Welcome Sunshine To Spring Outdoors in The Last Green Valley!
Spring Outdoors continues as the weather warms in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.
Learn about “May Wildflowers at Pigeon Swamp Preserve” on Saturday, May 14th at 10 a.m. at Pigeon Swamp Rd., Lebanon. Joshua’s Trust will identify beautiful spring wildflowers while hiking the trails of the Pigeon Swamp Preserve. Trails meander through upland forests and skirt a swamp, marsh and primitive pond. Also enjoy seeing the foundations of an 18th-19th century grist mill & home. Bring your leashed dogs along to sniff the trails, too.
Head over to 28 Bridge St. in Willimantic to meet up with the Willimantic Whitewater Partnership at 2 p.m. on May 14th for a great story of the “Land Collaboration to Develop Air Line Trail.” Explore the recently-completed Air Line Trail/Hop River Extension Project. Learn about the complex property ownership issues, as well as the collaboration required of landowners to develop the trail, including easements & land donations. This is an exciting story for many reasons!
You’ll have three choices on Sunday, May 15th to get outside and explore. Brooklyn Conservation Commission invites you to the “Barrett Hill Farm Tour” located at 183 Barrett Hill Rd. in Brooklyn on May 15th at 1 p.m. You will see first-hand the preservation efforts of local landowners, the Town of Brooklyn, and the CT Department of Agriculture to permanently protect 50 acres of land with an Agricultural Conservation Easement. The property is notable for its farmland soils, White Brook wetlands, historic/cultural resources, scenic vista, and unique geology. No dogs here, please.
Another option for Sunday afternoon May 15th is the “Gurleyville Grist Mill Opening Day” from 1 – 5 p.m. at Stonemill Rd. in Mansfield. Tour the Mill, last owned by the family of Governor Wilbur Cross. A film will also be shown at 3 p.m. at 624 Wormwood Hill Rd. (Joshua’s Trust Office) that features the Grist Mill. Participants may also elect to walk along the Fenton River on the blue trail, located nearby.
Families with children will want to “Seek and Find at the Beeches Trail with TLGV Ranger Jean & Naturalist Grace” on Sunday, May 15th, from 2 – 3 p.m. at 11 Beeches Lane, Woodstock. Sponsored by the Woodstock Conservation Commission, walkers will enjoy a family-friendly stroll along a ½ mile long gravel walking trail with views of the Little River waterfall and will receive a scavenger hunt list to test their observational skills. Stroller-friendly. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No dogs please. Rain cancels this walk. For more information, call 860-455-8798.
Mid-week, “Folks with Limited Mobility Bird Watch” happens on Wednesday morning, May 18th, starting at 8 a.m. at the CT Audubon Center at Pomfret, located at 218 Day Rd. in Pomfret Center. Drive to various locations and observe numerous bird species from the road or your vehicle. The leader, Andy, hopes that many of his long-time followers who feel they are unable to attend his regular walks will join him on this new program. He will call birds to the group! Call Aubudon at 860-928-4948 to pre-register. Note: fees apply – $5 CAS members, $10 non-members.
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