, CT. Park respectfully on road by #129 Calkins Rd.
Expect this! Hike the fields, woods, and wetlands of this scenic 154-acre Wyndham Land Trust Property, the Spalding/Rapoport Preserve. 2 miles. Questions? 860-928-4715. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 2 miles.Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust
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Where is Hop River?
Friday, April 14, 2017 – Good Friday, 11 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: Moderate.Key(s):Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children
Address: Hop River Road, Coventry, CT. Park at Rail Trail.
Expect this! Walk the rails and learn about Hop River Village, once an important mill village. See two factory sites and the dam. This is a scenic walk on the Hop River Rail Trail to enjoy with your leader, Ray Axelrod. 2 miles.Questions? 860-617-3308. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles.Sponsored by: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.
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All Day Earth Day Event
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6 am – afternoon
Difficulty: n/a. Address: QVCC, 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson, CT.
Expect this! Start out the day with The “On the Air Water Fair” from 6 – 9 am at WINY Radio, 45 Pomfret St., Putnam, listen in to hear how your local actions can positively impact our environment, visit with community partners to in parking lot at WINY Radio. CT DPH will distribute collection sample bottles that you can pick up to test your private well water for arsenic and uranium. (DPH is offering free testing for these elements. Tests  typically costs between $150-$200 dollars! At 11 am, the event moves to the QVCC campus where you can visit even more partners at this awareness event; vendors, murals, art, music, conservation information, speakers  and more fun! Expect great surprises! Questions? 860-774-7350. Sponsored by: CT Audubon Center at Pomfret, NDDH, QVCC, WINY, TLGV & more.
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KBA’s Downtown Danielson Main Street Cleanup
Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 9 – 11 am
Difficulty: n/a. Address: 172 Main St., Danielson, CT. Meet at Town Hall
Expect this! School vacation is a great time to involve your kids in the downtown Main Street cleanup. All businesses along Main Street are invited to chip in to Spring Outdoors and spruce up the area. Great for Scouts & Young Marines, too! Questions? 860-779-5350. Time/Distance: 2 hours. Sponsored by: Killingly Business Association (KBA).
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GOSA’s Haley Farm Cleanup Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017, Time TBD
Difficulty: n/a. Address: Haley Farm Lane, Groton, CT.
Expect this! Get to know the Groton Open Space Assocation (GOSA) through this clean up – a perfect example of just some of the good they do. Contact GOSA for more details at 860-572-5715 or gosamail@gmail.com. Questions? 860-572-5715. Sponsored by: Groton Open Space Association (GOSA).
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The Three Bridges of Downtown Willimantic – and More!
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:30 am -12 noon
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children
Address: Main St. (Rte. 66) at Jillson Square, Willimantic (Windham), CT. Park in lot by First Baptist Church.
Expect this! We will review the great historical photos at Liberty Bank downtown and then explore the Victorian Footbridge, Frog Bridge, and Bridge of Flowers. Lots of history and beauty to behold with your leader, Ray Axelrod. 2 miles. Questions? 860-617-3308. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Sprague’s Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: n/a.   Address: 76 Main St., Baltic (Sprague), CT. Park at Grist Mill lot
Expect this! Free bags & gloves available at the Grist Mill parking lot meeting place at 10 am. Cleanup and take advantage of the free dump day, accepted items will be taken in during regular hours free of charge. Meet back in the Grist Mill parking lot at 1 pm for some free pizza to celebrate. Questions? Give Cathy or Barbara a call 860-822-3000 ext 201. Questions? 860-822-3000. Time/Distance: 3 hours. Sponsored by: Town of Sprague, CT.
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Stones, Ponds & Dams
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2 – 3:30 pm. Rain date: Sunday, April 23
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):Pre-register nancysilander@gmail.com NO dogs please.
Address: Rte. 275, Mansfield, CT. 0.2 miles west of Separatist Rd, park at Glen Ridge Fire Pond
Expect this! Famed Author & UConn Professor Thor Thorson will lead the group on a walk to explore ponds, dams and walls. Rain postpones to Sunday 4/23. Kids in backpacks or school-age. Questions? 860-429-9023. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust.
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Forest Stewardship with Patch Cutting
Sunday, April 23, 2017, Time TBD
Difficulty: TBD. Key(s):  TBD. Address: , Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! Learn about a “patch cut” that these woods owners are doing with Mike Bartlett of Hull Forest Products. Enjoy the beautiful mature forest location with the land owner, the current forester, and Mike Tremblay the forester that did the original stewardship plan. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: TBD, TBD. Sponsored by: ECFLA/WDLT.
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TLGV Ranger Marcy’s Acorn Adventure – Salamander Story Walk
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children.
Address: Lake Siog, Pond Bridge Rd., Holland, MA.
Expect this! WALK Lake Siog Pass Trail. READ the book “Big Night for Salamanders.” LOOK for live squirmy salamanders, too! Last year we found so many salamanders at this location and Acorn Adventure, we could not wait to come back for another visit! We’re sure to learn & discover more! Snacks, Acorn stickers & fresh air FUN always included! Dress for the weather, and bring a friend! FREE! All ages welcome. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles.Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley  and Putnam Bank.
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Opening Day and Metal Fest at the Railroad Museum!
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 am – 3pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: 55 Bridge St., Willimantic (Windham), CT. Follow the railroad tracks down a dirt road for about 1/2 mile to the parking area and entrance gate.
Expect this! Opening day for this interactive outdoor museum for kids of all ages! Enjoy blacksmiths, train rides, music & more. Truly a hidden gem in our region! Questions? 860-456-9999. Sponsored by: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Downtown Danielson Architectural & Historical Walk
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Restrooms near. Address: 196 Main St., Danielson, CT. Meet at Killingly Historical Society, parking behind Key Bank across the street.
Expect this! Stroll the sidewalks of downtown Danielson with TLGV Ranger Marcy & KHS Marilyn, gazing at the adornments and varied architecture. Learn when they were built & the different businesses that went on in each over the years. Many current business owners will welcome us in to see what they are up to now! KHS’s Marilyn gathered all of this information and knows it like the back of her hand. Join us! Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Killingly Business Association (KBA), Killingly Historical Society & The Last Green Valley.
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The River, Rail, Mills & Trails
Sunday, May 7, 2017, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Restrooms near, Especially for families with children. Address: 55 Bridge St., Willimantic (Windham), CT. Follow the railroad tracks down a dirt road for about 1/2 mile to the parking area and entrance gate.
Expect this! Walk the new rail trail up to the Railroad Museum, talking & learning about railroad history & current service, and the river that powered the mills. Optional: Tour the museum or take a train ride after for an additional small cost.  2 miles. Questions? 860-617-3308. Sponsored by: Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Bike Mansfield No-Drop Ride in Bike Month
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 5 – 7 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Pre-register to 860-429-3015. Address: Mansfield Community Center, 10 S. Eagleville Rd., Storrs (Mansfield), CT.
Expect this! May is Bike Month and we will have a no-drop ride from the Mansfield Community  Center prior to the presentation “Commuting by Bike & Safe Riding in Traffic.”  Everyone is welcome on the ride starting at 5 pm from the MCC, but all riders must sign a waiver.  Ride at an easy pace for about 15-20 miles to can get back in time for the presentation at 7 pm. Questions? 860-429-3015. Sponsored by: Bike Mansfield.
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Commuting by Bike & Safe Riding in Traffic
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Pre-register to 860-429-3015. Address: Mansfield Community Center, 10 S. Eagleville Rd., Storrs (Mansfield), CT.
Expect this! Presenter: Dave Waldburger, Certified League of American Bicyclists Instructor, assisted by other local LCI’s and other experienced cyclists will talk about commuting by bike for work and daily errands. This workshop will describe ways to use your bike for commuting to work, shopping, and other daily tasks.  It will also focus on safely riding it traffic, proper lane positioning, when to “Take the Lane”, and other important skills taught by the League of American Bicyclists. Time for questions/discussion will follow the presentation. Questions? 860-429-3015. Sponsored by: Bike Mansfield.
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Long Pond Bird Walk
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 8 – 9 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):  NO dogs please.
Address: TBD, Thompson, CT.
Expect this! Learn about the birds, how to hear them and how to spot them on the Wyndham Land Trust’s newest preserve, “Long Pond” with the steward, Andy. Bring binoculars and alert senses. No dogs please. Questions? 860-963-2090. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust.
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Mansfield PUP Crawl
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Restrooms nearby, Leashed dogs.Address: 2 Dog Lane, Storrs (Mansfield), CT. Parking is available in the Storrs Center Parking Garage (free for first 2 hours, then just $1/hour thereafter).
Expect this! Take a guided walk through Downtown Storrs with your four-legged friends! We’ll have fun and educational stops along the way. Walk takes place rain or shine over varied terrain. Dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds welcome. Dogs should be comfortable on leash and in large groups. Walkers without dogs also welcome! Questions? 860-429-2740. Time/Distance: 2 hours/1.5 miles.Sponsored by: Mansfield Downtown Partnership.
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Bull Hill Bird Walk
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8 – 9 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):  NO dogs please. Address: TBD, Thompson, CT.
Expect this! Learn about the birds, how to hear them and how to spot them on this unique and beautiful property with local bird guru, Andy. Bring binoculars and alert senses. No dogs please. Questions? 860-963-2090. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust
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Harmonies & Hops in downtown Danielson
Saturday, May 20, 2017, Time TBD
Difficulty: n/a. Key(s):   
Address: Commerce St., Danielson, CT.
Expect this! Bigger than ever, offering over 25 brewers and lots of music, get your tickets now because this event sells out every year! Put together by local brewers at Black Pond Brews, they offer you a chance to enjoy downtown Main Street, Harmonies & Hops and all the local businesses as the fresh spring air greets us all. Questions? 860-207-5295. Sponsored by: Killingly Business Association.
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TLGV Ranger Marcy’s Acorn Adventure Pond & Field Discoveries at the Fish Hatchery
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children.
Address: Quinebaug Valley Fish Hatchery, 141 Trout Hatchery Rd., Central Village (Plainfield), CT.
Expect this! Tour the fish hatchery building, learn what happens here & where the trout go! Walk the trails to the pond, looking for turtles, frogs & tadpoles! Bring your fishing pole and barbless hooks! Bug spray and worms, too! Snacks, Acorn stickers & fresh air FUN always included! Dress for the weather, and bring a friend! FREE! All ages welcome.  Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley  and Putnam Bank.
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Next Stop: Hampton Station on the Air Line Trail
Sunday, May 28, 2017, 11 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Leashed dogs.Address: Estabrooks Rd., Hampton, CT. Rte. 6 to Potter Rd. (Goodwin Forest), right on 11th Section Rd to Estabrooks Rd.
Expect this! Starting out in the beautiful Goodwin State Forest with wonderful views, we will explore this section of the Air Line Trail, going to the Hampton Station Site. Lots of train tales will be told, including the tales of the Ghost Train. Questions? 860-617-3308. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Chaplin’s Air Line Rail Trail
Monday, May 29, 2017 – Memorial Day, 2 – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children. Address: Chewink Rd., Chaplin, CT. Rte. 6 to Chewink Rd., park at lot where the Air Line Trail crosses road.
Expect this! Enjoy a walk on this beautifully scenic piece of the Air Line Trail. Learn about the history of the trains in the northeast CT and about the route of the Ghost Train as you walk with railroad historian Ray Axelrod! Questions? 860-617-3308. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Air Line Lore Along the Lebanon & Columbia Line
Saturday, June 3, 2017 – CT Trails Day, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children. Address: Pine St. (Columbia) becomes Leonard’s Bridge Rd (Lebanon), CT. Rte. 66 to Pine St. in Columbia to trail head over the Lebanon town line where street name changes to Leonard’s Bridge Rd.
Expect this! No goosebumps, but hear about the Ghost Train, the line construction of 1912-1913, and CT railroad lore with rail historian Ray Axelrod on this nice section of the Air Line Trail. Questions? 860-617-3308. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Rapoport/Spalding Preserve Walk
Sunday, June 4, 2017 (CT Trails Day), 10 – 11 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):  Leashed dogs. Address: Dead end of Calkins Rd., Woodstock, CT. Park respectfully on road by #129 Calkins Rd.
Expect this! Hike the fields, woods, and wetlands of this scenic 154-acre Wyndham Land Trust Property, the Spalding/Rapoport Preserve. Questions? 860-928-4715. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust.
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The River, Rail, Mills & Trails AND Open House
Saturday, June 10, 2017 – CT Open House Day, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Restrooms nearby, Especially for families with children. Address: 55 Bridge St. Windham (Willimantic), CT. Drive in about 0.5 miles on the gravel road beside the tracks to the walk start point.
Expect this! Walk to new rail trail up to the Railroad Museum, talking & learning about railroad history & current service, the river that powered the mills. Optional: Stay longer and tour the museum or take a train ride after for an additional small cost. Questions? 860-617-3308. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Atwood Farm Open House
Saturday, June 10, 2017 (CT Open House Day), 12 – 4 pm
Difficulty: n/a. Address: 624 Wormwood Hill Rd., Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! Visit the historic Atwood Farm and home of Joshua’s Trust. Take a tour, stay and enjoy for just a while or the entire afternoon! Questions? 860-429-9023. Time/Distance: 4 hours. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust.
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Gurleyville Grist Mill Opening Day
Sunday, June 10, 2017 (CT Open House Day), 12 – 4 pm
Difficulty: n/a.
Address: Stonemill Rd., Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! Attend opening day of the Gurleyville Grist Mill, last owned by the family of Governor Wilbur Cross. Tour the mill! A film will be shown at 3 pm at 624 Wormwood Hill Rd. (Joshua’s Trust Office) that features the Grist Mill. Participants may elect to walk along the Fenton River on the blue trail, located nearby. Questions? 860-429-9023Time/Distance: 4 hours. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust.
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TLGV Ranger Marcy’s Acorn Adventure Letterboxing with the Girl Scouts
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children. RSVP REQUIRED to marcy@tlgv.org
Address: Camp Laurel, 175 Clubhouse Rd., Lebanon, CT.
Expect this! Letterboxing is good old-fashioned fun. Be creative. Be a sleuth & a modern-day explorer! Get out in fresh air! We’ll learn how. RSVP REQUIRED so we will have enough materials for all of you! RSVP to marcy@tlgv.org. Snacks, Acorn stickers & fresh air FUN always included! Be sure to bring a friend! FREE! All ages welcome.  Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley  and Putnam Bank and Girl Scouts of CT.
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John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7 am – 1 pm. Rain date: Sunday, June 18th
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Restrooms nearby, Bring Bike & Helmet, Registration Required. Address: 10 S. Eagleville Rd., Storrs (Mansfield), CT.
Expect this! The Town of Mansfield, Mansfield Community Center, and Mansfield Downtown Partnership invite you to explore Mansfield by bike! The John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield features three different routes (7, 20, and 40 miles) through Mansfield’s historic districts, new downtown, and the UConn campus. Experience riding on open roads is encouraged. NOTE: Rides take place on open roads; Helmets required; Registration materials will be available in May with fee to be determined at that time. Questions? mdp@mansfieldct.org or 860-429-3015. Sponsored by: Mansfield Downtown Partnership.
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Tour “The Fenn” & Learn How it was Preserved
Saturday, June 17, 2017, time TBD
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  . Address: 205 Roseland Park Rd., Woodstock, CT. Roseland Park, meet at the park barn.
Expect this! Meet Bet & her husband Patrick to learn what they have done & how they have done it. Theirs is an amazing story of purchasing & preserving land in Woodstock. After the story, tour “The Fenn” located on the north end of Roseland Lake in Woodstock.  After the tour, refuel with lunch in the park. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: TBD, TBD. Sponsored by:ECFLA/WDLT.
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Together we can care for, enjoy, and pass on The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor!

Thank you to the 2017 Spring Outdoors Sponsor, Southbridge Savings Bank!

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*There is just one requirement to offer a Spring Outdoors; either you or your organization should be a proud member or partner of The Last Green Valley. Join or renew now