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Economic Growth in CT and Land Conservation

Sponsored by Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust & coordinated by SALT group – Small Area Land Trusts
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017 
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Montessori School (240 Litchfield Tpk, New Preston, CT)


Yale University Professor Dan Esty, former Commissioner of CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will discuss the balance between the importance of land conservation in this current economic climate and its potential financial impact on towns by reducing land available for new businesses or housing and reducing overall property taxes. RSVP to

Forest Bathing with a Forester

An Exploration in Nature
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Steep Rock Preserve

Join Dr. Jeffrey Ward, Chief Scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, on a 3-mile hike to wash away stress from today’s hectic life.  Come bask in the beauty of autumnal forests and let their healing powers rejuvenate you.  This take on the Japanese practice will not only saturate your senses, but Dr. Ward’s expertise and wisdom will also feed the feeling of wonder one finds in these special environments.

Meet at the main Steep Rock Preserve parking area adjacent to the riding ring (2 Tunnel Road) and then carpool down Tunnel Road to seasonal parking where the hike will begin.

This program is rain or shine.  All ages are welcome, but please note the hike’s length.  In addition, expect gradual inclines and declines traveled at a leisurely pace.  Registration is helpful, but not required.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Dr. Ward studied Forest Biology and Silviculture at The Ohio State University and obtained a PhD degree in Forest Ecology at Purdue University. He has been in the Department of Forestry & Horticulture at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since 1987, serving as Chief Scientist since 2004. He is the author of over ninety papers and frequent speaks on a range of forestry topics.

Co-sponsoring the event is Lake Waramaug Association, whose mission is to preserve and protect the ecology of Lake Waramaug, its watershed, and environs.  The Association is celebrating its Centennial this year with the launching of two initiatives: Plant 100 Trees and Save 100 Acres Around Lake Waramaug.

Fall Hayride and StoryWalk® at Macricostas

A Family Weekend Workshop
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017 
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Macricostas Preserve

Celebrate the autumn season with Steep Rock Association (SRA) at Macricostas Preserve.  Start your family adventure along the stone wall by Judea Garden, near the main parking lot. Ramble along the StoryWalk® trail while reading the newly displayed book, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, one page at a time.  Will Fletcher, the young fox, be able to save a tree’s leaves from falling?

As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong.  But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise.  Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out. . . .”

Continue along the ½ mile trail, which leads to the expansive hayfield where a tractor and hay wagon await to take families on a ride around the field.  Rides will occur every 30 minutes from 12:30 – 2:30pm.  Upon arrival to the hayfield, enjoy apple cider and donuts from Averill Farm and test your tree nut identification while waiting for the next ride to start. Thanks to the Gunn Memorial Junior Library for their continued collaboration on the StoryWalk®.

Poor weather will postpone the event.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is helpful, but not required; donations gratefully accepted.  Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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