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Events

     River Study Training for Parents, Ridgefield ( April 22, 2014 )

     The Last Green Valley's Walktober Submissions Due ( April 24, 2014 )

     2014 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit ( April 25, 2014 )

     11th Biennial Long Island Sound Conference ( April 25, 2014 )

     Pootatuck River Clean-up ( April 26, 2014 )

     Celebrate the Opening of a Demonstration Norwalk River Valley Trail ( April 26, 2014 )

     Eastern Connecticut Conservation District Plant Sale ( April 26, 2014 )

     2014 Southwest Conservation District Plant Sale! ( April 26, 2014 )

     NW CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLANT SALE ( April 27, 2014 )

     CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale! ( April 27, 2014 )

     Earth Month and River Cleanup Funds Available from The Last Green Valley ( April 30, 2014 )

     Great Island Old Lyme Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 3, 2014 )

     2014 Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Lions Duck Festival ( May 3, 2014 )

     SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH ( May 4, 2014 )

     Wilton Go Green ( May 4, 2014 )

     East River State boat launch with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 4, 2014 )

     Help Aquarion find and recognize Connecticut's top environmental volunteers. ( May 7, 2014 )

     Fishing Connecticut’s Streams ( May 7, 2014 )

     Clinton Landing Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 10, 2014 )

     Garden Club Plant Sales ( May 10, 2014 )

     Day on the Farmington River ( May 10, 2014 )

     Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 11, 2014 )

     NRWA Annual Meeting and Presentation ( May 14, 2014 )

     2014 Connecticut Tree Festival ( May 17, 2014 )

     Bantam Lake Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 17, 2014 )

     Willimantic Riverfest 2014 ( May 17, 2014 )

     Connecticut River Paddle from Riverside Park Hartford with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 18, 2014 )

     Housatonic River Outing ( May 18, 2014 )

     Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference ( May 21, 2014 )

     Four Mile River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 24, 2014 )

     Membunketsuck River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 25, 2014 )

     Lake Waramaug Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group ( May 31, 2014 )

     paddle off to the birds of prey ( June 1, 2014 )

     Paddle for a Cure on the Quinebaug ( June 8, 2014 )

     Woodcock Nature Center Walk To Celebrate National Trails Day ( June 8, 2014 )

     Norwalk River Valley - Trails Day Hike ( June 8, 2014 )

     Shoreline Cleanup at Veterans Park Norwalk ( June 14, 2014 )

     Paddle Trip on Chase Reservoir Killingly, CT ( July 14, 2014 )

     Norwalk River Butterflies! ( August 2, 2014 )

     Paddle on Pachaug Pond ( August 12, 2014 )

     Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) ( December 31, 2014 )

Other Event Calendars


River Study Training for Parents, Ridgefield

Tuesday, April 22, 9:15-10:15 AM. River Study Training for Parents, Ridgefield. Veteran’s Park Elementary School. For more information, contact Donna Roscoe at donna@roscoe.cc.

Event Date: April 22, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/events.htm

(posted March 27, 2014, number 342) Water Trail: No

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The Last Green Valley's Walktober Submissions Due

It is that time of year again where we begin planning for The Last Green Valley's Walktober.

We hope you will consider leading a walk, bike, paddle, horse ride or event for 2014. The deadline for submitting an experience is April 24th. Last year we had over 50,000 participants and we hope to have even more this year! Click here for The Walktober submission form and you can also find it on our website.

We will also be holding a Walktober Committee Meeting for former and new Walk Leaders on Monday, April 7th at 4:00 p.m. at our TLGV office, 203B Main St., Danielson, CT. Please email Valerie@tlgv.org or call 860-774-3300 if you would like to join us or with any questions.

Thank you for supporting Walktober!

Event Date: April 24, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/resources/walktober2013info.html

(posted April 1, 2014, number 373) Water Trail: yes

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2014 Long Island Sound Citizens Summit

Please join us for a historical event Friday, April 25, 2014 9:00am until 3:30pm celebrating Long Island Sound’s past and charting its future on the 400th Anniversary of Adriaen Block’s voyages of discovery.

We are honored to announce John Cronin-Time Magazines, "Hero for the Planet," as our keynote speaker! In addition, experts from multiple fields, including federal state and local legislators will discuss past, present and future opportunities on the Sound as it relates to the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan.

Iona College, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, New York 10801

Event Date: April 25, 2014

For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/events/244056325766351/?source=1

(posted February 24, 2014, number 286) Water Trail: yes

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11th Biennial Long Island Sound Conference

Friday, April 25, 8AM-4PM. The 11th Biennial Long Island Sound Conference at The Maritime Aquarium. The Southeastern New England Marine Educators Association (SENEME) will sponsor this event featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Yarish, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Marine Sciences, UCONN. The conference features the IMAX presentation, "Great White Shark," behind-the-scenes tours of the aquarium, a marine life study cruise opportunity, and a variety of workshop sessions. More information at http://senemeweb.wix.com/seneme#!events/vstc1=li-sound-conference

Event Date: April 25, 2014

For more information go to http://senemeweb.wix.com/seneme#!events/vstc1=li-sound-conference

(posted March 27, 2014, number 344) Water Trail: No

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Pootatuck River Clean-up

The Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited (CVTU) will celebrate the 44nd annual Earth Day by cleaning up litter and debris along the banks of the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center.

Saturday April 26th 2014 from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Volunteers are needed. Those interested in helping out should meet at St. John’s Episcopal Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m. rain or shine. Representatives will be available to sign forms for students participating in community service.

Please contact Steve Rudolph to confirm your availability for this important event.

Immediately following the event, Steve Rudolph will lead a stream walk of the Pootatuck River . All those who volunteered during the day are free to join Steve for a tour of the fishery and learn a bit about fishing for trout. Bring your rod and gear to fish as well !

Please wear clothes and boots that can get wet and/or dirty; bring gloves, bug spray, and sunscreen as needed. Hope to see you on Saturday April 26, 2014!

Event Date: April 26, 2014

For more information go to http://cvtu.org/2014/03/pootatuck-river-clean-up-april-22nd/

(posted March 19, 2014, number 328) Water Trail: No

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Celebrate the Opening of a Demonstration Norwalk River Valley Trail

Saturday, April 26. Festivities to Celebrate the Opening of a Norwalk River Valley Trail Demonstration Trail.

The NRVT steering committee is planning a party to mark the opening of their demo trail which is intended for the residents of all five NRVT communities to get a feel of what the full-length trail will be like.

It runs a half mile from near Wilton's Orem's Diner up to Raymond Lane. It is crafted by Timber & Stone LLC to fit the land's natural contours and features. It will be full of fun activities to acquaint attendees, young and older, with all the NRVT offers to Wilton and the region.

The event will be open-house style, with events taking place during the course of the morning.

More information at www.nrvt-trail.com.

Event Date: April 26, 2014

For more information go to http://www.nrvt-trail.com/

(posted March 27, 2014, number 349) Water Trail: No

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Eastern Connecticut Conservation District Plant Sale

2014 ECCD Plant Sale

ECCD is once again offering a large variety of plants and shrubs for sale this spring. Plants must be pre-ordered using a downloadable order form at http://conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=BiSze2aOFX8%3d&tabid=117 and then picked up at either the Gales Ferry Ocean State Job Lot building, south end on April 18 or 19 or at the Brooklyn Fairgrounds on April 25 or 26.

Soil test kits may also be ordered.

New this year is a special grouping of five bareroot trees and shrubs suitable for planting along rivers and lake shores. A limited supply of extra plants will be available at each location for those that missed the March 29 ordering deadline.

Many native plant types are available. plus ever green seedlings and blueberry bushes. Those suitable for planting in a rain garden are identified. Plant descriptions and an order form can be downloaded for your convenience. With regret, barley straw is not available this year.

Detailed plant descriptions are available in the winter edition of the ECCD Outlook at http://conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=M94JDixAhfk%3d&tabid=117

Event Date: April 26, 2014

For more information go to http://conservect.org/Default.aspx?alias=conservect.org/eastern

(posted March 30, 2014, number 368) Water Trail: No

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2014 Southwest Conservation District Plant Sale!

2014 SWCD Plant Sale

Plant Sale Order Form at http://www.conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=9RIaP94aAYY%3d&tabid=269 (Download and mail in with check by April 15th)

Plant Descriptions at http://www.conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=va6SZWodqBQ%3d&tabid=269

Pick up location for New Haven County customers: 10-4 on Friday, April 25th, or from 10-2 on Saturday, April 26th at Lockwood Farm, Hamden Directions to Lockwood Farm at http://conservect.org/southwest/Events/tabid/269/vw/3/ItemID/53/d/20100423/Default.aspx

Pick up location for Fairfield County customers - Saturday Only: 10-2 on Saturday only, April 26th at the Wilton Town Hall parking lot

Event Date: April 26, 2014

For more information go to http://www.conservect.org/southwest/Events/tabid/269/itemid/213/Default.aspx

(posted March 30, 2014, number 371) Water Trail: No

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NW CONSERVATION DISTRICT PLANT SALE

2014 EARTH DAY PLANT SALE

COMING SOON: Our 32nd Annual Earth Day Plant Sale!

Friday - Sunday April 25, 26 and 27, 2014 @ the Goshen Fairgrounds, SR63 in Goshen

To VIEW our offerings or to PRE-order your plants using our online store, go to http://ncdstore.conservect.org/

To PRINT our 2014 Plant Sale order form, go to http://conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=u5Iggu7F9oE%3d&tabid=58

For a short description of our PRE-order plant selection, go to http://conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=X41Cyokwkgw%3d&tabid=58

ALL pre-orders due by April 9th!!

Thank you & hope to see you in April!!

Event Date: April 27, 2014

For more information go to http://ncdstore.conservect.org/

(posted March 30, 2014, number 362) Water Trail: No

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CT River Coastal Conservation District Plant Sale!

Shrubs, Flowers and Tree Seedlings!

Butterflys: THINK LOCAL―PLANT NATIVE & EDIBLE! CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY AT OUR ANNUAL SHRUB AND SEEDLING SALE

Spruce up your landscape and support your local conservation district! The Annual Shrub and Seedling Sale held in April is our main fundraising event for the year. All proceeds fund our natural resources technical and educational programs and services.

At this annual event we offer a wide variety of hard-to-find native plants, including potted shrubs, ground covers, grasses, ferns, flowering perennials, herbs and bare root evergreen seedlings. Almost all plants are Connecticut natives.

Each tree, shrub and flower you plant enhances our environment by providing food and cover for wildlife, cleaning the air, curbing the greenhouse effect, cutting energy costs, reducing soil erosion, improving water quality and beautifying our community.

Planting information and other resources are available at the sale, and Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your gardening and planting questions.

Most plants are pre-ordered, though extras are also available the days of the sale. Some plants are in limited supply so it is best to order in advance to secure your choices. Contact us for more information, or if you would like to be placed on our mailing list to receive a copy of the brochure and order form.

Our 2014 plant sale will take place April 25, 26 and 27 at the Old Saybrook Shopping Center (Stop & Shop plaza), Boston Post Road and Elm Street, Old Saybrook (same location as the past five years).

The 2014 brochure and order form are now available at http://www.conservect.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=_uRgJCtKR2k%3d&tabid=321. Order early for the best selection!

Advance orders are due April 7, 2014, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale.

We are excited to have a new offering this year, the Hummingbird Special, a group of hummingbird attracting plants packaged in a rustic, reusable, handmade pine box, perfect for a special gift. We are also selling the popular Organic Compost from Collins Powder Hill Farm in Enfield. And once again, the sale is featuring pollinator plants, edible landscaping plants, wet-loving plants for rain gardens, and plants suitable for waterside buffer gardens.

Photographs and more detailed descriptions of all plant selections are included on the "Plant Info/Photos at http://www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal/PlantSale/tabid/321/Default.aspx

Event Date: April 27, 2014

For more information go to http://www.conservect.org/ctrivercoastal/PlantSale/tabid/321/Default.aspx

(posted March 30, 2014, number 367) Water Trail: No

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Earth Month and River Cleanup Funds Available from The Last Green Valley

Cleanup Funds Available Clean Up! Green Up! For the third year in a row, The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is pleased to announce the availability of funds for nonprofit organizations and municipal, regional, state or federal agencies that sponsor a 2014 Earth Month or River Cleanup in the region. * TLGV will reimburse your organization up to $500 for expenses like publicity, cleanup supplies such as trash bags and work gloves, and food for your volunteers. * TLGV will also help publicize your event and work with you to recruit more volunteers. * Last year, 1095 volunteers removed more than 13,000 pounds of trash from our rivers, parks, and roadways! Here’s what you need to do: Submit a letter to TLGV, on your organization’s letterhead, at least four weeks before the proposed event. Be sure to: * Include basic details about your cleanup – what, when, where, and who – plus your contact information, including an email address; * Tell us what you hope to accomplish; * Submit a budget detailing how you will use TLGV funds; * Let us know who will be picking up and disposing of the trash (we can’t cover that cost); * Explain how you will involve youth – the future stewards of The Last Green Valley; * Describe how you will publicize not just the event, but the results; and * For nonprofit organizations, submit a copy of your 501(c) letter from the IRS. TLGV reserves the right to approve or deny funds based upon the likelihood of project success and the availability of funds. We will contact you within two weeks of your submission. If TLGV approves funding, you will need to sign a short agreement and promise to acknowledge TLGV's funding in your publicity materials. To help compile accomplishments, we will also ask you to complete and return the TLGV "Trash Tracker" forms. For more information, contact Lois Bruinooge at (860) 774-3300 or lois@tlgv.org.

Event Date: April 30, 2014

For more information go to http://www.tlgv.org/preserve/cleanup-funds-available.html

(posted March 27, 2014, number 354) Water Trail: yes

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Great Island Old Lyme Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sat May 03 10:00 AM

Great Island Old Lyme Boat Ramp Smith Neck Rd, Old Lyme, CT

Our first paddle of the season, be prepared for possible cold water. Directions: Route 156, South to end of Smith Neck Road and Great Island Wildlife Area.

Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

More Paddling:

East River State boat launch Sun May 04 10:00 AM
East River Madision Boat Launch Neck Road , Guilford, CT
168 Circle Beach Road, Guilford.
Directions: Rte. 1 South on Neck Road approximately 2 Miles, Launch entrance on right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Clinton Landing, Clinton Sat May 10 10:00 AM
Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Boat launch is behind Town Hall on Rte. 1 plenty of parking
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Milford Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Event Date: May 3, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 307) Water Trail: yes

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2014 Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Lions Duck Festival

The Annual Race was started by concerned citizens and community organizations along the Naugatuck Valley in an effort to bring awareness to the Naugy’s continued restoration and return to a recreational river after years of industrial neglect. The Naugatuck River Watershed is a partner in the events and is one of the recipients of the donations we collect to participate in the timed race. The Naugatuck Valley River Race has helped to foster renewed efforts to develop a safe Water Trail along the Naugatuck River. In fact, the Naugatuck River Greenway Committee, in response to the success of the first race, added several boat launches into the proposed Greenway plans in each town along the route and have added additional events like this year’s 2nd Annual Naugatuck River Greenway Paddle Day (May 10th, 2014), a 12-mile non-competitive course from Thomaston to Waterbury. The event brings racers and their families from all around New England to run the Naugy. As much as it is a race event, many will be paddling at their own pace — but, experienced paddlers only, as the Naugy at higher levels can be unforgiving. Hope to see you there, and thank you for making a difference! 6th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race On Saturday, May 4th, 2013 we held our yearly charity NVRR event — The Naugatuck Valley River Race and Naugatuck River Festival — along with The Beacon Falls Lions’ Charity Duck Race and The Taste of Beacon Falls events. We would just like to thank all of the racers, vendors, Beacon Falls Lions and Lionesses, Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club & AMC, US States Power Squadron members, race sponsors and our public supporters that helped make last year’s 5th Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Duck Festival a success! A special thanks to: All those worked Water safety; NVOC and AMC members and all the Valley’s First Responders that helped to make it another safe event this year. We are already planning on next year’s event! Thanks again to all! All proceeds above and beyond the event’s operating costs are donated to local organizations that are contributing to the health of Naugatuck River and Valley charities. 2013 Naugatuck River Race Results We would just like to thank all of the racers, vendors, Beacon Falls Lions and Lionesses, Naugatuck Valley Outdoors Club & AMC, US States Power Squadron members, race sponsors and our public supporters that help make the Annual Naugatuck Valley River Race and Beacon Falls Duck Festival a success! A special thanks to: All those work Water safety; NVOC and AMC members and all the Valley’s First Responders that help to make it a safe event every year. Thanks again to all!

Event Date: May 3, 2014

For more information go to http://www.4ctoutdoors.com/naugatuck-river/nvrr/

(posted March 20, 2014, number 336) Water Trail: yes

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SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH

2014 - 23th ANNUAL SCANTIC SPRING SPLASH RESCHEDLULED FROM Sunday, March 30 TENTATIVELY TO MAY 4

Be a Fan, Donate a Can" Help Us Fill Up the Canoe with non-perishable foods for The Enfield Food Shelf!

Registration: 9:00 am to 11:00 am in the Powder Hollow Barn at the Finish by South Maple Street Bridge.

Last pre-start bus to Novice and Race Start Area at 11:05. Don't be left behind - be early, the bus fills up.

Reminder - Everyone needs to go to finish line (Powder Mill Barn) to pick up their numbered Bibs for the race. 32 South Maple Street, Enfield Ct ( Even for all those who pre-registered )

Start Times: Mandatory Race Meeting: 11:15am Novice Start: 11:30 Racing Classes Start: 12:00 Pm

Entry Fee: $20.- per individual, Benefits The Enfield Food Shelf This includes insurance fee. Note: Entry Fee is pending final insurance fee. Point Series: •NECKRA Downriver point series -- (NECKRA.ORG)

Racing Course: 5 Miles with 1 mandatory Portage from Somersville, CT to Powder Hollow Barn in Hazardville. 3 Class II Rapids, including the popular finish area.

Lots of spectators. Race is a part of New England Canoe Association Series (NECRA)

* NEW RULES FOR RACING FOR 2014 * All boaters entering the entire 5 mile race must wear helmets including all kayakers. ( Bicycle, skateboarding, or whitewater helmets are acceptable )

PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND FILL OUT REGISTRATION FORMS at http://www.scanticspringsplash.org/

One waiver for each paddler, but only one registration form for each boat.

Any questions email Mike Dynia at mdynia@yahoo.com (860 745 9986) or jeffdynia1@cox.net

Other paddling access places in the area can be found at http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=windsorlocksbroadbrook#map and http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=ellingtonstaffordsprings#map

Event Date: May 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.scanticspringsplash.org/

(posted March 6, 2014, number 298) Water Trail: yes

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Wilton Go Green

Sunday May 4

Visit the NRWA table at this community-wide event that celebrates green living and includes live music, healthy food as well as educational and fun family activities. Held at the Town Green and Wilton Library, Wilton. For more info visit the Wilton Go Green website: http://wiltongogreen.org/.

Other Norwalk River Watershed Association related events:

Wilton Town Cleanup, early April. More information soon.

The 2014 Connecticut Tree Festival, Saturday May 17, 11AM - 3PM. This 7th annual festival offers family-style activities such as a rope tree climb for kids and showcases a diverse line-up of environmentally-minded exhibitors (including NRWA). Rain or shine, free admission. Cranbury Park, 300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk. Info at the Norwalk Tree Alliance website: http://www.norwalktreealliance.org/ .

Event Date: May 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/index.html

(posted March 11, 2014, number 302) Water Trail: No

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East River State boat launch with the Branford Kayak Group

Sun May 04 10:00 AM
East River Madision Boat Launch Neck Road , Guilford, CT
168 Circle Beach Road, Guilford.
Directions: Rte. 1 South on Neck Road approximately 2 Miles, Launch entrance on right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

More Paddling:

Clinton Landing, Clinton Sat May 10 10:00 AM
Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Boat launch is behind Town Hall on Rte. 1 plenty of parking
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Milford Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Event Date: May 4, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 308) Water Trail: yes

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Help Aquarion find and recognize Connecticut's top environmental volunteers.

Help Aquarion find and recognize Connecticut's top environmental volunteers.

Think of a person, non-profit, or company who has made a real difference to our environment. It could be through a volunteer effort to protect our water sources. Improve air quality. Safeguard farmland. Or improve wildlife habitat. You’ll find all the criteria below.

And don’t be shy about telling us what you’ve achieved. We welcome self-nominations and renominations!

We will announce the winners on June 7, 2014 at a special event to be held at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal will be on hand to honor the winners,

So send in your nomination today. Click here for the Online Award Nomination Form or here to download the Award Nomination Form PDF. You'll find the Nomination Guidelines and Tips here

Awards

•Adult,small and large business, and non-profit: $2500 grant to the environmental non-profit of each winner’s choice
•Student (Grade 9-12): $1000 award

Criteria

Awards will be given to volunteer projects that excel at:
•Significantly contributing to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation, restoration and/or stewardship of natural resources:
◦Air
◦Water
◦Soils
◦Plant and wildlife communities
•Demonstrating a high achievement level
•Creating sustainable or reproducible results
Any nominated program must have been in place for one at least one year prior to submission, with the exception of a student nomination, which may have been proposed as a school project within the previous 90 days.

Nomination Deadline: All nominations must be received via our website or through the mail by May 7, 2014.

Click here for the Online Award Nomination Form or here to download the Award Nomination Form PDF.

Event Date: May 7, 2014

For more information go to http://www.aquarion.com/CT/2014-award-details

(posted February 24, 2014, number 285) Water Trail: yes

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Fishing Connecticut’s Streams

Join us at the Stonewell on Wednesday, May 7th for our last monthly meeting of the 2013-2014 season. Ron Merly, author of Flyfisher’s Guide to Connecticut, will talk about fishing Connecticut’s Streams. You may learn about a few hidden jems and if you’ve ever wondered about how good the fishing is on a particular stream, Ron is the guy to ask. Everyone is welcome and food and beverages are available for purchase.

6:30 pm – Arrival/Social Time
7:00 pm – Raffle and Presentation

The Stonewell Restaurant is located at 354 Colt Hwy (Rt 6) in Farmington

Event Date: May 7, 2014

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=590#more-590

(posted March 19, 3014, number 325) Water Trail: No

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Clinton Landing Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sat May 10 10:00 AM
Clinton Landing 54 East Main Street, Clinton, CT
Boat launch is behind Town Hall on Rte. 1 plenty of parking
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

More Paddling:

Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Milford Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Event Date: May 10, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 309) Water Trail: yes

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Garden Club Plant Sales

Friday & Saturday, May 9 & 10, 8AM-2 PM. Ridgefield Garden Club Plant Sale. Ballard Garden, Ridgefield.

Friday (12PM-7PM) & Saturday (9AM-12PM), May 9 & 10. Wilton Garden Club Plant Sale. At the gazebo on the Green in Wilton Center.

Event Date: May 10, 2014

(posted March 27, 2014, number 346) Water Trail: No

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Day on the Farmington River

Come enjoy a day on the river with us beginning at 10 am at Whittemore Recreation Area in Barkhamsted.

Fish, hang out and have lunch. If you are new to the sport, there will be plenty of experienced anglers there—ready and willing to take you on the river.

As an added bonus, this is the Connecticut free fishing day!

Event Date: May 10, 2014

For more information go to http://fvtu.org/?p=593#more-593

(posted March 19, 3014, number 326) Water Trail: No

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Wheeler Wildlife Management Area Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sun May 11 10:00 AM
Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Area Court Street, Milford, CT
Directions: From the east: I-95 South to exit 34. Turn Right onto Bridgeport Avenue. Turn Left onto Naugatuck Avenue, turn right onto Milford Point Road, turn right onto...
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

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Bantam Lake Morris / Litchfield Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake) Boat launch, Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Event Date: May 11, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 310) Water Trail: yes

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NRWA Annual Meeting and Presentation

Wednesday, May 14, 7PM. NRWA Annual Meeting.

The public is invited to join us to learn more about what NRWA does and how you can get involved.

For more information and location see norwalkriver.org in the coming weeks or contact us at 877-NRWA- INFO (877-679-2463) or info@norwalkriver.org.

Event Date: May 14, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/events.htm

(posted March 27, 2014, number 347) Water Trail: No

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2014 Connecticut Tree Festival

Saturday May 17, 11AM - 3PM.

This 7th annual festival offers family-style activities such as a rope tree climb for kids and showcases a diverse line-up of environmentally-minded exhibitors (including NRWA). Rain or shine, free admission. Cranbury Park, 300 Grumman Ave, Norwalk. Info at the Norwalk Tree Alliance website: http://www.norwalktreealliance.org/ .

Other Norwalk River Watershed Association related events:

Wilton Town Cleanup, early April. More information soon.

Event Date: May 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/index.html

(posted March 11, 2014, number 303) Water Trail: No

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Bantam Lake Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sat May 17 10:00 AM
Morris Boat Launch (on Bantam Lake), Morris, CT
Boat launch in Morris, CT corner of Rte. 209 and Palmer Road Morris. Route 8 North to exit 44, Rte 202 west to rte.209 South, turn onto Palmer Road launch is on the right.
Hosted by: Marc LaComb (Organizer)

Event Date: May 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 311) Water Trail: yes

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Willimantic Riverfest 2014

Riverfest 2014 - Save the Date!

Please join us on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for Willimantic Whitewater Partnership's Riverfest event. We are planning a float from Eagleville Dam down to Bridge Street in Willimantic. There will also be music and food and....

More details to come about additional festivities planned and how to sign up for the float. Please like and share this post on your timeline so that you will be kept up to date with all the latest details.

Please come, and bring the whole family!

Hope to see you there!!

Event Date: May 17, 2014

For more information go to http://www.willimanticwhitewater.org/content/more-riverfest-information

(posted March 30, 2014, number 369) Water Trail: yes

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Connecticut River Paddle from Riverside Park Hartford with the Branford Kayak Group

Sunday, May 18, 2014 10:00 AM

Hartford, Connecticut River, Riverside Park Riverside Park, Hartford, CT

I-91 Exit 33, East on Jennings Road. Take first right then next left to Riverside Park and launch area

Event Date: May 18, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/171951142/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted March 18, 2014, number 315) Water Trail: yes

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Housatonic River Outing

• May 18, 2014 12:00 am to 2:00 am

Join us for a trip to the Upper TMA of the Housatonic River in Cornwall, Ct.

Spring fishing on the Housatonic can’t be beat.

Last year at this time, the Housy dropped & cleared fast, in the low 800 cfs range by May 15th. This is a great, medium, wadeable flow. Caddis are the dominant hatch, but we saw some March Browns, and a couple Sulfurs were spotted – but they typically start up around the 20th. Anglers were doing well on March Brown nymphs , as they get active & migrate toward the shallows 1-2 weeks before they hatch. Caddis hatches were primarily subsurface with pupa during AM, and dries in evenings when they come back to egg-lay. Anglers saw more green/olive ones, but the tan/brown were mixing in more , so sometimes experimenting with color made a huge difference, sometimes not. Nymphing the faster water was been the most consistent tactic (pupa, Stones/Rubber Legs, Princes & MB nymphs mainly).

Sound good? Then join us on the water and bring a friend! We will meet at Housatonic Meadows at 9:00 a.m. Look for the CVTU banner!

Event Date: May 18, 2014

For more information go to http://cvtu.org/2014/03/free-housatonic-river-trip/

(posted March 19, 2014, number 330) Water Trail: No

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Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Monday May 19 to Wednesday May 21, 2014

The Center of New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH

Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 1 and 2 are hosting a regional conference for local planners, decision-makers and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.

DAYS 1 & 2
The first two days of the conference are about Building Resilient Communities. The program will inform community planners, decision makers and those responsible for implementing change at the local level how best to identify current and future vulnerabilities, followed by adaptive responses to build resilient communities.

DAY 3
The third day, the Educators Summit, will inform middle and high school teachers how to design community-based, problem-solving curriculum that will teach students how best to support municipal officials preparing for impacts from a changing climate.

Both days, in targeting these two different audiences, will focus upon how to:
· Conduct vulnerability assessments
· Protect natural and societal mechanisms that maintain resilience
· Frame and create plans that allow a community to adapt
· Build community support to implement adaptive responses
· Effectively use the government in responding to climate change
· Network with schools, community planners and regional leaders working toward solving similar problems

Each portion includes exhibits, workshops, presentations, and keynote speakers (including Gina McCarthy).

Attendees may register for any combination of events.

Stay connected with us to learn about conference updates and updated details on the conference website -- http://www.antiochne.edu/innovation/climate-change-preparedness/

LEARN MORE: · Who Should Attend · Agenda · Sessions & Workshops · Exhibit at the Conference · How to Register

SPECIAL NOTE: Travel Grants up to $500 Available for participants attending from Connecticut -- follow the link for specifics on who is eligible and how to apply: http://www.antiochne.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/LS-Indiv.-Travel-Grant-Form.pdf

Event Date: May 21, 2014

For more information go to http://www.antiochne.edu/innovation/climate-change-preparedness/

(posted March 18, 2013, number 318) Water Trail: No

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Four Mile River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00 AM

Four Mile River Boat Launch Oakridge Drive, Old Lyme, CT

Launch is located on the West side of Four Mile River. Route 156, turn east on Oak Ridge Drive, First right to launch area.

Event Date: May 24, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/

(posted March 18, 2014, number 312) Water Trail: yes

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Membunketsuck River Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Sunday, May 25, 2014 10:00 AM

Membunketsuck river launch off I95, Clinton, CT

I-95 to Horse Hill Road exit in Clinton, off south bound ramp turn left, off North bound ramp turn right. Proceed a short way to the stop sign, bear right and proceed a short way. The launch is on the left by the side of the bridge. Parking for 4 or 5 cars.

Event Date: May 25, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/171962482/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=171962482&_af=event

(posted March 18, 2014, number 314) Water Trail: yes

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Lake Waramaug Paddle with the Branford Kayak Group

Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:00 AM

Lake Waramaug State Park, 30 Lake Waramaug Road, Kent, CT, Kent, CT

The launch is located in the state park.

Event Date: May 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/BranfordKayaking/events/171963392/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

(posted March 18, 2014, number 313) Water Trail: yes

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paddle off to the birds of prey

Sunday, June 1, 2014 8:45 AM Green Chimney School Doansburg Rd., Brewster, NY

First we paddle THE PLACE GETS CROWDED. The birds of prey starts at 11am but we need to be in the parking lot well before the visitors get there. so we need to be parked by 8:45am.

a paddle to start the day then---if you want go over to the birds

22nd Annual Birds of Prey Day

Sunday, June 2 • 10 am - 4:30 pm

An annual celebration dedicated to children, the environment

Over 100 birds

Free-flying demos

Top wildlife experts

Live animal presentations

Celebrity guests include: Jim Fowler, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, Environmental Lawyer & Ecologist. Brian Bradley, Sky Hunters in Flight. Wes Laraway, New York Wildlife Rescue Center. Bruce Lowder, Animal Encounters.

$15 Adults $5 Seniors

Event Date: June 1, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/StamfordKayakGroup/events/176698062/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=176698062&_af=event

(posted April 13, 2014, number 375) Water Trail: yes

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Paddle for a Cure on the Quinebaug

Sunday, June 8, 2014 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Riverside Park Greenway Drive , Brooklyn, CT

http://www.facebook.com/paddleforacure

Paddle for a Cure is like a walk-a-thon(relay for life) BUT WE WILL BE PADDLING not walking. 100% of the Money we raise goes to Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT for the Oncology Department. "Money Raised in this Area to Help People in this Area".

Paddle will take place on the Quinebaug River at the Riverside Park in Brooklyn, CT (Greenway Drive off Day Street)

The paddle will be an easy one. It is easy going. This paddle will be good for beginners and up. We will go up river and then back down.

Rivers Alliance of CT Water Trails Map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=hamptondanielson

Event Date: June 8, 2014

For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/paddleforacure

(posted November 11, 2013, number 269) Water Trail: yes

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Woodcock Nature Center Walk To Celebrate National Trails Day

Sunday, June 8, 2PM. Nature Walk To Celebrate National Trails Day.

Woodcock Nature Center.

National Trails Day and CT Trails Day Weekend is June 7-8 this year. Join NRWA and Woodcock Nature Center for a guided walk and discussion of the wildflowers and invasive species.

Hike leaves from Woodcock Nature Center, 54 Deer Run Road, Wilton.

Bring cameras, field glasses, boots and questions.

To register or for more info call Woodcock at 203-762-7280 or NRWA at info@norwalkriver.org or 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463).

Event Date: June 8, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/events.htm

(posted March 27, 2014, number 348) Water Trail: No

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Norwalk River Valley - Trails Day Hike

Sunday, June 8, 10AM. NRVT Trails Day Hike.

The Norwalk River Valley Trail will lead a hike from Broad Street in Norwalk up to iPark at the Norwalk-Wilton line on June 8th.

The 2.5 mile, easy hike will start at Broad Street, and may include an option to hike on to Wolfpit Road in Wilton. More information at www.nrvt-trail.com.

Event Date: June 8, 2014

For more information go to http://www.nrvt-trail.com/

(posted March 27, 2014, number 350) Water Trail: No

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Shoreline Cleanup at Veterans Park Norwalk

Saturday, June 14, 10AM-1PM. Shoreline Cleanup at Veterans Park Sponsored by NRWA and Ocean Divers?.

Join us to help clean up the mouth of Norwalk River where it enters the Sound at Vet’s Park. Bring gloves and wear waterproof shoes. We will supply trash bags.

For more information and to check for weather cancelation, contact NRWA at 877-NRWA- INFO (877-679-2463) or info@norwalkriver.org.

Event Date: June 14, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/events.htm

(posted March 27, 2014, number 351) Water Trail: No

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Paddle Trip on Chase Reservoir Killingly, CT

Paddle Killingly is a group of random individuals who get together once a week and paddle in the waters of North East Connecticut.

We are very excited to offer a series of paddles during the late spring and summer evenings. Our nights flip-flop Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

These paddles are for anyone who is interested in learning a bit about North East Connecticut, water access in the North East, and what the North East has to offer paddlers of all ages and skill levels. The majority of these paddles are on lakes, ponds, or very slow moving waters.

Website : http://paddlekillingly.webs.com/

Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/paddlekillingly

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut Water Trails Map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=eastkillinglyclayville

Event Date: July 14, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/156264902/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=156264902&_af=event

(posted December 24, 2013, number 274) Water Trail: yes

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Norwalk River Butterflies!

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM -12 PM. Butterflies! (Rain date: August 3)

Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum and NRWA Advisory Board member, has been studying butterflies and moths in an area along the Norwalk River since 1977.

He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food and habitats and show his remarkable collection.

Meet at 10 Simpaug Turnpike, Redding, a half-mile east of Rt. 7. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at 203-448-0106 or victormonarch@yahoo.com.

Event Date: August 2, 2014

For more information go to http://www.norwalkriver.org/events.htm

(posted March 27, 2014, number 352) Water Trail: No

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Paddle on Pachaug Pond

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:30 PM Pachaug Pond Boat Launch 945 Voluntown Road Griswold, CT

Rivers Alliance of CT Water Trails map: http://www.ctwatertrails.org/areas/wtarea.cfm?area=norwichjewettcity

Event Date: August 12, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/PaddleKillingly/events/157267062/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1&_af_eid=157267062&_af=event

(posted December 27, 2013, number 275) Water Trail: yes

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Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC)

Founded in 2001, the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club (HVPC) is an eclectic group of active paddlers who enjoy exploring the various waterways of the Housatonic Valley and other areas of upper Fairfield County and Litchfield County.

Our goal is to bring together fellow paddlers of all skill levels and paddle in an environmentally friendly manner while enjoying the camaraderie of those with similar interest. We schedule various types of activities throughout the year: paddling, camping and picnicking in the warm seasons; hiking, bowling, and dining when it's too cold to paddle.

Most of HVPC's paddle outings tend to be comfortably-paced, moderate-distance excursions on flat water; and are a good venue for newer paddlers, or those who just enjoy quiet, low-key paddles with lots of socializing.

You will find us to be a very friendly club and we welcome paddlers of all levels and interests. If you don’t yet have a boat, we can guide you as to what to buy or rent, along with the required necessities, such as whistles and PFDs. An annual skills workshop is held every year on Mt. Tom Pond and has proven helpful for novices as well as more experienced paddlers.

Some of our favorite venues include Candlewood Lake (pre-Memorial Day and post-Labor Day), Lake Waramaug, the Lake Lillinonah and Lover's Leap sections of the Housatonic, Lake McDonough and Mt. Tom Pond. Bantam Lake, Bantam River, the Twin Lakes, and New York State's Great Swamp are also visited on a regular basis.

While we are an easy-going group, we take safety seriously. PFDs and whistles must be worn when paddling with the club. A signed release of liability is also mandatory. Note that the Housatonic Valley Paddle Club, its organizers, and its members assume no legal and or civil responsibility for or to any individual or event. Your personal safety is your responsibility alone.

NOTE: HVPC is currently transitioning from our old site to the Meet Up site and we are currently getting our existing members up to speed with the features of this new site. It may take some time (possibly several weeks) for new members to receive their notice of admission. Thank you for your patience! Note also, for the safety of our members, we do require that you have a recognizable profile picture.

We're 45 Social Paddlers Join us! New members must be approved by the Organizer Content of this Meetup Group is only visible to members

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:00 AM Impromptu Paddle 6 Social Paddlers attending

Event Date: December 31, 2014

For more information go to http://www.meetup.com/HVPC-Housatonic-Valley-Paddle-Club/?gj=ej1b&a=wg2_rdmr

(posted March 20, 2014, number 335) Water Trail: yes

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Archived Event Listings: Are you looking for an event listed on this page sometime in the past? You can get over 300 of them going back to 2008 here: Past River Related Events in Connecticut. Warning: its a big page, takes a while to load, many graphics are no longer available and many of the links are no longer active.

Some Other Events Calendars:

1. No Child Left Inside, (a special initiative of Governor M. Jodi Rell, coordinated by the DEP) events page

2. CTCalendar.com environment events

3. USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service monthly newsletters with great calendars in each one

4. Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter event calendars

5. Housatonic Valley Association events page

6. Appalachian Mountain Club Connecticut Chapter flatwater and coastal paddling trips and whitewater upcoming events

7. Conservation Districts:

Northwest conservation calendar

Connecticut River Coastal upcoming workshops

North Central events

Eastern calendar of conservation events

8. Connecticut Audubon Society events calendar

9. Connecticut Forest and Park Association guided hikes & family nature programs

10. Farmington River Watershed Association events

11. The Norwalk River Watershed Association events calendar

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut
PO Box 1797
7 West Street, 3rd Floor
Litchfield, CT 06759
860-361-9349
rivers@riversalliance.org
www.riversalliance.org