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March 2019

A Vernal Pool Adventure, Babcock Ridge Preserve

March 27, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Babcock Ridge, 113 Babcock Road
North Stonington, CT United States
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After a long winter in hiding, an amazing variety of frogs, salamanders, and aquatic invertebrates will once again make their presence felt in a temporary wetland known as a vernal pool. At twilight, we’ll hike the trail to a group of vernals in Avalonia’s Babcock Ridge Preserve to search for such creatures as wood frogs and spring peepers, spotted and marbled salamanders, and fairy shrimp. We might also hear the booming hoots of barred owls and the peents of woodcock.…

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April 2019

Become a Nature Detective at Moore Woodlands (NEW DATE 4/16)

April 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Moore Woodlands, 314-264 Capstan Ave
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
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NEW DATE 4/16: Please note this event has been moved from Monday 4/15 to Tuesday 4/16 due to forecasted rain. Register Here

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October 2019

Tidal River Hike & Seek at Knox Preserve

October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Knox Preserve, Wilcox Road
Stonington, CT 06378 United States
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Hey kids, grab mom or dad or your favorite grownup and show them all the great things to discover in nature! Avalonia is hosting a Hike & Seek nature treasure-hunt that you get to lead yourselves, like a real explorer. Join us at Knox Preserve in Stonington, where you can explore the shoreline, thickets, and meadows. You’ll find all kinds of plants and critters on the way. You might see butterflies and bees, or an osprey nest and oysters, too!…

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Hike at Tefftweald with Naturalist Bruce Fellman

October 19, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Tefftweald at Birchenturn, 282 Grindstone Hill Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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Documenting your discoveries on the trail is a skill that needs to be in every naturalist’s toolkit. We’ll have plenty to observe and record as we enjoy the fall colors at Avalonia’s Tefftweald at Birchenturn Preserve on 280 Grindstone Hill Road. Tefftweald, a former Girl Scout camp, is a 77-acre masterpiece of upland forest, meadows, wetlands, old graveyards and cellar holes, and the wonderfully photogenic Wyassup Brook. This is a family-friendly excursion, and we’ll explore the woodland trails at a…

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Margaret Gibson, Connecticut’s Poet Laureate, Reading at Preston Library

October 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Preston Public Library, 389 Route 2
Preston, United States
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Join the Friends of the Preston Library as they welcome Preston resident, Margaret Gibson, Connecticut Poet Laureate. Margaret will be reading a selection of poems from books and new poems that have to do with Nature and the environment. Come and help us celebrate poetry. Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 pm at the Preston Public Library, 389 Route 2, Preston. Please call the library at 860-886-1010 to reserve a seat for this free program. Margaret Gibson is a Director at Avalonia,…

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March 2020

A Vernal Pool Adventure, Babcock Ridge Preserve (CANCELLED)

March 25, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Babcock Ridge, 113 Babcock Road
North Stonington, CT United States
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This event has been cancelled due to Coronavirus concerns. Avalonia trails remain open, but visitors need to use caution, avoid large groups, and use good judgement when meeting other hikers. While winter has hardly lived up to its name, an amazing variety of frogs, salamanders, and aquatic invertebrates have spent the colder season in hiding. But with the arrival of spring, they’re coming back to life in the temporary wetlands known as vernal pools. At twilight, we’ll hike the trail…

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October 2020

For the Birds: A Forest Tour of Avalonia’s Hoffman Preserve

October 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am
Hoffman Evergreen Preserve, 580-632 CT-201
Stonington, CT 06378 United States
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Join us at the Hoffman Preserve on Saturday, October 17 as Hull forester Chris Casadei leads a woods walk "For the Birds: A Forest Tour of Avalonia Conservancy's Hoffman Preserve." This is an easy 2-mile walk and participants will view and discuss recent forest management activity designed to improve forest health and wildlife habitat. This forest includes areas of softwood plantation and native cover types, some managed and some untouched. Location is across the street from 578 North Stonington Road,…

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April 2022

Treesure Hunt on Moore Woodlands

April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Moore Woodlands, 314-264 Capstan Ave
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
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CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY 2022 BY WITH A TREESURE HUNT ON MOORE WOODLANDS PRESERVE IN MYSTIC, CT  Jim Luce, retired Connecticut College Supervisor of Grounds, will lead a tree walk on Avalonia’s Moore Woodlands Preserve (located at the southerly end of Capstan Avenue in Mystic) on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 1-3pm. After receiving your ‘Treesure’ Hunt trail map and pencil, you will walk with Jim along the trail searching for tree identification ‘tags’ and matching the number on your map with…

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May 2022

In Search of Birds and Beavers

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Donald R. Henne Memorial Preserve, Babcock Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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The Donald R. Henne Memorial Preserve in North Stonington is a case study of the benefits of the Clean Water Act, which is celebrating a half-century of safeguarding the nation’s water resources. On Saturday, May 14th, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, we’ll explore Henne and its wetlands, which have become a haven for fish, aquatic invertebrates, especially dragonflies, aquatic plants, waterfowl, and an assortment of other birds that thrive in wetlands habitats. In a slow-paced, mile and a half,…

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June 2022

Tefftweald Nature Trek

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tefftweald at Birchenturn, 282 Grindstone Hill Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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Explore the human and natural history of the Tefftweald at Birchenturn Nature Preserve where we’ll enjoy the migrating birds, emerging butterflies and other insects, a variety of blooming wildflowers, and the exquisite twists and turns of Wyassup Brook, an artist’s, writer’s, and photographer’s delight. Don’t hesitate to call or email: 860-599-4867, or fellnature@sbcglobal.net. Photo credit: Bruce Fellman Register

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