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Who Got the Seniors Out?

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Who Got the Seniors Out? We did, with a great deal of help from our friends at Connecticut Community Foundation (CCF)! Steep Rock Association (SRA) excitedly hosted three programs specifically targeting multigenerational families and senior citizens this year with support from CCF’s Pathways for Older Adults program. Grandparents and grandchildren came down to Mitchell’s Hole in Steep Rock Preserve for a fun and educating summer afternoon of recreating in the Shepaug River. Swimming, snorkeling, riding stand up paddleboards (SUPs), flipping […]

Protect Your Public Lands on Election Day

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Protect Your Public Lands on Election Day Did you know that our public lands, which provide places for recreation, water quality protection, homes for wildlife, can be – and have been – give(n) away or sold without public comment? On Tuesday, November 6th, citizens of Connecticut can vote “YES” on the statewide ballot to protect public lands. It’s true that our preserves are not owned by the state; Steep Rock, Hidden Valley and Macricostas Preserves are owned by this Association […]

A Summer to be Inspired

Steep Rock Association’s first ever Van Sinderen Intern, Karlie, shares her experiences at Steep Rock Association this summer: Starting off the Van Sinderen Conservationist Internship with a nest check of a kestrel box containing five screeching kestrel nestlings was an awesome experience. The siblings were all at different stages of development, and the youngest was estimated to be about five days old. While the birds were out, the resident expert on all things kestrel, or “Professor Art,” recorded the sex […]

Wildlife baby season: if you care, leave them there

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Wildlife baby season: if you care, leave them there “Hello Steep Rock? My cat brought a baby bunny into the house. It doesn’t look injured, but what should I do with it? I think it’s too young to be away from its mother.” Calls of concern similar to these are happening all across the state during the spring and summer months.  People out hiking or working in their yard may stumble upon young animals that may seem to be orphaned, […]

Bushwhacking 101 : Nature Preserve Monitoring

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Bushwhacking 101: Nature Preserve Monitoring Have you ever seen those yellow “Steep Rock Nature Preserve” property signs dotting the roads of Washington? Behind those signs is a collective 2,500 acres of pristine wilderness, scattered over 30 individual preserves. Some of that acreage is old growth hemlock forest while other parts are wetlands brimming with biodiversity and unique flora and fauna. To ensure that these areas remain unspoiled and permanently protected, we annually monitor and evaluate each preserve, observing for signs […]

New England cottontails need Land Conservation

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One of our Citizen Science volunteers decided to take her efforts one step further and found a unique way to support our conservation efforts. Kathy Coe, a longtime resident of Washington and SRA supporter, decided to use her creativity as a way to benefit our conservation mission.  Kathy created an adorable colony of felted New England cottontails to help raise awareness about the importance of land conservation for certain animals, like the New England cottontail. Part of our mission is […]

It Takes a Village

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It Takes a Village to Build a Garden and a Garden to Feed a Community Judea Garden is celebrating its 10th season of providing fresh, organic produce for its neighbors in need. Over the past nine season we have grown, harvested and delivered 33,000 pounds of food. None of this would have been possible without the help of hundreds of volunteers building, digging, weeding, driving, serving, writing, advising, donating and any number of tasks to keep Judea Garden going. Thank […]

Tax Bill, Land Conservation, and You

With each donation you give, you help ensure the lands you love are well cared for and maintained as wildlife habitats, hiking trails, and places to enjoy with family and friends. But our work, as well as the work of all nonprofit organizations, may be devastated by the federal tax reform bill. What’s important to know about the tax reform bill? Reduces the number of taxpayers who can itemize their charitable deductions, so that 95% of taxpayers would no longer […]

Preserve Experiences

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Nature provides us with the opportunity to rejuvenate and explore.  We asked visitors to share memorable experiences they have had in our preserves.  Please enjoy reading about these priceless moments, and be inspired to create your own. “Today was my first day hiking the trail to the lookout, a gorgeous day with old friends.” – LM “Hiking to the pinnacle in Hidden Valley this summer with my mom, my kids, nephews, niece, and sister and remember how we used to […]

Donor Spotlight on…Eliot Johnson

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Eliot Johnson is a part-time farmer and the owner of West Mountain Builders. Eliot lives, farms, and does business on property that once housed his grandfather’s dairy farm –  which began in 1941.  A spirit of service endures via Eliot’s contribution to the volunteer Board of the Washington Art Association; he also previously served as a Trustee for the Steep Rock Association (SRA). Recently, we had a chance to hear from Eliot on why he supports the work of the […]