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April 2021

Preston Clean-up

April 17, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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September 2021

Poetry Reading w/ Connecticut Poet Laureate, Margaret Gibson

September 26, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water St
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
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Exciting news! Avalonia's own Margaret Gibson has published another important book of poetry and will be presenting poems from it on Sunday, Sept 26 at 4:00pm at the Arts Mystic Cafe in Mystic. Margaret's poetry is nationally-recognized and she is Connecticut's current Poet Laureate. Tickets for the reading are $15 for regular admission and $5 for students. Don't miss this wonderful event! With The Glass Globe, celebrated poet Margaret Gibson completes a trilogy distinguished by its meditative focus on the…

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October 2021

Right Trees for the Right Time Online Workshop: Part 1

October 1, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Virtual

Judy Benson, CT Sea Grant Focused on New England forests, this October workshop is provided through a Long Island Sound Study Futures Fund Grant led by the University of Connecticut’s Sea Grant program in collaboration with the Avalonia Land Conservancy and the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS).  The 4-part program will be virtual, except for one field-based component that can focus a 2-hour trip to a local forest to apply the principles that your team will be learning. The total time commitment will be about…

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