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Open Garden and Judea Garden

An Exploration in Nature

Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017 
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Judea Garden @ Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street)

Steep Rock Association’s Judea Garden will hold its annual Open Garden at Macricostas Preserve. Visitors, volunteers, and friends are welcome to explore the beautiful garden; enjoy refreshments; and learn about nettles and soils from summer interns Teddy Eichen and Matt Minicucci.

Judea Garden, a Steep Rock Association community project, plays a key role in serving the town of Washington, CT and beyond. What began as a small organic community garden in Washington has grown to serve people in surrounding towns including New Milford, Torrington, and Warren. What began as a handful of volunteers now involves dozens of hardworking gardeners, sponsors, local businesses, and community groups.

This year, Judea Garden will honor two local organizations who have been volunteering and growing crops since the first season in 2009: the Greater Washington Coalition of Jewish Life and the First Congregational Church of Washington

Senior Community Outing

An Exploration in Nature

Date: August 29, 2017 (Rain Date August 30)
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Steep Rock Preserve

Washington residents can make arrangements to have the Town of Washington Senior Van pick them up and bring them to Steep Rock Preserve.  All others will meet in the main parking lot.  Once in the Preserve, everyone will drive along Tunnel Road to the beautiful Hauser Bridge to appreciate a sweeping, bird’s eye view of the Shepaug River.  From there, walk or ride to the historic Railroad Tunnel or enjoy a short guided hike with SRA staff.  Afterward, enjoy a delicious picnic provided by SRA at our tables near the shore of the Shepaug. What a way to spend a summer day!

Registration is required by Friday, August 25.  Please call the Steep Rock Association office at 860 868-9131 or email  There will also be a signup sheet at the Washington Senior Center.

Macroinvertebrate Sampling

A Citizen Science Project

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Steep Rock Preserve 

We are recruiting volunteers to help us with the pilot year of an annual macroinvertebrate sampling effort at our Steep Rock Preserve.  We’ll identify and count these bugs that spend part of their life developing under water.  Whether you’re familiar with these bugs or not, come get your feet wet, learn, and help us record useful data on this invertebrate community.

SRA’s Program Leader, Rory Larson, will begin the program with a brief introductory training session at the main Steep Rock Preserve parking lot adjacent to the riding ring. Protocol, equipment, and identification keys used for this research will be covered.  Immediately following the training, we will sample a nearby reach of the Shepaug River and record our findings.  Participants should bring appropriate footwear for wading in water (sandals, sneakers, waders, or boots).

Registration helpful!

Discovering the Night Sky

An Exploration in Nature

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street)

Join Steep Rock Association on a tour through the night sky at Macricostas Preserve.  Once making the short walk to an expansive field, we will marvel at the open ceiling above and unveil constellations hidden in the matrix of stars.

Dubbed a “family weekend workshop”, this program will accommodate children and adults alike.  Participants should dress in layers (light jackets) and bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Leading this night time excursion is Hugh Rogers, a retired public school teacher, with a lifelong interest in the natural world. He is a graduate of the North Carolina Outward Bound School as well as the Master of Wildlife Conservation program offered by CT DEEP.  Hugh has previously served as a director of the Washington Environmental Council and is currently on the board of Rivers Alliance of CT.  Registration helpful!



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