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Time to Spring Outdoors

March 16, 2021

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”  — Rachael Carson, The Sense of Wonder Saturday, March 20 at 5:37 a.m. is the vernal equinox and the first day of…

Finding Beauty in March

March 9, 2021

“Now is that sweet unwritten moment when all things are possible, are just begun. The little tree has not quite leafed. The mate is not yet chosen. To the rambler in the woods all that he can find in heavy books will be of less…

Garden Thoughts and Seed Catalogs

March 2, 2021

“I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” — Henry David Thoreau, from “The Dispersion of Seeds,” 1860-1861 One of the joys of winter is the arrival of seed catalogs in…

A Gathering of Winter Flocks

February 23, 2021

This winter I’ve noticed a variety of winter bird species gathering in flocks at my feeder. Each year I expect to see several dark eyed juncos scouring the grass under our feeder. This year they arrived in late fall, right on time from nesting grounds…

Get Ready to Spring Outdoors

February 22, 2021

Spring Outdoors is returning for 2021 from March 20 to June 20. While it will be different, we do know that if we ensure participation size allows for physical distancing and masks are worn, we can enjoy the outdoors. Leaders, it’s time to submit your…

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Keeping The Last Green Valley Clean and Green!

February 22, 2021

Show your love for The Last Green Valley by organizing an Earth Month or River Cleanup. Gather your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and make a difference in your community. Over the last nine years, 11,489 volunteers have collected 442,139 pounds of trash from our…

Celebrate Black History Month with a Visit to the Norwich Freedom Trail:

February 16, 2021

“The next day, Friday morning, Brother Simpson took me down to the steamboat and started me for New York, giving me a letter directed to David Ruggles, of New York.”  From the Autobiography of James L. Smith, published in 1881 and reprinted by the Society…

Finding Beauty in February

February 9, 2021

And then the owl called, and I wondered why that sound had ever inspired fear or horror. It was bird song and I thanked God for it, in the night and the silence and the cold winter’s nadir. Bird song in February darkness! A voice,…

A Winter Hike in The Last Green Valley

February 2, 2021

Every season of the year brings an opportunity for an enjoyable day outdoors, whether it is spent exploring forest or field, river or lake. Months and weeks turn purposefully through the lifecycle of our natural world. Our encounters and experiences change within that annual cycle…