VERNAL POOL TRAINING FOR CONSERVATION & INLAND WETLANDS COMMISSIONERS at RTPC Old Lyme

Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center 100 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Vernal pools are an important wetland habitat found throughout Connecticut. Often overlooked and undervalued, they provide essential breeding habitat for numerous amphibian and invertebrate species. This workshop will introduce vernal pools, what they are, how they function, and what species are dependent upon them for survival. With over 60 years of combined experience with local land use commissions, Denise Savageau and Michael Aurelia will review the role Conservation and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commissions play in protecting this special resource. The workshop will begin indoors and then a short walk to the field. Boots and appropriate field dress attire required. Registration is free. Please pre-register by March 30. Co-hosted by CT River Coastal Conservation District and CT Audubon Society. Click Here for more information about the presenters. Register here

Summer Camp Sampler at the Connecticut River Museum

Connecticut River Museum 67 Main Street, Essex, CT

April 8 and 12 Looking for something fun to do this spring break? Why not spend it exploring the Connecticut River? Between April 8 and 12, the Connecticut River Museum is hosting a five-day Spring Break Camp Sampler! We’re giving you a sneak peek into all the fun we have planned for summer camp this year. Come to one day or all five! Spring Break Workshops run from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. Anyone between the ages of 6 and 11 is welcome! For more information

$40 – $70

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Rex Brasher: Prolific but Overshadowed and Unknown with Janine Caira, Ph.D.

Essex Meadows 30 Bokum Rd, Essex

Artists and naturalists have been painting birds for centuries. We know John James Audubon, Fuertes, Peterson and, of course of our current time, Sibley. But who knows Rex Brasher? Brasher resided in Kent, Connecticut and, unlike Audubon, painted birds from life and was greatly influenced by his friend and mentor, Louis Agassiz Fuertes. His work, created in the period largely between Fuertes and Peterson, was purchased by UCONN decades ago and lacks a proper gallery or access to the collection. Dr. Janine Caira, University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is also Director of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History where she oversees the 800 Rex Brasher paintings. She will relate more about Brasher’s life and work and will share the Museum’s plans for conserving and exhibiting his original paintings, several of which will be displayed at the lecture. Register here for April 18

Greenwich Earth Day Cleanup: Mianus River

Get involved and give back to your local community on Earth Day! Link up with Trout Unlimited and friends to clean up the Mianus River in Greenwich along River Road. We'll get things started at 10 am - look for the big blue TU tent! There should be plenty of parking on the pull offs up and down River Road. We'll have stuff like water, snacks, gloves and trash bags onsite. Bring a reusable bottle! For more information

Wilton Earth Day Cleanup: Schenck’s Island Park

Schenck's Island Park 202 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton

Get involved and give back to your community on Earth Day! Link up with Trout Unlimited and friends to clean up the Norwalk River at Schenck's Island Park. Volunteers will split up into teams to scout for garbage along the banks, and cut back vines and invasive plants. We'll have all the stuff you need like water, snacks, gloves, trash bags and loppers - bring a reusable water bottle! For more information

Norwalk Earth Day Cleanup: Silvermine River

Join Trout Unlimited and friends for a cleanup of the Silvermine River in Norwalk at the Silvermine Elementary School. We'll provide all the stuff you need like waters, snacks, gloves and trash bags. Bring a reusable water bottle! For more information

City Nature Challenge 2024: Hartford + New Haven Counties: Biodiversity Observations

Let's share the biodiversity of central CT with the world! Search for wild plants, animals, and other creatures between April 26th and April 29 to see how many species you can find within the boundaries of Hartford and New Haven Counties, Connecticut - from our parks and wildlife areas, to our backyards and city streets. Anyone can participate - all you need is a smartphone and the iNaturalist app! Just make observations within the project boundaries, and they will automatically be added to this project. You can join the project to receive updates and learn about events near you! Cities and counties across the world will be participating in the City Nature Challenge on the same weekend, in a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and ID the most different species. For more information and Here  

City Nature Challenge 2024: Fairfield and Westchester County: Biodiversity Observations

The Maritime Aquarium is excited to bring the City Nature Challenge to Fairfield and Westchester Counties again in 2024! The City Nature Challenge is an international event where people find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe: a bioblitz-style competition where metro areas are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. https://www.maritimeaquarium.org/city-nature-challenge There is nature all around us, even in our cities! Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us - scientists, land managers, and the community - working together to find and document the nature in our area. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place - for you and other species! The City Nature Challenge is organized by the citizen science teams at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences    

Forage walk: Learn about spring wild edible and medicinal plants/mushrooms

Chatfield Hollow State Park 381 Route 80, Killingworth

Celebrate spring by getting outside and learning how to forage! In this workshop you will learn how to identify different wild edible and medicinal plants that grow in the spring. We will learn about spring ephemerals which are plants that only come for a short time and then they go back into the ground for the rest of the year! Trout lilies, violets, garlic mustard, dead head nettle, dandelions, plantain, field garlic, honeysuckle, nettles, and other plants will be identified. Some plants will have a life cycle for the whole growing season and we will talk about how they will grow and their uses. We will look for mushrooms and identify them as well. Dryad's saddle and morels will be out this time of year. Learn what mother earth has to offer for food, medicine, and more... Class will begin with opening Qi gong exercises to help us get grounded and connected to the earth! We will also have bags and gloves available to pickup any trash that we may find in the park. This is a collaborative workshop with Amy of the CT Foraging club. Cost is $25 per person. Please email shroomsofct@gmail.com with your name to sign up. Amy will be handling all of the payment for the event. Thank you. We look forward to walking in the woods with you. For more information

$25

Plant and Mushroom Foraging Class in Fairfield

TBA Fairfield

Forager and chef Vinny Crotta and CT Foraging Club founder Amy Demers will be co-teaching a class on Plant and Mushroom Foraging. You will learn how to identify and utilize edible and medicinal plants and mushrooms that can be found this time of year. Class will consist of a 45-minute lecture where you will learn how to identify and utilize wild plant and mushrooms that can be found this time of year. We will then go on a 45-minute walk where we will practice plant and mushroom ID. This class will be $25 per person. To sign up, email shroomsofct@gmail.com with the full name of all participants. Further details regarding meet-up location will be sent out via email the day before the class. We will run the class rain or shine For more information

$25

RTPC CONNECTICUT RIVER LECTURE SERIES: Exploring the Connecticut River: Patrick J. Lynch

Lyme Art Association 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme

Whether you are planning a summer or fall expedition to explore the northern reaches of the Connecticut River or you just want to learn more from the comfort of home, Patrick Lynch’s latest book: A Field Guide to the Connecticut River: From New Hampshire to Long Island Sound is the book for you. Building off the success of his Field Guide to Long Island Sound this latest offering from author, illustrator, photographer, and naturalist, arrives in bookstores in April. Patrick is joining us to relate more about this river we call our own and what we will find along its long journey to the Sound. The Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center is delighted to present this Connecticut resident and former member of the Board of the Connecticut Audubon Society. Join us and celebrate his new book. Register here for May 16

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