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.

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Your Spring Outdoors choices in 2017:

 

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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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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Byles Sanctuary Historic Walk
Saturday, 5/27/2017, 10 – 11:30 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Restrooms nearby, Leashed dogs.
Address: 125 Ashford Center Rd., Ashford, CT. Park at trail head just across from North Vet Clinic on Rte. 44 (3/4 miles east of Rte. 89 intersection)
Expect this! Connect past to present through the Byles Sanctuary Trail walk and short Open House at the historic Byles Homestead (now Henrietta House Bed and Breakfast), just off the trail. Enjoy the almost 2 mile long easy to moderate loop trail as you pass a meadowland, descend down a short steep section next to a stream, and then travel through a bio-diverse climax forest. We hope to be able to observe a beaver dam on the Mt. Hope River (with the leaves off the trees). After the hike, enjoy snacks, drinks, and few stories as you tour Henrietta House Bed and Breakfast. Book a stay at the Henrietta House B&B and get 10% off the regular price!
Questions? 860-429-9023. Time/Distance: 1.5 hours, 2 miles
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Visit the Huguenot Steamer No. 1 Fire Station Museum
Saturday, 5/27/2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: 655 Main St., N. Oxford, MA.
Expect this! Silsby Steamer, Jeffers Handtub, Colonel DeWitt, firetruck, collections and stories galore are to be discovered in this museum. Great for kids – of all ages, ready for you to stop in and visit during Spring Outdoors, and the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month through October. Unassuming outside – AMAZING inside!
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Pitch Pine Preserve Hike
Saturday, 5/27/2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Difficulty: Difficult. Key(s):Pre-register call 860-536-9811. NO dogs please.
Address: Poheganut Dr., opposite Women’s Health Center, Groton, CT. I-95, Exit 88; road is immediately north of Mystic Marriott
Expect this! A rigorous hike over a rocky ridge, through a dark hollow, with a stop at an old granite quarry. The 201 acre site features a 44-acre pitch pine ridge forest, one of Connecticut’s 13 imperiled ecosystems. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water and a snack. Uneven, sometimes steep, terrain, several stream crossings and a narrow foot bridge. Experienced hikers please. The site was newly acquired by the State in March 2017. We will traverse some private property, with permission. There are no signs, trail markers, restrooms or maps. This walk will be repeated on Saturday, June 17th, same time!
Questions? 860-536-9811
Time/Distance: 2 hours, 3.5 miles
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RESCHEDULED TO SAT, 5/27/17 ~ Make a Fairy House ~ Fairies are Moving in on the Trail!
(original date was Saturday, 5/13/2017) 10 am – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Bradley-Buchanan Woods, Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd., Mansfield Center, CT. Trail is located behind the library.
Expect this! Mansfield Library and Joshua’s Trust invite you to make a Fairy House. Please bring some natural materials (bark, pebbles, pine cones, leaves, feathers, etc.) to make your own little house on the trail. We will also have some materials on hand to help you get started. You may not pick anything growing along the trails, although you may use materials that are lying on the ground, such as twigs and dried leaves. Remember to wear clothing appropriate for spending time in the woods. The Fairy Houses will remain in place through June 3 so you can bring your friends and family and check for resident fairies. If you have any questions, please call Mansfield Library at 860 423-2501.
Questions? 860-423-2501
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Mansfield Public Library’s Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, 5/27/2017, 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Mansfield Public Library, 54 Warrenville Rd. (Rte. 89), Buchanan Auditorium, Mansfield, CT.
Expect this! It’s that time of year again! Come meet other gardeners, share information and swap plants! To participate, bring in one plant or many, a perennial, annual, shrub or vegetable in a container you are willing to give away. Please label your plants as best you can-name, light and soil requirements, and any unique characteristics they may have or a good story about them. Each plant you bring gives you the opportunity to exchange it for something new. You can start potting now, or bring in ‘freshly dug plants from the morning garden’ as well. This program is free and open to the public. For additional information or questions, please contact Peggy at McCarthyML@mansfieldct.org
Questions? 860-423-2501
Sponsored by: Mansfield Public Library
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Connecticut’s Naturalist: Edwin Way Teale
Saturday, 5/27/2017, 7 – 8 pm
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. off Route 6
Expect this! Come join us for a presentation by Richard Telford on natural history writer and long-time Hampton, Connecticut resident Edwin Way Teale. Teale wrote/edited over 30 books, winning both the Pulitzer Prize and the John Burroughs Medal for distinguished natural history writing. He was a mentor to Rachel Carson, Roger Tory Peterson, and many others. His long time Hampton home, Trail Wood, is now the 168-acre Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary owned and managed by the Connecticut Audubon Society.
Richard Telford has taught at Woodstock Academy for twenty years and is currently on sabbatical for the 2016-2017 school year to draft the first fully researched biography of Teale. The University of Connecticut has currently published 3 chapters of his forthcoming book. Telford was a monthly contributing writer for The Ecotone Exchange from 2013 to 2016, where he wrote about natural history, environmental conservation, and sustainable living. Questions? 860-455-9534. Time/Distance: 1 hour
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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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Enjoy the Trails of Sturbridge on National Trails Day!
Saturday, June 3, 2017 AM, 8 am – 3 pm
Difficulty: Varied. Key(s): there are many activity choices!.
Address: Leadmine Mtn. Trails, 10 Shattuck Rd., Sturbridge, MA.
Expect this! Please park along Shattuck Rd.
Partial List of activities all start at 10 Shattuck Rd. unless noted:
• Trail Run, Moderate, (3 to 4 miles 8 a.m.) a trail run for geared for intermediate & experienced trail runners.
• Advanced Mountain Bike Ride (10 Miles/9 a.m.) ride is geared towards advanced mountain bikers/racers interested in exploring the Leadmine Trail system (Elevation Gain 1000’+)
• Kid’s Mountain Bike Ride (5 Miles/9:30 a.m.) ‘Point to Point’ ride designed for kids with mountain bike experience! Anticipated Ride Time: 1 hour. Helmet, water bottle, and spare tube mandatory. Preregistration is required. Ride starts at 197 Leadmine Rd. and ends at 10 Shattuck rd.
• Official Leadmine Mt Trail Ceremony (10:30 a.m.) Join us as we “cut the ribbon” and celebrate the hard of work our trail volunteers in building the Leadmine Mt trail system Light drinks and refreshments will be served.
• Kid’s Bike Ride (1.6 Miles/10:45 a.m.) This adventure is designed for beginner cyclists! Adults must accompany children as we explore the Arbutus Park Trail (1.6 miles). Anticipated Ride Time: 30 minutes. Helmet required.
• Introduction to Geo-Caching (11 a.m.) Want to learn about this fun family activity? Approx. .75 mile hike, easy.
• Environmental Awareness Hike, (11:15 a.m. & 1 p.m.) Join our Student Conservation Crew on a short hike down to the ponds and back to learn about our environment and how we “leave no trace” as we enjoy our open space lands.
• Trail building 101 (10:45 a.m. to 12 & 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) Work alongside members of The Student Conservation Association as we build a section of the Sand Hill trail. Learn the techniques in building a sustainable trail.
For more information and to register for the Kid’s Mt Bike ride visit the
Sturbridge Trails Website: WWW.Sturbridgetrails.org or email: treksturbridge@gmail.com
This National Trails Day® event sponsored by The Sturbridge Tourist Association and The Friends of Sturbridge Trails 
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NEMBA Goodwin Fun Ride
Saturday, 6/3/2017, 9 am
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate. Key(s): $10 for NEMBA members, $15 for not-yet-members, ages 15 & under are free.
Address: Goodwin Forest, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. off Route 6
Expect this!  This off-road event starts at 9AM at Goodwin State Forest (23 Potter Road in Hampton, CT) and offers 3 loops with a range of terrain and miles to make everyone happy. Loops are marked with arrows for self-guided tours, and a guided Beginner/Mellow Group Ride of 7 miles starts at 10AM. All are welcome to this event and following pot-luck cookout at 12:30PM (hamburgers, hotdogs, buns & cheese provided. Bring a dish to share, your beverages & condiments.) The Goodwin Fun Ride explores wooded single track and double track in both Goodwin and the abutting Natchaug State Forest. Trails include everything from cart roads to rock gardens to tight, technical singletrack. In addition, the Airline Rail Trail–a level, smooth gravel trail that runs through both forests–offers an option for the more casual rider (and kids!) plus an easy return option from the mountain bike loops. Glen Newcombe, our Goodwin/Natchaug Trail Guru, says the arrowed routes for 2017 will follow some new trails and explore old favorites. “The short loop will be about 7 miles of easy terrain. I plan on around 15 or so miles for the intermediate ride and about 25 for the advanced,” he says. “The intermediate loop will not have much climbing but will include mostly ‘old school’ single track. The Airline Trail (which runs through both Goodwin and Natchaug) will allow anyone to bail out and return to Goodwin. The advanced loop will add climbing and more technical sections.” The chapter will provide a courtesy rest stop with water and snacks, accompanied by a mechanic station manned by Danielson Adventure Sports. Putnam Cyclery will also be in attendance for the day and set up near the registration tent with Specialized and Surly brand demo bikes available to try.
Questions? 860-230-1237. Time/Distance: 3.5 hours+, 7/15/25 mile choices
Sponsored by: Quiet Corner NEMBA
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Trees on Woodstock Hill
Saturday, 6/3/2017, 10 – 11:30 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: 1.5 hours, 1 mile
Sponsored by: Palmer Arboretum, Town of Woodstock.

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Holland & Brimfield Trail Bike Ride
Saturday, 6/3/2017, 10 am – 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Bring bike & helmet.
Address: 20 Pond Bridge Rd., Holland, MA.
Expect this! Meet at the kayak/canoe launch by the bridge at 20 Pond Bridge Road in Holland. The ride is 10 miles (options for a shorter ride) mostly on trails, though a small part will be on little-traveled public roads. Flat terrain. Helmets required. For info: 413 245-7745.
Questions? 413-245-7745
Time/Distance: 2 hours, 10 miles
Sponsored by: Holland Trails Committee.

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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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Colonial Homestead Landscape Tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (CT Trails Day), 10 am
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): FREE and a part of National Trails Day.
Address: Huntington Homestead Museum, 35 Huntington Rd. (Rte. 14), Scotland, CT.
Expect this! We will walk the old farm property originally of approximately 300 plus acres. The land was given to Samuel Huntington’s father, Nathaniel, from his father, Joseph, who initially acquired it from Joshua, the son of Uncas and chief of the Mohegan tribe. Also learn about The W3R, Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary War Route (Route 14).
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Let Us Heal Our Ill & Injured
Saturday, 6/3/2017, 11 am – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): $3.50 per person (children 12 + under are free), $10 for family of 4.
Address: Huntington Homestead Museum, 35 Huntington Rd. (Rte. 14), Scotland, CT.
Expect this! 18th century medicine was all natural and stemmed from Ancient Greek belief of the four humors. Experience a taste of what life must have been like to be ill in Samuel’s time. Several “Huntington family” members will be treated and possibly even cured this day according to period advice books. Remedies will be made before the fire and visiting children can help tend the feeble and sickly. Tours available. Also, antique sale inside the Homestead today.
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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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Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening of the Air Line State Park Trail Thompson
Saturday, June 3, 2017 (CT Trails Day), 12 – 12:30 pm,  Rain date: Sunday, June 4, 12 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):  Pre-register to Charlie at cobert@thompsonct.org or 401-996-6175 Families, Leashed Dogs Permitted, Wheelchair Accessible via the rail trail.
Address: Park at Air Line Trail Parking Lot on Rte. 12/Riverside Dr. in Thompson (Mechanicsville Section), Thompson, CT.
Expect this! Visit this moderate trail (Gently rising/temperate terrain with occasional obstacles). Round trip from parking is a little over a mile, along the rail trail and requires crossing Thompson Rd./Rte. 193. Additional parking along Sunset Hill Rd where the Air Line crosses the road. Round trip from this parking is no more than 2 miles round trip. We invite you to ride your bike or horse or walk to our the bridge located on the Air Line trail in Thompson CT, for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The Thompson Trails Committee will use their FaceBook page to post last minute updates including preferred park and walk/ride locations. Thompson Trails Committee also provides information on the Town of Thompson website showing other hiking and Mountain Biking opportunities in our town (http://www.thompsonct.org/) select MORE INFORMATION — MAPS. (Scroll down to the interactive links for detailed maps.)The Thompson segment of the Airline State Park Trail runs from Putnam (in the south) to Douglas, MA (in the north) and provides easy connection to the Tri-State Marker Trail. The Air Line Trail can be traveled with wheel chair but sections will be a challenge due to incline or missing bridge over CT Route 193.
Questions? 401-996-6175

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Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Open House
Saturday, 6/3/2017, 2 – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children.
Address: Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp, 326 Taft Pond Rd., Pomfret Center, CT.
Expect this! Visit the Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Open House on Saturday June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 2 – 4 PM at 326 Taft Pond Road, Pomfret, CT. Meet the director & other camp staff, take a camp tour, registration materials available. On Saturday the 3rd, join us from 1:30pm-2pm for an informational Parent Panel on the benefits of Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp for you and your child, hosted by Heather Logee, Camp Director. Register soon for a space at camp, slots are filling up quickly!
Questions? 860-974-3379. Time/Distance: 2 hours
Sponsored by: Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp
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10k & 30k Trail Run

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 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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Alice in Wonderland Croquet
Sunday, 6/4/2017, 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): $4 per person for croquet game.
Address: Jillson Square, 627 Main St., Windham (Willimantic), CT.
Expect this! Come play croquet in Wonderland with Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and other enchanting characters. Costumes welcome but not required, prizes for best costumes. Croquet is part of a town wide Victorian era picnic and music. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or blanket. Fee is $4 to play croquet.
Questions? 860-423-1878
Time/Distance: 3 hours, n/a
Sponsored by: Windham Historical Society & Willimantic Victorian Neighborhood Association. 
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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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Back Roads “Undiscovered Killingly” (Bus Tour #2)
Sunday, 6/4/2017, 1:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Limited seats! Reservations required by Wed., May 31st. Call 860-779-5311 or email dguertin@killinglyct.gov with your name, phone number and # in your party .
Address: Meeting location disclosed with your reservation, Killingly, CT.
Expect this! Have you explored the back roads of Northeast Connecticut?
There is lots to see and visit tucked away up in the hills!
Killingly Conservation Commission is repeating a bus tour in the northeast corner of our town. Get a taste of “where to go and what to see”. You can then return to explore further the historical sites and open spaces.
Do you know where in Killingly:
• 100 ft wide Liberty Oak shelters two Revolutionary War graves?
• 26 miles of unpaved roads?
• 500 acres of water?
• Highest point in town?
With help from members of the Conservation Commission, you’ll get a bit of history, scenic views you may have never seen, places to launch your canoe/kayak, and miles of walking trails. Reservations are required with name, phone, and number in party by Wed, May 31. Call 860-779-5311 or email dguertin@killinglyct.gov
Questions? 860-779-5311
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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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Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Open House
Sunday, 6/4/2017, 2 – 4 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Especially for families with children.
Address: Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp, 326 Taft Pond Rd., Pomfret Center, CT.
Expect this! Visit the Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp Open House on Saturday June 3 and Sunday, June 4 from 2 – 4 PM at 326 Taft Pond Road, Pomfret, CT. Meet the director & other camp staff, take a camp tour, registration materials available. Register soon for a space at camp, slots are filling up quickly!
Questions? 860-974-3379. Time/Distance: 2 hours
Sponsored by: Windham-Tolland 4-H Camp.
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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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Full Moon Hike
Thursday, 6/8/2017, 7:30 PM
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): Free to CAS members, $5 for non-members.
Address: Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd., Hampton, CT. meet in the parking lot
Expect this! Trail Wood is beautiful by day and downright magical by night. Pull yourself away from the demands of the day, slow down for a bit, walk our trails and become familiar with the sights and sounds of a Trail Wood evening. Meet in the parking lot, 93 Kenyon Rd, Hampton. Free to CAS members; $5 non-members.
Questions? 860-928-4948
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17th Annual Thames River Basin Partnership (TRBP) Floating Workshop
Friday, 6/9/2017, 12 – 5 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s):Pre-register by 6/1/17 to Jean Pillo at 860-928-4948 or jean.pillo@comcast.net. $25 fee includes light lunch.
Address: Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Rd., Woodstock, CT.
Expect this! Event starts with a soil health/rainfall simulator demonstration at 1 PM, followed by a slide show summary in the barn featuring water quality issues and an overview of local conservation focused projects in the watershed beginning at 1:30 PM. Then, as the name implies, we will take to the waters of Roseland Lake at 3:30 PM to showcase some of the features discussed in the workshop. Participants must provide their own boat. Life jackets required. Extra paddle craft may be available on a first come first serve basis. A walking tour in the park will be arranged for land lubbers. $25 fee includes light lunch, checks made out to Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, 238 West Town St., Norwich, CT 06360. Questions? 860-928-4948. Time/Distance: 5 hours, n/a
Sponsored by: Millennium Power through The Last Green Valley. 
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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 a FEW extra vessels available, thanks to our friends! If you’d like to try paddling, RSVP to use the extra kayaks and a canoe, too!
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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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Visit the Huguenot Steamer No. 1 Fire Station Museum
Saturday, 6/10/2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: 655 Main St., N. Oxford, MA.
Expect this! Silsby Steamer, Jeffers Handtub, Colonel DeWitt, firetruck, collections and stories galore are to be discovered in this museum. Great for kids – of all ages, ready for you to stop in and visit during Spring Outdoors, and the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month through October. Unassuming outside – AMAZING inside!
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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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A Colonial Dinner for Our Future Governor
Saturday, June 10, 2017 (CT Open House Day), 11 am – 3 pm
Difficulty: Easy. Key(s): Reduced admission fees (regular is $3.50 per person, children 12 + under are free, $10 for family of 4).
Address: Huntington Homestead Museum, 35 Huntington Rd. (Rte. 14), Scotland, CT.
Expect this! The meadows, wood, and Merrick Brook surrounding The Huntingtons were abundant with wildlife. Wild fowl will roast from twine; a quail pie warms near the fire. “The Huntingtons” sit down in the Year 1748 to their hearth cooked meal and “Madam Huntington” discusses dressing a wild duck including all the fixings an 18th century family enjoyed. Children can make a special early CT wildlife booklet. Tours available. Reduced admission.
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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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TOM CALLINAN TO PERFORM SONGS FROM THE TROUBADOUR TRAIL
Saturday, June 10 (CT Open House Day), 2:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy.
Address: Norwichtown Heritage & Regional Visitors Center, 69 East Town St., Norwich, CT. On the Norwichtown Green
Expect this! As part of the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors Center’s celebration of Connecticut Open House Day, Tom Callinan, designated Connecticut’s first Official State Troubadour, will be performing selected songs from his Norwich repertoire that will be included in his “Troubadour Trail” walking tour. The concert and festivities will be held be at 69 East Town Street, on the Norwichtown Green. Mr. Callinan’s “Troubadour Trail” will consist of three components: Norwichtown; Mohegan Heritage; and Downtown. Among the songs that will be included on June 10th will be: [from Norwichtown], “Lowthorpe Meadow”; “Meetinghouse Rocks”; and “Poco-Loco For Cocoa”; [from Mohegan Heritage], “The First Of The Mohegans” and “Uncas Leap”; and [from Downtown], “The Struggles Of Ruggles”; “Mending Soles And Saving Souls”; and “Norwich’s Lifesaving Tree”. Admission to this event is free.
Questions? 860-917-8478
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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 – 11:30 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: 1.5 hours, 1 mile
Sponsored by: Palmer Arboretum, Town of Woodstock.
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Pitch Pine Preserve Hike
Saturday, 6/17/2017, 10 am – 12 noon
Difficulty: Difficult. Key(s):Pre-register call 860-536-9811 NO dogs please.
Address: Poheganut Dr., opposite Women’s Health Center, Groton, CT. I-95, Exit 88; road is immediately north of Mystic Marriott
Expect this! A rigorous hike over a rocky ridge, through a dark hollow, with a stop at an old granite quarry. The 201 acre site features a 44-acre pitch pine ridge forest, one of Connecticut’s 13 imperiled ecosystems. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring water and a snack. Uneven, sometimes steep, terrain, several stream crossings and a narrow foot bridge. Experienced hikers please. The site was newly acquired by the State in March 2017. We will traverse some private property, with permission. There are no signs, trail markers, restrooms or maps.
Questions? 860-536-9811.  Time/Distance: 2 hours, 3.5 miles
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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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Trail Wood Bird Walk
Tuesday, 6/20/2017, 8:00 AM
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): CAS members $5, $10 for non-members.
Address: Trail Wood, 93 Kenyon Rd., Hampton, CT. meet in the parking lot
Expect this! Join Andy as he finds various nesting birds on our Hampton sanctuary. Hooded warblers, chestnut-sided warblers, indigo buntings, and blue-winged warblers should be found. Fee: $5 CAS members; $10 non-members.
Questions? 860-928-4948
Sponsored by: The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret. 
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Paddle Killingly’s Mashapaug Lake (Bigelow Hollow State Park ) Paddle
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.
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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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