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October 2020

Great Avalonia Trail Trek 2020

October 17, 2020 - October 25, 2020

Do you want to help save land? Do you like getting a good workout in? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you should sign up for the Great Avalonia Trail Trek! The Great Avalonia Trail Trek is a week-long fundraiser from Saturday, October 17 to Sunday, October 25 that will give you the chance to raise money for Avalonia while enjoying our beautiful preserves. The money raised at the Great Avalonia Trail Trek will support Avalonia’s…

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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 2021

Preston Clean-up

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Terri Eickel and the Preston Town Committee on Saturday, April 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm to support the Town of Preston's annual Roadside Clean-Up. Covid safety protocols in place; registration and masks required. Registration required. Register here.

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Earth Day Clean-up at StoneRidge

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the members of StoneRidge to assess (with a goal of starting some of the construction with installation to follow a few weeks later) the stair repairs that day, cut back any brush, remove trip hazards, place benches and add the StoneRidge signage as described and allowed by Avalonia. Covid safety protocols in place, registration required. Limit of 14 people and masks are required. Registration required. Register here.

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Hidden Treasure Hike at TriTown Forest Preserve

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
TriTown Forest Preserve, 91 Miller Road
North Stonington, CT United States
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Join us on a three mile adventure of discovery at one of CT’s premiere walking destinations. For our Earth Day adventure we will visit a series of seldom noted treasures (large and small) hidden in plain sight along the trail: historic stoneworks and the fascinating beautiful world of lichen and Bryophytes. Bring a snack, water, and a loupe or magnifying glass. Covid safety protocols are in place; registration limited to 14 people and masks are required. Registration is required. Register…

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Benedict Benson Preserve Hike

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Benedict Benson Preserve, Swantown Hill Road
North Stonington, CT 06359 United States
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In honor of Earth Day, we’ll be hiking the main trail of Avalonia’s Benedict Benson Preserve on a mission to find signs of spring. There are sure to be emerging fern fiddleheads, the calls of amphibians and newly arrived migrant songbirds, including, perhaps, the rare Cerulean Warblers that occasionally call the refuge home, and a stunning array of wildflowers, especially an extra-extra bloomer called the Hepatica that thrives in a rocky area near the picturesque Lantern Brook. Veteran naturalist Bruce…

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Earth Day Hike at Barrett Preserve

April 24 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

It's Earth Day, so join Ledyard Town Committee Chair Laurie Gorham for a hike of Barrett Preserve in Ledyard. Get outside, breathe the fresh air, and celebrate the Earth! Covid protocols in place. Registration limited to 14 people. Masks required. Registration required. Register here.

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An Arbor Day Celebration Tree “Hunt”

April 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate Arbor Day 2021 along the trail on Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Moore Woodland’s preserve in Mystic, CT Join Jim Luce, retired Connecticut College Supervisor of Grounds on Avalonia’s Moore Woodlands in Mystic on Arbor Day, Friday April 30, 3 - 4:00 pm or on Sunday, May 2, 1 – 3:00 pm. You will receive a preserve trail map - then you will walk the trail searching for trees with ‘tags’ that identify the tree and match each tree tag with…

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May 2021

An Arbor Day Celebration Tree “Hunt”

May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Celebrate Arbor Day 2021 along the trail on Avalonia Land Conservancy’s Moore Woodland’s preserve in Mystic, CT Join Jim Luce, retired Connecticut College Supervisor of Grounds on Avalonia’s Moore Woodlands in Mystic on Arbor Day, Friday April 30, 3 - 4:00 pm or on Sunday, May 2, 1 – 3:00 pm. You will receive a preserve trail map - then you will walk the trail searching for trees with ‘tags’ that identify the tree and match each tree tag with…

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August 2021

Preston Nature Preserve Walk

August 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Preston Nature Preserve, Krug Road
Preston, CT United States
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The 56 acres of meadows, woods, and wetlands of the Preston Nature Preserve are at their prettiest in August, when the fields are dominated by Joe Pye Weed, various goldenrods, milkweeds, grasses, thistles, asters, and a remarkable expanse of Bee Balm, to name some of the botanical treasures. The abundant blossoms always attract an array of exquisite butterflies, from Monarchs and swallowtails to fritillaries and skippers, with a collection of mesmerizing hummingbird moths thrown in for good measure. And that’s…

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