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April 2022

Tree Planting at Hoffman Evergreen Preserve

April 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hoffman Evergreen Preserve, 580-632 CT-201
Stonington, CT 06378 United States
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Planting season is again upon us and Avalonia’s efforts at the Hoffman Evergreen Preserve in Stonington continue!  This coming Monday April 25th from noon - 3:00 we will be planting more bare root seedlings at Hoffman as a part of the larger climate resiliency work underway there and would welcome any help you might be able to give.   Many of you will be familiar with the efforts there over the past several years. For those of you who aren’t, the following offer a…

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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

May Day Walk at Paffard Woods

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Paffard Woods, N Main St.
Stonington, CT 06378 United States
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Look for Signs of Spring on May Day! Join Beth Sullivan for a walk in the early spring woods.  We will spend time on a loop trail that leads us over three  stream crossings and sit for a while to listen to the brook.  We should find several spring wildflowers, listen for birds and enjoy the greening of the woods.  Great photo opportunities.  The trail we will take is a little rough in spots, roots, stones and a few ups…

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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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Leo Antonino Preserve Family Hike

June 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Leo Antonino Preserve, 0 Antonino Road
Groton, CT United States
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Date: Sunday, June 5  Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm Hike Leaders:  Janet Anderson and Robert Volkmann   Join us for family-friendly hike celebrating CT Trails Day at the Leo Antonino Preserve in Groton.  The trail travels through mature woods, along vernal pools and active brooks, and near erratics and upthrust sections of granite. Parts are rocky and rooty with elevation changes.   REGISTER HERE

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TriTown Forest Preserve Hike

June 5 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
TriTown Forest Preserve, 91 Miller Road
North Stonington, CT United States
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Sunday, June 5 Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Hike Leader: Stephen Colgan   Join us for a leisurely 2.5 mile hike in the TriTown Forest Preserve.  We will follow the yellow trail which is generally flat but does have some short climbs and descents.  If you look on the All Trails App, the trail is listed there as the TriTown Fenway Trail.   REGISTER HERE

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Atlantic White Cedar Planting

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
White Cedar Swamp/Deans Mill Wildlife Corridor, Jerry Browne Road
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
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After many hours of site preparation, we've finally created a large enough opening to begin planting! With nearly 50 Atlantic White Cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) seedlings ready to plant in the wet, peaty soil of the White Cedar Swamp/ Deans Mill Wildlife Corridor Preserve, not only will you be helping to restore a portion of this wooded wetland, this can also be a great opportunity to learn a bit about the ecology of this critical habitat type.  Funded in part by a…

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Trail Maintenance and Cleanup at North Stonington’s Herman E. Sheets Family Forest

June 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

If you would like to get outside and make a difference, then come experience the beautiful Green Fall River and surrounding forested uplands at the Herman E. Sheets Family Forest in North Stonington.  On the morning of Saturday June 25th from 9:30-12:30, we will be focusing on trail maintenance and cleanup up the trailhead and parking area. This is in advance of the next day’s 7 Rivers Festival and our own Grand Opening of this preserve! Parking is opposite 94…

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Sheets Family Forest Ribbon Cutting & Guided Hike

June 26 @ 1:00 pm
Sheets Family Forest, Puttker Road
North Stonington, CT United States
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Join Avalonia for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Sheets Family Forest at 1:00 pm, followed by a guided hike by naturalist Bruce Fellman from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm.   This spectacular 86-acre preserve boasts a 3 mile trail and a half-mile of frontage along the Green Fall River. This preserve is part of the Wood Pawcatuck Watershed, which has received a Wild & Scenic designation.   Light refreshments will be available -all are welcome! The Sheets…

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