Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley! News for 2017.

Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley! News for 2017.

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is pleased to present the second annual Spring Outdoors – expanded this year to run for the entire spring season, from March 20 through 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.

Walktober was a tremendous success this past fall, with almost 300 opportunities for people to enjoy all of our wonderful resources in the National Heritage Corridor’s 35 towns.  Land trusts, conservation commissions, trails committees, farms, historical societies and small businesses hosted experiences highlighting what makes them unique. TLGV sprang into action last year when asked to coordinate a program similar to Walktober, but in the spring as nature springs forth. Spring Outdoors is blossoming and growing quickly just as Walktober has done. Experience many of these properties, trails, museums, camps, woods and waters in both spring and fall!

The Friends of Goodwin Forest kick off with “Predation & the Ecosystem” and the “Goodwin Book Club featuring Edwin Way Teale” on Wednesday, March 22. Goodwin Forest’s trails in Hampton provide access to the Air Line State Park Trail and offer you a full day of fresh air!

“Organic Lawns” and “Medicinal Weeds” sprout as choices on Saturday, March 25. The organic lawns workshop is offered as a part of a healthy environment series by the Town of Mansfield. Goodwin Forest’s medicinal weeds walk includes how to recognize plants, shares recipes and teaches how to include healing traditions in your own life.

All ages can enjoy the happenings on Sunday, March 26. For the kiddos, “TLGV Ranger Marcy’s Acorn Adventure” hits the Air Line State Park Trail in Chaplin, looking for skunk cabbage and other signs of spring. Joshua’s Trust’s “Spring Along the Willimantic River” is also aimed at youth, searching for signs of spring in a different spot. Stroll back over to Goodwin Forest for a discussion on “Climate Change 101.” Then stroll on the trails at Goodwin!

To get all the Spring Outdoors choices, TLGV has developed a web-based brochure that can be downloaded and printed. Events are also listed on TLGV’s Facebook page. New adventures are being added all the time, so be sure to check in often! Learn more about the National Heritage Corridor and Spring Outdoors at The Last Green Valley’s website, www.thelastgreenvalley.org.

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!