May Member Program
Sunday, May 17th
Hampton Day with Goodwin and Teale: A Day of Learning and Exploring
10:00 a.m. – noon Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
CT Audubon at Trail Wood – Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary
Hampton was home to both James Goodwin and Edwin Way Teale, two important figures in our understanding of nature and the environment. Join us as we travel to Hampton to visit their homes and tour their beautiful properties that are open to the public. Along the way we’ll enjoy a great day in The Last Green Valley as we learn and experience the natural world of Goodwin and Teale. This is a two part program and you can participate in either the morning or afternoon programs or both and make it a full day in Hampton.
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center
Join us as Naturalist Emma Lorusso leads a forest walk to Governor’s Island on Pine Acres Pond. Along the way Emma will describe the history of the Goodwin State Forest and Conservation Center, the woods around the property as well as a recently created early succession forest habitat. The hike to Governor’s Island on Pine Acres Pond is approximately three miles round trip.
12:00 Noon – 1:15 Lunch
Bring a picnic lunch, or purchase one at the Hampton General Store and we’ll enjoy an outdoor lunch together either at the Goodwin Forest Conservation Center, or at Trail Wood (we’ll decide that day).
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT Audubon at Trail Wood – Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary
Join us as we enjoy a hike and tour at Edwin and Nellie Teale’s Trail Wood. We’ll hike to the beaver pond and get a tour of Teale’s writing cabin and house study.
RSVP for this program is required and guests are welcome. Please contact Bill Reid at 860-774-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot for this special day.
Please note that there is no charge for both tours and programs, however, donations to the Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center and the CT Audubon at Trail Wood are always appreciated.
Ranger Marcy’s Acorn Adventure:
Pond & Field Discoveries at the Quinebaug Valley State Trout Hatchery
Sunday, May 17th, 1-3 p.m.
Quinebaug Valley State Trout Hatchery
141 Trout Hatchery Rd., Central Village, CT 06250 (Parking in lot at Hatchery)
We’ll take a self-guided tour to learn how the fish are hatched and grow here. Then we’ll take a flat and easy stroll on the trail and along ponds and fields. The property is 2,000 acres, so we will feel like we have the world to ourselves! Leashed dogs welcomed, but please pick up after your dogs.
Grownups: Bring a camera and/or binoculars.
Kids: Bring your pole! There is an onsite children’s fishing pond stocked with fish. This may be where you catch your first trout!
Sponsored by Putnam Bank!
TLGV Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 13
Camp Nahaco, Eastford/Woodstock, CT
2 – 5 pm: Optional Activities – Enjoy the Camp
The camp will be available to TLGV Members and guests to enjoy hikes and paddles led by TLGV staff and volunteer Rangers. Arrive any time after 2 pm and enjoy beautiful Crystal Pond and the camp facilities. You can swim (no lifeguard), take a 3 pm nature hike led by TLGV Member and Volunteer Ranger Steve Broderick, or a 3 pm paddle led by Chief Ranger Bill Reid. If you want to paddle you need your own boat, paddle and life preserver.
Camp Nahaco includes 134 acres of primarily forested property and straddles the Eastford/Woodstock town line. The property has 2,500 feet of frontage on Crystal Pond and abuts approximately 300 acres of privately owned, permanently protected open space. It contains a 2.5 acre trout pond, approximately 0.5 miles of Hall’s Brook, and has excellent recreational trails, several cabins and an enclosed Pavilion Building where the TLGV Annual Meeting will be held.
5 – 5:30 pm: Annual Meeting Reception
The Annual Meeting begins with a social reception (beer and wine cash bar) in the Camp Nahaco Pavilion Building.
5:30 – 6 pm: Annual Membership Meeting
Annual Meeting of the Members of The Last Green Valley, Inc., including reports, awards, a vote on proposed bylaw amendments (mailed to each member; please call the TLGV office if you would like an additional copy), and the election of Directors and Officers.
6 – 7 pm: BBQ Dinner – $25 per person
Relish a traditional hamburger and hot dog cook out (veggie burger option available) with salads, desserts, and non-alcoholic drinks. Catered by the Vanilla Bean from Pomfret, CT. Beer and wine cash bar also available.
7 – 7:45 pm: Horizon Wings Raptor Program
Enjoy an informative presentation by Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation Facility of Ashford, CT. Horizon Wings will bring several raptor birds with them for the program including their bald eagle Atka.
Directions (GPS does not work well to find this camp) and Parking:
Camp Nahaco is located on the Woodstock/ Eastford border. Follow Route 198 to center of Eastford. Take Westford Road west and go past the Town Hall and the cemetery. Turn right onto Weeks Road, then in about a mile, turn left at Camp Nahaco gate.
There is plenty of parking at the camp facility, though only room for about 20 cars near the Pavilion building. Follow the signs to the Pavilion and waterfront area to drop off any guests and return to the upper parking lot and field to park. It is a short walk back down to the Pavilion area. Those with limited mobility may park at the Pavilion building.
10th Annual Tastes of the Valley
Sunday, September 13
4:00 – 7:00 pm
The Mansion at Bald Hill
29 Plaine Hill Rd.
The 10th Annual Tastes of the Valley feast and fundraiser will be held on Sunday, September 13, in the new Event Center and Banquet Facility at The Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock, CT.
Restaurants, farms, beverage providers and area businesses are currently being contacted about joining us at our TLGV premier event. So far we have The Vanilla Bean, Oliver Wight Tavern, Taylor Brooke Winery, and The Farmers Cow attending. Several other well-known businesses have inquired and are checking their availability, so stay tuned for our up-to-date listings.
Don’t forget about our live and silent auction items. We have received gift certificates to local businesses, tickets to museums, shows and other area attractions. Many more interesting and exciting items are in the works.
Tickets are $65 per person and may be Purchased online or by calling our office at 860 774-3300.
Information Ambasssadors Needed!
Are you interested in spreading the word about The Last Green Valley? We are still looking for a few people that would be interested in delivering Explore! and other materials to our TLGV information kiosk locations throughout The Last Green Valley. For more information, please contact Marcy or call our office at 860 774-3300.
Water Quality Monitoring
How clean is the water in The Last Green Valley? You can help us find out! Join TLGV’s Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program and make a difference. We have a wide variety of programs and opportunities, so whether you’re able to monitor once a week or once a year, we can find the best fit for your interests and schedule. Visit our Water Quality Monitoring webpage for more information, or contact Jean Pillo at 860 928-4948, ext. 605.
The Last Green Valley
PO Box 29, 203B Main Street
Danielson, CT 06239