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Stream Salamander Workshop

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: SRA Office (2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, CT)

Steep Rock Association is offering an informative family weekend workshop that will examine the ecology of amphibians inhabiting our watercourses.  Cristina Macklem of the Natural Resources Department at UConn will discuss her research investigating how exurban housing development affects the occupancy, abundance, and breeding patterns of the northern two-lined, northern dusky, and red-backed salamanders.

This initial portion of the program, also covering salamander identification, will be held at Steep Rock Association’s office (2 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, CT).  Participants should bring waterproof boots and a rain jacket (just in case) for the outdoor portion that will follow – a thorough search for salamanders in one or more of the preserve’s small streams.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Cristina Macklem is a UConn graduate student with amphibian and reptile research expertise.  Her interests are focused on wildlife management in the context of land use and climate change.  Rory Larson, who joined Steep Rock Association in 2013, will assist.  He has a BS in Wildlife Ecology and works ardently to inventory and enhance biodiversity throughout Washington’s landscape.


Click here to register for Soil and Trees: Nature's Magicians

Earth Day 5K

Date: Saturday April 22
Time: 9 am
 Location: Steep Rock Preserve
Walk or run our first annual Earth Day 5k! The event is chip timed and has some of the prettiest scenery of 5ks in CT! Stick around for fresh baked cookies and treats. Also, stop by during or after the 5K to help with WEC’s roadside cleanup. If you have some extra time and energy please join us for that event! Celebrate Earth Day and join us for the 5k, Cleanup, or both!
Click here for more information and to register!

Build an Owl Box 

Date: Sat, March 25
Time: 1 pm
Location: The Gunn Memorial Junior Library
Steep Rock Association is once again teaming up with the library in an outreach program. Children can contribute to our local owl habitat in the Steep Rock nature preserves by putting together precut owl nesting houses using simple tools. Land Steward, Rory Larson has been busy creating the panels for this woodworking craft. These houses will be put up in the preserves so be sure to keep a look out for them on your nature walks. This program is best suited for ages 5 and up and limited to 24 children. Please sign up with the library to attend.

Steep Rock Staff Reads about Birds!

Date: Tues, March 28
Time: 3:30 – 4:15 PM Grades K&1 & Thurs, March 30, 3:30-4:15 PM Grades 2&3
 Location: Gunn Memorial Junior Library
Part of a program series; please sign up with the library to attend.

Future Now Expo

Date: Sat, June 24
Time: 11 am – 3 pm
 Location: Town Hall Plaza Washington, CT
Visit our table and workshop at this engaging community event coordinated by the Washington Environmental Council. Speak face to face with exhibitors who have demonstrated a commitment to saving our planet. Learn from informative lectures, watch a documentary film, participate in an action-oriented workshop and enjoy live music. This all-day event is free, walk-able and family-friendly. There will be something for everyone!

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