Planting Acorns for the Future

 “Planting nuts requires a vision for a future that goes beyond one’s mortal reach,” — Bernd Heinrich from The Trees in My Forest Last fall I was presented with a gift of two 1-gallon plastic bags of red oak acorns. My sister-in-law Jamie had collected them from her lawn. She remembered my idea to plant…

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Bird Nests of May – Part II

“Although it is easier to find the nest in early winter, nest finding in spring is more of a challenge and infinitely more rewarding, since the nests are in use.” —John Hanson Mitchell from “A Field Guide to Your Own Back Yard.” Step outside in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor and you will…

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Bird Nests of May – Part I

“The survival of its species depends on how well it can protect and keep warm a ridiculous, round, rolly, fragile thing, containing its future offspring.” Joan Dunning, Secrets of the Nest: The Family Life of North American Birds In my office I have a photograph of two bald eagles in a nest with two young…

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Calling All Photographers! Show off Your Talent in TLGV’s 2023 Calendar

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is searching for 12 photos capturing the unique spirit of the National Heritage Corridor. The selected images will appear in the 2023 TLGV Calendar and hang proudly in businesses and homes throughout the National Heritage Corridor and beyond! Photos must capture the heart and soul of the natural, historic…

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A New Loop Trail and More Spring Outdoors

Earth Day was April 22, and I had the opportunity to celebrate in style with a very enjoyable hike at West Thompson Lake — one of the six U.S. Army Corps of Engineer (USACOE) recreation areas within The Last green Valley National Heritage Corridor. It was a perfect, sunny and warm spring day with temperatures…

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TLGV Annual Meeting 6/2

2022 Annual Meeting  Thursday, June 2, 2022 Grill 37 – the Grosvenor Room 37 Putnam Rd., Pomfret, CT Please join us to celebrate our collective accomplishments in the National Heritage Corridor this past year and to highlight the many ways trails like the Air Line State Park Trail benefit our communities. 4:00 pm Optional pre-meeting activity – Air…

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Give the gift of Vitamin N (Nature)!

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he [or she] needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” — Rachel Carson Are you and your children or grandchildren preoccupied with computer games and the…

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Explore The Last Green Valley Trail Camp

Last summer, The Last Green Valley, Thompson Rec and TEEG had a crazy idea that if we worked together we could figure out how get middle school kids outside safely. Middle school children especially were facing a second straight pandemic-created, lonely summer of little to no activities for kids their age. We knew getting them…

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Head Out with TLGV in May and Beyond!

Details on Upcoming Spring TLGV Programs (as of 4/27) Note: check out our Farm Adventure Series for middle schoolers with dates remaining for 4/30, 5/7, 5/21 and 5/28! May 7, 10 am: Acorn Adventures — Amphibians & Reptiles Darling Pond at Garrison Park, Chaplin, CT Join TLGV Rangers Bill Reid and Christie Hazen to discover…

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The Fascinating Subterranean Life of Moles

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.” Mole from “The Wind in the Willows,” by Kenneth Grahame One of the most fascinating animals residing in our region is one we almost…

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