Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter - Greater Hartford Group

Monthly Meetings:

Meetings are held at Westmoor Park on the second Thursday of the month.  There are no meetings in July and August.  All meetings and outings are open to members and the general public.  New members are especially welcome.  Refreshments are served but please bring your own coffee mug.

View Larger Map_

Sierra Club Greater Hartford Group
October Meeting and Presentation
Westmoor Park, 119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
Thursday Nov. 12th at 7:30 PM

Eileen Fielding Exec Dir of Farmington River Watershed Association.  She will present a combined program on the history of the river and its current cleanliness status plus any legal / cleanup efforts this year.
FRWA is a citizen-based, non-profit 501(c)3 organization.  It was founded by concerned local residents in 1953 to address the critical water quality problems of that era.  Today, FRWA still leads in addressing Farmington River issues such as water quality, water allocation, habitat restoration, recreation, open space, and wetland and floodplain protection.  We work with federal, state and local governments, business and industry, and with people in the watershed’s 33 communities to protect the river and its surrounding landscape.

Eileen Fielding, Executive Director – Ms. Fielding came to FRWA in 2008 from her position as Executive Director of the Hoosic River Watershed Association in Williamstown, MA.  She holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of Connecticut, where she studied the impacts of population crashes on the ecology and genetics of freshwater fishes.  She has taught conservation, ecology, watershed management, and other subjects at several colleges including Trinity College, St. Joseph College, Wesleyan University, and the University of Chicago.  In addition, she has many years of experience in managing and leading environmental organizations, including positions at CT Audubon, the Eastern CT Conservation District, and the Science Center of Connecticut.


Free outings open to club members and the public. RSVP yes only here providing cell phone should weather require a change. Please, no cell phone use or smoking on these outings.  Safety vests required when kayaking.

Updates soon!
Hike Penwood State Park, Saturday 10/31 10am (Simsbury, CT)

Meet at the parking lot just off the Rte. 185 park entrance. Please RSVP yes only by 10/30 to  If you say YES and change your mind, please let me know so I can hike nearer home instead. You can mapquest/GPS Stafford Street and Hartford Road intersection in Simsbury, CT for a site close to park entrance.

Directions: Rte. 91 to exit 35B, Rte. 218 west. Take 218 until you reach Rte. 189 north in Bloomfield.  Turn right onto Rte. 189 and continue north to Rte. 178.  Turn left onto 178 proceed to end where it intersects with Rte. 185.  Turn right onto Rte. 185.  Ahead about a mile on the right is park entrance.

Friendly dogs are welcome but must be leashed as others approach.  Messes on the trail must be removed.  All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, with or without dogs are welcome as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs.


Join the Sierra Club for a 3.5 mile hike at historic Mine Mill in Roxbury, CT.
November 15, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Moderate difficulty over hilly terrain at a fast pace.   Time will be given at the end to explore the historic site. Mine Hill is home to remnants of a 19th century iron-making complex on the National Register of Historic Places, in a setting of breathtaking natural beauty on a nature preserve.  View restored blast furnace and roasting ovens, granite quarry, mine shafts (now home to bats), donkey paths, and farm fields along the Shepaug River.

Free. Non-members welcome.  No dogs.  Bring sturdy hiking shoes, lunch, snacks and water. Steady rain cancels. Meet at Roxbury Town Hall parking lot, 29 North St. Roxbury, CT for shuttling to trailhead.  Questions/carpooling: Email Amanda here.
Facebook event at
All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to sign a standard liability waiver. If you would like to read the Liability Waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, please contact the hike leader.