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 Oct. 9th at 7:30  pm
"Connecticut's State Forests- Many People, Many Uses".

A presentation by Jerry Milne,  CT DEEP - Division of Forestry. Jerry will discuss how and why Connecticut’s State Forests are managed for a variety of uses including sawtimber, firewood, wildlife habitat, and recreational uses. He will also talk about the threats to our State Forests including invasive species, illegal activities and reductions in staffing.  

At DEEP since 1981, Jerry Milne is based at the American Legion State Forest in Pleasant Valley. He and two additional foresters manage over 60,000 acres of State Forests in western Connecticut.

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.

Farmington River hike: Saturday October 4th 10 AM

Let’s enjoy an easy hike amid 137 acres along the Farmington River, with three ponds, lush open meadows and marshlands at Nod Brook Wildlife Management Area, Simsbury/Avon line, off Rte. 10.

Meet Saturday 10/4/14 10am at Nod Brook, located behind Tower Business Park (Rte. 10/202, 86 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury).  Look for red stone wall on the road, just south of the Agway store and north of Old Meadows Plains Road.  Proceed to right rear of parking lot ahead, NOT to right down a sandy DEEP road, so we can first access the open meadows below via a metal gate at back of office park.

All hikers including children 10 years and older are welcome as long as they can tolerate our dogs running about.  Please, no cell phone use or smoking on the trail.  Friendly dogs welcome but messes must be cleaned up.  Bring lunch to enjoy in shade by river.

RSVP yes only via email this email address by Friday 10/3/14.  If you change your mind, please tell me so I can hike nearer home instead.  RAIN CANCELS. 

Hope to see you on the trail!  Take care, Renee

Kayaking Bluff Point, Groton, CT Sunday October 5th, 10am.
Meet at 10am at the state boat launch at 44 Depot Road, Groton.  No fee to put in and free parking.

We’ll paddle near 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.

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.  You can bring lunch and/or we can hit the town for a meal afterwards.  Safety vests must be worn at all times.  Please no cell phone use or smoking on the water.

Please RSVP email yes only this email address by 10/3, leaving cell phone good that morning, in case weather or winds require site change or canceling outing.

Take care, Renee

Hiking Bolton Notch Pond, Sunday October 19th 10 AM

Let’s wander the rail to trail at Bolton Notch Pond Sunday, October 19th. We meet 10:00am 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.

If at least one other person RSVP's yes only by Friday, October 17th, I won't hike closer to home instead.  

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.  Friendly dogs are welcome to run as we walk but must be leashed as others approach us.  Messes on the trail must be removed.

All hikers, adults and children over 10 years old, 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!