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May 2019

Climate Impact on the Eastern Hemlock

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT 06793
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Global climate change is changing the abundances, range, and interactions of native as well as invasive species. Dr. Carole Cheah, an entomologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will share her extensive body of research on different stressors and their impacts on eastern hemlock health in the context of a rapidly changing climate. The eastern hemlock is an important tree species in New England forests. Hemlocks, while not a highly sought-after timber product, are an important part of a healthy forest. Eastern…

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Trail Work Day

May 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alice McAllister Memorial Sanctuary, 74 Camps Flat Road
South Kent, CT 06785
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Interested in spending time outside and meeting other hiking enthusiasts? Weantinoge has organized a series of Trail Work Days for volunteers. Volunteers help ensure our trails are in great condition and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for hikers. Participants join Weantinoge staff and meet at the chosen preserve and work for about 3 hours with hand tools to trim back vegetation, clearing branches off the trail, and improving directional blazes with paint. All materials and hand tools will be provided. We…

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June 2019

Connecticut Trails Day: Hike to Bear Hill’s Summit

June 1 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Kahn-Nostrand, 56 Squire Hill Road
New Milford, CT 06776
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The first weekend in June is Connecticut Trails Day, part of a nationally coordinated day celebrating all muscle-powered trail activities! Connecticut, though small in size, has the most National Trail Day events in the United States. Join Weantinoge on a hike to the highest point in New Milford, Bear Hill. At the end of 2018, New Milford resident Jack Garraty donated a 50-acre conservation easement to Weantinoge, completing the protection of the entire north and east sides of Bear Hill,…

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June Bird Walk at Smyrski Farm

June 8 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 am
Smyrski Farm, 237 Merryall Road
New Milford, CT 06776 United States
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Bobolinks, hawks, wood ducks, and cliff swallows, oh my! Join Weantinoge, and noted local Audubon birder Angela Dimmitt, for an early morning bird walk through Weantinoge’s 220-acre Smyrski Farm, home to 65 species of birds (and counting). At this time of day the birds will be active with resident birds and migratory songbirds returning to their breeding grounds. The farm will be especially beautiful as the dew burns off in the morning sun. Bring binoculars and wear long pants and boots,…

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Trail Work Day

June 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cobble Brook Vista, 26 Studio Hill Circle
Kent, CT 06757 United States
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Interested in spending time outside and meeting other hiking enthusiasts? Weantinoge has organized a series of Trail Work Days for volunteers. Volunteers help ensure our trails are in great condition and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for hikers. Participants join Weantinoge staff and meet at the chosen preserve and work for about 3 hours with hand tools to trim back vegetation, clearing branches off the trail, and improving directional blazes with paint. All materials and hand tools will be provided. We…

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Multiple Plate Collisions, Six Ice Ages, Climate Change, and New England’s Earthquake Problem

June 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gunn Memorial Library, 5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT 06793
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A lot has happened to the land we now know as Northwest Connecticut! From mountain ranges to climate change, geology helps us understand the world around us. On June 22, Weantinoge presents Dr. James Lawford Anderson, professor and Director of Undergraduate Students for the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, for a fascinating talk about our region’s past, present, and future. Dr. Anderson is an igneous petrologist and much of his work has been devoted to an understanding…

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August 2019

Wildflower Walk at Cobble Brook

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cobble Brook Vista, 26 Studio Hill Circle
Kent, CT 06757 United States
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                                Summer is here and the meadows are filled with interesting plants and flowers. Join Weantinoge and Karen Cowperthwaite, local landscape architect and horticulturist, for an easy walk at our Cobble Brook Vista Preserve to enjoy some of late summer’s wildflowers. This stroll through the meadows will cover identification, culinary uses, herbal properties, lore, and relationships with pollinators and birds. Late summer and fall wildflowers…

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September 2019

Fall Celebration

September 14 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Smyrski Farm, 237 Merryall Road
New Milford, CT 06776 United States
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Join us for a day of free, family fun at our Smryski Farm Preserve in New Milford! Activities will include: 8 AM - 10:30 AM - Tethered hot-air balloon rides* 8 AM - 11 AM - Free breakfast 9:30 AM - 11 AM - Petting zoo 10 AM - 2 PM - Hayrides, face painting, nature walks 11:30 AM - Birds of prey show 12 - 2 PM - BBQ Lunch & Live Music We hope you can join us…

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Housatonic Heritage Hike 2019

September 28 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cobble Brook Vista, 26 Studio Hill Circle
Kent, CT 06757 United States
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Hike Kent Mountain and Cobble Brook Vista Preserves! Date: Saturday, September 28 Time: 7:00 PM Location: Cobble Brook Vista Preserve Address: 26 Studio Hill Circle, Kent Join us on a hike through Weantinoge's Cobble Brook Vista Preserve and Kent Mountain Preserve (Kent Land Trust). The trail passes through various natural habitats including meadows, streams, upland forest and ridgeline. Along the hike you’ll discover charcoal mounds from the iron industry age and scenic views of the Housatonic Valley from the top…

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October 2019

Trail Work Day

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Pratt Glen Preserve, 40A Obtuse Road North
Brookfield, CT 06804
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The Pratt Glen preserve was devastated by the May 2018 macroburst and was closed to the public for much of 2019. Volunteers have been instrumental in clearing storm debris and re-opening this preserve. Now we need help marking the new trails! Join us on Friday, October 11 for a morning outside on the trails. Volunteer trail work days are a terrific opportunity to spend a morning outside, support your local community, and maintain the trails we all value and enjoy.…

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