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Judea Garden Photography Contest
Submissions Due by Friday, September 28th, 2018
Photos Taken at Judea Garden: Located at Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

Capture the beauty of Judea Garden in a photo! First-place winners will receive gift certificates.

Winners will be announced at a special reception at the historic Camp Farmhouse Saturday, October 13. All Photos will be on exhibit thru Saturday, October 27.
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Macroinvertebrate Sampling: A Citizen Science Project
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Steep Rock Preserve (2 Tunnel Road, Washington)

Identifying and sorting the catch

We are recruiting volunteers to help us with our annual macroinvertebrate sampling effort. You will be surprised at how many bugs remain hidden beneath submerged rocks and their usefulness as indicators of water quality.

The program will begin with a brief introduction on the ecology of rivers and macroinvertebrates before delving into sampling techniques and equipment. Immediately following the training, we will sample a nearby reach of the Shepaug River and record our findings. Whether you’re familiar with studying these bugs or not, come get your feet wet, learn something new, and contribute to our knowledge on this invertebrate community.

People of all ages and experience levels are invited to partake in the project. Participants should bring appropriate footwear for wading in water (sandals, sneakers, waders, or boots). Registration is requested, but not required.

Seniors in Steep Rock 2: An Exploration in Nature
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

Senior citizens are invited to join Steep Rock Association (SRA) trustees and staff as they lead a short and leisurely guided hike around the historically-rich grounds beside Judea Garden. Afterwards, we will provide a picnic lunch for guests to enjoy the company of others and the onset of autumn.



Tunnel Road Connector Hike: An Exploration in Nature
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rain Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018
Steep Rock Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston)

If you’re looking to explore some of western Connecticut’s most beautiful country, this hike is for you.  Join Steep Rock Association (SRA) and Roxbury Land Trust (RLT) on a 4 ½ mile intertown hike along Tunnel Road.

This town road, which connects protected lands owned by the two organizations, has been integrated into Steep Rock Preserve’s trail system and sees more tread from boots than tires nowadays.  Once fully passable by car, about half of the road has been permanently closed to hiker’s delight.   It offers unparalleled views of the Shepaug River as it follows the waterway’s course into large tracts of preserved, wild lands.  From old growth forest to early successional scrub, cascading creeks to floodplain forest, this trek has an incredible variety of habitat types to see.  It also lies adjacent to the old railroad bed rich in history for discussion along the way.  We’ll take a slight detour off Tunnel Road to investigate the Tunnel itself, a 235-foot passage through bedrock, from which the road received its name.

The program will start at SRA’s main Steep Rock Preserve parking lot next to the riding ring (2 Tunnel Road, Washington, CT) and finish at RLT’s Battle Swamp Preserve on Judd’s Bridge Road in Roxbury.  A shuttle bus will then bring all participants back to Washington, concluding the program.

Participants should wear appropriate footwear for a moderate hike with one steep climb and have plenty of water on hand.  Poor weather will postpone the program until the following day, October 7, 2018 at the same time.

All ages are welcome, but please take note of the hike’s length.  Registration is required due to shuttle capacity.  Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Morning Yoga at Macricostas: An Exploration in Nature
Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston, CT)

Connect your mind, body, and breath through a peaceful morning yoga practice in our Macricostas Preserve. Join Caroline Kinsolving for a short hike to the top of a grand hayfield where the group will flow amidst the beauty of nature. Windswept clover, waking birds, and an illuminated hillside over Meeker Swamp await.

Meet at the Macricostas Preserve main parking area. Participants should bring warm clothing, shoes for a 5-minute hike, and a yoga mat.

Registration is helpful, but not required and donations are gratefully accepted. Please register below or call the office at (860) 868-9131 Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm.

PROGRAM LEADERS: Caroline Kinsolving will be leading this program with 22 years of experience teaching a range of yoga techniques throughout the world.  Learn more about Caroline and her classes here:

Judea Garden, Steep Rock Association’s community project, is celebrating it’s 10th season of growing and giving! For a full list of Judea Garden’s 10th Season Celebration events, please visit here.