Programs and Events

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Connecticut Trails Days—

Sat., June 7-Sun., June 8, 2014
See All Hikes - CT Forest and Parks Association
- Online Trails Day Brochure

1. Hike into Meadows from Rocky Hill Ferry Landing.
Saturday, June 7. 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
Rocky Hill Meadows. Ken Etheridge will be leading a 2.5-mile walk through the Rocky Hill floodplain, talking about the history of the RHM, trees, agricultural business,and the wildlife that is in and on the Connecticut River. Bald eagles, great horned owls, and a red tail hawk chick were spotted on past hikes (no guarantees though). Meet at the gravel area north of the parking lot at Ferry Park on Route 160. Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust (gmct.org). Rain or shine. Pre-registration is NOT NECESSARY. Questions: contact Ken Etheridge, (860) 635-6751. 

2. Nature Walk in East Hartford
Saturday, June 7. 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.
Connecticut River Floodplain. Walk along the mighty Connecticut River with Goodwin College environmental studies students. We will observe birds and wildlife, flood plain forest reclaiming farm fields, and invasive species control experiments. The 3-mile walk will include a visit to the “Wethersfield triangle” and Glastonbury’s Keeney Cove, which was left behind by the meandering river. Meet leaders Bruce Morton and Rick Doran at Hockanum Park (324 High Street); from Route 2 West or East, take Exit 5A, go south on High Street, and past the elementary school. Sponsored by Goodwin College (goodwin.edu) and Great Meadows Conservation Trust (gmct.org). Preregistration is APPRECIATED. Questions, rain plan, and to register: contact Bruce, (860) 913-2027, BMorton@goodwin.edu.

3. Educational Walk for Little Kids!
Saturday, June 7. 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Wood Parcel.
Bring your young naturalists (ages 4-6) for a short 1-mile hike and nature activity on this Great Meadows Conservation Trust property. We will cross the shiny bridge over the brook, follow the trail through the woods, pass the turtle pond, and follow the trail along the marsh. The route will skirt the edge of corn field, site of the original “Pyquag” Native American summer camp, to the irrigation pond and back. Along the way, members of the Wethersfield High School Ecology club and Winding Brook 4H Club will have tables set up with stickers and nature activities. Meet leader Jim Woodworth at the entrance to the Wood Parcel on the east side of Middletown Avenue, just south of the intersection with Maple Street/Route 3. Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust (gmct.org). Rain cancels. Pre-registration is APPRECIATED, but not required. Questions and to register: contact Jim Woodworth, 860-808-9968, info@gmct.org.

4. Bike Ride Wethersfield, Rocky Hill and Glastonbury Sunday, June 8. 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Wethersfield’s Heritage Way Bike Path. Follow this unique bike route from the Wethersfield Cove toward the Rocky Hill Ferry Landing. We will travel 15 miles and encounter flat terrain, some village and unpaved agricultural roads. Scenic highlights will include a historic seed company, farms, fertile fields, flood plain forest, and marsh habit along the Connecticut River. Ride across the nation’s oldest ferry ($4 round trip), if it is running, to the Killam-Bassett Farm in South Glastonbury (optional—participants may opt to take a break and wait to rejoin the group when they return from the ferry and ride back to the Wethersfield Cove). Don’t forget your bike helmet. Meet leader Jim Woodworth, GMCT stewardship chair, at Cove Park (533 Main Street, Wethersfield). Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust (gmct.org) and Wethersfield Nature Center. Rain cancels. Pre-registration is APPRECIATED. Questions and to register: contact Jim, info@gmct.org.

 

Clean Water Paddle from the Wethersfield Cove
Now 5 :30 pm—Thursday, May 8

When: Postponed! Thu, May 8, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Wethersfield Cove, CT (map)

Due to heavy rain predicted for Wed. - Thursday, May 1 and rapidly rising river level, we've postponed our paddle until next Thursday. Let's hope the sun comes out, the river level falls! See you 5:30pm, Thursday, May 8!

Description: Join CRWC, the Great Meadows Conservation Trust and EBW Nature Center to learn more about how you can help secure clean water in your community. Together we will explore the beauty of this region–eagles, ospreys & river views–and learn how you can make a difference for cleaner waters this year. For more information or to register contact CRWC at 413-772-2020 x204 or email amrozinski@ctriver.org. Life vests are required. Heavy rain cancels–rain date May 8. Fee: $5.

Brisk Winter Walks 2014

This is the schedule for the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2014, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield.
Saturday, Jan 4, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Wethersfield.  Meet Jim Woodworth at 160 View from the Wood Parcel Bridge in winterMiddletown Ave, south of Maple St, on GMCT’s Wood Parcel.  Cross the shiny bridge and follow the trail along the marsh and around the loop past the 18th century house site. Hike will continue along the edge of the farm fields that once hosted the original “Pyquag” Native American summer camp and along the marsh.
From I-91 south take exit 25 S to route 3 south, or from Glastonbury take route 3 south over the Putnam Bridge. At the second light turn left onto Middletown Ave. From I-91 north take exit 24 to route 99 north. Take route 99 1.3 miles to a traffic light. Turn right onto route 3 north. At the first light turn right onto Middletown Ave. Make a U turn and park on the left side of Middletown Ave.
Saturday, Jan 11, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth at 412 Hartford Ave, corner of Jordan La, for a short walk through our new gate to our Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. Observe grassland habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant. and gather trash depending on the snow cover.  Stay for a longer walk up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dike to the river. Click here or on the image to see a beaver slapping the water from last year’s walk!
Saturday, Jan 18, 10:00 am, Glastonbury.  Meet Larry Lunden at 57 Point Rd, off of Naubuc Ave south of route 3 overpass.  A long hike to our Dickau, Beers, Baril and Bidwell parcels in Point Meadows.
From I-91 take exit 25 N, route 3 north. Take the first exit to Main St Glastonbury. At the end of the ramp turn right and follow to end. Turn left and then right onto Point Rd, a small and difficult to see road. From route 2, take exit 5 D to route 3 south. Take the first exit to Main St Glastonbury. At the end of the ramp turn left and follow to end. Turn left; go under the highway, and then right onto Point Rd.
Sunday, January 26, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Glastonbury.  Meet Penny Rusnak and Duffy Schade at Ferry Park, 263 Ferry Lane. Walk upstream along the Connecticut River through farm fields to explore the Trust's easement on the late 19th Century coal wharf once owned by the South Glastonbury Steamboat Wharf Company.
From route 17 (Main St) in South Glastonbury, take route 160 (Water St) over bridge onto Tryon St.  Continue straight then take right onto Ferry Lane to end.  Ferry Park is on the left just before the ferry slip.
Saturday, Feb 1, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College's Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at the Putnam Park parking lot, 100 Great Meadow Road, just north of the Putnam Bridge. We’ll peel away the centuries to imagine the river bank before the bridge, and explore the 300+ acreView from Crow Point - note the reflection of the Glastonbury river bank Crow Point property owned by Goodwin College. We'll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highway across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows.
From I91 N, take exit 25/26 and bear right on Exit 26 to Wethersfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the Putnam Bridge to the parking lot. From I91 S, take exit 26, Marsh St. /Old Wethersfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the highway, and right at the T toward the Putnam Park lot. From Route 3N/ Maple Street, take the exit toward I91 north, but bear right to exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot. From Route 3S, take the I91N exit at the end of bridge, but bear right to exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot.
Saturday, Feb 8, 9:00 am to 11:00 am, East Hartford.  Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College's Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at Hockanum Park, 324 High St. Explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river.  Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here, experimenting with invasive species control and habitat enhancement. From Route 2 west, take exit 5 A, Main St. At the second traffic light take a left, and then another left and under the highway onto High St. From route 2 east, take exit 5 A, High St. Once on High St, follow it south, past the elementary school, to the park on the left.
Sunday, Feb 16, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Rocky Hill.  Meet Larry Lunden at Ferry Park, 313 Meadow Rd, on route 160.  A hike to our Methodist Church and Hayes parcels in the Rocky Hill Meadows.
From I-91, take exit 24, route 99, Silas Deane Hwy. Take the Silas Deane south 1.4 miles to a traffic light. Turn left onto route 160, Glastonbury Ave. It is the right hand street of the two that you see when you turn left. Proceed past the ferry landing to the gravel parking lot on the right.
Dress for the Weather and ground conditions.  Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. This area is used for hunting, so wear an orange vest if you have one. Call the CT Audubon Society for the latest information, 860-633-8402.  Free.

Connecticut Trails Days—

Sat., June 1-Sun., June 2, 2013
See All Hikes - CT Forest and Parks Association
- Online Trails Day Brochure

Wethersfield. Join Jim Woodworth and Bruce Morton - Sat., JuneCrow point-Wet and Wild! 1, 2013. Click here for trail map. Nature walk. 9:00 am to noon. Connecticut River Floodplain, cosponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust and Goodwin College. Easy 3-mile walk over flat terrain. Join Jim Woodworth, GMCT stewardship chairman, and Bruce Morton, Goodwin College’s Program Director of Environmental Studies for an exploration of the 300+ acre Crow Point property, recently acquired by Goodwin College, along with the Trust’s Standish parcel, and Hale Easement. We’ll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build Route 3 and I91 across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the fertile flood plain of the Connecticut River. Meet at the Putnam Park parking lot, 100 Great Meadow Road, just north of the Putnam Bridge in Wethersfield. Leaders: Jim Woodworth, (info@gmct.org); Bruce Morton. For details and directions visit www.gmct.org.

Rocky Hill - Join Ken Etheridge - Saturday, June 1Hikers in Rocky Hill Meadows
Nature Walk. 9:00 am to about 12:00 pm. Connecticut River Floodplain, Great Meadows Conservation Area, sponsored by Connecticut Audubon Center Glastonbury and Great Meadows Conservation Trust. Easy 3.0-mile walk over flat terrain. Join Ken Etheridge, GMCT naturalist, for an exploration of the meadow, marsh, and wooded habitats of the floodplain where as many as 50 bird species can often be spotted. Meet 9:00 am next to ferry landing at Ferry Park on Route 160, Rocky Hill. Bring beverage, snack, and bug spray; dress for the weather and ground conditions (long sleeves, long pants recommended). Conditions may revise or cancel. Visit http://www.gmct.org or call CT Audubon Center, 860-633-8402, for up-to-date information. Leader Ken Etheridge, kee134@aol.com, 860-635-6751,.

Wethersfield: Walks for 4-6 year olds. Sat, June 1 at 10:30 am and 1:00pm.

Meet Jim Woodworth, Stewardship Chair of the GMCT, Diane Doot of the Central CT Health District, Cindy Aylward, Winding Brook 4H club members, and Wethersfield High School Ecology Club members at 160 Middletown Ave, south of Maple St, at the Great Meadows Conservation Trust’s Wood Parcel.  Bring your young naturalists for a short hike and nature activity. Hikers will receive stickers and a sketch pad for recording their observations. We'll cross the shiny bridge over Beaver Brook, follow the trail, through the woods, and continue past the turtle pond, and along the marsh. Hike will continue along the edge of the corn field that once hosted the original “Pyquag” Native American summer camp to the irrigation pond and back. Click here for Trail Map and Flyer. Use the trail map to visit anytime!

From I-91 south take exit 25 S to route 3 south, or from Glastonbury take Route 3 south over the Putnam Bridge. At the second light turn left onto Middletown Ave. From I-91 north take Exit 24 to route 99 north. Take route 99 1.3 miles to a traffic light. Turn right onto route 3 north. At the first light turn right onto Middletown Ave. Make a U turn and park on the left side of Middletown Ave.

CT Trails Day 2013Sunday, June 2, 2013—9:00am to noon, Join Jim Woodworth
Nature and historical bicycle ride Heritage Trail in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut River Floodplain, Nation's Oldest Ferry, and South Glastonbury. Click here for trail map Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust and Wethersfield Nature Center. Join Jim Woodworth, GMCT Stewardship Chairman, for easy 15 mile bike ride following Wethersfield’s Heritage Trail from the Cove toward the Rocky Hill Ferry Landing. Flat terrain, some village roads, some unpaved agricultural roads. Cycle past historic Comstock, Ferre Seed Company and Anderson Farms in the village, through historic seed gardens, corn, bean, turf and vegetable fields, flood plain forest, and marsh habit along the CT River. Ride across the nation's oldest Ferry to Glastonbury ($2.00 round trip--if it's running!) up Ferry Lane, along Tryon Road to the Killam-Bassett Farm, Pease Lane, and back to the Wethersfield Cove. Meet at Cove Park, 533 Main Street, Wethersfield. Leader: Jim Woodworth (info@gmct.org). For details and directions visit www.gmct.org.

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