Past Programs and Events

 

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.

Brisk Winter Walks 2013

This is the schedule for the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2013, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield.

Saturday, Jan 5, 10:00 am to 11:30 am, Wethersfield.  Meet Jim Woodworth at 160 Middletown Ave, south of Maple St, on GMCT’s Wood Parcel.  Cross the new 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 12, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wethersfield. Over 50 Walking out to the river over the dike to visit the beaverwalkers met 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. We observed habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant, and gathered trash.  Those Irate beaver parade back and forth slapping the waterwho stayed for a longer walk up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dike were treated to a show of irate beavers parading up and down slapping the water. Click here or on the image to see the beaver in action!

Saturday, Jan 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Wethersfield.  Meet LarryLarry Lunden expounds on GMCT history Lunden at 258 Elm St, at the underpass under I-91. A long hike to our Wolcott and Crilly parcels in the Wethersfield Meadows.  Maybe Bacon or Woodhouse also.
From I-91 south take exit 25 S to route 3 south, or from Glastonbury take route 3 south GMCT's UAC pole lot with Geo cacheover the Putnam Bridge.  Go past the first traffic light, make a U turn and come back to this traffic light.  Turn right onto Elm St and park at the highway underpass.

Sunday, Jan 27, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Glastonbury.  Meet Penny Rusnak and Tom Kehoe 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 2, 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+ acre 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.  Christopher Shepard, Nature Center director, will help shuttle the group from the parking lot along Great Meadow Road into the 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.

Rescheduled!!!Saturday, Feb 23, 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.

Saturday, Feb 16, 10:00 am, Wethersfield. Meet Larry Lunden south of the Putnam Bridge at 154 Great Meadow Rd, next to the highway exit.  Access via Marsh St.  A long hike to our Packtor, Wolcott, Finnegan-Fox and Hale parcels.

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.

Saturday, June 1. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dividend Brook Industrial Archaeological District. Walk through the remnants of Rocky Hill’s past (1677-1880), along the hollow, dam, waterfall, and ponds. On this 3-mile journey, we will take in a scenic view of the Connecticut River Valley and see where corn, saw, and grist mills once comprised Connecticut’s first industrial villages. Meet leaders Ed Chiucarello and Helena Martin at the parking lot on Old Forge Road. Sponsored by Rocky Hill Parks and Recreation Department (www.rhparkrec.org). Heavy rain cancels. Pre-registration is NOT NECESSARY. Questions: contact Ed Chiucarello, lexarded@cox.net.

Sunday, June 2, 2012—9:00am to noon, Join Jim WoodworthBike Riders enjoyed the Spring sunshine!
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.

 

GMCT Fall Event for 2012

Sept. 29 Source to the Sea Cleanup Leaves
Cove and River Cleaner—
but far from Clean

GMCT's boatload of litterdebris on NE side of CoveGMCT volunteers Linda Nielson and Sheila Wells load Bob Ludwig's boat to the gunnels with trash from the I91 side of the Wethersfield Cove during Source to the Sea Cleanup, Sept. 29, 2012.Wethersfield Cove Trash needs
Map shows location of 50 years of litter from I91 combined with 50 years of the Folly Brook Flush, which litters West and South sides of the Cove, as well. These areas are cleaned regularly, unlike Northeast/I91 side.

Fishing for Cars in the Rivermap shows location of submerged cars in river

Jacquline Talbot, River Steward for the CT River Watershed Council, enlisted the help of the CT State Police Dive Team and Corona Autoparts salvage team to pull car wrecks from the River off Elm Street Extension.

State police dive team locates 12 vehicles in RiverThe Dive Team located more than 12 submerged vehicles in murky 40' water with a strong current off the Rocky Hill water treatment plant outfall. They hooked a line from the Catch o' the Day: Chevy VanCorona Autoparts wrecker to a latemodel Honda Civic and a Chevy Van. Catch o' the Day Honda CivicJon Corona,and wrecker drivers Ziggy and Mike ease the "Catch o' the Day" out of the River.

Dwayne and Jose from Corona Autopart remove a stranded Olds from the Wood ParcelCorona Autoparts flatbed drivers Dwayne and José transported the rusted wrecks to the salvage yard. They also picked up a stranded 6 cylinder Olds that an MDC right of way clearing contractor had pulled to the edge of the field from GMCT's Wood Parcel.

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012—9:00am to noon. Join Jim Woodworth for Nature and historical bicycle ride along the 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.

Connecticut Trails Days—Sat., June 2-Sun., June 3, 2012
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! 2, 2012. 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 2Hikers 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.

Saturday, June 2. 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dividend Brook Industrial Archaeological District. Walk through the remnants of Rocky Hill’s past (1677-1880), along the hollow, dam, waterfall, and ponds. On this 3-mile journey, we will take in a scenic view of the Connecticut River Valley and see where corn, saw, and grist mills once comprised Connecticut’s first industrial villages. Meet leaders Ed Chiucarello and Helena Martin at the parking lot on Old Forge Road. Sponsored by Rocky Hill Parks and Recreation Department (www.rhparkrec.org). Heavy rain cancels. Pre-registration is NOT NECESSARY. Questions: contact Ed Chiucarello, lexarded@cox.net.

Sunday, June 3, 2012—9:00am to noon, Join Jim WoodworthBike Riders enjoyed the Spring sunshine!
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.

Brisk Winter Walks 2012

Over 400 walkers enjoyed the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2012, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield, and Goodwin College in East Hartord. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped.

Saturday, Jan 7, 10:00 am, Wethersfield. Walkers along Folly BrookOn a balmy morning, 100 walkers met Jim Woodworth at the Wolf Parcel and strolled through the floodplain behind Hartford Avenue, observed the tree markers placed by the Nature Conservancy flood plain forest study, and checked out the wood duck box along the shore of Folly Brook. The floodplain was a lot cleaner after 6 Wethersfield High School community service volunteers who scrounged among the poison ivy and mudWethersfield High School Community Service volunteers to gather plastic and aluminum bottles swept off the streets of Wethersfield and Hartford and deposited along Folly Brook on the way to the Wethersfield Cove. The crew couldn't move the 12' section of PVC pipe. About half of the walkers continued out along the Hartford dike where "civilization" and nature meet: floodplain to the south, modern, walkers on the edge of the big riverimproved sewage treatment plant and airport to the north. Beyond the airport, below the dike 33 walkers walked along the sewer outfall, to the river where an eagle soared above the sparkling river, white head and tail glimmering in the sun.

Sunday, Jan 15, 1:00 pm, Rocky Hill, about two hours. Forty hearty walkers met 40 walkers pose with 35 disease resitant elm treesLarry Lunden at 78 Goff Brook La, off of Old Main St. and walked out into the meadows with a stop at GMCT's DiPaolo parcel to observe the newly planted disease resistant Elm plantation of 5 different Dutch Elm disease resitant cultivars provided by TNC forester Christian Marks. Still the second most common species in the forest, the hope is to restore the elm species to its former glory as the dominant species in the flood plain forest.. 

Saturday, Jan 21, 10:00 am, Wethersfield, about one and a half hours.  Meet Jim Woodworth at 160 Middletown Ave, south of Maple St.  Cross the new bridge and follow the trail along the marsh constructed by Eagle Scouts. Hike will continue along the edge of the farm fields and 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. Make a U turn and park on the left side of 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.

Betty Schmidt gives the coal dock historySunday, Jan 29, 1:00 p.m., Glastonbury.  120 Mark Packard, President, directs walks out on the coal dockwalkers met Jim Woodworth and Mark Packard, GMCT President, at Ferry Park, 263 Ferry Lane, walked upstream along the Connecticut River through farm fields to explore the Trust's Walking through the forest to view the welleasement on the late 19th Century coal dock.  From route 17 in South Walkering through Horton and Packard farm pasturesGlastonbury, take route 160 towards the ferry.  The park is on the left just before the ferry slip.

Saturday, Feb 4, 9:00 AM, Wethersfield, about two hours. Over 60 walkers met Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College's Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at the Putnam Park parking lot. At the parking lot we peeled away the layers of bridge and building. Putnum Park...peeling away the layersThen we headed out to explore the 300+ acre Crow Point property owned by a screech owl peaks out of a duck boxGoodwin College. An eastern screech owl, sheltering in a wood duck box observed our passing. We observe the process of Cement silos from the '40'snature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highways across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows, and observe the “before” of the hoped for invasive species removal andgathering in the sun at Crow Point forest planting from a pending DEP habitat improvement grant. We will have a van to shuttle the group from the parking lot along Great Meadow Road into the 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 Beaver bringing down a winter food supplyI91 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 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 Exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot.

Saturday, Feb 11, 9:00 am, East Hartford, about one and a half hours.  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.  Goodwin College students will study environmental science here.  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.

Canceled! Sunday, Feb 12, 1:00 pm, Glastonbury.  Meet Larry Lunden at the end of Hollister Way North, off of Main St north of the end of the route 17 exit ramp.  Park at the end near the barn or next to the tennis courts.  A short hike to our Austin and Matava parcels in Glastonbury Meadows.

Walks will last 2 to 3 hours.  Dress for the Weather and ground conditions.  Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. Call the CT Audubon Society for the latest information, 860-633-8402.  Free.

 

GMCT Fall Events for 2011

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011—9:00am to noon, Join Jim Woodworth
Nature and historical bicycle ride Heritage Trail in Old Wethersfield , Connecticut River Floodplain, Nation's Oldest Ferry, 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 paste 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 Cornfest for lunch on the green! Meet at Cove Park , 533 Main Street , Wethersfield . Leader: Jim Woodworth ( info@gmct.org ). For details and directions visit www.gmct.org.

GMCT Spring Events for 2011

Connecticut Trails Day Hikes, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5
See All Hikes - CT Forest and Parks Association - CT Trails Day Brochure (coming soon)

Rocky Hill - Join Ken Etheridge - Saturday, June 4
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. Join Jim Woodworth and Bruce Morton - Sat., June 4
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.

Sunday, June 5, 2011—10:00am to noon, Join Jim Woodworth
Nature and historical bicycle ride Heritage Trail in Old Wethersfield and Connecticut River Floodplain. Click here for trail map. Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust and Wethersfield Nature Center. Join Jim Woodworth, GMCT Stewardship Chairman, for easy 12 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 paste historic Comstock, Ferre Seed Company and Anderson Farms in the village, through historic seed gardens, corn, bean and vegetable fields, flood plain forest, and marsh habit along CT River to Nation’s oldest Ferry. Return to village or extend ride (unguided) across the Ferry to Glastonbury. Meet at Cove Park, 533 Main Street, Wethersfield. Leader: Jim Woodworth (info@gmct.org). For details and directions visit www.gmct.org.

Great Meadows Conservation Trust
Brisk Winter Walks 2011

This is the schedule for the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2011, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield.

Sunday, Jan 9, 1:00 pm, Rocky Hill. Seventy-five hikers met Larry Lunden at Ferry Park, 313 Meadow Rd, on route 160. A short hike to our Methodist Church parcel 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 most street of the three that you see when you turn left. Proceed past the ferry landing to the gravel parking lot on the right.

Saturday, Jan 22, 10:00 am, Wethersfield. About one and a half hours. Meet Jim Woodworth at 160 Middletown Ave, south of Maple St. Cross the new bridge and follow the trail along the marsh constructed by Eagle Scouts. Hike will continue along the edge of the farm fields and the marsh. Click here to view the (flash video) slide show of photos by Jenny Smith and Duffy Schade. Or here for the mp4 version.

Saturday, Jan 29, 10:00 am, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth at 412 Hartford Ave, corner of Jordan La, for a short walk to our Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. See habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant and volunteer work. Stay for a longer walk up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dyke that divides the Folly Brook Nature area from the South Meadows Industrial Park.

Sunday, Feb 6, 1:00 pm, Glastonbury. Meet Jim Woodworth behind Glastonbury Town Hall, 2143 Main St. A short hike to our Preissner parcel. Continue on to explore the Glastonbury Meadows. View the parcel owned by First Church of Glastonbury for hundreds of years.

Saturday, Feb 12, 10:00 AM, Wethersfield. About two hours. 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 explore the 300+ acre 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 highways across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows, and observe the “before” of the hoped for invasive species removal and forest planting from a pending DEP habitat improvement grant. We will have a van to shuttle the group from the parking lot along Great Meadow Road into the 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 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 Exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot.

Saturday, Feb 26, 10:00 am, East Hartford. About one and a half hours. 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. Goodwin College students will study environmental science here. 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.

Walks will last 2 to 3 hours. Dress for the Weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. Call the CT Audubon Society for the latest information, 860-633-8402. Free.

 

Brisk Winter Walks 2010

This is the schedule for the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2010, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield.

Boy Scout leader father and Eagle Scout son Dave and Justin Rutty clear loop trailSunday, Jan 10, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wethersfield.  Forty Six hikers met Jim Woodworth at 160 Middletown Ave, south of Maple St.  We traversed the temporary bridge and followed the trail along the marsh Temporary Bridge over Beaver Brookconstructed by Eagle Scouts...and the newly cleared loop train. We continued along the edge of the farm fields and 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. Make a U turn and park on the Walking South between the Beaver Brook marsh and the farm fieldsleft side of 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 16, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Glastonbury.  Meet Jim Woodworth and Mark Packard 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 dock.  Hikers paused to hear about the well that watered horses hauling coal up to factories in Glastonbury from the dock. At the end of the dock, cottonwood and sycamore, two floodplain species are locked in an embrace. Hikers observed an immature eagle perched in a tree across the river, along with a flock of crows.From route 17 in South Glastonbury, take route 160 towards the ferry.  The park is on the left just before the ferry slip.

Sunday, Jan 24, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth at 412 Hartford Ave, corner of Jordan La, for a short walk to our Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. See habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant and volunteer work. Hikers filled 10 trash bags with plastic floatables. Those who stayed for a longer walk up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dyke that divides the Folly Brook Nature area from the South Meadows Industrial Park, were treated to a view of an osprey nest perched on oil pipes, and way down the river, a pair of eagles roosted side by side.

Sunday, Jan 31, 1:00 PM, Rocky Hill.  Meet at 78 Goff Brook La, off of Old Main St.  Join Larry Lunden on a hike to our DiPaola, Brooks, McCann, and Ryan in the Rocky Hill Meadows.  From I-91, take exit 24, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Silas Deane Highway, route 99 south. Take the Silas Deane a short distance to the second traffic light past the interchange. Turn left onto Marshall Rd and follow it to the end. Turn left onto Old Main St, and take the first right onto Goff Brook La. Meet just past the railroad crossing.

New! Saturday, Feb 6, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 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 explore the 300+ acre property newly acquired by Goodwin College, along with the Trust's Hale Easement. We'll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highways across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows. Christopher Shepard, Nature Center director, will help shuttle the group in a van from the parking lot along Great Meadow Road into the 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 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 Exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot.

Sunday, Feb 7, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, East Hartford.  Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College's Bruce Morton, Program Director, Environmental Studies at Hockanum Park , 324 High St .  Explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels. Goodwin College students are studying environmental science here.  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.

Saturday, Feb 13, 10:00 AM, Wethersfield.  Meet Larry Lunden at 258 Elm St, at the underpass under I-91. A long hike to Wolcott, Crilly, UAC, and Hayes parcels in the Wethersfield Meadows.  Maybe Woodhouse also. .  From I-91 south take exit 25 S to route 3 south, or from Glastonbury take route 3 south over the Putnam Bridge.  Go past the first traffic light, make a U turn and come back to this traffic light.  Turn right onto Elm St and park at the highway underpass.

Saturday, Feb 20, 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 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.

Walks will last 2 to 3 hours.  Dress for the Weather and ground conditions.  Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. Call the CT Audubon Society for the latest information, 633-8402.  Free.  Donations will be accepted.

 

Brisk Winter Walks 2009

This is the schedule for the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2009, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury and the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield.

Sunday, Jan 4, 1:30 pm, Rocky Hill. Meet Larry Lunden at Ferry Park on route 160. A short hike to our Methodist Church parcel in the Rocky Hill Meadows.

Saturday, Jan 10, 10 am, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth on Middletown Ave south of Maple St. Hike into our Wood parcel and continue through the farming fields along Beaver Brook. See photos, map and learn more about the Wood Parcel.

Saturday, Jan 17, 10 am, Glastonbury. Meet Larry Lunden on Point Rd, off of Naubuc Ave south of route 3 overpass. A long hike to our Dickau, Beers and Bidwell parcels in Point Meadows.

Sunday, Jan 18, 1:30 pm, East Hartford. Meet Jim Woodworth at Hockanum Park on High St. A long hike to our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels. This is in cooperation with Goodwin College, who is planning to use the area for student education.

Sunday, Jan 25, 1:30 pm, Glastonbury. Meet Larry Lunden behind Glastonbury Town Hall, 2143 Main St. A short hike to our Preissner parcel.

Saturday, Jan 31, 10 am, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth on Hartford Ave. at corner of Jordan La for a short walk to our Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. See habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant; and clean up of CL&P right of way. Stay for a longer walk out along the Hartford dyke that divides Folly Brook Nature area from South Meadows Industrial Park.

Saturday, Feb 7, 10 am, Rocky Hill. Meet at end of Goff Brook La off of Old Main St. Join Larry Lunden on a long hike to several of our new Hayes parcels in the Rocky Hill Meadows.

Sunday, Feb 15, 1:30 pm, Glastonbury. Meet Larry Lunden at the end of Hollister Way North, off of Main St north of the end of the route 17 exit ramp. Park at the end near the barn or next to the tennis courts. A short hike to our Austin and Matava parcels in Glastonbury Meadows.

Walks will last 1 to 2 hours. Dress for the Weather and ground conditions. Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. Call the CT Audubon Society for the latest information, 633-8402. Free. Donations will be accepted.

CT Trails Day Hikes in Wethersfield and Rocky Hill, Saturday, June 7
Wethersfield
1. Historic Mill and Birding Hike. 8:30 am to noon. A varied 2.5-mile loop hike along stream and ponds, with stops at sites of four former water-powered mills where we'll see foundation stones and two millpond outlets (waterfalls) that were part of an historic industrial stream system. Hike begins and ends at the town Nature Center, follows Goff Brook through Mill Woods Park passing several ponds, and continues along Griswoldville Road and Highland Street. At each mill site, processes and products will be discussed, including the hydraulic system that powered the manufacturing. Historic land-use will be compared with suburban development, including adaptation of mill features for flood control, landscaping, and preservation of wetlands, farmland, and wildlife habitat. Participants can expect to see great blue heron, hawks, bluebirds, and other birdlife. Terrain is moderate with gradual ups and downs over lawns, sidewalk, and fields. Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust, Griswoldville Preservation Association, and Town of Wethersfield Nature Center. Meet 8:30 am at the Nature Center, 156 Prospect Street. No rain date. Co-Leaders Jim Woodworth, info@gmct.org, 860-808-9968; and Martha Mayer, m.mayer1@cox.net, 860-257-1705.
2. Walk/Bike. 10 am to noon. Heritage Way Trail, sponsored by the Wethersfield Conservation Commission. Walk or bike 3-4 miles on dirt roads through The Meadows alongside agricultural fields. Great area for birding and wildlife. Those who wish can continue to the Rocky Hill Ferry Landing. Meet at rear of Putnam Plaza Parking lot. From I- 91 southbound take exit 26; turn left at end of ramp and right at T; Putnam Plaza will be on left. From 1-91 northbound exit 26; Putnam Plaza will be on right. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. No rain date. For details and information call James Schumaker, 860-563-4229.

Rocky Hill
CT Trails Day - Join Ken Etheridge - Saturday, June 7

Nature Walk. 8:00 am to about 11:00 am. 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 8:00 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 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.
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CT Forest and Parks Association - CT Trails Day Brochure

 

Great Meadows Conservation Trust, Inc.
Call to Annual Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Time: Dinner: 5:30 pm - Meeting: 7:00 pm - Program: 7:30 pm
Place: Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury,

1361 Main St, Glastonbury
Just south of the intersection of Route 17 and Main Street.

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7:30 pm Program: Attorney Russell L. Brenneman:

"Rescuing Connecticut - Land Saving Action."

Attorney Brenneman was "present at the creation" of the Trust 40 years ago, and over his distinguished career, has profoundly influenced environmental law, institutions and policy in Connecticut and beyond. An "Of Counsel" member of Murtha Cullina's Environmental Department, he concentrates his practice on land use, environmental protection, and natural resource law. He served as special counsel to Commissioner Dan Lufkin when the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was organized. He is Chairman of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Educational Fund, and serves as a member of the International Council of Environmental Law. For a number of years, he taught environmental law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and currently teaches environmental policy at Trinity College. Mr. Brenneman is nationally recognized in private and charitable land-saving techniques.

View 2007 Annual Report

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A Catered Dinner will precede the meeting and program

5:30 pm - Hors D’Oeuvres featuring a locally made cheeses from Cato Corner Farms, crackers and wine
6:00 pm - Buffet - Soup - Salad - Chips Sandwich Platter Dessert with Tea or Coffee"

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Please reserve no later than March 24th for the dinner Wednesday, March 26
The cost per person is $25.00
Questions may be directed to Lisa Olsen - 633-8417


Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________
Phone Number________________Address___________________________________________

Number Attending: ________ Total Enclosed: ________

Please enclose a check payable to - GMCT - and mail to:
GMCT Annual Meeting, E. A. Olsen, 52 Hitching Post Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033

Spring 2008

Historic Mill and Birding Hike. 8:30 am to noon . An varied 2.5-mile loop hike along stream and ponds, with stops at sites of four former water-powered mills where we’ll see foundation stones and two millpond outlets (waterfalls) that were part of an historic industrial stream system. Hike begins and ends at the town Nature Center, follows Goff Brook through Mill Woods Park passing several ponds, and continues along Griswoldville Road and Highland Street . At each mill site, processes and products will be discussed, including the hydraulic system that powered the manufacturing. Historic land-use will be compared with suburban development, including adaptation of mill features for flood control, landscaping, and preservation of wetlands, farmland and wildlife habitat. Participants can expect to see great blue heron, hawks, bluebirds, and other birdlife. Terrain is moderate with gradual ups and downs over lawns, sidewalk, and fields. Sponsored by Great Meadows Conservation Trust, Griswoldville Preservation Association, and Town of Wethersfield Nature Center . Meet 8:30 am at the Nature Center , 156 Prospect Street . No rain date. Co-Leaders Jim Woodworth, info@gmct.org, 860-808-9968; and Martha Mayer, m.mayer1@cox.net, 860-257-1705.

Winter 2008

Join the Great Meadows Conservation Trust for a series of winter nature walks for 2008, co-sponsored with the Eleanor Buck Wolf Naure Center, Wethersifield, and the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury.  

Special Walk in Wethersfield and Rocky Hill
- Goff Brook from Mill Woods to the CT River

Saturday, January 5, 10 am, Wethersfield. Meet at the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center on Prospect Street in Wethersfield. Join Nature Center Director Christopher Shepard and GMCT President Jim Woodworth for a walk (and van ride) along accessible stretches of Goff Brook as it flows over dams, through woods, between yards and parking lots, under streets and highways, eventually meandering through the meadows to the Connecticut River. We will fill trash bags, leaving the brook cleaner, as we examine the role of the stream in carrying pollutants toward the river...while cleansing the water on the way. See what you missed!

Saturday, January 12, 10 am, Rocky Hill. Meet at the end of Goff Brook lane. Join Larry Lunden on a long hike to our new Hayes parcels in the Wethersfield - Rocky Hill border area. See the details of Plan B...high water hike!

Sunday, January 20, 2 pm, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth on Hartford Avenue (at the corner of Jordan Lane) for a short walk to GMCT's Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. See habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant, clean up of CL&P right of way. Stay for a longer walk up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dyke that divides the Folly Brook Nature area from the South Meadows Industrial Park. See the details!

Saturday, January 26, 10 am, Wethersfield. More than 30 walkers met  Larry Lunden south of the Putnam bridge on Great Meadow road next to the highway exit for a long hike to view our Packtor, Wolcott, Finnegan-Fox, Hale and Standish parcels. In the photo, Larry talks about our easement on the Hale parcel, a triangular piece that runs across Hale Creek in the direction of Crow point. Evidence of beaver felling and stripping of large trees on the edge of the excavation ponds marks the former Comstock, Ferre & Co. seed farm.

Sunday, February 3, 2 pm, Wethersfield. Fifteen walkers met Jim Woodworth on Middletown Ave. south of Maple St. on a sunny warm day after Ground Hog day for a hike into our Wood Parcel along newly wood chipped path, past the new bench, with marsh view marsh, the streambed improvements and future bridge site. Then they walked down into the marsh, carrying the hemlock planks for the temporary bridge over Beaver Brook. Circling on the path around the knoll, they observed the 18th Century Robbins House foundation pictured in the photos supplied by Sarah Wood, before heading out along the corn field above the marsh. Walkers came prepared for mud...and New England weather prepared a demonstration of the fertile clay-rich soil that nurtures the legendary Anderson Farm sweet corn and spinach.

Saturday, February 9, 10 am, Wethersfield. Twelve walkers met Larry Lunden at the Elm St underpass under I-91, many with mud stil on their boots from last week's walk. The hike follwed Elm Street under I 91 out the the river, revealing a view of the south side of Crow Point. Turning south the road led past the Wolcott and Crilly parcels now included in the long narrow field hilled into bean rows. The group moved on down the road following the river as it meandered east, where we walked into the Nowak hayfield and to some of the parcels recently donated to the Trust by the Hayes family. In addition to red tail hawk sitings, possible peregrine falcon siting, an immature Eagle was sited winging its way over the meadows.

One more winter walk...with Goodwin College
Sunday, February 10, 2 pm., East Hartford.
Fifteen walkers met with Jim Woodworth at Hockanum Park (on High Street in East Hartford) for a long walk to the GMCT's properties in the Hockanum Meadows with our host from Goodwin College, Todd Andrews. The cold north wind and snow squalls held off, as walked in breezy sunshine. Old maps helped us visualizing the "hook" in the Connecticut River that left behind the Wethersfield Cove, Keeney Cove...and a triangle of Wethersfield "East" when it straigtened out c. 1700. We stood under the former Cuban Social Club pavilian and learned about Goodwin College's plans for a new environmental education program that could use a renovated pavilian and a portable environmental lab. We looked upriver to see Goodwin College's new classrom building rising on the former fuel tank farm north of Pratt and Whitney's Wilgoose Test lab. As we walked, we imagined wildlife habitat improvement projects, perhaps replacing meadows overgrown with multiflora rose with meadow grasses. Likewise, we imagined a bike trail that might wind its along old farm roads through the Hockenum Meadows to the Putnam Bridge, someday connecting with Glastonbury and Wethersfield over the Putnam Bridge.

 

GMCT Programs and Events--Spring 2007

International Migratory Bird Day - Saturday, May 12
Nature Walk. 8:00 am to about 11:00 am. Connecticut River Floodplain, Great Meadows Conservation Area, sponsored by Elenor Buck Wolf Nature Center 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. We will record our bird observations as part of the Hartford Audubon Society Spring Bird Count and the Great Meadows Important Bird Area data gathering project. Meet 8:00 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 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.

CT Trails Day - Join Ken Etheridge - Saturday, June 2
Nature Walk. 8:00 am to about 11:00 am. 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 8:00 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 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.
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CT Forest and Parks Association - CT Trails Day Brochure

GMCT Programs and Events--Winter 2007

Nature Walks in the Connecticut River Flood Plain

A special series of five walks are led by Jim Woodworth, president of the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, and Larry Lunden, GMCT’s Land Management chair (and a CAS Glastonbury board member). Please dress for weather and ground conditions, which may revise or cancel the walk. These Nature Walks are again co-sponsored by Connecticut Audubon Society Glastonbury and the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, joined for the first time by the Wethersfield Nature Center—and all are free.  Check www.gmct.org, or call the CAS Glastonbury Center at 860-633-8402 or the E.B.Wolf Nature Center at 860-529-3075 for the latest information.

Nature Walk in the Connecticut River Flood Plain #1
Sunday, January 7, 2 p.m.

Meet Larry Lunden behind Glastonbury Town Hall (2155 Main Street) for a short walk to GMCT’s Preissner property.

Nature Walk in the Connecticut River Flood Plain #2
Saturday, January 13, 10 a.m.

Meet Jim Woodworth at the end of Goff Brook Lane (off Old Main Street in Rocky Hill) for a long walk to GMCT’s newly acquired Hayes parcels—farm fields where beans, vegetables and turf are grown. Join us in celebrating this important gift from the Hayes family in honor of the late Edward P. Hayes, Sr. and Ann Hayes of Rocky Hill.

Nature Walk in the Connecticut River Flood Plain #3
Saturday, January20, 10 a.m.

Meet Jim Woodworth at Hockanum Park (on High Street in East Hartford) for a long walk to the GMCT's properties in the Hockanum Meadows with our host from Goodwin College, Todd Andrews. Learn about the "hook" in the Connecticut River that left behind the Wethersfield Cove, Keeney Cove...and a triangle of Wethersfield "East."

Nature Walk in the Connecticut River Flood Plain #4
Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m.

Meet Jim Woodworth on Hartford Avenue (at the corner of Jordan Lane in Wethersfield) for a short walk to GMCT’s Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. See habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant. Stay for a longer walk up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dyke that divides the Folly Brook Nature area from the South Meadows Industrial Park.

Nature Walk in the Connecticut River Flood Plain #5
Saturday, February 3, 10 a.m.

Meet Larry Lunden at the end of Point Road (off Naubuc Avenue in Glastonbury, south of Route 3 overpass) for a long walk to GMCT’s Point Meadows properties. These are farming fields where corn and other crops are grown.

GMCT Programs and Events – Spring 2006

NATURE WALK IN THE CT RIVER FLOOD PLAIN

Saturday, June 3, 8:00 a.m.-c. 11:00 a.m. Join Ken Etheridge, Great Meadows Conservation Trust 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 at Ferry Park next to the ferry landing on Route 160 in Rocky Hill. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Long sleeves, long pants recommended. Bring bug spray, water, snack. Est. distance: 3 miles. Conditions may revise or cancel. Visit www.gmct.org or call CT Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury for up-to-date information at 633-8402. Walk is co-sponsored by CAS/C and GMCT. Free.


Tuesday Evenings in May on the River with the GMCT
Led by Jim Woodworth
For further details call Jim Woodworth (529-0997)

Meet at 6:00 pm. Bring your own canoe or kayak, paddles, PDF. Plans are subject to change or cancellation due to weather or river conditions.

1. Tuesday, May 16 Keeney Cove.
Meet at the Point Road causeway (off Naubuc Avenue, just south of Glastonbury Avenue) at 6:00pm. Alternate A (less strenuous): Launch north of the Point Road causeway, paddle under Route 3 to explore the abandoned river bed, observe great blue heron and spawning alewives. Alternate B: Launch on the south side of the Point Road causeway, paddle out by the beaver lodge to the CT River, south to Crow Point Cove inlet, explore Crow Point Cove, and return. (sunset 7:50pm)

2. Tuesday, May 23 meet at the Wethersfield Cove at 6:00pm. We’ll paddle across the cove to explore Folly Brook, view the Eleanor Buck Wolf parcel from the water. From there we’ll skirt the North side of the cove, and then paddle out to the river. Wethersfield "East," the triangle of Wethersfield lies directly east of the Cove entrance, marooned by the meandering course of the river, south of East Hartford, North of Glastonbury. Continuing upstream, we’ll pass United Aircraft Wilgoos Test Facility, where jet engines were tested. Just north of Wilgoos is the site of a former tank farm, that will soon become the Goodwin College campus. Depending on our stamina and time, we’ll continue upstream to the Trinity College Boat House on the east bank and the trash to energy plant on the west before floating back downstream. (sunset 8:06pm)

3. Tuesday, May 30 meet at Rocky Hill Ferry Landing at
6:00pm. Rendezvous at the Ferry Landing Boat Launch at 6:00pm. Paddle upstream, passing the old coal dock protected by the Walker Parcel easement (G-3), passing the fishermen at the mouth of Roaring Brook, passing the mouth of Meadow Drain, with the ultimate goal of marker #122, opposite the Wethersfield/Rocky Hill border. Drift downstream, exploring the Meadow Drain and Roaring Brook "estuaries," returning to Ferry Landing as the last rays of the sun disappear behind the "rocky hill." (sunset 8:18pm)


Join the GMCT and the CT Audubon Society at Glastonbury for

Winter Nature Walks

in the Great Meadows of the Connecticut River

 This year GMCT is joining with CT Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury. Follow this link to download the Center at Glastonbury's Seasonal Program Guide

 
NATURE WALK IN THE CT RIVER FLOOD PLAIN #1
Rescheduled for Saturday, Feb 25, at 10 am!!!
Glastonbury Parcels
Sat., Jan. 14, 10 a.m.-noon Join Larry Lunden, Land Management Chair of the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, to inspect the Glastonbury Meadows parcels. Carpool from the CAS Center at Glastonbury. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Conditions may revise or cancel. Call CAS Center at Glastonbury for up-to-date information at 633-8402. Walk is co-sponsored by CAS/G and GMCT. Free.


 
.........Strolly along Folly Brook in the Wolf Parcel

NATURE WALK IN THE CT RIVER FLOOD PLAIN #2
E. B. Wolf Parcel--Wethersfield

Sun., Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m.
The weather looks great for Sunday- sunny and 44°F!

Note: Due to high water - we'll look out on the Wolf parcel - kayaking anyone? - and talk about our habitat restoration project. Then we'll lead the longer walkers up Hartford Avenue, past the monument to "Pennywise," under Route 15, over the Folly Brook culvert, and scamble up on the Hartford dyke. From that vantage point, we can view the inundated Folly Brook Preserve on one side, and the MDC plant and airport on the other - where nature meets civilization! During the high water will be a good time to ponder the wisdom of the planned renovation of the dyke after 10 years of neglect and the MDC plan to end CSO forever - coming to a referendum near you in November!

For information and a map of the Eleanor Buck Wolf Parcel

Sun., Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m. Join Jim Woodworth, President of the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, as we inspect the Eleanor B. Wolf parcel in Wethersfield. Meet on Hartford Avenue opposite Jordon Lane. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Conditions may revise or cancel. Call CAS Center at Glastonbury for up-to-date information at 633-8402. Walk is co-sponsored by CAS/G and GMCT. Free.

 

NATURE WALK IN THE CT RIVER FLOOD PLAIN #3
Hockanum Meadows--East Hartford
Sat., Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Join Jim Woodworth, President of Great Meadows Conservation Trust, as we inspect the Hockanum Meadows parcels in East Hartford. Meet at Hockanum Park on High Street. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Conditions may revise or cancel. Call CAS Center at Glastonbury for up to date information at 633-8402. Walk is co-sponsored by CAS/C and GMCT. Free.  


............Otters at play along the brook


NATURE WALK IN THE CT RIVER FLOOD PLAIN #4
Methodist Church Parcel–Rocky Hill
Rescheduled for Sunday, March 5, at 2pm!!!


Sun., Feb. 5, 2-3 p.m. Join Larry Lunden, Land Management Chair of the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, as we inspect the Methodist Church parcel in Rocky Hill. Meet at Ferry Park next to the ferry landing on Route 160. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Conditions may revise or cancel. Call CAS Center at Glastonbury for up-to-date information at 633-8402. Walk is co-sponsored by CAS/C and GMCT. Free.  

NATURE WALK IN THE CT RIVER FLOOD PLAIN #5
Wood Parcel--Wethersfield
Sat., Feb. 11, 10-11 a.m. Join Jim Woodworth, President of the Great Meadows Conservation Trust, at the Wood Parcel in Wethersfield. Meet on Middletown Ave. south of Maple St. Dress for the weather and ground conditions. Conditions may revise or cancel. Call CAS Center at Glastonbury for up-to- date information at 633- 8402. Walk is co-sponsored by CAS/C and GMCT. Free.  



Great Meadows Bike Ride to Ferry 350th Celebration
Saturday, June 11, 8:30 am (9am-10am)

Join the Great Meadows Conservation Trust on a guided bike ride from the Keeney Center at 200 Main Street in Old Wethersfield through the Great Meadows to the Ferry Landing in Rocky Hill where bicyclists can join the Ferry 350th Celebration and ride the Ferry across the River to Glastonbury. Riders should plan to meet at the Keeney Center Parking lot at 8:30 am, where maps will be handed out. The group will depart at 9 am for a leisurely ride along town dirt roads through the meadows to arrive at 10:00 am for the start of festivities at the Ferry Landing. The ride will link the historic homes in Wethersfield’s Historic District (the state’s largest historic district) with the Glastonbury – Rocky Hill Ferry Historic District…with a morning ride through the ancient fields, marshes, and forests of the Great Meadows of Wethersfield and Rocky Hill.

Map and Directions
(Click Map to see Large Map)

Bike Route from Keeney Center through Great Meadows
to Rocky Hill Ferry Landing

1. Depart Keeney Center take left on Main Street to Garden Street .1 mile
2. Turn left on Garden Street .2 mile
3. Turn left on Broad Street .3 mile
View Broad Street Green … Great Elm
Pass Anderson Farms on left…Corn and vegetables grown in Meadows
4. Turn right on Marsh Street .6 mile
5. Follow Marsh Street around corner…Turn right on Great Meadow Road .9 mile
6. Pass under I 91 … watch for cars! Turn right at T
…continue on Great Meadow Road 1.0 mile
7. Follow Great Meadow Road past Putnam Park, under Putnam Bridge
Note: former site of Wethersfield Town Dump
former site of Comstock, Ferre, & Co. tomato seed washing facility
Bear right toward gate, turn left through gate into Great Meadows 1.4 miles
8. Follow Great Meadow Road…bear left at corner…note gate at “First Lane”
Note: forested excavation site on right, lower field on left,
followed by bean field on right, turf on left.
9. Turn right on “Second Lane” at end of bean field 1.8 miles
Great Meadow Road continues straight toward “Wright’s Island”…now known
as Crow Point., still owned by White Oaks Const. … excavated fill for bridge
approach and I 91. 60 acre Comstock, Ferre farm on left…now Beaver Pond….
Anderson Farms corn on right; Hale’s Creek on left…. 2.0 miles
Farm road on right meets end of “First Lane” … wooded lot is Trust parcel,
with the Wolcott #1 parcel in “upper Swamp” 2.2 miles
10. Agricultural Drainage Ditch; junction with Elm Street on right
Meadow Road becomes Elm Street Extension 2.6 miles
Note views of Glastonbury, south side of Crow Point (the “island”)
from Old Wethersfield sewer overflow outfall….
11. Note beginning of turf field on right 2.8 miles
Jersey barrier…indicates cutting edge of river on
Wolcott parcel #3 (“The Nook”) and #2 in the “Lower Swamp” 3.1 miles
Wooded area Crilly parcel; note kestrel box and wood duck box
End of turf field…Jersey barriers 3.3 miles
“C Lane” Trust’s United Aircraft “Pole Lot” 3.4 miles
12. Turn right at gate to turf field (don’t go through gate) 3.8 miles
Elm Street Extension becomes Great Meadow Road, Rocky Hill
Note: Indian burial sites, living areas found on left.
13. Continue straight at junction with “Meadow Road” from
Golf Brook Lane joining right 4.0 miles
Note CT River Motocross Park up road on right….
14. Farm Road enters from left, bean fields; wooded area on right 4.2 miles
15. Turn right at gate (straight ahead goes to “sands” RH Game Club area) 4.6 miles
Turn left…follow “jog” to left (“C” Lane joins from right) 4.9 miles
Bear left… (“B” Lane joins from right) 5.2 miles
Cross Goff Brook bridge 5.4 miles
16. Exit Great Meadows through gate to Ferry Park 5.6 miles
17. Board Ferry for Glastonbury! 5.8 miles



Tuesday Evenings on the River with the GMCT
Led by Jim Woodworth
For further details call
Jim Woodworth (529-0997)

Meet at 6:00 pm. Bring your own canoe or kayak, paddles, PDF. Plans are subject to change or cancellation due to weather or river conditions.

1. Tuesday, May 3 Keeney Cove. Meet at the Point Road causeway (off Naubuc Avenue, just south of Glastonbury Avenue) at 6:00pm. Alternate A (less strenuous): Launch north of the Point Road causeway, paddle under Route 3 to explore the abandoned river bed, observe observe great blue heron and spawning alewives, check out the Dickau parcel (G-13) south of Route 3 and the Dickau (G-10) and Bidwel (G-4) parcels on the west bank of Keeney Cove north of Route 3. Alternate B: Launch on the south side of the Point Road causeway, paddle out by the beaver lodge to the CT River, south to Crow Point Cove inlet, explore Crow Point Cove, and return. The Preissner Parcel (G-6) is slightly downstream of the Crow Point Inlet. (sunset 7:50pm)

2. Tuesday, May 17 meet at the Wethersfield Cove at 6:00pm. We’ll paddle across the cove to explore Folly Brook, view the Eleanor Buck Wolf parcel (W-9) from the water. From there we’ll skirt the North side of the cove, and then paddle out to the river. Wethersfield "East," the triangle of Wethersfield lies directly east of the Cove entrance, marooned by the meandering course of the river, south of East Hartford, North of Glastonbury. We will pass Trust parcels Wilson-Carvalho (W-5) and Lot 14 Hockanum Meadow (W-14), both narrow lots that stretch inland from the river. Continuing upstream, we’ll pass United Aircraft Wilgoos Test Facility, where jet engines were tested. Just north of Wilgoos is the former tank farm, that will soon become the Goodwin College campus. Depending on our stamina and time, we’ll continue upstream past the Trinity College Boat House on the east bank and the trash to energy plant on the west before floating back downstream. (sunset 8:06pm)

3. Tuesday, May 31 meet at Rocky Hill Ferry Landing at 6:00pm. Rendezvous at the Ferry Landing Boat Launch at 6:00pm. Paddle upstream, passing the old coal dock protected by the Walker Parcel easement (G-3), passing the fishermen at the mouth of Roaring Brook, passing the mouth of Meadow Drain, marker #120, the Austin Parcel (G-2), with the ultimate goal of marker #122, located on the Matava parcel (G-14), opposite the Wethersfield/Rocky Hill border. Drift downstream, exploring the Roaring Brook "estuary," returning to Ferry Landing as the last rays of the sun disappear behind the "rocky hill." (sunset 8:18pm)

 

 

Members of the Public are Invited to
join the GMCT for a free speaker:
Date:   Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Time: 8:00 PM

Program:  "How can local and regional land conservation priorities be successfully integrated in the Great Meadows Speaker: Clem Clay, Connecticut River Program Director, Trust for Public Lands

Place: United Methodist Church Parish Hall, 
626 Old Main St, Rocky Hill at corner of
Church & Old Main Streets. Parking is off Church Street.

Mr. Clay is a graduate of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he completed a master’s degree in May of 2004. He completed coursework for a Professional MBA at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, this fall, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in soil science from the University of California, Berkeley. He has farmed, managed farmers markets, and consulted on sustainable agriculture and farm policy topics, and also has experience in database management and nonprofit organization management. A Vermont native and resident of Amherst, MA, since 2001, Clay says, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work to protect all that is special about the Connecticut River and its watershed. I feel fortunate to have the support of funders and the strength of a high-performance national conservation organization behind me, and I look forward to partnering with those who have worked for years to make the watershed one of New England’s crown jewels.” Mr. Clay will work from an office space provided by American Farmland Trust’s New England office in Northampton, MA.

 

To learn more about the Trust for Public Lands Connecticut River Program go to the TPL website: http://www.tpl.org/tier3_cd.cfm?content_item_id=18118&folder_id=209

 

 

Great Meadows Conservation Trust
P.O. Box 171
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Send inquiries to:
info@gmct.org

   

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