In addition to all the Walktober events being hosted throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, TLGV staff and rangers are hosting the following events. To find a full Walktober guide visit TheLastGreenValley.org.
Quinebaug River Paddle: 1-3 p.m., Oct. 6,Canoe Launch at Holland Pond outlet (also known as Lake Siog), 20 Pond-Bridge Rd., Holland, MA. 860-774-3300. Join Chief Ranger Bill for a scenic 4-mile paddle on the Quinebaug River National Recreation Water Trail. This segment flows through a Watchable Wildlife Area managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has extensive wildlife habitat, good fishing, three picnic landings, very little current and no portages. While this segment is an excellent choice for beginning paddlers, participants should be prepared to face strong winds on the last leg across East Brimfield Lake. Registration is required by calling 860-774-3300 or email Bill@tlgv.org
Rolltober – Trails for the Mobility Impaired: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 9, entrance to the Air Line Trail, Willimantic, CT. Take driveway off Bridge St. toward the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. Everyone deserves time in the peace and tranquility of the natural world. That is why The Last Green Valley’s Trail Assessment Team (HETAP/High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process) has been working hard to inventory objective information about trail conditions (e.g. grade, cross slope, width, obstructions). The information gathered can be used by all trail users, including those with mobility challenges, by providing accurate, objective information about the Air Line Trail from Pomfret to Willimantic. Come take a stroll with us and learn about the information we’re creating to help you determine whether a trail is right for you. You’ll also learn about the next steps for the team while we take in the sights of the Air Line Trail. Registration is encouraged but not required, to Lyann@tlgv.org or 860-774-3300. Rain cancels.
Enjoy the Dark Side of The Last Green Valley: 8 p.m. to Midnight, Oct. 11 and 25, Lebanon Town Green, Lebanon, CT. Join TLGV Rangers Kim and Geoff for a night observing some far distant objects like galaxies, clusters of stars, Red Giants and Nebulae. If you have a telescope – bring it. If you don’t know how to use it come early and we’ll help you get started. Learn how to find the North Star. We’ll talk about – and answer – all kinds of astronomical trivia while we observe. This is a family-friendly event. Please – no lanterns; flashlights should be only red lights. No white lights. For information call 860-886-8599.
25 Years More! Looking Forward in The Last Green Valley: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 24,Pearl L. Crawford Memorial Library, 40 Schofield Ave., Dudley, MA. As we celebrate 25 years of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, join us for a look back at how partnerships have shaped this unique and nationally significant region. Then share your vision of how we can ensure future generations will be able to care for, enjoy and pass on the beautiful landscape, rich history and proud culture of the National Heritage Corridor. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required by contacting Kyle Gregoire at Kyle@tlgv.org or 860-774-3300.
Acorn Adventure – Hug A Tree and Survive: 10 – 11:30 a.m., Oct. 26,James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Before you can truly enjoy the outdoors, you need to learn how to be safe outdoors. First, we will watch a short video and talk about how to find your way and stay safe out in the woods. Then, we’ll go out and put our new skills to work on the trails. For more information call 860-774-3300 or email Fran@tlgv.org
Cherish the Night Sky: 7 – 9 p.m., Oct. 26,Camp Laurel, 175 Clubhouse Rd., Lebanon, CT. Join The Last Green Valley as we turn our gaze to the skies to look at our constellations and how light pollution impacts our night sky viewing. We will show you how to use a light meter and share information about our efforts to reduce light pollution in the National Heritage Corridor and ensure generations to come can still see the stars. You’ll also learn about our new Night Sky Ranger volunteer program and how you can be a part of the effort to Cherish the Night Sky.
25 Years More! Looking Forward in The Last Green Valley: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, TLGV Office,
203B Main St., Danielson, CT. As we celebrate 25 years of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, join us for a look back at how partnerships have shaped this unique and nationally significant region. Then share your vision of how we can ensure future generations will be able to care for, enjoy and pass on the beautiful landscape, rich history and proud culture of the National Heritage Corridor. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required by contacting Kyle Gregoire at Kyle@tlgv.org or 860-774-3300.
Stones, Stones and Stones: 10 a.m. to Noon, Oct. 30,Rt. 44, Eastford, CT. Parking lot just west of Fire Tower Rd. Visit a lone grave of a black Civil War veteran and a cellar hole with a nice front step. Next stop is a very large erratic and moving on you will see a CCC-improved stone well and across the way, the remains of a quarrying operation. Lastly, we will visit the remains of a stone stile, the sole access to a cemetery. Most of this 2-mile walk is on a CCC-improved forest road and will be led at a very slow pace by TLGV Ranger Dick. Call 860-315-9869 for more information.
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor – the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. We help you to care for it, enjoy it and pass it on.