June Open Trails + Music + Bird Watching at I-Park

I Park 428 Hopyard Road, East Haddam

Get your tickets for Open Trails, they're free. Visitors will be given a trail map and are invited to explore the grounds. Most of our trails are quite gentle and you can spend as little as forty-five minutes or several hours meandering and exploring the flora, fauna and artworks. Early birds can catch the guided bird walk by our friends from Mattabeseck Audubon Society, a local chapter of the National Audubon Society at 9AM, please indicate that you are going on the birdwalk when you register. Bring a picnic. Stay for the music. On the Trail is playing at 1PM. This is a family-friendly free public event. All ages are welcome, however reservations in advance are REQUIRED. Donations for adults are welcome and appreciated. For additional information, write events@i-park.org or call 860-873-2468. For more information  

Forage & Feast 2024 at White Gate Farm

White Gate Farm 83 Upper Pattagansett Road, East Lyme

Come roam the edges of fields and woods for delicious, nutritious wild plants and then sit down at a table outside to a multi-course repast.  In the event of rain we will refund your money. Knotweed Quick Pickles Salad of Lambs quarters and wild Brassicas Stinging Nettle Chowder Fried Pokeweed with Wild Sorrel, Vetch and Wild Onion Cream Sautéd Dandelion Greens and Wild Garlic Sourdough Pizza with Freshly Foraged Mushrooms Hot Dandelion Root and Sassafras Tea Forsythia and Mint Iced Tea Knotweed Crisp with Dandelion Syrup & Ice cream        Instructors are Farmer Dan (shown above with a Chicken of the Woods mushroom) and Farm Owner Pauline.  Chef Tami will prepare our dinner.  BYOB is welcome.  20 people max. REGISTER  

$85

Dixwell Q-House Farmer’s Market​ in New Haven

Q-HOUSE FARMERS MARKET 197 Dixwell Ave, New Haven

Wednesdays | 3pm – 6pm Opening Day: June 12 Daniel Stewart Plaza 197 Dixwell Ave Q House and CitySeed are excited to be collaborating to bring a Farmers Market to the Daniel Stewart Plaza at Q House this summer! This market will look much like CitySeeds other markets, offering fresh locally grown and produced foods, live music, and activities. Stay tuned for more info. The Q House is a bustling community center that provides resources, opportunities, and a safe and fun gathering space for folks of all ages and backgrounds. Learn more about the Dixwell Q House here. Vendors at our market accept credit, debit, cash and SNAP/EBT. We even double SNAP/EBT for fresh produce. For more information

Pollinator Days at White Flower Farm

White Flower Farm 167 Litchfield Road (Route 63), Litchfield

Learn about best practices and plants to attract pollinators to your home landscape. Assemble for an informal talk with members of our garden staff then enjoy a quick tour of our display gardens with special emphasis on plant combinations. No fee or registration required. Kids are invited to build a decorative butterfly house and decorate it with nature stickers and colorful paint pens. Kits are $10 each and available all day while supplies last. Attendees receive 20% OFF all in-stock Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia). For more information

$10

UNITED TABLE: WHAT’S UP GASTROPOD?- TALK & TASTING

United Theater 5 Canal St, Westerly, RI

We are excited to announce the next event in the UNITED Table series at the United Theater with Eating With the Ecosystem! Join us on June 15th as we host a panel and tasting event showcasing Gastropods – or Snails of the sea – Whelks, periwinkles, and slipper limpets. These local delicacies are often overlooked or shipped elsewhere for processing and feasting. Join us to hear from those fishing for, studying and preparing these local and sustainable mollusks. Following the panel we will move into the gallery events space where attendees will get a free beer or wine along with a taste of some of the delicious gastropods from the region. Tickets available by visiting https://unitedtheatre.org/shows/the-united-table-whats-up-gastropod-talk-tasting/ For more information

$25

Connecticut River Environmental Symposium

Wesleyan University 45 Wyllys Ave, Fayerweather – Beckham Hall, Middletown

The Connecticut River Museum is hosting an Environmental Symposium this June at Wesleyan University’s Beckham Hall Ballroom, featuring speakers and topics spanning all 410 miles of the Connecticut River. We envision this event as an opportunity for environmentally focused organizations to make new connections and discover exciting opportunities for collaboration and coalition building. The event will run from 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM and features a blend of keynote speakers and panel discussions. Lunch will be included with admission, and will provide the opportunity for attendees to take part in guided discussions related to important issues affecting the environment. For more information

$30 – $85

Take Your Family to Visit a State Fish Hatchery

Quinebaug Valley State Fish Hatchery Address:  145 Trout Hatchery Road, Plainfield, CT 06374 Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (7 days a week) Phone: 860-564-7542 Tours: Open to the public. Groups interested in tours of the hatchery starting on or after June 1 should call at the phone number below. Burlington State Fish Hatchery Address:34 Belden Rd, Burlington, CT 06013 Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (7 days a week) Tours: Self-guided or by reservation. Phone: 860-673-2340

FAMILY ECOLOGY DAYS at Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

July 6, 13 Aug 10,17 1:30-3:00pm Participate in an afternoon of ecology exploration with the RTP Estuary Center! Learn how to use some of our equipment and explore our sanctuary grounds.  Each session is packed with fascinating discoveries! This program is intended for families with children ages 5 and up. Each session features a unique theme. Attend one or all four! Cost $ 25 per family per session or sign up for all 4 for $80 per family. Click here to learn more about each day!

$25 – $80

Summer on the Farm at the Yellow Farmhouse: Ages 5-10

Yellow Farmhouse 389 N. Main Street, Stonington

 July 9 - August 29, 2024 Our Summer on the Farm program brings children ages 5-10 to Stone Acres Farm where Yellow Farmhouse educators help them pick, taste, and cook fresh produce.Over the course of eight summer weeks, we visit the laying hens, measure the temperature of the compost piles, inspect milkweed for monarch caterpillars, dissect flowers to see how their parts are designed, harvest and compare seeds, and much much more.Each week includes a cooking/tasting activity, utilizing farm-fresh ingredients and engaging recipes For more information

$35

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center SHOREBIRD WALKS

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Most of North America’s shorebird species winter in South & Central America, heading north breed in the high Arctic. Some of these birds breed in CT, while others start their northbound journey in mid-late summer. Join us as we look for many of our shorebird species at some of the best spots around southeastern Connecticut, and learn how you can help these charismatic birds. $13 for members; $18 for non-members. – Walk in East Lyme will be an approximately 1-1.5 mile walk on dirt and sandy terrain. Exposure to wind, sun, and heat possible depending on weather. Restrooms on site. – Walk in Old Lyme will be an approximately 1 mile walk on level sandy and rocky terrain. Exposure to wind, sun, and heat possible depending on weather. Walking in shallow water likely. No restrooms on site. Wednesday, July 10; 8-10 am at Rocky Neck, East Lyme – Register here Wednesday, July 24; 9-11 am at Griswold Point, Old Lyme – Register here

$13 – $18

Teacher Summer Camp at Kellogg Environmental Center: Derby

Osborne Homestead Museum and Kellogg Estate gardens 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby

Summer workshop days for elementary and middle school teachers that provide experiences for teachers through exploration of forests, shorelines and more. Lesson plans, resources and materials are provided to allow you to recharge and spark ideas for next year. The camp is free, and you are welcome to bring your children with you or adults that may be visiting or co-teaching to experience the fun. Contact susan.quincy@ct.gov for additional information. Snacks and beverage will be provided. First session takes place at the Kellogg Center in Derby with a visit to a woodlot near-by. Additional days will take place in Portland, CT and New London, CT. Teacher Camp is held on July 10, 17, and 24. All days are from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. For more information