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      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.

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      Sierra Club-Greater Hartford Group
      Westmoor Park

      119 Flagg Rd., West Hartford
      Thursday  Sept. 11th at 7:30  pm

      Sept. Meeting and Film Presentation

      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.
      A small donation is requested.
      Questions: Rich Stanley at 860-816-1705
      You can email Rich here.


      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 

      Bicycle helmets are mandatory on Sierra Club bike outings.  You will be required to sign a Sierra Club waiver at the trailhead.   Go to 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

      Meet at the Great Island state Boat Launch, Smith Neck Road, Old Lyme at noon.

      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: 

      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 care,  Renee
      Sierra Club Lake
      Kayaking Monday 9/1 5pm Bolton Lower Pond

      Greater Hartford Sierra Club Lake Kayaking. Free event is open to club members and the general public as well. 

      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, 10 AM
      Let’s wander the rail to trail at Bolton Notch Pond.  Let's meet at the Shady Glen restaurant, 840 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, on Rte. 6 on the Manchester / Bolton line.  We can have a long or short hike there by simply turning around or not.    

      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:

      We’ll go through a small culvert on the right that leads to the other half of the reservoir. This place is bigger than it looks and includes the dam and a river to investigate. After we paddled that side, we’ll come back through the culvert and may head out to the other side of the lake with two inlet rivers at the far end.

      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