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 Shepaug River Update

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: American Legion Hall (6 Bryan Hall Plaza, Washington Depot)

Steep Rock Association and Washington Rod and Gun Club are co-hosting an informative talk and discussion on the Shepaug River. Hugh Rogers, a director of Rivers Alliance of CT, will address the current condition of the river, drought’s impact on the system, DEEP’s fish sampling efforts, Rivers Alliance programs, as well as politics that influence flow regimes of the Bantam and Shepaug Rivers.

 PROGRAM LEADERS: Hugh Rogers, a retired public school teacher, has had a lifelong interest in rivers and the natural world. As a former board member of the Washington Environmental Council, he reviewed and selected student applicants for scholarships and worked with public schools on planning and implementation of cooperative natural science initiatives. He is a graduate of Outward Bound and is a Master of Wildlife Conservation. Before joining the Rivers Alliance board, he served the organization with work on limiting the use of pesticides on athletic fields and legislation advocacy. He is an avid fly fisher and is often found on the banks of the Shepaug River.

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 Signs of Spring with ASAP!

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Macricostas Preserve ( 124 Christian Street, New Preston, CT)

Steep Rock Association is teaming up with ASAP! and Alex Franjola to host a Signs of Spring program for ages 3-10.

Celebrate the magic of Spring! Awaken your senses! Run through the fields, smell the wildflowers, keep your eyes open for nesting birds, seek treasures on a scavenger hunt, and get your hands dirty by planting flowers for the Judea Garden for Springs to come.


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Wild Edibles

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Judy Black Memorial Park


Did you know that lamb’s quarters has 3x the calcium as its cultivated cousin spinach or that purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy vegetable?

Join nature educator Haley Nedderman of Pratt Nature Center and Anne Gallagher co-founder and coordinating chef of the nationally recognized coalition Plow to Plate and learn how to find these local nutritional powerhouses and how to prepare them into delicious soups, salads and more.

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Spring Wildflower Walk

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in Hidden Valley Preserve Parking Lot (Route 47)

Come explore the thawed trails of Hidden Valley Preserve to witness the colorful flora poking through the forest floor. Peary and BK Stafford will lead the hike that will focus on the preserve’s wildflowers, discussing their identification and unique morphological/behavioral features. 

The program is scheduled for the above date, however, please stay posted as the date may be adjusted accordingly due to weather’s influence on flowering.  We will meet at the main Hidden Valley Preserve parking lot on Route 47.  Participants should wear hiking boots or other appropriate shoes, and it is highly recommended that participants bring water and binoculars.

PROGRAM LEADERS:  Peary and BK Stafford are very active within Steep Rock Association and two of the most knowledgeable community members on biodiversity.  In addition to wildflowers, Peary and BK relish documenting the birds, butterflies, and dragonflies in the preserves.

*Registration helpful but not required!

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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!
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Jeffrey S. Ward Talk on the Importance of Trees

Date: Sunday April 30
Time: 2 pm
 Location: Washington Montessori School

Jeffrey S. Ward, Chief Scientist in the Department of Forestry & Horticulture at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will give a talk on “The Importance of Trees” at the Washington Montessori School on Sunday, April 30th, at 2:00 P.M., followed by light refreshments. His talk is sponsored by the Lake Waramaug Association as part of their Centennial Celebration, during which they are launching programs to “Plant 100 Trees and Save 100 Acres Around Lake Waramaug,” and co-sponsored by the Warren Land Trust and the Steep Rock Association.

The Washington Montessori School is located at 240 Litchfield Turnpike (Route 202), and the talk is open to the public and free of charge. Reservations are appreciated but not required. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact or visit

 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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