History, Nature & Wildlife Featured in The Last Green Valley’s Spring Outdoors!

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) steps into April with historical, woodland, and nature walks designed to get you springing outdoors. This week features walks in four of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor’s 35 towns, where you can ponder ponds in Pomfret, wander in Woodstock, step back in Norwich, and hike in Hampton with these upcoming diverse choices.

The Connecticut Audubon Society Center in Pomfret offers a “Vernal Pool Inventory Training Session” on April 1 starting at 9 am. This is the first of two training sessions with Citizen Science Coordinator Paula Coughlin. Learn more about these spring breeding grounds and become a volunteer with your new knowledge! The second session will be held on Friday, April 7th.  CT Audubon members get this exciting training for $10, and non-members $15.

The Wyndham Land Trust invites you to the “Rapoport/Spalding Preserve” in Woodstock on Saturday, April 1 at 10 am. Hike the fields, woods and wetlands of this scenic 154-acre preserve. Bring a camera, because there is no fooling – this is a beautiful spot.

Plan to dally in Norwich on Saturday, April 1. Stroll one of the self-guided WalkNorwich.org trails, and then visit the Leffingwell House Museum as they open for the season with the “Unveiling of a 13-Star Flag.” Cocoa will be served to warm you, and there is a $5 entry fee. Well worth the price of admission!

The Friends of Goodwin Forest roll out programs all year-long and are offering these Spring Outdoors choices this week: “The History of Making Charcoal in Connecticut” is sparking interest on Saturday, April 1st at 10 am, where you can see a bright demonstration. On Sunday, April 2nd, tie up your boots at noon for a 5-7 mile “Long Distance Guided Hike” featuring all sorts of nature tidbits along the trail.  Learn about “The Coverts Project,” aimed at forest and woods landowners with goals to manage and enhance their woods, during an educational and informational evening on Monday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm. “The Audacity of Migration” closes out the week at Goodwin on Tuesday, April 4th at 6:30 pm. Migration is one of nature’s great events, and naturalist Dr. Bryan Pfeiffer will reveal the secrets of migration from a blackpoll warbler’s perspective.

To get all the Spring Outdoor choices, visit www.thelastgreenvalley.org or TLGV’s Facebook page. New adventures are being added all the time, so be sure to check in often!

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor – the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!