SPRING Outdoors 2017!
Walkers, Hikers, TLGV partners & members – Spring Outdoors is here – click for brochure or 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.
Thank you to the 2017 Spring Outdoors Sponsor, Southbridge Savings Bank!
Listings are being added all the time.
Spring Outdoor Leaders can still sign up!
*There is just one requirement to offer a Spring Outdoors; either you or your organization should be a proud member or partner of The Last Green Valley.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by: Opacum Land Trust.
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.
Paddle Killingly’s Quinebaug River from Fayban to W. Thompson Dam Paddle
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.
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.
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 1 – 3 pm
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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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
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
Tuesday, 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.
Thank you to the 2017 Spring Outdoors Sponsor, Southbridge Savings Bank!
Spring Outdoor Leaders sign up now!