SPRING Outdoors 2017!

Walkers, Hikers, TLGV partners & members – Spring Outdoors is here! Scroll down to see all of your choices!


Spring Outdoors runs 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.

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Your Spring Outdoors choices in 2017:
Stories, Songs, Arts & Nature at Trail Wood
Saturday, 3/25/2017, 9 – 10:30 am
Difficulty: Easy.Address: Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary at Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 97
Expect this! As a summer of 2016 Artist in Residence at the Trail Wood Memorial Sanctuary, owned and managed by CT Audubon, Maria Sangiolo wishes to share the trails and her creative experience there as a writer. Maria has songs and stories to share and a love of the place that the Teales inhabited in Hampton for over 40 years. We will start with a short talk and then hike for about an hour. This tour will repeat on Saturday, May 20 at 2 pm, so you can enjoy later in the spring. For local entertainment, see what Maria lines up at the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, another proud supporter of TLGV. Questions? 860-208-5284. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 +/- miles.
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Organic Lawns Workshop
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10 – 11: 30 am
Difficulty: n/a. Key(s):Pre-registration by 3/23/17 to 860-429-3333 or waltonvd@mansfieldct.org. Address: 4 S. Eagleville Rd., Storrs (Mansfield), CT.
Expect this! The Town of Mansfield is offering a series of free workshops focused on landscaping techniques that reduce storm water pressure, soil erosion, pesticide, herbicide and synthetic fertilizer use and support a healthy environment around our homes. Residents from other communities are welcome to attend. Learn how to create a lush, healthy yard without the use of pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers from accredited organic land care professional Rick Brosseau of Milrick Lawn Service. Questions? 860-429-3333. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield, CT.
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Medicinal Weeds of Connecticut and Their Use
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:30 – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration recommended 860-455-9534 or jasper.sha@ct.gov. Address: 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! This workshop will emphasize the identification and use of our wonderful weeds. Example plants will be shared and a weed walk will be included to help participants recognize plants. Recipes will be shared and demonstrated. Debra Hultgren is a retired public school educator and administrator. In retirement she is a practicing community herbalist and master gardener. She grows, harvests and prepares foods and medicines and teaches others how to include these healing traditions in their own lives. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest.
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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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Climate Change 101
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration recommended 860-455-9534 or jasper.sha@ct.gov. Address: 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Goodwin’s naturalist, Jasper Sha will lead a discussion about climate change. He will discuss how climate change works, how humans are impacting global changes, and will answer some commonly asked questions and misconceptions. Come learn, ask questions, and find out a little bit more about something often talked about but rarely examined clearly. Stay after the talk and hike or stroll some of the beautiful trails around the Goodwin Forest. Breathe in the fresh air. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a. Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest.
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Spring Along the Willimantic River
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 – 3:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Key(s):Pre-register activities@joshuastrust.org. 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? 860-429-9023. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust.
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Climate Change and Its Effect on Human Health
Sunday, 3/26/2017, 2 – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Free to CAS members, $7 for non-members.
Address: 218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center, CT.
Expect this! In addition to sea level rise, we are experiencing more frequent extremes in our weather which in turn impacts our health, food and water supplies. Sharon Diamen, M.D. retired Internist will discuss the implications of global climate change on human health and well-being, as well as provide simple steps we all can take to help fight it. Feel free to walk our sanctuary before or after the program.
Questions? 860-928-4948. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a
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Spring Rains Story on Top of the Dam
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 5 – 6:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children, NO dogs please.
Address: Hodges Village Dam, 30 Howarth Rd., Oxford, MA.
Expect this! Do you like reading about the environment and learning about water? Want to read as a family and get a flood control tour of the dam? Drop in for a short, easy walk on top of the dam. FREE, family-fun event!Questions? 508-248-5697.Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, < 0.3 miles
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Keep Killingly Clean Month-Long Town-Wide Cleanup
April 1 – April 30, 2017
Difficulty: n/a.
Address: throughout the town, Killingly, CT.
Expect this! Beginning April 1st, SIGN UP to participate! Pick up green trash bags at the Economic Development Office on the 2nd floor of the Town Hall (172 Main Street.) COLLECT trash in your neighborhood, streets & open spaces. Trash PICK UP by the town will be on Mondays April 10th, 17th and 24th. For more information contact Elsie or Judy at ecdev@killinglyct.gov or call 860-779-5350. Questions? 860-779-5350. Time/Distance: Entire month of April.
Sponsored by: Town of Killingly, CT.
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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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Vernal Pool Inventory Training Session
Saturday, 4/1/2017, 9 am – 12 pm
Another training session is offered Friday 4/7/17, 9 am.
Difficulty: Easy. FEE: $10 for CAS members, $15 for non-members
Address: 218 Day Rd., Pomfret, CT. CT Audubon Society Center at Pomfret
Expect this! With spring rains and snowmelt, pools that typically are dry throughout summer, become breeding habitat for woodland amphibians. Peepers, wood frogs and spotted salamanders congregate at these vernal pools. Our trained volunteers search vernal pools for these breeding amphibians and their egg masses. If you would like to learn more about vernal pools and become a volunteer, attend one of the two training sessions with Citizen Science Coordinator, Paula Coughlin at the Center at Pomfret.
Questions? 860-928-4948. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a
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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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History of Making Charcoal in Connecticut
Saturday, 4/1/2017, 10 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! This presentation is open to everyone interested in learning about the history of making charcoal in Connecticut. Master Naturalist Lance Hansen will present his research and discuss his project of creating a demonstration charcoal mound along the red/white trail in the Goodwin State Forest. After the presentation, we invite participants to take a hike to see the charcoal mound demonstration first hand. Lance Hansen is a Master Naturalist graduate, trail manager, Master Wildlife Conservationist, Farmington River Steward, representative for the Farmington River Coordinating Committee, and an employee in the Wildlife Division at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (amongst many other things). Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a
Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest
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Leffingwell House Museum Season Opening & Unveil of 13-Star Flag
Saturday, April 1, 2017, 11 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! After a self-guided Walk Norwich stroll (walknorwich.org), visit the museum for opening day, including the unveiling of an amazing preserved and framed Centennial 13-Star Flag! Cocoa being served, too. $5 entry fee. Questions? 860-889-9440. Time/Distance: 5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Leffingwell House Museum.

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Long Distance Guided Hike
Sunday, 4/2/2017, 12 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Difficult. Key(s): Leashed dogs.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Enjoy the company of fellow hikers and get some great outdoor exercise. Expect a 5-7 mile hike. Goodwin Guide Kat Gayson, will be taking you on this long distance hike as she points out nature tidbits here and there. All are welcome, including friendly dogs. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 3 hours, 5-7 miles
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Informational Evening: The Coverts Project
Monday, 4/3/2017, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): .
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Are you a woodland owner or property manager who wants to learn more about your woods and the animals that call it home? You may be interested in the Coverts Project. In this seminar, Dr. Tom Worthley will inform you about the Coverts Project and how you can become a part of this group of landowners who are interested in managing and enhancing their forested land. Tom Worthley is an Assistant Extension Professor at UConn and has written many scholastic articles while also teaching courses in Forest Ecology and Management and Dendrology. He also has worked extensively with forested tracts in the UConn forest. Questions? 860-455-9534.Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a
Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest.
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The Audacity of Migration
Tuesday, 4/4/2017, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration to jasper.sha@ct.gov FEE: $5 for Friends of Goodwin Forest & CFPA members, $10 for nonmembers.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! In the struggle for existence, migration is one of nature’s great events. Birds do it. Whales do it. Even some insects move thousands of miles in spring or fall. Reporting from the frontiers of migration, writer and naturalist Dr. Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets of migration from the perspective of a bird (blackpoll warbler), a butterfly (monarch) and a dragonfly (wandering glider). With Bryan’s images, stories and humor, you’ll discover what new and innovative research tells us about how animals move to survive.
Dr. Bryan Pfeiffer has been published in NY Times, Aeon Magazine, Orion, Northern Woodlands, and Field & Stream. He also teaches at University of Vermont and runs insect seminars at Maine’s Eagle Hill Institute. Learn more about him at www.bryanpfeiffer.com. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a
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Vernal Pool Inventory Training Session
Friday, 4/7/2017, 9 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy.  FEE: $10 for CAS members, $15 for non-members
Address: 218 Day Rd., Pomfret, CT. CT Audubon Society Center at Pomfret
Expect this! With spring rains and snowmelt, pools that typically are dry throughout summer, become breeding habitat for woodland amphibians. Peepers, wood frogs and spotted salamanders congregate at these vernal pools. Our trained volunteers search vernal pools for these breeding amphibians and their egg masses. If you would like to learn more about vernal pools and become a volunteer, attend this training session with Citizen Science Coordinator, Paula Coughlin at the Center at Pomfret.
Questions? 860-928-4948.Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a
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Alien Invaders!!! Invasive Species of Connecticut
Saturday, 4/8/2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Aliens are all around us. From fish to plants to worms, invasive plants and animals have entered the United States in many ways, some intentionally and some not. Join Judy Rondeau, Natural Resource Specialist with the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District and former Goodwin naturalist, for a survey of some of the alien species that now call the United States home. We will talk about how these species were brought here, impacts that they have on native species and the economy, and how to get rid of them. Then we will take a short stroll to identify some common invasive plant species and discuss methods for control. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a
 
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Families on Foot (A Family Hike at Mashamoquet Brook State Park)
Saturday, 4/8/2017, 10 am – 12 pm. Rain date Sat. 4/22, 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):Pre-registration to melanie.sartori@ghymca.org or call 860-315-9622. Restrooms nearby, Especially for families with children, Leashed dogs.Address: Route 44, Pomfret Center, CT. Please park close to the entrance and meet at the bridge leading to the trails. Gates do not open until after Memorial Day.
Expect this! Hiking with your family is the perfect way to discover the wonders of spring. Meet YMCA Instructor, Grace Syriac for a guided hike of Mashamoquet Brook Trail. This 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pomfret Center, Connecticut that offers the chance to discover spring and see wildlife. Make sure everyone has good walking shoes. Pack enough water (and then pack extra), remember sunscreen and bug spray. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Questions? 860-315-9622. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 4.2 miles
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NHS – Second Saturdays: Civil War History of Yantic Cemetery
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10:30 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: 68 Lafayette St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! One of the NHS Second Saturday guides walk/talks offered. 150 years ago, about 1,300 Norwich men marched off to fight in the Civil War. Three hundred eighty-three of those men rest here. We don’t know all of their stories, but come with us on this pleasant walk and we will tell you some of their best ones.
Questions? 860-886-1776. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.
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NHS – Second Saturdays: Norwich Notables of the Yantic Cemetery
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: 68 Lafayette St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! One of the NHS Second Saturday guides walk/talks offered. The Yantic Cemetery is the final resting place of many Norwich Notables including millionaires, politicians, painters and abolitionists. Please join local cemetery expert Dave Oat as he details Norwich’s past illustrious citizens and dicusses Victorian era funerary practices. Dave sheds new meaning on “being buried alive” and other burial practices. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. FREE.
If you want more information on Yantic Cemetery, please consider purchasing local author Melodye Whatley’s book “Stories from Yantic Cemetery” – . Please consider donating to the Norwich Historical Society via Amazon Smile. Questions? 860-886-1776. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.
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Blue Slope Country Museum Presents Stew & Stories
Saturday, 4/8/2017, 1 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Pre-registration recommended Call 860-642-6413 by 4/3/17. Ages 12+, $5 donation recommended.
Address: 138 Blue Hill Rd., Franklin, CT.
Expect this! Learn the stories of farming in southern, CT from the ‘experts’. These are not ‘how to’ stories, rather stories rich in character, history and the ‘I remember when’ stories. Learn how some inventions were instrumental to farming, yet how many of the inventions fall under the category ‘everything old is new again.’
As visitors gather at Blue Slope Country Museum in Franklin, CT they will enjoy some fresh stew as your special Yankee farmers share their own personal fun and informative stories not found in history books: like haying by hand and haymaker’s switchel, seeding and harvesting, hand milking as they attempt to provide a glimpse into the family dynamics and the value of hard work and play.
Questions? 860-642-6413. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Blue Slope Country Museum.
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Vernal Pools
Saturday, 4/8/2017, 8 – 9:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Pre-registration to jasper.sha@ct.gov
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Vernal pools are fishless ephemeral spring ponds that form in the forest. So what is so special about them? Vernal pools are essential to the life cycles of many amphibians and other aquatic creatures. During this program, Naturalist Juan Sanchez, Master Naturalist Brad Robinson, and Goodwin Naturalist Jasper Sha will discuss the importance of vernal pools. After a presentation, we will go out into the night to visit a vernal pool to see what kinds of creatures we can find!
Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest
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Messing About in a Vernal Pool
Sunday, 4/9/2017, 2 – 4 pm, Rain date Sun. 4/16/17, 2 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):  NO dogs please. Address: Border Woods Preserve, Eastford Rd., Woodstock, CT. On Rte. 198, about 1 mile north of the Rtes 198 & 197 intersection. Kiosk sign will be on your right if you are headed north.
Expect this! Our springtime temporary pond is as full of life as a tidepool. We’ll introduce you to live and lively amphibian, crustacean, and insect denizens of this fast-paced, short-lived environment. Wear watershoes if you want to help catch, but there will be plenty to see if you want to stay dry. Interested children are welcome. No dogs, this time, sorry. Moderate hike to get to the site. Questions? 860-928-3047. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: New Roxbury Land Trust.
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Hodges Village Dam Full Moon Vernal Pool Walk
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 7 – 8:30 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): NO dogs please.
Address: Hodges Village Dam, 30 Howarth Rd., Oxford, MA.
Expect this! NO dogs please, we’ll be looking for “critters” and need to be quiet. This should be the perfect time & place to look for salamanders. Dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight. FREE! All ages welcome.Questions? 508-248-5697. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1+ mile.
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Senior Walk (not just for Seniors)
Wednesday, 4/12/2017, 12 – 2 pm
Difficulty: Easy – moderate.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! These are easy to moderate but casual walks taken on forest trails. They are a great opportunity to get outside, learn something new and maybe even meet a few new friends. These walks are very popular, and not just for seniors! All are welcome. Hiking sticks are available to borrow. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles
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Owl Visit & Iron Mine Walk during school vacation!

Thursday, April 13, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm

Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Especially for families with children. Address: 9 Sand Hill Rd., Ashford, CT.

Expect this! On Thursday, April 13th, at 10:00 AM, kids and adults alike can join Joshua’s Trust and Horizon Wings Raptor Rescue for a special program on owls and a walk at nearby Iron Mine Valley Preserve in Ashford for a special April Vacation outing.  The program will begin at Horizon Wings where attendees will  meet and learn about some of the rescue’s resident owls.  Following the program, there will be a walk at Iron Mine Valley, just five minutes up the road.  The walk will focus on owls’ natural habitat and springtime habits.  Learn more about Iron Mine Preserve here: http://joshuastrust.org/iron-mine-valley. Questions? 860-429-3338. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust & Horizon Wings.
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Senior Walk (not just for Seniors)
Thursday, 4/13/2017, 10 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy – moderate.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! These are easy to moderate but casual walks taken on forest trails. They are a great opportunity to get outside, learn something new and maybe even meet a few new friends. These walks are very popular, and not just for seniors! All are welcome. Hiking sticks are available to borrow. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles
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Nature Immersion: The Art of Sit Spot
Friday, 4/14/2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Join Beth Bernard, Program Director at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center in a unique journey to discover the lost art of the Sit Spot. This observation tool increases awareness, calms the body and mind, and opens up a world of awesome nature sightings! We will be taking a short hike and participating in exercises that awaken our senses. During our Sit Spot, we will stay in one spot and let nature come to us. Be dressed for the weather and bring a small mat or towel to sit on if you desire. Age 12-adult.
Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, < 1 mile.  Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest
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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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Get the Scoop on Pluto
Friday, 4/14/2017, 7 – 8:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration email register@mcleanresearch.com.
Address: TLGV office, 203B Main St., Danielson (Killingly), CT. Park behind Key Bank and enter through the side door.
Expect this! Join Ranger Geoff at the Last Green Valley’s headquarters for a presentation on the latest Pluto findings. The New Horizons explorer has completed sending it’s data about Pluto and scientists are still discovering more information about the minor planet. Learn more about this bizarre little planet that defies all preconceptions. The talk is for all age groups but most appropriate for 10 year olds and older.
Reservations are required as we only have room for 50 attendees.
Questions? 860-774-3300Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a
Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley and McLean Research Associates
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TLGV April Member Program at Horizon Wings
Saturday, April 15, 2017, Time TBD
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration 860-774-3300 or bill@tlgv.org. Address: 9 Sand Hill Rd., Ashford, CT.
Expect this! Enjoy the monthly TLGV member program with Chief Ranger Bill and Mary-Beth & her Horizon Wings Team. More details to come or contact bill@tlgv.org Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: TBD, TBD. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley & Horizon Wings.
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Gardeners Roundtable
Saturday, 4/15/2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! This workshop is intended for all gardeners of all experience levels. We share best practices and pitfalls for gardening in eastern Connecticut.These monthly workshops cover a wide-range of topics, so please come with your questions, your expertise, and your own stories of success and failure in your gardens.
Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a
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Fly Fishing: How and Why? with Trout Unlimited
Saturday, 4/15/2017, 2 – 3:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Trout Unlimited members George Jacobi and John Preston will explain the anatomy of a Connecticut trout stream by exploring the practice of fly fishing. Learn about strategy and timing, insect identification basics, fly skills, casting, and reading the water.
Artist and author George Jacobi was published in “Trout” magazine in 2016, and wrote a blog for the Grand Canyon National Park website. John Preston is a past President of Thames Valley Trout Unlimited. Both have been fly fishing for over 40 years. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a
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Nature Tech Talk
Monday, 4/17/2017, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Bring your smartphone if you have one!
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Let’s encourage each other to get out into nature more by learning how to merge the outdoors with the technology we have at hand. Discover apps we can use on our phones that help connect us not only with nature, but also with different communities. Turn nature and the outdoors into an active game for the kids! Find out how you and your family can get involved in helping scientists too! Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a
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How Flowers are Affected by Climate Change
Monday, 4/17/2017, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Join Tanisha Williams, Ph.D student at UConn, as she discusses how flowers and plants can be indicators of climate change. By studying physical floral responses to changes in the environment and examining them alongside modeling predictions and population genetics, we can better understand the “past, present, and future” of the mechanisms driving plant populations and changes for survival in an ever shifting climate.
Tanisha is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studying how indigenous flora from South Africa respond to climate change. She is a Fulbright Scholar and has spent the past year in South Africa conducting research. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a
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Every Day Earth Day Fair
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, QVCC Foundation, WINY, TLGV & CT DPH.
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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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Spring Bird Watching
Wednesday, 4/19/2017, 11 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Bring binoculars, do NOT wear bright colored clothing.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! With the arrival of spring, birds are returning to New England to nest, making this the ideal time of year to view a variety of bird species. Join Conservation Educator Michael Grady and take a walk along Goodwin trails in search of birds. Bring binoculars and do not wear bright colored clothing. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1 hour, < 1 mile. Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin Forest
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Deep Sky Observing
Friday, 4/21/2017, 8 – 11 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): NO dogs except for guide dogs which are permitted. (FYI because guide dogs are well trained and pose little hazard to astronomical equipment).
Address: Holton Rd., Franklin, CT. Sprague Land Trust property on Holton Road in Franklin. Directions/Parking: From Baltic take 207 West, right onto Holton Rd. (before the Franklin School), drive almost to end. Parking on left in mowed field/marked areas.
Expect this! Join Rangers Kim and Geoff for a night observing some far distant objects like galaxies, clusters of stars, Red Giants, Nebulae. If you have a telescope – bring it. If you don’t know how to use it come early and we’ll help get you get started. (We’ll be there about 7PM.) Learn how to find the North Star. We talk about – and answer – all kinds of astronomical trivia while we observe. This is a family friendly event. Please – no lanterns and flashlights should be only be red lights. No white lights.
Questions? 860-774-3300.Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a
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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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Canterbury Lions Club Clean Up
Saturday, 4/22/2017, 9 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. 
Address: Canterbury Town Hall, 1 Municipal Dr., Canterbury, CT. Off Route 14
Expect this! The Canterbury Lions Club will host a cleanup of Canterbury on April 22nd meeting at the Canterbury Town Hall at 9 am. Please bring gloves. Volunteers will be assigned areas that need attention. All available organizations, individuals and families are welcome to help. Please consider participating. It is a positive event to help to clean Canterbury’s scenic roadways. Your volunteering will brighten up part of the Last Green Valley. Refreshments will be provided around noon at the end of the cleanup.
Questions? 860-546-6857
Time/Distance: 3 hours,
Sponsored by: Canterbury Lions Club.
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Avalonia’s Earth Day Guided Hike
Saturday, 4/22/2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): NO dogs please.
Address: Swantown Hill Rd., N. Stonington, CT.
Expect this! What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a visit to one of Avalonia’s newest acquisitions, Benedict Benson Preserve? Naturalist Bruce Fellman will be on hand to guide you and to help identify the some of the many species of rare and endangered birds that inhabit this beautiful 94-acre property. This is a songbird preserve, so please, no dogs.
Questions? 860-884-3500
Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles
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4th Annual WT4H Camper Scamper 5k Road Race & Kids 1 miler

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):Pre-registration online. Address: 326 Taft Pond Rd., Pomfret, CT.
Expect this! Help support our local youth by running, jogging or walking the 5k on the country road in Pomfret. 1 mile optional run for the younger kids, too! $20 for adults, $10 for the kiddos. Questions? 860-974-1122. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile or 3.1 miles. Sponsored by: Windham-Tolland 4H Camp.
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Build Your Own Rain Barrel & Pre-order Sale
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Key(s):Pre-registration by 4/14/17 to 860-429-3333 or waltonvd@mansfieldct.org  Address: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd. (Rte. 89), Buchanan Auditorium, Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! The Town of Mansfield is offering a series of free workshops focused on landscaping techniques that reduce storm water pressure, soil erosion, pesticide, herbicide and synthetic fertilizer use and support a healthy environment around our homes. Residents from other communities are welcome to attend. Save yourself a bunch of money by learning how to make your own rain barrel. Do-it-yourselfers Rick Brosseau and Shawn Santasiere will retrofit a food grade barrel during the presentation. To pre-order barrels, contact Recycling Coordinator, Virginia Walton at 860-429-3333 or waltonvd@mansfieldct.org. Questions? 860-429-3333. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield.

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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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Soil Science
Saturday, 4/22/2017, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration to jasper.sha@ct.gov
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Learn how Connecticut’s past, present, and future are shaped by its soils! Join Consulting Conservation Scientist Kip Kolesinskas as he walks us through the world beneath our feet. Connecticut is home to a rich diversity of soil resources which impact our state in various ways from land use patterns to forest vegetation. Learn how the use and management of our soil resources will shape our future environment and economy. This is an indoor presentation followed by a short walk to explore the soils, land use history, and vegetation of Goodwin. Dress comfortably and in layers for indoor/outdoor learning. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 2.5 hours, < 1 mile
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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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Wyndham Land Trust’s Salamander Search at the Lyon Preserve

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children. Address: Wrights Crossing Rd., Pomfret, CT. Look for the Lyon Preserve sign, at the end of Wrights Crossing Rd, just off Rte. 101.

Expect this! WALK the Lyon Preserve. READ the book “Big Night for Salamanders.” LOOK for live squirmy salamanders, too! This should be the perfect time & place to look for salamanders. We’re sure to learn & discover more! Snacks included! Dress for the weather, and bring a friend! FREE! All ages welcome. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust.
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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 activities@joshuastrust.org 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. No dogs please.
Questions? 860-429-9023. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Joshua’s Trust.
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Creating a Medicinal Herb Garden
Saturday, 4/22/2017, 2 – 3:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Participants will learn about the types of medicinal plants that can be grown in a dedicated garden. Garden design and plant requirements will be illustrated, and sources for medicinal plants will be provided. Weather permitting. The gardens at Goodwin may be explored for illustration.
Debra Hultgren is a retired public school educator and administrator. She is a practicing community herbalist and a master gardener. She grows, harvests and prepares plant foods and medicines and teaches others how to include these healing traditions in their own lives. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a
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Perspectives: Land, Streams & Photos
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 5 – 6:30 pm, Rain Date: Wed, April 26 5:30-7 PM
Difficulty: Moderate. Address: Dingle Dell Property, Brimfield, MA. (directions to be provided by Ed Hood, 508-347-9144, ext. 2)
Expect this! Hitchcock Academy, Opacum Land Trust Executive Director Ed Hood, and Photographer Kevin Kopchynski are collaborating to bring you a special walk on the Brimfield property Opacum is working to acquire, Dingley Dell.Everyone sees things from their own perspective. Learn about the land Opacum is working to acquire, discover unique nooks and crannies on the property, bring your camera and join the photo shoot class with nature photographer Kevin Kopchynski who will help you to zoom in, or focus on the big picture as the evening light arrives.During the walk, participants will be led through the woods to focus their eyes to capture the special features of the woods.BONUS Photo Contest: Help Opacum raise awareness about the Brimfield parcel and the need for donations. Participants are requested to submit their best photos to be posted anonymously on line to be judged by the public. The top 3 prize winners will receive an Opacum T-shirt. Fee: $10 per person paid to Hitchcock.Questions? 508 347-9144 x2. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Opacum Land Trust & Hitchcock Free Academy.
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Sturbridge Lions All American River Race
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 9 am registration starts, 11 am first boat starts
Difficulty: Difficult paddling, easy event to attend. Key(s):  Kayak/canoe, pfd for race, Event is family-friendly. Pre-registration suggested for paddle racers. Address: Westville Dam Recreation Area, 125 Wallace Rd., Southbridge, MA.

Expect this! Register early to get an early starting time if you want to race! The Sturbridge Lions All American River Race is an annual event enjoyed by canoeing & kayaking enthusiasts & spectators alike. This is a timed race of over 6 miles, starting one craft each minute. The first craft leaves Turners Field at 11:01 am and heads for the finish line at Westville Dam Recreational Area in Southbridge. The Sturbridge & Charlton Emergency Rescue Teams use the race as a training event,  man the route with spotters from the Radio Club, this is the safest race possible. Hundreds of vendors, participants & attendees enjoy. Medalions are given to the first 3 finishers in each class. The Westville Dam Recreational Area features food and entertainment as well as strategic viewing spots to see the craft negotiate the rapids area. A good time is had by all! Questions? 508-347-9636. Time/Distance: 6 mile paddle race. Sponsored by: Sturbridge Lions Club

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Forest & Farm, LLC Woodland Tour
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1 – 3 pm

Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Leashed dogs. Address: 105 Forest Rd., Mansfield, CT. From the intersection of RT 44 & RT 195, take RT 44, west for 1.25 miles, to a right on Baxter Rd., .5 miles to the first left, onto Forest Rd., go .5 miles to parking on the right across the street from #105, Forest Rd.  Expect this! You are invited to tour newly completed wildlife habitat enhancement patch cuts on the Forest & Farm, LLC property, in Mansfield, CT. There are three recently completed patch cuts that are 2-5 acres in size. Two large mammal brush piles have been built at each of the patch cuts. The patch cuts should develop into thick young growth which is needed for several species of migrant bird species whose populations are in decline due to the lack of what is commonly known as early successional habitat. We will see 25 acres of thinning to enhance growing conditions for the residual stand of oak. Consultant forester, Marc Tremblay, and Mike Bartlett, of Hull Forest Products will be leading the tour along with landowner Chris Kueffner. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles 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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No-Till Gardening

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7 – 8 pm
Key(s):Pre-registration by 4/25/17 to 860-429-3333 or waltonvd@mansfieldct.org. Address: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd. (Rte. 89), Buchanan Auditorium, Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! The Town of Mansfield is offering a series of free workshops focused on landscaping techniques that reduce storm water pressure, soil erosion, pesticide, herbicide and synthetic fertilizer use and support a healthy environment around our homes. Residents from other communities are welcome to attend. Calling all gardeners or want-to-be gardeners interested in learning how to nourish the soil without disturbing it. Organic farmer, Brian O’Hara, will share no-till techniques that incorporate compost, mulch, cover crops and proper fertilization. Brian has experience growing large volumes of crops off of a small piece of land while building the soil. Questions? 860-429-3333. Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield, CT
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Town of Brooklyn Clean Up Day
Saturday, 4/29/2017, 9 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Community Center, 39 Tiffany St., Brooklyn, CT.
Expect this! The Town of Brooklyn is having a cleanup on April 29th beginning at 9 am. Please meet at the Community Center at 39 Tiffany St to get your cleanup assignment. Volunteers will be supplied with bags, gloves, pickers, snacks and water. Various areas pf town will be covered including public parks, streets and hiking trails. Come out and help make Brooklyn more beautiful.Questions? 860-779-3411. Time/Distance: 3 hours.
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Wildflowers, Birds and Insects at Mt. Hope Park

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children. Address: Route 89, Mansfield, CT. From intersection of Rtes. 195 & 89, head east on Rte. 89 for 3.4 miles. Parking is on right. Expect this! Come take a guided nature walk through Mt Hope Park. This preserve has a wide variety of habitats and, throughout the years, many different species, birds, insects and wildflowers have been spotted. We will poke around in habitats ranging from upland and wetland forests to an early succession field with a stop to view the beautiful river. For the most part, walking is easy and paths are wide. Appropriate for families with children 5 and over.Questions? 860-429-3015. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield, CT.

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Paddle Killingly’s Pine Acres Lake Paddle
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Pre-register online here.  Kayak/canoe, pfd, 10-foot length of rope, whistle.
Address: 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Nice flat-water paddling on a 190-acre lake in Hampton, CT. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a.
Sponsored by: Paddle Killingly.
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Charlton Earth Day Festival & All Day Cleanup
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 11 am – 2 pm
Address: 37 Main St., Charlton, MA.
Expect this! Pitch in and help with the Town of Charlton’s annual all day cleanup effort. The family-friendly festival takes place from 11 am – 2 pm, and is surely the best way to Spring Outdoors and meet the smiles of Charlton! Questions? 508-348-2200. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Town of Charlton, MA.
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Plant Identification for Beginners
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Moderate.
Address: Claire Birtz Sanctuary, Tipton Rock Rd., Southbridge, MA. off Rte. 169 on the Woodstock/Southbridge Line. Parking is tight, so consider carpooling with friends.
Expect this! Join Opacum’s Scott & TLGV Ranger Marcy as we walk around Claire Birtz Wildlife Sanctuary trying to identify plants and tree with our field guides. Bring your own guide or borrow one from your library, as we will be learning together. Plan to stay longer and explore the preserve and see what else you can discover.
Questions? 508-765-3784.Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Opacum Land Trust.
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Survival Series: Fire Starting
Sunday, 4/30/2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! Brothers Ed and Fran Baranski have been wandering into the wilderness for years, building their own canoes, doing some rigorous camping, and just learning how to survive in nature by their own skill. Now they want to teach you some of the skills they’ve learned. Staying warm in the wilderness is crucial and the brothers will show you how to start and maintain a fire. Dress to be outdoors. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, < 1 mile
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Geocaching 101: There’s a hidden world waiting to be discovered
Sunday, 4/30/2017, 10 am – 2 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children, NO dogs please.
Address: E. Thompson Rd. & New Rd., Thompson, CT. Park in Air Line Trail lot
Expect this! There’s a hidden world waiting to be discovered in TLGV. Throughout the 35 towns there are more than 1000 geocaches hidden and waiting to be discovered by you. Learn the History of Geocaching, What is Geocaching, container examples, cache types, trackables, and equipment needed to Geocache. This event is perfect for Geocachers new & old and anyone who has questions or interest in having a cache placed at a specific location in TLGV. Presented by Geocaching brothers John and Steve Kochinskas ~ between the Kochinskas brothers they have over 2000 finds and 200 hides. Come on out and see what its all about. We will find caches during the event, lots of caches! HINT! Bring a GPS and or a GPS enabled smart phone. It would be a great help if attendees down load the FREE geocaching App. Cell service at the location is spotty at best. Android app: Geocaching® and Apple app: Geocaching®. There are paid apps for geocaching but all that is needed for event is the free app. You will have to create a free account. Questions? 508-523-3785. Time/Distance: 4 hours, < 2 miles.
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Country Synagogue Tour and Talk
Sunday, 4/30/2017, 1 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Pre-registration Call 860-887-8052 or email tkams@hotmail.com NO dogs please.
Address: 142 Newent Rd., Lisbon, CT. Limited parking, please register to reserve your spot.
Expect this! On the National Register of Historic Places,the Anshei Israel Synagogue is a “typical country New England House of Worship on the outside but the inside is straight from Czarist Russia. ” Join us for a tour of the grounds and a presentation about this unique building, it founders and their culture.
Questions? 860-887-8052. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a.
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Thompson Recreation & Middle School Team Clean Up
Tuesday, 5/2/2017, 11:45 am – 2 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Riverside Park, Route 12, Thompson, CT. Park by Gazebo
Expect this! Thompson Recreation and Thompson Middle School Cleanup Tuesday, May 2nd (rain date May 4th) Each Spring the 8th grade students and their teachers from Thompson Middle School volunteer a half day to help us with our park cleanup. The invitation is also extended to the St. Joseph’s school and we often receive assistance from other local volunteers on the day of the event.The Students focus on Riverside Park and Heritage Way Park along the French River. These two parks are heavily used by area residents and usually by spring are in need of a good sprucing up. The students bag the trash and leave in designated areas and DPW staff and/or recreation staff
collect it and dispose of it in a dumpster at the Highway garage. Pizza, drinks, gloves and trash bags provided. Questions? 860-923-7426. Time/Distance: 2.5 hours, 1 +/- miles.Sponsored by: Thompson Recreation & Thompson Middle School.
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First Friday-Putnam
Friday, May 5, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Main St., Putnam, CT.
Expect this! First First Friday of the Season and a great way to Discover Putnam. First Fridays feature films this year & invites the public to celebrate 6 distinct genres of film with this fun, interactive outdoor art festival.May 5th kicks off the seventh season with the fan favorite genre of film: Science Fiction and Fantasy. May’s event is subtitled “Revenge of the Fifth,” with a playful nod to the celebrated Star Wars films. As with previous seasons, the First Fridays committee encourages visitors of all ages to dress up and engage with the theme. The evening promises art projects and performances that reference the many celebrated science fiction and fantasy films of the past and present. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Putnam Business Association & Discover Putnam.
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Cinco de Mayo- BIRDS!
Friday, May 5, 2017, 7 – 8 pm
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Key(s): NO dogs please.
Address: Hodges Village Dam, 30 Howarth Rd., Oxford, MA.
Expect this! Learn about the birds that enjoy the river and wetland area below Hodges Village Dam. Bring binoculars and alert senses. No dogs please.
Questions? 508-248-5697. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hodges Village Dam
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Bird Watching with the Bird Store’s Bill
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7 – 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): NO dogs please.
Address: 910 Eastford Rd. (Rte. 198), Southbridge, MA.
Expect this! Walk the trails through Opacum Land Trust’s Thompson Family Forever Preserve and look for the birds that live in the diverse habitat that the trail crosses. Be ready to not only look, but listen. Binoculars suggested. Questions? 508-765-3784. Time/Distance: 3 hours, 1+/- miles.
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Putnam Beautification Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:30 am – 12 pm
Address: 328 Kennedy Dr., Putnam, CT. Meet at US Button parking lot
Expect this! Beautify & clean up Putnam! Note one change this year. We’ll meet in the US Button parking lot, since Rotary Park is being reseeded at the time of the cleanup. Arrive between 8-8:15 am, pick an area, got out and clean it up! Bags & gloves are provided, and town trucks are parked in various locations around town for you to toss in your work. Fun trophies awarded for “the most unusual thing found” and more. Meet back at US Button at 11am for a lunch cooked up by some of the Putnam Business Association team. We can’t wait to have more participants than ever before! All ages! All groups are welcome.
Sponsored by: Putnam Business Association Discover Putnam & Town of Putnam.  
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Nature Sketchbook Journaling at Trail Wood
Saturday, 5/6/2017, 9 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): FEE: $10 for CAS members, $20 for non-members.
Address: Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd., Hampton, CT.
Expect this! Spend time outdoors at Trail Wood sketching and painting from nature, using pencil, pen and watercolor. Learn new skills or develop ones you already have. Roxanne Steed will show you how to simplify what you see and teach basic drawing and quick intuitive watercolor techniques. Enhance your creativity, observe nature, record the day and enjoy the meditative qualities of sketching outdoors.
Questions? 860-928-4948. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a
Sponsored by: The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret.
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Paddle Killingly’s Quinebaug River from Fayban to W. Thompson Dam Paddle

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Difficult. Key(s): Pre-register online here.  Kayak/canoe, pfd, 10-foot length of rope, whistle.
Address: Fabyan Rd., Quinebaug (Thompson), CT.
Expect this! This trip requires a car shuttle. We will meet at launch point and shuttle cars to the finish at the West Thompson Dam boat ramp as needed. This trip should take about 3 hours. This paddle will involve some fast water sections with minimal rapids. Some paddling experience on rivers is recommended for this trip. Time/Distance: 3 hours. Sponsored by: Paddle Killingly.
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Backyard Composting
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 – 11 am
Difficulty: . Key(s):Pre-registration by 5/3/17 to 860-429-3333 or waltonvd@mansfieldct.org. Address: 4 S. Eagleville Rd., Storrs (Mansfield), CT.
Expect this! The Town of Mansfield is offering a series of free workshops focused on landscaping techniques that reduce storm water pressure, soil erosion, pesticide, herbicide and synthetic fertilizer use and support a healthy environment around our homes. Residents from other communities are welcome to attend. Learn about the inner workings of a compost pile and how it is an integral part of organic land care. This workshop will help you get started or improve what you already have going. Presented by Virginia Walton, Mansfield Recycling Coordinator. Questions? 860-429-3333. Time/Distance: 1 hour, n/a. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield, CT
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Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival in Charlton
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 10 am – 2 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children. Address: 12 Cemetary Rd., Charlton, MA.
Expect this! This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours – limited equipment and bait will be provided at Fay Mountain Farm, 12 Cemetary Rd in Charlton, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Todd Girard at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net. Questions? 508-248-2247. Time/Distance: 4 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: State of MA & Charlton Conservation Department.
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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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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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Walk the Cat Hollow & Smell Spring
Saturday, 5/6/2017, 1 – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Leashed dogs.
Address: Cat Hollow Park, 25 Cat Hollow Rd., Killingly, CT. Rte. 12 to Dog Hill Rd. to Cat Hollow Rd.
Expect this! Participants will walk along the existing road of this delightful park and hidden treasure viewing stunning gardens and a 35 ft. high waterfall, view the old dam, and enjoy the sights & smells of spring’s fragrant magnolia & flowers.
Questions? 860-779-5311. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles
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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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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? 860-928-4948. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: CT Audubon Society Center at Pomfret.
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Tackle the Trail for Beginners
Saturday, 5/13/2017, 8 – 10 am
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-register to marcy@tlgv.org .
Address: Pomfret Station, intersection of Rtes. 44 & 169, Pomfret Center, CT. Meet in the parking lot for the Air Line Trail at 7:50am
Expect this! Spring Outdoors and into a fun, easy & healthy way to enjoy the Air Line Trail!
Tackle the Trail for Beginners is for beginners and YOU CAN DO IT! Learn the 4 P’s with the 2 M’s (Monique & Marcy) as we tackle a couple of miles! Learn the benefits of hitting the trail ~ mental & physical ~ like weight loss, nutrition, and quality time with family & friends! Train for upcoming local races (like #tacklethetrail) or just to spend time with your body & brain! ALL are welcome, and beginning is the best way to start anything! Pre-register with marcy@tlgv.org to secure your fun spot!
Be ready to smile, because we promise you will have a great time on your new trail to fun on the trails in The Last Green Valley! Co-hosted by Monique from The Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation and Ranger Marcy from The Last Green Valley. (WE TOLD YOU IT WAS GOING TO BE FUN!)
Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2.5 miles.
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A Militia Encampment of the New England Volunteers; A Living History Event
Saturday & Sunday, May 13 – 14, 2017 (Sat: 10 am – 5 pm, Sun: 10am – 1 pm)
Address: Ashbel Woodward House, 387 Route 32, Franklin, CT. Take Plains Rd. (CT DEEP Franklin Swamp Management) for parking.
Expect this! Experience the the American Civil War. Watch the battles, enjoy live music and history lectures. Use Morse Code. Learn about the roles of the US Navy & Marine Corps, and drill like an Army soldier. For more information email ashbelwoodwardmuseum@gmail.com
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Trees on Woodstock Hill
Saturday, 5/13/2017, 10 – 10:30 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Repeats Saturdays June 3 & June 17. Restrooms nearby. Leashed dogs ok..
Address: Palmer Arboretum, 523 Scenic Rte. 169, Woodstock, CT. Park behind brick Historical Society Building.
Expect this! We will tour the 100 year old Palmer Arboretum, which is currently being restored and view the special trees on Woodstock Hill’s Common.
Questions? 860-928-9469, ext 322. Time/Distance: 0.5 hours, 1 mile
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NHS- Second Saturdays: Norwich’s Millionaires’ Triangle
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Chelsea Parade South, Norwich, CT. Park at Norwich Free Academy
Expect this! One of the NHS Second Saturday guides walk/talks offered. Join us as local expert, Tricia Staley, introduces you to the families who lived in the mansions along Washington St. and Broadway – Norwich’s Millionaires’ Triangle – in the last half of the 19th century when Norwich was a wealthy manufacturing center whose residents drew the attention of people across the nation. We’ll talk about who they were and how they lived during the most opulent era of the City’s history. After the tour, please visit The Slater Memorial Museum open 1:00pm-4:00pm on the weekends and see the portraits of Norwich’s Millionaires’ in their Norwich gallery. For more information about Norwich in the Gilded Age, please consider purchasing Tricia Staley’s book, “Norwich in the Gilded Age“. Please consider donating to the Norwich Historical Society via Amazon Smile. Questions? 860-886-1776. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: Norwich Historical Society.
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Leffingwell House Museum Special Tour Featuring Colonial Women of Norwich
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 11 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy.   Address: 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! After a self-guided Walk Norwich stroll (walknorwich.org), step back in time for a special museum tour, featuring the Colonial Women of Norwich. $5 entry fee. Questions? 860-889-9440. Time/Distance: 5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Leffingwell House Museum.
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Invasive Species Workshop – GET, THEE GONE!
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Buffumville Park, 229 Oxford Rd., Charlton, MA.
Expect this! You are invited to understand the importance of invasive species management for several common species found on your public lands. Learn how to identify invasive species, management tactics, and how to prevent the spread. All ages welcome. There is just a short walk from the parking lot. Questions? 508-248-5697.
Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hodges Village Dam
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Birding with Mom (but mothers are not required!)
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 7 – 9 am
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration Call 860-429-3015 or email kaufmanjs@mansfieldct.org to register. Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children, Wheelchair accessible. Address: Schoolhouse Brook Park, off Clover Mill Rd., Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! Bring your binoculars and join us for Mother’s Day birding watching! We will be hiking Schoolhouse Brook Park for our spring birds and listening to their songs. This should be the peak of the spring migration so we will be seeing many of the birds for the first time this year. Come and share a lovely spring morning. Dress for the weather and wear boots or sturdy shoes since there may some damp areas. Bringing your mom is encouraged but not required. Remember: Dress for the weather and wear boots or sturdy shoes since there may some damp areas. Questions? 860-429-3015. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield, CT.
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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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Mother’s Day at the Railroad Museum
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): 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! Take Mom for a walk on the new rail trail up to the Railroad Museum, then tour the museum, all the cars, the roundhouse, and turntable! Mom’s take a train ride for FREE with regular admission. Entry fees apply to all.Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Paddle Killingly’s Willimantic River From Mansfield River Park to Eagleville Dam
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Pre-register online here.  Kayak/canoe, pfd, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight.
Address: Plains Rd., Mansfield, CT. From the intersection of Route 44 and Route 32 near Mansfield, travel south on Route 32 for 0.35 miles. Turn right onto Plains Road and travel 0.2 miles. Parking area is on the right.
Expect this! We will launch at Mansfield River Park. The launch is a very easy put-in, easy grade, lots of shallow water. There is a relatively flat, 30-yard carry from car to put-in, so be prepared to offer and hand to others. And don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
Time/Distance: 2 hours, Sponsored by: Paddle Killingly.
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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? 860-928-4948. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile. Sponsored by: CT Audubon Society Center at Pomfret
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Willimantic’s 3rd Thursday Street Fest
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Main St. (Rte. 66), Windham (Willimantic), CT.
Expect this! Enjoy this monthly street fest, starting every year in May. Vendors, tastes & sips, arts, music and the local businesses on Main Street, too! Questions? 860-450-0918. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Willimantic Renaissance, Inc.
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Light Pollution 101
Friday, 5/19/2017, 7 – 8:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration email register@mcleanresearch.com 
Address: TLGV office, 203B Main St., Danielson (Killingly), CT. Park behind Key Bank and enter through the side door.
Expect this! Join Ranger Geoff at the Last Green Valley’s headquarters for a presentation on the effects of light pollution in our area. The Last Green Valley is the sole remaining coastal area between Boston and Washington with dark skies. We need to preserve the dark and yet still feel safe. Discover what light pollution is, how to prevent it, what it does to the animals, and most important how it affects your health. And learn how by reducing light pollution you can save money at the same time. Dark skies are not just for astronomers, but for everyone. The talk is appropriate for 5 year olds and older. So Acorn Adventurers – you are welcome to join in! Reservations are required as we only have room for 50 attendees. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a
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Killingly Spring Fest 2017​

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Davis Park, Main St., Danielson (Killingly), CT.
Expect this! A festival inspired by a classic, The Spring Time Festival, touting yoga in the street, a road race, family events, beer tasting, and a downtown parade. Sponsored by: Killingly Business Association.
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Willimantic Riverfest 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 am – ?
Difficulty: n/a. Key(s):  Kayak/canoe, pfd. Address: Bridge St. Plaza, Windham (Willimantic), CT.
Expect this! Riverfest 2017 will be held in the parking lot of the Bridge Street Plaza. The river paddle will run from 10 am through 12 pm, and you can drop off your kayak/canoe at the Eagleville Dam starting at 9:15 am, then drive to Bridge St. Plaza to register and catch a bus back up to the dam. Stay after you paddle to enjoy vendors, food, musical arts. More details to come! Questions? 860-455-3611. Sponsored by: Willimantic Whitewater Partnership.
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The Aspire Springtime Classic 5k
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8:15 – 10:30 am
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration suggested, but not required.
Address: Davis Park, Main St., Danielson (Killingly), CT. Parking available on Reynolds St., lot behind Key Bank, Killinglly Memorial School & Killingly Library
Expect this! A family-friendly 5k on a family-friendly day in Killingly. Come run or walk the 5k, with all proceeds supporting the Westfield UCC’s Aspire Campaign, then stay in town for Spring Fest and Harmonies & Hops. Packet pick up and registration open at 8:15 at the church. Race starts at 9:30. There is a registration fee for this race. Questions? 860-774-8438. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 3.1 miles, Sponsored by: Westfield Church, United Church of Christ​
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CHBSA Community & Family EXPO
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11 am – 3 pm
Difficulty: n/a. Key(s):  Especially for families with children.
Address: Jillson Square, Corner of Main & Jackson Sts., Windham (Willimantic), CT.
Expect this! The Family & Community Expo will bring together a wide variety of organizations & businesses that have programs, services or products for families. Questions? 860-465-2300. Sponsored by: Windham Public Schools.
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Harmonies & Hops in downtown Danielson
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1 – 4 pm
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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Stories, Songs, Arts & Nature at Trail Wood
Saturday, 5/20/2017, 2 – 3:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Edwin Way Teale Sanctuary at Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 97
Expect this! As a summer of 2016 Artist in Residence at the Trail Wood Memorial Sanctuary, owned and managed by CT Audubon, Maria Sangiolo wishes to share the trails and her creative experience there as a writer. Maria has songs and stories to share and a love of the place that the Teales inhabited in Hampton for over 40 years. We will start with a short talk and then hike for about an hour. For local entertainment, see what Maria lines up at the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, another proud supporter of TLGV. Questions? 860-208-5284. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 +/- miles.
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A Grace Full Village
Sunday, 5/21/2017, 12 – 1 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Restrooms near, Wheelchair access.
Address: Grace Episcopal Church, 6 Chapel Hill Rd., Yantic, CT.
Expect this! Discover the historic Yantic church considered one of the handsomest copies of a rural English church in all of New England, built in 1902, without raising any debt. The interior contains fine examples of English stained glass, oak carvings, a manual 1908 hall pipe organ and four large bells. Enjoy photos of the 19th century Yantic Village. Questions? 860-887-2082. Time/Distance: 1 hour, 1 mile
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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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Rocky Hill Refuge Dedication
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
Address: Rocky Hill Rd., Woodstock, CT.
Expect this! Come explore this spectacular Wyndham Land Trust preserve with your fellow open space supporters and hear the story of how the property was saved from development. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? 860-963-2090. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust
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Bike Drive Donation Event
Sunday, 5/21/2017, 1 – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: 1 Mechanic St., Southbridge, MA. Southbridge Town Common
Expect this! We are holding a bike drive for Bikes Not Bombs. We prefer adults bikes, but will take kids bikes, they can’t be heavily rusted, but we can use bikes for parts only. Any questions call the number below or go to https://bikesnotbombs.org/help-out/donate-bikes
Questions? 508-765-3784
Time/Distance: 4 hour event, n/a
Sponsored by: Town of Southbridge/ Southbridge Recreatio n
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Triple Cemetery Sunset Stroll ~ Spirits Optional!
Wednesday, 5/24/2017, 6 – 7:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-registration suggested, for snack prep! Email marcy@tlgv.org or support@workinggirlcatering.com Leashed dogs ok.
Address: 157 Tucker District Rd., Dayville (Killingly), CT. Rte. 101 to North Rd., right on Tucker District Rd.
Expect this! Walk the three Tucker District Cemeteries to learn who strolled here long before we did in this remote & peaceful area. Killingly Historical Society provided us the names. TLGV Ranger Marcy & Renee from Renee’s Working Girl Catering Service will lead you among the stones and share many various burial traditions. Then we’ll stroll to Renee’s and reenergize with a taste treat created by her talented team. Bring your favorite haunting story to share as we relax & welcome in the evening after our stroll. $5 covers the delicious snacks at Renee’s creative location, and spirits (beer & wine) will be available for purchase, too.
RSVP recommended so we can have deliciousness for you! marcy@tlgv.org or support@workinggirlcatering.com
Questions? 860-412-9365, 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles
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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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First Friday-Putnam
Friday, June 2, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Main St., Putnam, CT.
Expect this! Celebrating feature films this season, June’s First Friday will leap into Action & Adventure films, celebrating “Iconic Heroes.” From the unlikely hero of a teenaged Marty McFly saving the future, to a resourceful Katniss Everdeen saving humanity, to the wisecracking Iron Man and his band of Avengers saving the world, heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The evening will give attendees a chance to channel their favorite heroes. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Putnam Business Association. Discover Putnam.
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Trees on Woodstock Hill
Saturday, 6/3/2017, 10 – 10:30 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Repeats Saturday June 17. Restrooms nearby. Leashed dogs ok.
Address: Palmer Arboretum, 523 Scenic Rte. 169, Woodstock, CT. Park behind brick Historical Society Building.
Expect this! We will tour the 100 year old Palmer Arboretum, which is currently being restored and view the special trees on Woodstock Hill’s Common.
Questions? 860-928-9469, ext 322. Time/Distance: 0.5 hours, 1 mile
Sponsored by: Palmer Arboretum, Town of Woodstock.
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SCOUTS/KIDS! Plant for Pollinators!
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10 am – 2 pm
Key(s): Pre-registration by 6/2/17 to 508-248-5697 or Jamie.r.kordack@usace.army.mil 
Address: Hodges Village Dam, 30 Howarth Rd., Oxford, MA. Meet in the lower field, upstream of the inlet, in the wildflower meadow at Hodges Village Dam.
Expect this! CALLING ALL SCOUTS AND FAMILIES: The US Army Corps of Engineers is requesting your help with planting as many 4’X4′ plots of wildflowers on Saturday, June 3rd. And for this, your plot will be posted with a sign. Please, RSVP, so I know to make you a sign. Please, bring the soil amendments- top soil, humus, natural fertilizer, peat, etc. Please bring gloves and your own drinking water. Snacks will be provided. The USACE will supply the New England Wildflower mix and all the tools.
Questions? 508-248-5697. Time/Distance: 4 hours, n/a.Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hodges Village Dam.
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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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10k & 30k Trail Run
Sunday, 12:00:00 AM, 9 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: Difficult. Key(s):Pre-registration required. Online.  Restrooms nearby.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Off Route 6
Expect this! A challenging 30K (~18.6 miles) course and 10K (~5.8 miles) course have been established to explore the Goodwin State Forest, the Pine Acres Lake area and the Natchaug State Forest. This run features peaceful scenery, home-baked prizes, low entry costs and a fun but challenging single track course. There will be other activities throughout the day (tying into Trails Day celebrations) at the Goodwin Forest. Time/Distance: 4 hours, 10k / 30k.
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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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Explore Dunhamtown Forest on CT Trails Day!
Sunday, June 4, 2017 (CT Trails Day), 1 – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Leashed dogs, Especially for families with children. Address: White Oak Rd., Mansfield, CT. From the intersection of Rtes. 275 & 32, head south on Rte. 32 for 1.9 miles. Turn left onto Mansfield City Rd. Go 1.3 miles & turn left onto White Oak Rd. Go .2 miles; parking is on left.
Expect this! Join us on CT Trails Day for a hike through one of Mansfield’s interesting parks. Not only will we be looking at trees, wildflowers and wildlife but also discovering several old home sites and abandoned roads. We can only imagine what this area might have been like years ago. Part of National Trails Day, a nationwide hiking initiative established by the American Hiking Society in 1993, CT trails day is organized in CT by the Connecticut Forest and Park Association (CFPA). CFPA was founded in 1895 as a non-profit organization to protect Connecticut’s forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations and to maintain 825-miles of the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail system. The complete walk schedule, with directions, is available through CFPA at www.ctwoodlands.org. Questions? 860-429-3015. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 2 miles. Sponsored by: Town of Mansfield, CT.
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Paddle the Shetucket with TLGV’s Ranger Bill
Sunday, June 4, 2017 (CT Trails Day), Time: TBD
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Pre-registration Limited spaces available. Register to bill@tlgv.org or 860-774-3300. Kayak/canoe, pfd. Address: TBD, Occum (Norwich), CT.
Expect this! More miles of National Recreation Water Trails are now ready for you to paddle. Details to come from TLGV’s Chief Ranger Bill for this upcoming member program. RSVP & questions to bill@tlgv.org. Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: TBD, TBD. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley.
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Leffingwell House Museum Annual Meeting
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 6:30 -8:00 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! After a self-guided Walk Norwich stroll (walknorwich.org), attend the Society of the Founders of Norwich Annual Meeting, with a storyteller & refreshments. Open to the public. Free! Questions? 860-889-9440. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Leffingwell House Museum.
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Rose Full Moon Paddle at Roseland Park
Friday, June 9, 2017, 7 – 9 pm, Rain date: Sat. 6/10, 7 – 9 pm.
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Restrooms nearby, Kayak/canoe, pfd. Pre-register to marcy@tlgv.org
Address: 205 Roseland Park Rd., Woodstock, CT.
Expect this! Paddle on scenic & peaceful Roseland Lake as the full moon, known as the Rose Moon, rises in splendor. Our hosts at Roseland Park will have a bonfire crackling on the shore. Bring your memories of summers past & we’ll share them all. Enjoy good company as we get ready to welcome in another season in The Last Green Valley. NOTE: We have one extra kayak available! If you’d like to try paddling, RSVP to use this extra kayak!
Registration is limited, email marcy@tlgv.org to secure your spot under the Rose Moon! Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 2 hours, 1 mile. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley & Roseland Park
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Get Up and Get Outdoors!
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10 am – 1 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children.
Address: Buffumville Park, 229 Oxford Rd., Charlton, MA.
Expect this! Bring the kids to Buffumville Park for some outdoors fun! Lean about boating safety, water safety, learn how to fish, catch a fly fishing demonstration, ask your questions to a wildlife expert, and take a short hike! Stay after the event for a picnic or a swim.Questions? 508-248-5697. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a.
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NHS – Second Saturdays: The Legend of Uncas Leap
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10:30 – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Uncas Leap Heritage Area, Norwich, CT.
Expect this! One of the NHS Second Saturday guides walk/talks offered. Discover the Mohegan Tribe’s deep connection to Uncas Leap and learn about the legendary battle that gave the falls their name. Please join us as members of the Mohegan Tribe and Norwich Historical Society guide visitors through the Mohegan tribe’s illustrious past in Norwich. The highlight of the tour is witnessing the grandeur of Uncas Leap Falls. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing. FREE. Uncas Leap Trail of Norwich, CT is now a self-guided walking tour apart of Walk Norwich, CT. Please check out the trail online at walknorwich.org or pick up a brochure at the Norwich Heritage and Regional Visitors Center. After the tour and visit The Slater Memorial Museum which opens at 1:00pm. Questions? 860-886-1776. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 1 mile.
Sponsored by: The Norwich Historical Society
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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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Leffingwell House Museum Open House
Saturday, June 10, 2017 (CT Open House Day), 11 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! After a self-guided Walk Norwich stroll (walknorwich.org), Stop in for a tour of this house museum, filled with tools, clothing, documents and stories galore. Open to the public. First floor tour for Free! Questions? 860-889-9440. Time/Distance: 5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Leffingwell House 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
Saturday, 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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Paddle for a Cure
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 10 am – ?
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Kayak/canoe, pfd. Address: Greenway Dr., Brooklyn, CT. Meet & park at Riverside Park
Expect this! Paddle for a Cure is a scenic and fun kayaking event held to benefit the Rose Bove LaRose Cancer Center at Day Kimball Hospital. Similar to a walk-a-thon, there is no entry fee, just collect pledges! Paddle for a Cure has raised more than $43,000 since 2011 to help support the care of those in our community who are fighting cancer.Get Pledge Form on the website. For more information call the Day Kimball Healthcare Development Office at (860) 928-7141. Questions? 860-928-7141. Sponsored by: Day Kimball Healthcare.
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Kayak the French River
Sunday, 6/11/2017, 10 am – 12:30 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Kayak/canoe, pfd.Address: Greenbriar Park, Rte. 12, Oxford, MA.
Expect this! MUST HAVE YOUR OWN VESSEL AND LIFE JACKET! FREE! Would you like to see Hodges Village from the perspective of floating down the lazy river? Come play in the water and ask questions about the US Army Corps of Engineers. Questions? 508-248-5697. Time/Distance: 2.5 hours, 3 miles.
Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hodges Village Dam Search Hodges Village
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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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Walk in the Dark
Sunday, June 11, 2017, 3 – 4 pm.Rain date: Sat. 6/18, 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Restrooms near, Wheelchair access, NO DOGS please, age 12+ only.
Address: Howard T. Brown Memorial Park, 100 Chelsea Harbor Dr., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! Experience the world through the eyes of the blind. Discover a tree or flower, sit and tie your shoe, smell the smells and listen to the sounds of the city while blindfolded. Fun and educational, you’ll be assisted by a trained member of the Norwich Lions Club. A simple, short and enriching experience… if you become uncomfortable for any reason you may remove your blindfold. For all ages, but those under 18 should be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for teachers and community leaders.Questions? 860-237-4330.Time/Distance: 1 hour, < 0.25 miles. Sponsored by: Norwich Lions Club.
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Willimantic’s 3rd Thursday Street Fest
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6 – 9 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Main St. (Rte. 66), Windham (Willimantic), CT.
Expect this! Enjoy this monthly street fest, starting every year in May. Vendors, tastes & sips, arts, music and the local businesses on Main Street, too! Questions? 860-450-0918. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Willimantic Renaissance, Inc.
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Deep Sky Observing
Friday, 6/16/2017, 8 – 11 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): NO dogs except for guide dogs which are permitted. (FYI because guide dogs are well trained and pose little hazard to astronomical equipment)
Address: Holton Rd., Franklin, CT. Sprague Land Trust property on Holton Road in Franklin. Directions/Parking: From Baltic take 207 West, right onto Holton Rd. (before the Franklin School), drive almost to end. Parking on left in mowed field/marked areas.
Expect this! Join Rangers Kim and Geoff for a night observing some far distant objects like galaxies, clusters of stars, Red Giants, Nebulae. We might be able to view Jupiter. If you have a telescope – bring it. If you don’t know how to use it come early and we’ll help get you get started.
(We’ll be there about 7PM.) Learn how to find the North Star. We talk about – and answer – all kinds of astronomical trivia while we observe.
This is a family friendly event. Please – no lanterns and flashlights should be only be red lights. No white lights.
Questions? 860-774-3300. Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a
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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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Trees on Woodstock Hill
Saturday, 6/17/2017, 10 – 10:30 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Restrooms nearby. Leashed dogs ok.
Address: Palmer Arboretum, 523 Scenic Rte. 169, Woodstock, CT. Park behind brick Historical Society Building.
Expect this! We will tour the 100 year old Palmer Arboretum, which is currently being restored and view the special trees on Woodstock Hill’s Common.
Questions? 860-928-9469, ext 322. Time/Distance: 0.5 hours, 1 mile
Sponsored by: Palmer Arboretum, Town of Woodstock.
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Father’s Day Rail Flea Market
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. 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! Dads and the whole family will love this fresh air flea market! Railroadiana, toy & model trains, train papers, books, railroad artifacts. (Sellers are welcome for $3 additional with regular admission. BYO table, chairs, tent, etc. Any railroad merchandise acceptable.) Details at www.cteastrrmuseum.org. Entry fees apply to all.Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.
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Dam Tours are Very Popular!
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11 am – 1 pm. Rain or Shine
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Stairs lead down into the Dam, No ADA Access.
Address: Buffumville Dam, 48 Old Oxford Rd., Charlton, MA.
Expect this! Join a Park Ranger at the Gate House Doors of Buffumville Dam for an exclusive tour, inside and out. Rain or shine. Questions? 508-248-5697
Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hodges Village Dam
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Leffingwell House Museum Guys with Guns Manly Day
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 11 am – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT.
Expect this! After a self-guided Walk Norwich stroll (walknorwich.org), Leffingwell offers a day of “manly” fun for all guys. Guys with Guns shows off the Guns of Norwich & Lebanon Towne Militia Co. 1775. $5 entry fee. Questions? 860-889-9440. Time/Distance: 5 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Leffingwell House Museum.
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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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Paddle Killingly’s Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park ) Paddle
Thursday, June 20, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s):Pre-register online here. Kayak/canoe, pfd, 10-foot length of rope, whistle, headlamp/flashlight. Address: 288 Bigelow Hollow Dr., Union, CT. There is a smaller pond at the entrance to the park, this is not the lake. Follow signs to the Boat launch/Mashapaug Lake, once you enter the park.
Expect this! Leisurely flatwater paddle on Mashapaug Lake, a 297-acre lake surrounded by Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest in the town of Union. The lake has a maximum depth of 39.5 feet and an average depth of 15 feet. Sponsored by: Paddle Killingly.
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Wyndham Land Trust’s Summer Solstice Gathering
Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7 – 9 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Address: Holmes Rd., Pomfret, CT. Take Wrights Crossing Rd. to Holmes. Park considerately on the side of Holmes Rd.
Expect this! End Spring Outdoors and welcome in Summer at the Summer Solstice Celebration! Join land trust members on the longest day of the year at the Duck Marsh Preserve in Pomfret with stunning views. Not-yet-members are welcome, too. A great way to relax and ask the questions you may have about how Wyndham Land Trust works to preserve land in northeast CT, and then how they steward the various properties in their care. Bring a snack, bring your camera, bring your canvas and paint! Questions? 860-963-2090. Time/Distance: 2 hours, n/a. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust.
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