2014 NW CT Land Trust Days!

October 10-19, 2014

October 10-13 (Columbus Day Weekend) Roxbury Land Trust, Family Portrait Days.
For a $250 donation to RLT, native son photographer Tom Hurlbut will offer a photo session on an RLT Preserve. Register by emailing: tom@THPstudio.com.

October 10-13 (Columbus Day Weekend) Roxbury Land Trust, Hike the Orzech Family Preserve.
Self-guiding. Explore the Upper Orzech Field via a new trail off the railroad bed. Hike up the wooded hillside to opening in stone wall and continue uphill to granite bench, two ponds and sweeping views. Go to www.roxburylandtrust.org for Preserve location and information.

Friday, October 10. 7:00–9:00 p.m. Kent Land Trust, Full Moon Walk.
Join us to celebrate the Hunter’s Moon and fall lunar eclipse. Test your nighttime senses as the moon rises over the Avian Preserve in North Kent. Bring water, flash light, sturdy shoes. Designed for all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. Foul weather cancels. Call or e-mail Connie Manes at 860-488-9185 or connie.manes@kentlandtrust.org with questions and to pre-register.

Saturday, October 11. 10:00-11:30 a.m. Steep Rock Association, Painting the Steep Rock Landscape.
Meet at Steep Rock Preserve Parking Lot (near riding ring). Age 15 or older. Let nature be your muse and awaken your intuitive artistic spirit. Turn the colors and shapes of the ever-changing Steep Rock landscape into a personal artistic expression. All materials will be provided. No art experience required! You need only bring a camping chair or ground mat, and your creativity. Program Leader Fran teaches color and design at Western CT State University and recently retired as head of the Art Department at Rumsey Hall. Preregistration is required: www.steeprockassoc.org or 860-868-9131.

Saturday, October 11. 9:00-5:00 p.m. Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust, Members Day/Annual Meeting.
Rain Date: Saturday, October 18. Hauser Nature Park, 110 Fern Avenue, Litchfield, will have family-fun activities including a tethered hot air balloon, nature walks, hay rides and local foods. E-mail info@weantinoge.org or call 860-927-1927 for more information.

Sunday, October 12. Noon-3:00 p.m. Naromi Land Trust, Annual Fall Picnic at Hadlow Preserve.
Picnic on the high meadow of the Hadlow Preserve on Cozier Hill Road, Sherman. Hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages provided; bring a side dish or dessert. All ages welcome. Enjoy kite flying and a short hike with views north to MA. For further details, go to www.naromi.org or call 860-354-0260.

Sunday, October 12. 12:30-5:00 p.m. Goshen Land Trust, Annual Tour of Goshen.
Pre-registration required to reserve a seat on the bus for this informative and interesting tour. Call 860-491-2076 or e-mail c.craig@goshenlandtrust.org to RSVP and for details. Meet at Goshen Town Hall.

Thursday, October 16. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Kent Land Trust, Nature Photography – Sean Graesser.
170 Kent Road, Kent. An alumnus of Kent’s Marvelwood School, Sean’s fieldwork with the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and the National Audubon Society has led him to Costa Rica and back to study sensitive habitats. His photographs are featured on the international project “Meet Your Neighbors” that uses a unique style to reveal the wildlife living amongst us in an extraordinary way. Sean will share his stories and photos, and discuss how public, hands-on experience of nature changes how we respond to our environment. For more information and to register, contact connie.manes@kentlandtrust.org.

Friday, October 17. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Litchfield Land Trust, Sunset Meadow Vineyards Event.
599 Old Middle St. (Route 63), Goshen, CT. Open wine bar with hors d'oeuvres. Silent Auction will feature fine art from regional artists and area craftsmen, dinners, get-aways and more. $50/person with preregistration encouraged. Send name(s), number of tickets and payment to Litchfield Land Trust, Inc., Box 712, Litchfield, CT 06759. Paid tickets held at the door. Walk-ins welcome as space allows. Visit www.litchfieldlandtrust.org or e-mail trustland@sbcglobal.net for more information.

Saturday, October 18. 9:30 a.m. Cornwall Conservation Trust, Hike at Gold’s Pines, West Cornwall.
This approximately 90-minute hike will be on the Day Preserve as well as adjacent Gold’s Pines State Park. The gain in elevation is about 600 feet. For information, visit www.cornwallconservationtrust.org.

Saturday, October 18. 5:30 p.m. Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Annual Auction.
Crowne Plaza in Southbury. For information, visit www.flandersnaturecenter.org.

Saturday, October 18. 6:00-10:00 p.m. New Hartford Land Trust, Third Annual Fall Frolic at Ski Sundown.
Celebrate the harvest with a bonfire, dinner, dancing and swing/Gypsy jazz music by the Lucky Five. Local farm displays and door prizes. Family friendly event with pumpkin decorating and costume parade for the kids. E-mail newhartfordlandtrust@yahoo.com or call 860-307-1335 by 10/8 for details and to reserve at the all-inclusive, low, advance price.

Sunday, October 19. 2:00 p.m. Watertown Land Trust, Geocaching at the Schienda Preserve.
Meet leader Bob Cizauskas at Preserve on Hinman Road in Watertown. Geocaching is particularly fun for children and adults who like to find hidden treasures. Bring your smart phones to get the coordinates of where to search or just come for the fun.