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.
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In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act , we will be screening Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2011, 73 min.) an Emmy award winning documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948).
Aldo Leopold is considered the most important conservationist of the 20th century because his ideas are so relevant to the environmental issues of our time. He is the father of the national wilderness system, wildlife management and the science of ecological restoration. His classic book A Sand County Almanac still inspires us to see the natural world as a community to which we belong.
Doors open at 7:00 for
refreshments and letter signing.
End your work week with a leisurely bicycle outing. If you like to move slowly, chat with friends and see what’s around you, this is the bike outing for you.
WHEN: Every Friday evening at 5:30 pm in Manchester, CT. This weekly series begins July 11 and continues through the summer.
WHERE: At the Manchester trailhead of the Hop River State Park Trail. The parking lot is off of Colonial Road, just east of the intersection of Colonial Road and Parker Street (adjacent to the AAMCO transmission shop). You can use 184 Colonial Rd, Manchester, CT 06042 for a GPS address. Grades are gentle on this hard-packed dirt trail, a former railroad line. We will bike out an hour and then return to the parking lot. For information about the trail, go to http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&Q=493304&deepNav_GID=1650
Bicycle helmets are mandatory on Sierra Club bike outings. You will be required to sign a Sierra Club waiver at the trailhead. Go to http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/ if you want to read it beforehand.You must register with Trip Leader Ron Haines please email me here If unable to email, call 561 315-0528. Meet at the brown Honda Odyssey.
Greater Hartford Sierra Club Kayaking Great Island Wildlife Area, Old Lyme, CT, Saturday, 8/30/14 10am.
Free event open to club members and
the public. Please RSVP email yes only by 8/29 or to be placed on an email
kayak list for future outings. You can email me at this email address
We will explore the secluded back channels, side rivers, and coves that parallel the lower Connecticut River near the mouth on the east side, winding through 10-foot-tall marsh reeds in one of CT’s largest brackish tidal marshes and a barrier beach that teem with birdlife especially at this premigration feeding period. You can access a guide to this area at: http://www.crerpa.org/RiverandSound/oldlymetrail.pdf
Directions: From the East: Take I-95 South to Exit 70. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Lyme Street and proceed .8 miles. Next, turn right onto Ferry Road, and continue 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Route 156/Shore Road and proceed 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Smith Neck Road and follow .7 miles (to its end).
Bring lunch to enjoy in boat and/or we can hit the town for supper. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use on the water. Rain cancels.
Please provide cell phone for last
minute contact if weather or winds require postponing or changing site. Take
Meet 5pm Monday, September 1st, at Lower Bolton Pond state boat launch, 1043 Boston Turnpike, Rte. 44 in Bolton, CT. 175 acre quiet lake good for a couple hours relaxed paddling. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use on the water. Rain cancels.
RSVP yes only by Sunday 8/31 by email or to be placed on my kayak email list for future events. Please feel free to forward this notice to friends who may be interested. You can email me at this email address
Take care, Renee
Sierra Club Hiking Saturday September 6th,
So I know even one other person is coming and don't run my dogs elsewhere that morning, please RSVP yes only by Friday, September 5th. If you change your mind, please let me know in case you were the only one coming. I’ll go elsewhere closer to home then. You can email me at this email address
Directions: Rte. I-84 E to Rte. 384 E, exit 5, Rte. 85. End of ramp turn left. Go up and down hill to a light. That is Rte. 6. Turn left. Restaurant c. 1.5 miles ahead on left. I wait no more than ten minutes for latecomers and then we are off!
Friendly dogs are welcome to run as we walk but they must be leashed if others approach us. Messes on the trail must be removed.
All hikers, adults and children over 10 years of age, and with or without dogs are welcome at this free drop in event as long as they refrain from cell phone use and smoking and can tolerate our dogs running about them.
RAIN CANCELS. Hope to see you on the trail! Take care, Renee
Kayaking Bluff Point, Groton, CT Sunday September 7th, 10am.
Meet at 10am at the state boat launch at 44 Depot Road, Groton. No fee to launch and free parking. We’ll paddle in the vicinity of this 800-acre peninsula that includes the state park, a coastal reserve and natural preserve surrounded by Mumford Cove to the east, Fishers Island Sound to the south and the Poquonnock River to the west. The shallow and protected open water is excellent for kayaking.
We’ll travel down the river then behind a large sandy peninsula with a 50’ portage if we wish to enjoy the beach and launch after from there to explore a couple harbor islands before returning to the original launch site. You can rent a kayak at EMS Stores, in Waterford Avon and Manchester as well as Black Hall River marina in Old Lyme among other sites found by Googling “kayak rentals CT.” Reserving ahead of time recommended.
Directions: Rte. 95 along the shore to Route 1, south on Depot Road, go under train trestle at the end. Launch is at the end of the road to the west of the park entrance. /or we can hit the town for supper. Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use on the water.Please RSVP email yes only to this email address by 9/6 or to be placed on Renee’s email kayak list for outings through October including weekday night paddling.
Kayaking Mansfield Hollow, Mansfield, CT Saturday September 20th, 10am.
Meet at 10am at the state boat
launch on Bassett Bridge Road, Mansfield, CT. No fee to launch and free
parking. Let’s paddle this 460 acre reservoir created by the damning of the
Natchaug River. Great diversity of scenery and birds. Map of trip
available at: http://www.bostonkayaker.com/cgi-bin/bkonekpage.cgi?pagekey=mansfieldhollow
Safety vests must be worn at all times. Please no cell phone use on the water. Rain cancels. Please provide cell phone in case weather or wind requires site change or postponing.
Please RSVP email yes only to this email address by 9/19 or to be placed on Renee’s email kayak list for outings through October including weekday night paddling.
Take care, Renee