Past Events

Trailblazers Walk – Mt Archer Preserve

Date: Wed April 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Preserve Parking Lot, Mt Archer Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. This week’s hike will explore the White and Yellow Trail in Mt Archer Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator and  Lyme Land Trust board member. The hike is a little more than 2 miles. Meet at the Mt Archer Woods Parking Lot. Everyone is welcome.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

Photo by Wendolyn Hill


Lyme Spring Clean-Sweep

Date: Sat April 1, 2017 thru Sun April 23, 2017
Time: Daylight
Place:

All Lyme Roadways


Contact Email:
Presenter: The Lyme Public Hall and the Town of Lyme

grassy_hill_painting06Clean up litter along the roadways in Lyme.

Free plastic bags are available at E.L. Reynold’s (Jane’s) Store, The Hadlyme Country Market, the Lyme Town Hall, and the Lyme Public Library.

Leave bags by the side of the road for town-wide pick-up.


Lyme Volunteer Open House

Date: Sun April 23, 2017
Time: 12pm to 3pm
Place:

Lyme Firehouse


Contact Email:
Presenter: The Town of Lyme and the Committee of Volunteerism

Register online: http://bit.ly/2nmaASY


Ravine Trail and Selden Preserve Guided by Liz Robinson of The Nature Conservancy

Date: Sun April 9, 2017
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm-THIS IS THE CORRECT TIME
Place:

Meet at the parking lot for Selden Creek Preserve


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Join us on a hike of Selden Creek Preserve and newly blazed trails at the Ravine Trail in Lyme led by Liz Robinson, Eightmile River Watershed Land Steward of the Nature Conservancy. Liz will explain why the Nature Conservancy chose to protect the land, highlighting the importance of the variety of habitats we will visit including the tidal marsh of Selden Creek, a vernal pool, a dramatic ridge with a spectacular overlook onto a beaver meadow, gnarly mountain laurel forests and a mysterious rock jumble with two thrones of stone. The walk is about 2.75 miles. The event is sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust as part of a series of walks in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Land Trust. The Trust and The Nature Conservancy share ownership of the Ravine Trail. The Nature Conservancy owns Selden Creek Preserve.

Reservations are appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org

Meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.
Please leave your dogs at home.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.


Trailblazers- Walk at Ravine Trail-CANCELLED

Date: Wed March 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 am
Place:

Selden preserve Parking Lot, Joshuatown Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Trailblazer walks are on hold until the snow goes away.

Come walk the new trails at The Ravine Trail. The entrance has been moved to a more pedestrian-safe location on Joshuatown Road, across the street from the parking lot. The new section of the red trail combined with the new yellow trail creates a moderately easy loop. A new blue trail off the yellow trail offers a trip to a breathtaking overlook.

The hike will be led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The new section is about 1 mile long. We will have an option to walk longer.

Meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.


Eleventh Annual Land Trusts Amateur Photo Contest Reception

Date: Fri March 10, 2017
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Place:

Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT


Contact Email: photocontest@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

Please join us for a reception to showcase the photos submitted to the contest, which celebrates the scenic beauty of our towns.  The work of all the photographers who entered will be represented in the exhibit. During the reception, the photo contest winners will be announced, and cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. The reception is free. Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening.

Reservations are not required.

The reception is sponsored by the Land Trusts in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, East Haddam, Essex and Salem.

Contest awards are being funded with the generous support of RiverQuest /Connecticut River Expeditions, Lorensen Auto Group, the Oakley Wing Group at Morgan Stanley, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Ballek’s Garden Center, Essex Savings Bank, and Alison Mitchell in honor of her late husband John G. Mitchell.

Photo by Melinda Hill

For more information about the Photo Contest


11th Annual Land Trusts Amateur Photo Contest Deadline

Date: Thu February 9, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm
Place:
Contact Email: photocontest2017@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: Land Trusts of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem and East Haddam.

Pat Duncan HM LandscapesThe deadline for submissions to the Photo Contest has been extended to February 9, 2017

For more information go to Photo Contest News

2017 Entry forms are available by email only: photocontest2017@lymelandtrust.org

Amateur photographers of all ages are invited to share their love of the natural world. Participants, no matter their town of residence, may submit photos that focus on the celebrated and scenic countryside of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem, and East Haddam. It’s easy. Submit matted 8×10 prints of your favorite photos with the completed official Entry Form taped to the back.

Visit the Land Trust’s Photo Contest website to see prior winners at https://landtrustsphotos.shutterfly.com/

photo credit: Pat Duncan Photo Contest winner 2016

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Broadcast of Film about Lyme and Lyme Land Trust on CPTV

Date: Sat January 14, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
Place:

In the comfort of your own home


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Visonaries Documentaries

sam3At long last, the PBS documentary produced by Visionaries on Lyme and the Lyme Land Trust will be broadcast by an estimated 100 PBS Stations nationwide. Each station decides when they broadcast. Some in different parts of the country have already done so. CPTV in Connecticut will broadcast on Saturday January 14, 2017 at 7:00pm. For an article from the Day newspaper

The film is hosted by famed actor Sam Waterston and tells the amazing success story of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and the special relationship it has had with the Town of Lyme. Many familiar faces appear. Probably the most compelling is footage taken during Earth Day celebrations with the students of Lyme Consolidated. For information on the making of the film.

Photo of Sam Waterston provided.


End of Year Hike – Pleasant Valley Overlook

Date: Sat December 31, 2016
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30ish pm
Place:

Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking Lot, Macintosh Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

pleasant-valleyWendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk in Pleasant Valley and Jewett  Preserve. to the overlook in Pleasant Valley. This is the time of year to get a beautiful unobstructed view from the overlook. There is a long gentle incline to get to the overlook.

The entire walk is about 3 miles. We will have a snack break on the overlook. Bring something to drink.

Everyone is welcome.

Rain or snow cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about 1/4  mile on the right.

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org

Photo by Wendolyn Hill


TrailBlazers – Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue December 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme
Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill

Join us for this moderate walk in the woods. There are some rugged sections of trail and a few inclines. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike explore the Hartman Park section of  Lyme Corner Trails led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 3 miles long with an option for short cuts along the way. We walk through diverse habitat and visit remnants of a farming community that existed 150 years ago.

Rain Cancels.

The Hartman Park Entrance is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

 


Volunteer Work Party at The Ravine Trail Preserve

Date: Thu December 8, 2016
Time: 10am -12pm
Place:

Meet at Selden Creek Preserve Parking lot, Joshuatown Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Hartman teamJoin us to work on blazing and clearing a new leg of the Red Trail at The Ravine Trail with Humphrey Tyler and Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along heavy duty gloves and trimmers– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers. Meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30, 2015

 


Trailblazers walk- Pleasant Valley Preserve Red and Blue Trails

Date: Tue December 6, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking Lot, MacIntosh Rd., Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

pleasant-valley2Join us for this moderate walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Pleasant Valley Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Open Space Coordinator and Lyme Land Trust board member . The hike is about 2 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about 1/4  mile on the right.


Volunteer Work Party at The Ravine Trail Preserve

Date: Sat December 3, 2016
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Place:

Meet at Selden Creek Preserve Parking lot, Joshuatown Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Hartman teamJoin us to work on the Red Trail at The Ravine Trail with Humphrey Tyler and Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. We will clear fallen limbs and clear encroaching brush and prepare for an alteration in the trail. Bring along heavy duty gloves and trimmers– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers. Meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30, 2015

 


Trailblazer Walk at Young Preserve

Date: Tue November 29, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Young Preserve Entrance Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

young-preserve_3_092016Join us for a moderately easy walk at the Young Preserve portion of Lyme Corner Trails led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

The Young Preserve Entrance is on the right side of Gungy Road about 0.5 miles north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill

 


Sunday after Thanksgiving Hike – Hartman Park Red Trail

Date: Sun November 27, 2016
Time: 1:00 - 3:30ish pm
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Entrance Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

rocks-by-Wendolyn-Hill2Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk on the Red Trail in Hartman Park. Work off your Thanksgiving overindulgence on this beautiful moderate trail that winds along craggy ridges strewn with boulders. The route will follow a portion of the Goodwin Trail.

The Goodwin Trail, overseen by the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee, is a an extended trail system crossing four towns: East Haddam, Salem, Lyme and East Lyme. In the future, the goal is to connect to other existing trail systems in surrounding towns.  Dr. Richard H. Goodwin (1911-2007) was president of the Nature Conservancy from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1964 to 1966. The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, was started in 1951, and Dr. Goodwin was one of its founders. Since then, it has protected 15 million acres of land in the United States and 102 million acres in 29 other countries.

The entire walk is about 3.5 miles. We will have a snack break on the bald nubble about halfway through. Bring something to drink.

Meet at the of Hartman Park Entrance Parking Lot on Gungy Road in Lyme.

Rain cancels.

Directions: The parking lot is on Gungy Road about 1.5 miles north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org


Trailblazers – Walk at Gillette Castle

Date: Tue November 22, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Gillette Castle, Meet at the Hadlyme boat launch parking lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Trailblazers Pleasant Valley2015

Join us for this moderately easy walk in Lyme and East Haddam, at one of the State’s most popular and beautiful parks. Everyone is welcome. We will walk up to the castle from the Hadlyme boat launch parking lot where we will meet. It is a steady but not too steep climb with beautiful views.

Part of this week’s hike will explore the rail trail at Gillette Castle State Park which follows the path of the narrow gauge train William Gillette once owned. The path has beautiful views of the Connecticut River with wooden trestles and a tunnel. The hike will be led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to end. Turn left onto Rte 82. At Hadlyme Four Corners, continue straight onto Rte 148 for 1.5 miles. Turn right into the parking lot.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


CANCELLED Trailblazers – Walk at Gillette Castle

Date: Tue November 15, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Gillette Castle, Meet at the Hadlyme boat launch parking lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Trailblazers Pleasant Valley2015This walk has been postponed until November 22 due to the weather.

Join us for this moderately easy walk in Lyme and East Haddam, at one of the State’s most popular and beautiful parks. Everyone is welcome. We will walk up to the castle from the Hadlyme boat launch parking lot where we will meet. It is a steady but not too steep climb with beautiful views.

Part of this week’s hike will explore the rail trail at Gillette Castle State Park which follows the path of the narrow gauge train William Gillette once owned. The path has beautiful views of the Connecticut River with wooden trestles and a tunnel. The hike will be led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to end. Turn left onto Rte 82. At Hadlyme Four Corners, continue straight onto Rte 148 for 1.5 miles. Turn right into the parking lot.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazers walk- Overlook at Pleasant Valley Preserve

Date: Tue November 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking Lot, MacIntosh Rd., Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

pleasant-valley2Join us for this moderate walk in the woods. We will be walking up an incline to get to the overlook at Pleasant Valley. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Pleasant Valley Preserve, led by Gary and Carol Weed, Lyme Land Trust volunteers. The hike is a little more than 2.5 miles. This is the time of year to get a beautiful unobstructed view from the overlook at Pleasant Valley.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about 1/4  mile on the right.


Trailblazers walk- Jewett Preserve

Date: Tue November 1, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Jewett Preserve Cemetery Entrance


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

jewettJoin us for this moderate walk in the woods at the Jewett Preserve in Lyme.

This week’s hike will explore the Jewett Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The hike is a about 2.5 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Mt. Archer Road. Travel about 1.25 miles. The Jewett Cemetery Entrance is on the right.


Trailblazers – Walk at Selden Creek Preserve

Date: Tue October 25, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Selden Creek Preserve, Joshuatown Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

SElden Creek PreserveJoin us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. We will walk to an impressive overlook of Selden Creek and marshes with the CT River in the background. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Selden Creek Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long with an option to walk longer. We will meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazers walk- John Lohmann CT River Preserve in Old Lyme

Date: Tue October 18, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Park along the road by 33 Coult Lane, Old Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

03g_pic1_ctriverJoin us for this moderately easy walk. Everyone is welcome. This preserve has dramatic rocky outcrops along Lords Cove in the CT River.

This week’s hike will explore John Lohmann CT River Preserve in Old Lyme led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The walk is about 2 miles. When we arrive at the point, you will want to linger. The preserve affords magnificent views of Lords Cove and the Connecticut River. Bring a snack to enjoy while you take in the view.

Rain cancels.

Directions: From I-95, take Rte 156 north 2.1 miles to Coult Lane. The property is accessed from a trailhead located at 33 Coult Lane. You may park along Coult Lane but out of consideration for the residents, please do not block driveways or park directly across from driveways on the opposite side of the road.


Eightmile RiverFest 2016

Date: Sat October 15, 2016
Time: 1- 4pm
Place:

Devil's Hopyard State Park--Pavilion Area


Contact Email: pyoung@eightmileriver.org
Presenter: Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee

terkkersPlease join us for a free family oriented event sponsored every two years by the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee in celebration of the Eightmile River.

Bluegrass Music- Eight Mile River Band (of course)
Great Food- chowder, chili, apples, cider, kettle corn and other treats.
Great Fun- Wildlife Cartooning, Birds of Prey, Native Reptiles and more family activities.
Great Information-Displays sponsored by local and
state organizations including the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

Rain cancels. Check eightmileriver.org for updates.


Trailblazer Walk- Banningwood Preserve

Date: Tue October 4, 2016
Time: 9:30am
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Rte. 82), Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

banningwoodscouts

This walk is cancelled due to weather.

Join us for a moderately easy walk at Banningwood Preserve on Tuesday, September 27 at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome.

We will explore Banningwood Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The hike is a about 2 miles. Banningwood is a beautiful preserve with meadows, mature forests, cedar groves, and dramatic rock outcroppings. Roaring Brook meanders through it.

Boy Scouts from Troop 26 led by Eagle Candidate Brendan Wright recently built a camp and picnic site which includes a tent platform, two picnic tables with benches, and a fire pit with benches. We will check this out. There are a few rocky areas so don’t forget to bring your walking stick!

Photo by Humphrey Tyler, Eagle Scout project at Banningwood 2016.

Rain cancels.

Directions: The Preserve parking area is less than 1/4 mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners on Town Street (Rte 82). Look for the sign. From Rt. 156 West (going north): At the end of Rte. 156, turn left onto Rte 82. At the flashing red stoplight (Hadlyme Four Corners), turn right to continue on Rte 82W (going north). The parking area is less than 1/4 mile on the right.


CANCELLED-Trailblazer Walk- Banningwood Preserve

Date: Tue September 27, 2016
Time: 9:30am
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Rte. 82), Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

banningwoodscouts

This walk is postponed until October 4 due to rain.

Join us for a moderately easy walk at Banningwood Preserve on Tuesday, September 27 at 9:30 am. Everyone is welcome.

We will explore Banningwood Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The hike is a about 2 miles. Banningwood is a beautiful preserve with meadows, mature forests, cedar groves, and dramatic rock outcroppings. Roaring Brook meanders through it.

Boy Scouts from Troop 26 led by Eagle Candidate Brendan Wright recently built a camp and picnic site which includes a tent platform, two picnic tables with benches, and a fire pit with benches. We will check this out. There are a few rocky areas so don’t forget to bring your walking stick!

Photo by Humphrey Tyler, Eagle Scout project at Banningwood 2016.

Rain cancels.

Directions: The Preserve parking area is less than 1/4 mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners on Town Street (Rte 82). Look for the sign. From Rt. 156 West (going north): At the end of Rte. 156, turn left onto Rte 82. At the flashing red stoplight (Hadlyme Four Corners), turn right to continue on Rte 82W (going north). The parking area is less than 1/4 mile on the right.


Cruise to View Swallow Spectacular-Wait List

Date: Fri September 23, 2016
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Place:

Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: CT River Expeditions and Lyme Land Trust

swallows-close3AdventureEvery autumn an estimated one million swallows come together above an island in the CT River as a part of their migration ritual. This growing mass of birds performs undulating dances before suddenly descending as one to roost just after the sun sets.

Join us on a cruise aboard  Adventure, the new sister ship of the RiverQuest, to view this miraculous display. Commentary about the birds and other wildlife, as well as binoculars (if you don’t have your own), will be provided by CT River Expeditions.

Wine and light refreshments are included.

Preregistration and prepayment required. The cost is $40 per person for Lyme Land Conservation Trust members, $45 for non-members. No children under 10. The boat leaves Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam promptly at 5:00 and returns in about three hours. If the trip is canceled because of inclement weather, refunds will be provided. Check our website if weather is questionable. Tickets are non-refundable after September 20. After that date, if we have a waiting list, we will use our best efforts to find a buyer for your ticket(s) if you need to cancel. No-shows on cruise day are not refundable.

We are very sorry. We are booked to capacity. You can email info@lymelandtrust.org to go on the wait list in case of a cancellation or contact the RiverQuest to see if one of their other cruises has space.



Trailblazer walk – Griswold Point, Old Lyme

Date: Tue September 20, 2016
Time: 8:30am
Place:

Meet at parking lot for White Sands Beach, Old Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

griswold-point-copyJoin us for this easy walk in Old Lyme along the beach of Long Island Sound. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike starts at White Sands Beach as we explore Griswold Point Preserve in Old Lyme, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will walk along the beach at low tide and go as far as we can on Griswold Point. Bring a pair of water shoes in case we need to wade part of the way. It is a wonderful spot for bird-watching. Bring your binoculars and water bottle. We will walk about 2 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: From I-95N Exit 70, follow Rte. 156 south for about 3 miles. Take a right onto Old Shore Road. Go 0.5 miles and turn right onto White Sands Beach Road. Follow straight to the White Sands Beach Parking Lot.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazers walk-Chestnut Hill

Date: Tue September 13, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Chestnut Hill, Sterling Hill Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Trailblazers walk 111114Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Chestnut Hill Preserve and continue on into Nehantic State Forest to view Uncas Lake, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2.5 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Preserve on Sterling Hill Road.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 to Sterling City Road (by Tiffany Farm). Go about 1 mile. Right on Sterling Hill Road. Chestnut Hill entrance is about 0.5 miles on the right. Parking is along the side of the road.

 


Walk and Trail Trim at Young Preserve

Date: Tue September 6, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Young Preserve Entrance Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Hartman teamJoin us for a walk at the Young Preserve portion of Lyme Corner Trails led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. As we walk along we will trim the trail as needed. Bring along heavy duty gloves and light weight trimmers– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers. We will also be on the lookout for invasive plant species and will remove what we are able.

Rain Cancels.

The Young Preserve Entrance is on the right side of Gungy Road about 0.5 miles north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30, 2015

 


Hadlyme Heritage Day: Celebrate! And Optional Guided Walk at Proposed Brockway-Hawthorne Property

Date: Sun September 4, 2016
Time: 10am to 4pm
Place:

Hadlyme Country Market, Hadlyme Four Corners, Lyme


Contact Email: hstyler45@yahoo.com
Presenter:

IMG_6305 (1)Don’terkkerst let the weather forecast scare you. Come join us for fun and celebration. And bring your walking/hiking shoes if you plan to sign up for a guided walk of the proposed preserve.

In its 50th Anniversary year, the Lyme Land Conservation Trust has announced a fund raising drive to protect the Brockway-Hawthorne Property, 82 acres of ecologically key wildlife habitat in Hadlyme which will also extend walking trails in the area. The Hadlyme Country Market is hosting an effort to help raise funds for the Hadlyme Challenge Grant —An anonymous gift offered by a neighbor to match local residents’ donations in order to purchase the Brockway-Hawthorne Property. If everyone chips in towards preserving this property during this time, the money will go twice as far towards reaching our goal.

On Sunday September 4th from 10am-4pm, forty-five minute guided tours will be offered at the Brockway-Hawthorne property every hour on the half hour. Maps and information packets will be at the Hadlyme Country Market along with music and gifts for donors and tour participants. Tickets for a special raffle featuring a framed, numbered and signed Lori Warner print are already being sold at the Country Market with the drawing to be held Sunday at 4pm. PopCentric all natural Ice Pops will be there and a local Banjo artist highlighting the event. iCRVradio.com will be doing a live feed, interviewing members of the Lyme Land Trust members all volunteer board, dignitaries and celebrants. For More Information.

To View a Map of the Proposed Preserve

ContactHumphrey Tyler hstyler45@yahoo.com or (518) 253-4844 OR
Milt Walters, Development Committee Chair Lyme Land Conservation Trust
Milton.Walters@lymelandtrust.org
or (203) 485-6070
To make a pledge or to get a guided walk of the Brockway-Hawthorne property contact Humphrey or Milt.


Trailblazers walk- Patrell and Chapal Preserve

Date: Tue August 30, 2016event image
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Patrell Preserve Parking Lot, Baker's
Lane, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Patrell bridge

Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.The Preserve has about 3000 feet of footage along the Eightmile River and a brand new footbridge over the river!!

This week’s hike will explore Patrell Preserve and Chapal Preserve in Lyme and East Haddam, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will walk about 2 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 about 8 miles north from I-95 in Old Lyme to right on Baker Lane. The parking area is 1/2 mile on the left near 11 Baker’s Lane.


“Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” ~ Paint-Out Exhibition and Sale

Date: Fri July 22, 2016 thru Fri August 26, 2016
Time: Wed - Sun 10am – 5pm, Opening Fri July 22, 5-7pm
Place:

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Bottume,Reeds landing at TownHallThe 4th Annual “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Exhibition, sponsored by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and the Lyme Art Association, will be shown in the Goodman Gallery of the Lyme Art Association. A festive opening reception will be held on July 22, 2016 from 5-7 pm. On exhibit will be landscapes created in June 2016 during the “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Paint-Out. The Paint-Out event continues the plein air tradition established by the early American Impressionists who founded the Lyme Art Colony over a hundred years ago.

Painting: “Reeds Landing” by George F. Bottume c.1850.

The landscapes will highlight the historic and natural beauty of the Hamburg Bridge Historic District, and the the Lyme Preserves that surround it: the Hemlocks and the Czikowsky Preserve.

For the Paint Out Exhibit Prospectus 2016, click here.

This event is a fundraiser for the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, with a portion of each sale donated to the Trust to further its mission to preserve Lyme’s natural beauty for the public benefit.

Opening Reception: Friday, July 22, 5-7 pm
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

 


Trailblazer walk – Lynde Point, Fenwick, Old Saybrook

Date: Tue August 16, 2016
Time: 9:00am
Place:

Lynde Point, Fenwick, Old Saybrook. Park in Fenwick Borough Parking lot on the right after Rte. 154 Causeway.


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Join us for this easy walk in Old Saybrook along the shores of South Cove and Long Island Sound. Everyone is welcome.Lynde point Lighthouse

This week’s hike will explore Lynde Point Land Trust Preserve in Fenwick Borough in Old Saybrook, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. Part of the walk will be along the beach. It is a wonderful spot for birdwatching. Bring your binoculars and water bottle. We will walk about 3 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Take I-95S to Exit 68, Old Saybrook. Follow Rte. 1 into Old Saybrook Center. Turn left on Main Street (Rte. 154). Follow Rte. 154 over the Causeway. On the right, 1/4 mile past the Causeway, enter the second entrance of the parking lot for Fenwick Borough.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Information about Important Bird Area Designation in Lyme

Date: Mon August 15, 2016
Time: 4:00-6:00 pm
Place:

Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road (Rte 156), Lyme CT


Contact Email: pyoung@eightmileriver.org
Presenter: Audubon CT and Eightmile River Wild and Scenic Coordinating Committee

On July 11, 2016, the Lyme Forest Block and the Mouth of the Connecticut River were two of five landscape scale Important Bird Areas (IBA) officially designated in this region. The Important Bird Area program is a global effort to identify the most important places for bird populations and to focus conservation efforts on those sites. Once sites are recognized, Audubon works with landowners to increase local knowledge on the value of these sites to birds.

Any landowner within the boundaries of the IBA are eligible for the benefits of recognizing their properties as part of the IBA, including eligibility of IBA small grants or utilizing IBA status as a way to bolster other grant applications.

For a map and more information: Important Bird Area Designation Event


Programs in the Park

Date: Sat July 16, 2016 thru Sat July 30, 2016
Time: 10-11am July 16, 23 and 30
Place:

Picnic Pavilion Parking Lot, Devil's Hopyard, East Haddam


Contact Email:
Presenter: Eightmile River Watershed Committee

terkkersJuly 16: Live Birds of Prey

July 23: Alien Invaders

July 30: Amphibian Antics

For  more information about the programs: 8Mile Family Programs

 


Walk and Talk – Enhancing your Forest and Field for Wildlife

Date: Sat June 18, 2016
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Place:

A private woodlands in Lyme. Directions to be provided with registration.


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

SaxifragaOn Saturday, June 18 from 2 – 4 pm, join us on a tour of a private woodlands in Lyme that illustrates active management to enhance wildlife habitat. Inspired by attending a Coverts Project weekend – an educational program offered by the UConn Cooperative Extension System – the owner implemented recommended practices for improving the land to benefit a wide variety of wildlife and plant species. Come and see how these management concepts may be applied to your own property. The property manager will accompany us and explain the procedures followed. The walk will be about 2 miles round trip, mostly on logging roads and through meadows, with a few moderate hill climbs in the woods. The event is sponsored by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and the Town of Lyme.

Location and directions to the event will be provided upon acceptance of your reservation. Space is limited. To register, email openspace@townlyme.org with your name and the number of people in your party.

Rain date is Sunday, June 19 from 2-4 pm.

Photo: Saxifraga flower by Wendolyn Hill


Ribbon Cutting for Richard H. Goodwin Trail

Date: Sat June 18, 2016
Time: 9:00-10:00am
Place:

Patrell Preserve, Baker lane, Lyme


Contact Email: pyoung@eightmileriver.org
Presenter:

You are invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting for the Richard H. Goodwin Trail that traverses East Haddam, Lyme, Salem, and East Lyme. To see a map of the Trail, click here.

Rain date: June 12, 2016

Please RSVP by June 15 to Pat Young at 860 345-8700 or pyoung@eightmileriver.org.


Volunteer Work Party at Hartman Park

Date: Tue June 14, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Hartman teamJoin us to work on the Orange Trail at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along heavy duty gloves and trimmers– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers, and rakes.

Rain Cancels.

The Hartman Park entance is on Gungy Road about 1.5 miles north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30

 


TrailBlazers – Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue June 7, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme
Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill

Join us for this moderate walk in the woods. There are some rugged sections of trail and a few inclines. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike explore the Hartman Park section of  Lyme Corner Trails led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 3 miles long with an option for short cuts along the way. We walk through diverse habitat and visit remnants of a farming community that existed 150 years ago.

Rain Cancels.

The Hartman Park Entrance is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

 


Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty ~ Paint-Out at Hamburg Bridge Historic District

Date: Sat June 4, 2016 thru Sun June 5, 2016
Time: sunrise to sunset, registration starts at 9am
Place:

Hamburg Bridge Historic District, Joshuatown and Old Hamburg Roads, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Bottume,Reeds landing at TownHallThe 4th Annual en plein air Paint-Out sponsored by the Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Lyme Art Association continues the tradition established by the early American Impressionists who founded the Lyme Art Colony over a hundred years ago. All plein air artists are invited to join their colleagues for a beautiful Spring weekend of outdoor painting and camaraderie.

For the Paint Out and Exhibit Prospectus 2016, click here.

Inspired by the c.1850 painting of Reeds Landing by George F. Bottume at the Lyme Town Hall, the 2016 Paint-Out will be located in the Old Hamburg Bridge District, once called Reeds Landing, on the banks of the Eightmile River. Painting: “Reeds Landing” by George F. Bottume c.1850.

Rain date: June 11 and 12

Works created during the 2016 Paint-Out are eligible for exhibition and sale during the Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty Exhibition, to be held at the Lyme Art Association from July 22 to August 26.

For information about registration, directions and parking, call the Lyme Art Association at (860) 434-7802 or contact jocelyn@lymeartassociation.org

Directions: Hamburg Bridge Historic District is at the intersection of Old Hamburg Road and Joshuatown Road in Lyme about 5 miles north of Rte I-95 Exit 70. Parking will be off-site on Rte. 156 near the entrance to Old Hamburg Road.

 

 


Volunteer Work Party at Eno/Mt Archer Woods Red Trail

Date: Tue May 31, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Eno/Mt Archer Woods Preserve


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Tools of the tradePlease join us on Thursday, May 31 from 9:30 to 11:30 for a work party at Eno/Mt. Archer Woods Preserve in Lyme to finish trimming along the Red Trail. Bring along your work gloves and light-weight trimmers: weeders, pruners, and/or loppers to cut back weeds, saplings, and branches, that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. It will be mostly walking, with some trimming. We will walk about 2 miles or so.

Meet at the Pickwick’s Preserve Entrance.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Joshuatown Road. Go about 2 miles on Joshuatown Road. Take a right at 183 Joshuatown Road onto the dirt driveway. Travel about 0.4 mile. Parking is on the right in front of the gate.

Rain cancels. Please check here for updates.

Please let me know if you are planning to be there. openspace@townlyme.org

Photos by Wendolyn Hill

 


Czikowsky Hill Preserve – Talk and Walk

Date: Sat May 28, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Czikowsky Hill Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road by the Old Hamburg Bridge.


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Anthony-Irving-walk2015Anthony Irving, Lyme Land Trust board member, Chairman of the 8mile River Wild and Scenic Committee, and well-known ecologist, will lead a talk and walk at the Czikowsky Hill Preserve.

Join us as we explore the many habitats that contribute to a healthy watershed. The Preserve is managed as a nature sanctuary with minimal human interference. The walk is moderately strenuous as there are no trails and we will make our way to the top for a view. What makes this parcel special is the range of habitat types, from river and moist lowlands with their deep sandy soils, to the dry, thin soils and large rock outcroppings on top, with an altitude change of nearly 400 feet.

terkkersThe walk is family friendly for children 10 and older, and will take about 2 hours.

Rain date: Sunday, May 29 at 9:30 am

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Joshuatown Road. You may park along Joshuatown Road between Rte 156 and the bridge.

Registration is appreciated: info@lymelandtrust.org


Hawthorne Preserve Fund

Date: Wed May 25, 2016
Time: ongoing
Place:
Contact Email: hstyler45@yahoo.com
Presenter:

Hawthorn PreserveThe Lyme Land Conservation Trust has announced a fund raising drive to protect 82 acres of ecologically strategic upland forest and swamp wildlife habitat in Hadlyme on the headwaters of Whalebone Cove, one of the freshwater tidal wetlands that comprises the internationally celebrated Connecticut River estuary complex. The new proposed preserve is part of a forested landscape just south of Hadlyme Four Corners and Ferry Road (Rt. 148), and forms a large part of the watershed for Whalebone Creek, a key tributary feeding Whalebone Cove. To read more, click here. For a guided walk on the Lyme Land Trust’s proposed new Hawthorne Preserve, contact Humphrey Tyler at:hstyler45@yahoo.com or 518-253-4844.


Trailblazers – Walk at Selden Creek Preserve

Date: Tue May 24, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Selden Creek Preserve, Joshuatown Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

SElden Creek PreserveJoin us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. We will walk to an impressive overlook of Selden Creek and marshes with the CT River in the background. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Selden Creek Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long with an option to walk longer. We will meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Tour de Lyme sponsors bike collection for Bikes For Kids

Date: Mon May 9, 2016 thru Sat May 21, 2016
Time: Daytime
Place:
Contact Email: Milton.Walters@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Check your garages, basements, or barns for those unused bikes. Bikes for Kids has an immediate demand for 200 bikes for RACE4Chase a triathlon for kids, sponsored by the CMAK Sandy Hook Memorial Foundation, offered through 14 CT YMCAs .

Tour de Lyme, Lyme, CT is sponsoring its third annual used bike collection for Bikes-for-Kids, Old Saybrook, CT. Unused bikes can be donated three ways:

Home Pick-Up:                          Call 860-388-2453

General Public Drop Off:     May 9 to 21, 2016 ● At: Reynolds Subaru, 268 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT 06371

Tour de Lyme Rider Drop Off: May 15, 2016 ● for Tour de Lyme Registered Riders ● At Ashlawn Farm Parking Lot, 78 Bill Hill Road, Lyme, CT 06371

Bikes for Kids  is a CT charity that collects, refurbishes, and distributes refurbished bikes of all sizes to needy families primarily in the inner cities of New London, New Haven, Middletown, and Hartford. All refurbished bikes are delivered with new helmets.

Tour de Lyme  is a charity cycling event organized to help support the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s preservation and stewardship activities of its scenic recreation properties, natural woodlands, wildlife and fish and bird habitats, and its watersheds filtering creates fresh water for individuals.


For additional information contact:
Milt Walters, Lyme Land Conservation Trust, 203-485-6070, Milton.Walters@lymelandtrust.org
Dave Fowler, Bikes for Kids, 860-388-2453, DaveFowler05@gmail.com


Volunteer Work Party at Eno/Mt Archer Woods Red Trail

Date: Thu May 19, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Eno/Mt Archer Woods Preserve


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Tools of the tradePlease join us on Thursday, May 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 for a work party at Eno/Mt. Archer Woods Preserve in Lyme to trim along the Red Trail. Bring along your work gloves and light-weight trimmers: weeders, pruners, and/or loppers to cut back weeds, saplings, and branches, that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. It will be mostly walking, with some trimming. We will walk about 2 miles or so.

Meet at the Eno Preserve Entrance on Mt. Archer Road. You can pull off along the side of the road or park in the Jewett Cemetery Parking Area.

 

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go about 1.5 miles on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The Eno Entrance is on the left by the big sign.

Rain cancels. Please check here for updates.

Please let me know if you are planning to be there. openspace@townlyme.org

Photos by Wendolyn Hill

 


Tour de Lyme 2016

Date: Sun May 15, 2016
Time: starting at 8 am
Place:

Ashlawn Farms, Bill Hill Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Tour-de-Lyme-2015hopPlease join us for the fourth annual Tour de Lyme cycling event with beautifully scenic routes for all ages and levels. We’re looking forward seeing you!

Tour-de-Lyme-2015start

TO REGISTER

For iterkkersnformation about the event, visit the Tour de Lyme webpage. Tour-de-Lyme-logo 1

The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme. The third annual Tour de Lyme on May 17, 2015 was a perfect day. Seven hundred and thirty-five bikers registered for the event. We are hoping to surpass that in this Tour de Lyme.

photos by Angie Falstrom


NEW ENGLAND’S GREAT RIVER & ITS WATERSHED FORESTS

Date: Thu May 12, 2016
Time: 4:30 PM
Place:

Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT


Contact Email: mleslie@ctaudubon.org
Presenter: Dr. Robert Askins, Katharine Blunt professor of biology at Connecticut College

BanningwoodClick here for information about the lecture.

The lecture is free but seating is limited.
Please RSVP (acceptances only) to Madeline Leslie, mleslie@ctaudubon.org or call 203 259-0416 x404.

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust has just launched a fund raising effort to purchase 82 additional acres of forestland on the headwaters of Whalebone Creek, a key tributary feeding Whalebone Cove, one of the freshwater tidal wetlands that makes up the internationally celebrated Connecticut River Estuary system.

The proposed new woodlands wildlife refuge is to be named The Hawthorne Preserve and will protect key links for wildlife corridors that permit migration and breeding between otherwise isolated communities and families of many terrestrial species. 

For a guided walk on the Lyme Land Trust’s proposed new Hawthorne Preserve, contact Humphrey Tyler at: hstyler45@yahoo.com or 518-253-4844

 


Trailblazers – Mt Archer Ruins

Date: Tue May 10, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Preserve Parking Lot, Mt Archer Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Mt Archer RuinsBandA2Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. This April a group of volunteers cleared Japanese barberry, other invasives and debris from the ruins on the White Trail. We will visit the newly cleared site. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the White and Yellow Trail in Mt Archer Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator and  Lyme Land Trust board member. The hike is a little more than 2 miles – about an hour long. Meet at the Mt Archer Woods Parking Lot.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).


Boundary Walk with Parker Lord-Lyme Corner Trails

Date: Sat April 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 -11:59ish am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Stone wallPlease join us for this special walk. History enthusiast Parker Lord will lead us on a tour off-trail to see the ancient boundary markers between Lyme and East Lyme.

Meet at the Hartman Park Entrance Parking Lot at Lyme Corner Trails to carpool to the starting point on Beaver Brook Road. The walk will start off at Beaver Brook Road and end at the Hartman Park Entrance. It will be a little over 3 miles and will take about 3 hours. We will take a short break halfway through. Bring a snack and something to drink.

Meet at the Parking Lot of Hartman Park on Gungy Road in Lyme.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Registration Required: openspace@townlyme.org


Trailblazers walk- Jewett and Pleasant Valley Preserve

Date: Fri April 22, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking Lot, MacIntosh Rd., Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

OverlookJoin us for this moderate walk in the woods. We will be walking up an incline to get to the overlook at Pleasant Valley. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Jewett and Pleasant Valley Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The hike is a little more than 2.5 miles. This is the time of year to get a beautiful unobstructed view from the overlook at Pleasant Valley.

Rain or snow cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about 1/4  mile on the right.


Volunteer Work Party at Mt Archer Woods

Date: Sat April 16, 2016
Time: 9:00-11:00 am
Place:

Mt Archer Woods Preserve


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Tools of the tradeMt Archer RuinsBandA2Please join us on Sunday, April 17 from 9:00 to 11:00 for a work party at Mt. Archer Woods Preserve in Lyme to continue clean-up of the historic ruins area. Bring heavy-duty work gloves to pull and remove barberry and pother invasives from the around the stone walls. Bring loppers and any other tools that you think will be helpful.

The ruins are a little more than a half-mile in on the white trail. There will be refreshments!

Meet at the Main Parking Lot of Mt Archer Woods on Mt Archer Road in Lyme.
Directions from Rte 156:
Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

Please let me know if you are planning to be there. openspace@townlyme.org

Photos by Wendolyn Hill, work party on April 10, 2016

 


Our Annual Meeting: Water Babies by William Burt

Date: Fri April 15, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rte 156) Hamburg, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Water Babies–COVER ©Wm BurtJoin us for our annual meeting and see a wonderful slide show of photos based on William Burts’ new book Water Babies: The Hidden Life of Baby Wetland Birds.

A limited amount of books will be available for purchase at the event to be signed by the author.

The ‘babies’ are the downy young of ducks, grebes, gallinules and shorebirds, herons, and the other birds of wetlands – those that get their feet wet, as it were – and challenging they are, to birder and photographer alike: quick-footed, wary, and well-camouflaged, to say the least; and temporary (you have only a week or two each year in which to find them). But above all else, they are endearing. From the comic-monster herons to the fuzzy ducklings and stick-legged sandpipers, these tots have personality, and spunk. You see it in their faces, every one.”

Everyone is welcome. The evening will begin with casual social time and then a brief  business meeting. Members will be asked to vote for new director nominees. The presentation will follow.

William Burt is a naturalist, writer, and photographer with a passion for wild places and elusive birds – especially marshes, and the shy birds within. His feature stories are seen in Smithsonian, Audubon, National Wildlife, and other magazines, and he is the author of 3 previous books. Burt’s photo exhibitions have showed at some 35 museums across the U.S. and Canada. He lives in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

William Burt has been a judge for the Land Trusts Annual Amateur Photo Contest for ten years.

black-crowned night herons (yng) Stutsman CO ND 2013_MG_8917 ©WmBurtPhoto: Baby Night Crown Herons by William Burt (copyrighted image)


Volunteer Work Party at Mt Archer Woods

Date: Sun April 10, 2016
Time: 9:00-11:59 am
Place:

Mt Archer Woods Preserve


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Tools of the tradePlease join us on Sunday, April 10 from 9:00 to 11:59-ish for a work party at Mt. Archer Woods Preserve in Lyme to clean up the historic ruins area, which has been overrun by invasive barberry and covered by fallen trees and branches. There will be plenty to do!! (So don’t worry that the work will be done before you get there).

We will remove barberry, fallen trees, brush, and debris. Be sure to bring heavy-duty work gloves (barberry has thorns!). We will need loppers to cut thinner branches and saplings, and many people to carry branches and brush away from the site. Parker Lord has already done mowing of barberry in the open areas. If you have a wheelbarrow that can be easily pushed on a trail, bring that. We will meet at the parking lot and then decide which tools to carry in.

The ruins are a little more than a half-mile in on the white trail. Join us for all or part of the time.

There will be refreshments!

Meet at the Main Parking Lot of Mt Archer Woods on Mt Archer Road in Lyme.
Directions from Rte 156:
Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

Please let me know if you are planning to be there. openspace@townlyme.org

Photo by Wendolyn Hill

 


Trailblazers – Walk at the Young Preserve

Date: Fri April 8, 2016
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Philip E. Young Preserve, Gungy Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Young hikeJoin us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the YOUNG PRESERVE, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Young Preserve on Gungy Road. Park by the sign.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to right on Beaver Brook Road; about 1 mile to left on Gungy Road at 4-way stop; about 0.5 mile to park entrance on the right.

photo by Wendolyn Hill, Young Preserve hike 2015


Coyotes – Friend or Foe?

Date: Sun March 20, 2016
Time: 2 PM
Place:

Lyme Public Hall
248 Hamburg Road
Lyme, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Frank Vincente

wilddog-05_02_19-6Since coyotes first extended their range into Connecticut in the 1950s, they have become an established presence in rural and urban areas. Is this intelligent animal unjustly demonized? Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem in helping to control the overpopulation of deer and rodents. Frank Vincenti, of the Wild Dog Foundation, will present a talk about the natural history and habits of this fascinating animal, and address common misconceptions. He will discuss common sense ways to co-exist with coyotes and explain reasons to appreciate wildlife, such as the coyote, that can readily adapt to environments that are inhabited by people.

The program includes beautiful images and factual engaging conversation which will interest adults and children. There is no admission fee.

The Lyme Public Hall is in the Hamburg Center of Lyme on Rte 156, 5 miles north of I-95.

Photo from Wild Dog Foundation webpage.

terkkers


Tenth Annual Land Trusts Amateur Photo Contest Reception

Date: Fri March 11, 2016
Time: 6 to 7:30 pm
Place:

Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT


Contact Email: photocontest@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

Please join us for a reception to showcase the photos submitted to the contest, which celebrates the scenic beauty of our towns.  The work of all the photographers who entered will be represented in the exhibit. During the reception, the photo contest winners will be announced, and cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. The reception is free. Light refreshments will be served with support from Big Y and Fromage Fine Foods & Coffee. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening.

Reservations are not required.

The reception is sponsored by the Land Trusts in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, East Haddam, Essex and Salem.

Contest awards are being funded with the generous support of RiverQuest /Connecticut River Expeditions, Lorensen Auto Group, the Oakley Wing Group at Morgan Stanley, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Ballek’s Garden Center, Essex Savings Bank, Chelsea Groton Bank, and Alison Mitchell in honor of her late husband John G. Mitchell.

Photo by Melinda Hill

For more information about the Photo Contest


Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Program

Date: Mon February 1, 2016 thru Mon February 29, 2016
Time: local bank branches
Place:

Essex Savings Bank Branches


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

If you are an Essex Savings Bank customer, please vote for the The Lyme Land Conservation Trust during the Essex Savings Bank Community Investment Program between February 1 to February 29. The funds allocated to us will enhance our ability to conserve the forests and streams of Lyme and provide public access to these beautiful places.

The Essex Savings Bank annually commits 10% of its after tax net income to qualifying organizations within the immediate market area consisting of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook and Westbrook. This program provides financial support to over 200 non-profit organizations.  The ballots are available to all Essex Savings Bank customers. The voters determine 30% of the fund allocations by voting directly for three of their favorite causes, charities or organizations who have submitted applications to participate. Ballots will be available at all Essex Savings Bank Offices. For more information.

 


10th Annual Land Trusts Amateur Photo Contest Deadline

Date: Sun January 31, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm
Place:
Contact Email: photocontest@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: Land Trusts of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem and East Haddam.

Nicholas-Avalos-1st-Plant-2015aThe deadline for submissions to the Photo Contest is January 31, 2016

To request an ENTRY FORM, email: photocontest@lymelandtrust.org

For more information go to Photo Contest News 

Amateur photographers of all ages are invited to share their love of the natural world. Participants, no matter their town of residence, may submit photos that focus on the celebrated and scenic countryside of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem, and East Haddam. It’s easy. Submit matted 8×10 prints of your favorite photos with the completed official Entry Form taped to the back. More details about submission can be found in the Contest Rules 2016. When you drop them off, protect your prints by wrapping them in paper or putting them in a large envelope.

Visit the Land Trust’s Photo Contest website to see last year’s winners at https://landtrustsphotos.shutterfly.com/

photo credit: Nicholas Avalos, winner Photo Contest Plants 2015

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Maple Sap Collecting at Mt. Archer Woods – Talk and Walk

Date: Sat January 30, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Woods parking lot on Mt Archer Road


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Walk in the woods5terkkersJoin us on a historical and modern-day tour of maple sap collection in Mt. Archer Woods.  Bill & Liz Farrell of Fat Stone Farm, Lyme will lead us on a guided walk to see some of the oldest trees in Mt. Archer, the sugar maples lining the abandoned road, and discuss why and how they are using these and some of the younger offspring to make maple syrup.

Learn how Fat Stone Farm has applied modern sap collection technology to reduce both the energy intensity and environmental impact of harvesting sap from maple trees.  Mt. Archer Woods is one of only a small number of properties world-wide where this new state-of-the-art yet extremely simple equipment has been installed.

Beyond discussing harvesting technology, tree physiology and ecology, the walk will touch on broader questions about agriculture in Lyme.

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org

The walk is moderately easy, family friendly and will take about 2 hours.

Rain date: Sunday, January 31 at 1:30 pm

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

 


POSTPONED-Maple Sap Collecting at Mt. Archer Woods – Talk and Walk

Date: Sat January 23, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Woods parking lot on Mt Archer Road


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Walk in the woods5terkkersDue to the weather forecast, this walk has been postponed to Saturday, January 30 at 1:30.

Join us on a historical and modern-day tour of maple sap collection in Mt. Archer Woods.  Bill & Liz Farrell of Fat Stone Farm, Lyme will lead us on a guided walk to see some of the oldest trees in Mt. Archer, the sugar maples lining the abandoned road, and discuss why and how they are using these and some of the younger offspring to make maple syrup.

Learn how Fat Stone Farm has applied modern sap collection technology to reduce both the energy intensity and environmental impact of harvesting sap from maple trees.  Mt. Archer Woods is one of only a small number of properties world-wide where this new state-of-the-art yet extremely simple equipment has been installed.

Beyond discussing harvesting technology, tree physiology and ecology, the walk will touch on broader questions about agriculture in Lyme.

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org

The walk is moderately easy, family friendly and will take about 2 hours.

Rain date: Sunday, January 24 at 1:30 pm

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

 


Public Hearing on Draft of the Lyme Plan of Conservation and Development 2015

Date: Mon December 14, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Place:

Lyme Town Hall, 480 Hamburg Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email:
Presenter: Town of Lyme

At a meeting at the Town Hall, there will be an opportunity for public discussion and input concerning the Draft of the Lyme Plan of Conservation and Development 2015. The plan will be adopted pending public approval. The draft of the plan has been developed based upon the responses to a survey that was made available to residents of Lyme in 2014. To read the draft.


Warren Miller’s Chasing Shadows

Date: Wed December 9, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Place:

Old Lyme High School Auditorium, 69 Lyme ST, Old Lyme CT


Contact Email: briangreenho@gmail.com
Presenter: Old Lyme Education Association

Come celebrate winter and enjoy a screening the newest Warren Miller Movie, Chasing Shadows. This spectacular ski film features todays top ski athletes heli skiing the worlds tallest peaks, shredding the deepest powder and performing aerial tricks that will leave you dizzy.

Come early to visit with the Lyme Land Conservation Trust at their informational table in the lobby.

Tickets are $10 and everyone who attends gets a free lift ticket to Sugarbush and the chance to enter in a raffle for other lift tickets and some cool new ski gear. More details here – http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/events/old-lyme-high-school-auditorium


Private Tour of the Samuel Smith House

Date: Tue December 1, 2015
Time: 10:00am
Place:

Samuel Smith House, 82 Plants Dam Road, East Lyme, CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Art Carlson, Friend of the Samuel Smith House
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Join is for a private tour of the Samuel Smith House in East Lyme with Art Carlson of the Friends of the Samuel Smith House. The Town of East Lyme recently bought the house and 17 acres of property to preserve it as an historic property.  The house was built in 1695. The inhabitants through-out the years maintained the antique quality of the house and many of the original features remain unchanged. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

This summer, the East Lyme Historic Properties Commission received a grant from the State Historic Preservation Commission. The grant enabled archaeological excavation to study the many years of “living” that took place at the site. Art Carlson will talk about what was discovered.

Directions: Take Rte 156 to Bill Hill Road to Town Woods Road. At the end of Town Woods Road in Old Lyme, take a left onto Rte 1. Travel 2.4 miles to a right onto Plants Dam Road in East Lyme (just past the Rustic Cafe). The Samuel Smith House is about one mile down the road on the left.


Post-Thanksgiving Sunday Hike – Hartman Park

Date: Sun November 29, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:30ish pm
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

rocks-by-Wendolyn-Hill2For those who want to work off turkey dinner and hike at a steady pace, Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk on the Red Trail in Hartman Park. This is a beautiful moderate trail that traverses diverse habitats and winds along craggy ridges strewn with boulders.

The entire walk is about 4 miles. It will take about 2.5 to 3 hours. We will take a short break halfway through. Bring a snack and something to drink.

Meet at the Parking Lot of Hartman Park on Gungy Road in Lyme.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org


Preview of Documentary about Lyme and the Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Date: Fri November 20, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road, Lyme


Contact Email: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Visonaries-video-image2The Visonaries-video-image1Lyme Land Trust was recently selected as the subject for a PBS documentary on land conservation in a special town, our town of Lyme. It is part of a series entitled The Visionaries, hosted by actor Sam Waterson, which will be broadcast on over 100 PBS stations nationwide. Filming started last February, continued in April with a special visit with the students of Lyme Consolidated celebrating Earth Day and finished up in May at Tour de Lyme.

We want to show you, the members of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, the pre-broadcast Directors’s Cut. There will be two showings, at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. Please email rsvp@lymelandtrust.org  to reserve a spot.

Many residents of Lyme appear, including Carolyn Bacdayan, Emily Bjornberg , Carol Dahlke, Ralph Eno, Fritz Gahagan, Lyndon Haviland, Tony Irving, Ralph Lewis, Parker Lord, John Pritchard, Penny Smyth, Jack Tiffany and the children and teachers of Lyme Consolidated School.

Please reserve your place at 6:00 or 7:00pm.
For additional information and reservations: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org


Trailblazer Walk- Banningwood Preserve

Date: Tue November 17, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Rte. 82), Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

TrentonYoungsJoin us for a moderately easy walk at Banningwood Preserve on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 10 am. Everyone is welcome.

We will explore Banningwood Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The hike is a about 2 miles. Banningwood is a beautiful preserve with meadows, mature forests, cedar groves, and dramatic rock outcroppings. Roaring Brook meanders through it. We will visit abandoned stone quarries. There are a few rocky areas so don’t forget to bring your walking stick!

Painting by Trenton Young, from the Paint-out in October 2014.

Rain cancels.

Directions: The Preserve parking area is less than 1/4 mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners on Town Street (Rte 82). Look for the sign. From Rt. 156 West (going north): At the end of Rte. 156, turn left onto Rte 82. At the flashing red stoplight (Hadlyme Four Corners), turn right to continue on Rte 82W (going north). The parking area is less than 1/4 mile on the right.


Red Sunday Hike – Hartman Park

Date: Sun November 8, 2015
Time: 1:00 - 3:30ish pm
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

rocks-by-Wendolyn-Hill2For those who want to hike at a steady pace, Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk on the Red Trail in Hartman Park. This is a beautiful moderate trail that winds along craggy ridges strewn with boulders. The route will follow a portion of the Goodwin Trail.

The Goodwin Trail, overseen by the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee, is a an extended trail system crossing four towns: East Haddam, Salem, Lyme and East Lyme. In the future, the goal is to connect to other existing trail systems in surrounding towns.  Dr. Richard H. Goodwin (1911-2007) was president of the Nature Conservancy from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1964 to 1966. The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, was started in 1951, and Dr. Goodwin was one of its founders. Since then, it has protected 15 million acres of land in the United States and 102 million acres in 29 other countries.

The entire walk is about 4 miles. We will take a short break halfway through. Bring a snack and something to drink.

Meet at the Parking Lot of Hartman Park on Gungy Road in Lyme.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org


Trailblazers – Walk at Selden Creek Preserve

Date: Tue November 3, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Selden Creek Preserve, Joshuatown Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

SElden Creek PreserveJoin us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. We will walk to an impressive overlook of Selden Creek and marshes with the CT River in the background. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Selden Creek Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long with an option to walk longer. We will meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 North to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Nature and Culture at Mt. Archer Woods – Talk and Walk

Date: Sat October 24, 2015
Time: 10 am to noon
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Woods parking lot on Mt Archer Road


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Walk in the woods5Enjoy a beautiful walk in the fall foliage led by Brantley Buerger, Lyme Land Trust board member and steward of Mt. Archer Woods As we walk, he will talk about the fascinating flora, fauna and history of Mt. Archer Woods. Along the way, we will visit the ruins of a colonial farm and learn about the crash of a WWII enemy airplane. terkkers

The walk is moderately easy, family friendly and will take about 2 hours.

Rain date: Sunday, October 25 at 10:00 am

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).

Registration is appreciated: openspace@townlyme.org


The Natural Beauty of Plum Island – Art Show Opening and Presentation on Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations

Date: Thu October 22, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Place:

The Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Chris Cryder, Save the Sound and Lyme Land Conservation Trust

The Neck-Plum Island-Robert Lorenz6:00-7:00 pm: Opening Reception with Refreshments: Sea, Seals, Sunsets, and More: an exhibit of paintings of Plum Island by John Sargent

7:00 pm: Presentation: Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound, will present a “virtual tour” of Plum Island and discuss Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations using new imagery taken by photographer Robert Lorenz.

John Sargent’s paintings will be displayed from October 2 to October 27 at the Lyme Public Library. John Sargent and his family are lovers of the natural world who were instrumental in the acquisition of  the Lyme Land Trust’s Walbridge Woods Preserve.

Plum Island lies just 7 miles off Connecticut’s coast in eastern Long Island Sound. It is home to the nation’s foreign animal disease center, as well as several endangered species and unique habitats, and is soon to be sold to the highest bidder.  But, many organizations would rather see the amazing island conserved.  Come learn about current efforts to protect it.

Save the Sound is a bi-state program of CT Fund for the Environment, based in New Haven, CT. Chris Cryder has been working for Save the Sound for the past 8 years, and is currently the outreach coordinator for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition.

 Photo credit: Robert Lorenz

 


Bears!!

Date: Sun October 11, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm
Place:

The Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Rd, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Felicia Ortner of "The Bear Reality"

Ralph-and-bear-in-tree-fixedFelicia Ortner, a Connecticut Master Wildlife Conservationist and a bear enthusiast, will discuss “The Bear Reality”.  Her talk will provide education about bears and help dispel misunderstandings.  Ortner, who has been studying bears for over 25 years, will present strategies for coexistence with Bears. Black bears are rarely aggressive, but it is important to “Be Bear Aware” and know how to prevent problems and unpleasant encounters.

There have been a few bear “sightings” in Lyme lately, one confirmed sighting 2 years ago.  Although there is no evidence at this time of resident bears in Lyme, the number of bears in CT has been steadily increasing.

Photo: “What bear?” First Selectman Ralph Eno taken by Humphrey Tyler with a bear introduced by Wendolyn Hill through Photoshop. (click on the image to enlarge).

 


Trailblazers walk- Nehantic State Forest Connection to Hartman Park

Date: Tue October 6, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Nehantic State Forest, Holmes Road Parking Lot, East Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Trailblazers at Balanced Rock2Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome. Wear bright clothing because of hunting season. Don’t forget your walking stick. We will walk about 3 miles.

This week’s hike will explore a portion of the newly created Goodwin Trail in Nehantic State Forest in East Lyme and Salem, led by Henry Graulty who worked on the trails, and Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will walk to the border of Hartman Park and back.

The Richard H. Goodwin Trail, overseen by the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee, is a an extended trail system crossing four towns: East Haddam, Salem, Lyme and East Lyme. In the future, the goal is to connect to other existing trail systems in surrounding towns.  Dr. Richard H. Goodwin (1911-2007) was president of the Nature Conservancy from 1956 to 1958 and again from 1964 to 1966. The Nature Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, was started in 1951, and Dr. Goodwin was one of its founders. Since then, it has protected 15 million acres of land in the United States and 102 million acres in 29 other countries.

Rain cancels.

Directions from Rte 156 in Lyme: Take Rte 156 to Beaver Brook Road. Travel about 3.7 miles on Beaver Brook Road. Turn left onto Grassy Hill Road. Travel 1.7 miles and turn left onto Upper Walnut Hill Road. Go 1.1 miles and turn left onto Holmes Road. Proceed to the parking lot of Nehantic State Forest.

Photo: Trailblazers group at Balanced Rock in Smuggler’s Rock Preserve, Salem CT by Wendolyn Hill

 


Red Sunday Hike – Jewett Preserve

Date: Sun October 4, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 3:30ish pm
Place:

Meet at Cemetery parking lot of Jewett Preserve. Watch out for the rocks in the driveway.


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Red-Trail-Jewett

For those who want to hike at a steady pace, Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk of portion of the less-traveled Red Trail in Jewett Preserve. This is a beautiful moderate trail that winds along craggy ridges strewn with boulders. We will return via connecting trails. The entire walk is about 3 miles. We will take a short break halfway through. Bring a snack and something to drink.

Meet at the cemetery entrance to Jewett Preserve.  Stay to the left to avoid rocks in the driveway.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Mt. Archer Road. Travel about 1.25 miles. The Jewett Cemetery Entrance is on the right.

Info: openspace@townlyme.org


CANCELLED-Red Saturday Hike – Jewett Preserve

Date: Sat October 3, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 3:30ish pm
Place:

Meet at Cemetery parking lot of Jewett Preserve. Watch out for the rocks in the driveway.


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Red-Trail-Jewett

For those who want to hike at a steady pace, Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust Board member, and Lyme open Space Coordinator, will lead a walk of portion of the less-traveled Red Trail in Jewett Preserve. This is a beautiful moderate trail that winds along craggy ridges strewn with boulders. We will return via connecting trails. The entire walk is about 3 miles. We will take a short break halfway through. Bring a snack and something to drink.

Meet at the cemetery entrance to Jewett Preserve.  Stay to the left to avoid rocks in the driveway.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Mt. Archer Road. Travel about 1.25 miles. The Jewett Cemetery Entrance is on the right.

Info: openspace@townlyme.org


Streams and Underwater Bugs-CANCELLED

Date: Sat October 3, 2015
Time: 9am-12pm
Place:

Covered Bridge, Devil's Hopyard, East Haddam


Contact Email: pyoung@eightmileriver.org
Presenter: Eightmile River Watershed Committee

Devil's Hopyard 2015This event has been cancelled due to weather.

Do you love Streams? Bugs? Fishing? Clean Water?

If you said yes to any of these, then join the Eightmile River Watershed committee for a stream bug field project.  Participate in netting, sorting and identifying benthic macroinvertebrates to collect habitat data on  the health of our streams.

This program is intended for adults and children, ages ten and up.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

To Register: Please call or email to register.  Pat Young at pyoung@eightmileriver.org or (860) 345-8700.  We will need an email address for any weather issues.

For more info: 8MileRiverStudyterkkers


Volunteer Work Party at Hartman Park

Date: Tue September 29, 2015
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Hartman teamJoin us to clean up the Stone-end house site at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. We need to remove some invasive plants such as  Japanese barberry and other saplings that are encroaching on the historical ruins. We will also remove some of the leaf litter around the foundation. Bring along trimmers– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers, and rakes. We will have a couple of people with chain saws to cut back saplings, and branches. Be sure to bring heavy duty gloves.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30

 


Cruise to View Swallow Spectacular-Wait List

Date: Fri September 25, 2015
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Place:

Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: CT River Expeditions and Lyme Land Trust

swallows-close3Every autumn an estimated one million swallows come together above an island in the CT River as a part of their migration ritual. This growing mass of birds performs undulating dances before suddenly descending as one to roost just after the sun sets.

Join us on a cruise aboard the RiverQuest to view this miraculous display. Commentary about the birds and other wildlife, as well as binoculars (if you don’t have your own), will be provided by CT River Expeditions.

Wine and light refreshments are included. You may bring a picnic supper.

Preregistration and prepayment required. The cost is $40 per person for Lyme Land Conservation Trust members, $45 for non-members. No children under 10. The boat leaves Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam promptly at 5:00 and returns in about three hours. If the trip is canceled because of inclement weather, refunds will be provided. Check our website if weather is questionable. Tickets are non-refundable after September 20. After that date, if we have a waiting list, we will use our best efforts to find a buyer for your ticket(s) if you need to cancel. No-shows on cruise day are not refundable.

We are very sorry. We are booked to capacity. You can email info@lymelandtrust.org to go on the wait list in case of a cancellation or contact the RiverQuest to see if one of their other cruises has space.


Pleasant Valley Preserve Talk and Walk

Date: Sat September 19, 2015
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place:

Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking lot on Macintosh Road.


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Anthony-Irving-walk2015Anthony Irving, Lyme Land Trust board member, Chairman of the 8mile River Wild and Scenic Committee, and well-known ecologist, will lead a talk and walk at the Pleasant Valley Preserve. During this easy leisurely walk, we will visit several different habitats that contribute to the health of the Eightmile River Watershed and learn the importance of each natural area.terkkers

The walk is family friendly and will take about 2 hours.

Rain date: Sunday, September 20 at 9:30 am

Registration is appreciated: info@lymelandtrust.org


Trailblazers walk- Patrell and Chapal Preserve

Date: Tue September 8, 2015
Time: 9:00 am
Place:

Meet at Patrell Preserve Parking Lot, Baker's
Lane, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Devil's Hopyard 2015

Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.The Preserve has about 3000 feet of footage along the Eightmile River.

This week’s hike will explore Patrell Preserve and Chapal Preserve in Lyme and East Haddam, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will walk about 2 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 about 8 miles north from I-95 in Old Lyme to right on Baker Lane. The parking area is 1/2 mile on the left near 11 Baker’s Lane.


Trailblazers walk- John Lohmann CT River Preserve in Old Lyme

Date: Tue August 25, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Park along the road by 33 Coult Lane, Old Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

03g_pic1_ctriverJoin us for this moderately easy walk. Everyone is welcome. This preserve has dramatic rocky outcrops along Lords Cove in the CT River.

This week’s hike will explore John Lohmann CT River Preserve in Old Lyme led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. The walk is about 2 miles. When we arrive at the point, you will want to linger. The preserve affords magnificent views of Lords Cove and the Connecticut River. Bring a snack to enjoy while you take in the view.

Rain cancels.

Directions: From I-95, take Rte 156 north 2.1 miles to Coult Lane. The property is accessed from a trailhead located at 33 Coult Lane. You may park along Coult Lane but out of consideration for the residents, please do not block driveways or park directly across from driveways on the opposite side of the road.


Path Grooming Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue August 18, 2015
Time: 9 - 11 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Hartman teamJoin us for this path-grooming walk at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along a light-weight trimmer– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers – that is easy to carry. We will cut back weeds, saplings, and branches that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. The paths are in good shape so it will be mostly walking, with some trimming.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30

 


CANCELLED Trailblazers walk- Patrell and Chapal Preserve

Date: Tue August 11, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Meet at Patrell Preserve Parking Lot, Baker's
Lane, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Devil's Hopyard 2015This walk has been cancelled due to the forecast of rain.

Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.The Preserve has about 3000 feet of footage along the Eightmile River.

This week’s hike will explore Patrell Preserve and Chapal Preserve in Lyme and East Haddam, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator. We will walk about 2 miles.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 about 8 miles north from I-95 in Old Lyme to right on Baker Lane. The parking area is 1/2 mile on the left near 11 Baker’s Lane.


Path Grooming Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue July 28, 2015
Time: 9 - 11 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Join us for this path-grooming walk at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along a light-weight trimmer– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers – that is easy to carry. We will cut back weeds, saplings, and branches that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. The paths are in good shape so it will be mostly walking, with some trimming.

Rain Cancels.July 14 work party

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on July 14

 


Programs in the Park

Date: Sat July 25, 2015
Time: 9-10am
Place:

Picnic Pavilion Parking Lot, Devil's Hopyard, East Haddam


Contact Email:
Presenter: Eightmile River Watershed Committee

terkkersJuly 11: Woodland Critters

July 18: Riveting Reptiles

July 25: Stream Bugs

For  more information about the programs: 8Mile-FamilyPrograms

 


Path Grooming Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue July 14, 2015
Time: 9 - 11 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Hartman teamJoin us for this path-grooming walk at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along a light-weight trimmer– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers – that is easy to carry. We will cut back weeds, saplings, and branches that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. The paths are in good shape so it will be mostly walking, with some trimming.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Wendolyn Hill: Thank you to the Hartman work party on June 30

 


Trailblazer walk – Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Date: Tue July 7, 2015
Time: 9 am
Place:

Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam, CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Devil's-hopyardJoin us for this moderately easy walk along the Eightmile River at one of the State’s most beautiful parks. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Devil’s Hopyard State Park on a path that meanders along the River. The hike will be led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. We will meet at  9 am in the parking lot by the Waterfall on Foxtown Road. The hike is about 1 mile long. There are options to walk further if you wish. It is a beautiful spot to hang out. Bring a snack or lunch for a picnic on your own after the walk.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to end. Turn right onto Rte 82. Take a left onto Hopyard  Rd in about 0.2 miles. Follow for about 3.5 miles. Take a right onto Foxtown Road (there is no sign). Theparking lot immediately to the left by the waterfall. Foxtown Road is about 1/4 mile past the sign for the main entrance to Devil’s Hopyard.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Path Grooming Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue June 30, 2015
Time: 9 - 11 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme
Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill

Join us for this path-grooming walk at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along a light-weight trimmer– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers – that is easy to carry. We will cut back weeds, saplings, and branches that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. The paths are in good shape so it will be mostly walking, with some trimming.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

 


ART & NATURE Weekend Walks – SUNDAY WALK CANCELLED

Date: Sat June 27, 2015 thru Sun June 28, 2015
Time: 9:30 am
Place:

Saturday: Pleasant Valley Preserve, Macintosh Road, Lyme
Sunday: Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Rte 82) Lyme


Contact Email: slyon@oldlyme-ct.gov
Presenter: Lymes Senior Center with the Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Trenton Young Roaring BrookSaturday, June 27, at 9:30am: Anthony Irving, Lyme Land Trust board member, Chairman of the 8mile River Wild and Scenic Committee, and well-known ecologist, will lead a talk and walk about the ecology of Pleasant Valley Preserve. The walk will be about 2 hours.

CANCELLED Due to Rain: Sunday June 28, 9:30-10:30: Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Open Space Coordinator, Lyme Land Trust board member and artist, will lead a walk at Banningwood Preserve in Lyme to visit the scenes painted at the Celebration of Lyme’s Beauty Paint-out that was held in October 2014.  Paintings of Banningwood by paint-out participant Trenton Youngs will be on display during the weekend at the Lymes Senior Center.

Reservations required: Please contact Stephanie Lyons at the Lymes Senior Center to register: 860 434-1605 ext. 240 or slyon@oldlyme-ct.gov

Painting: Banningwood Scene by Trenton Young

terkkersDirections Pleasant Valley: Take Rt. 156 West (going north) to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about 1/4  mile on the right.

Directions Banningwood: The Preserve parking area is less than 1/4 mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners on Town Street (Rte 82). Look for the sign. From Rt. 156 West (going north): At the end of Rte. 156, turn left onto Rte 82. At the flashing red stoplight (Hadlyme Four Corners), turn right to continue on Rte 82W (going north). The parking area is less than 1/4 mile on the right.


Trailblazers – Walk at Selden Creek Preserve

Date: Tue June 23, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Selden Creek Preserve, Joshuatown Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

SElden Creek PreserveJoin us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. We will walk to an impressive overlook of Selden Creek and marshes with the CT River in the background. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Selden Creek Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet at the Selden Creek Preserve entrance on Joshuatown Road in Lyme.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to left on Joshuatown Road (about 5 miles from I-95); travel about 4 miles to park entrance on the left.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Our Annual Meeting: The Reunion of Alewives in Roger Lake

Date: Fri June 19, 2015
Time: 6:00 pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rte 156) Hamburg, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: A Panel of Speakers

Alewives 2A panel made up of Yale ecologist David Post, DEEP Fisheries expert Steve Gephard, and National Geographic writer and author Richard Conniff will discuss the reunion of long separated alewives: landlocked freshwater and their migratory ocean/freshwater cousins. The dam on Rogers Lake has separated them for almost 350 years. In 2014, a fish ladder was installed to allow the migratory fish to reach Roger’s Lake from the Mill Brook, which connects the lake to Long Island Sound. Will the cousins, which are the same species, interbreed even though they have evolved to be quite different in appearance and behavior? Read an amusing article written for the New York Times by Richard Coniff about the potential reunion of these fish cousins: Love on Rogers Lake: A Tale of Two Alewives.

To see videos of activity at a fish ladder in Lyme this Spring: Moulson Pond Fishway

Everyone is welcome. The evening will begin with casual social time and then a brief  business meeting. Members will be asked to vote for new director nominees. The presentation will follow.

Alewives by Patrick Lynch


Path Grooming Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue June 16, 2015
Time: 9 - 11 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme
Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill

Join us for this path-grooming walk at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. Bring along a light-weight trimmer– weeders, pruners, and/or loppers – that is easy to carry. We will cut back weeds, saplings, and branches that are encroaching on the path as we walk along. The paths are in good shape so it will be mostly walking, with some trimming. We will walk about 2 miles or so.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

 


Trailblazers – Walk at the Young Preserve

Date: Tue June 9, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Philip E. Young Preserve, Gungy Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Gillette-Castle-hike-042815Join us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. The Mountain Laurel should be in full bloom. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Young Preserve and Walbridge Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Young Preserve on Gungy Road. Park by the sign.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to right on Beaver Brook Road; about 1 mile to left on Gungy Road at 4-way stop; about 0.5 mile to park entrance on the right.

photo by Wendolyn Hill, Gillette Castle April 2015


CT Trails Day Walk

Date: Sat June 6, 2015
Time: 10 am to noon
Place:

Lord Creek Farm, Rte 156, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Lord CreekThe Lyme Land Conservation Trust will lead a walking hike on the network of trails on Lord Creek Farm.  This beautiful property has spectacular views of the Connecticut River and is rarely open to the public, so take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to see it.  The hike will be less than 2 miles.  Light refreshments will be offered afterwards.

Lord Creek Farm is a beautiful 500 acre property with frontage on the CT River which is owned by Jane Davison and her family.

Preregistration is appreciated: info@lymelandtrust.org

Rain cancels.

Photo by Angie Falstrom


TrailBlazers – Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue May 26, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme
Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill

Join us for this moderate walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike explore Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme with Humphrey Tyler. The hike is about 2.5 miles long. We walk through diverse habitat and visit remnants of a farming community that existed 150 years ago.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

 


Tour de Lyme 2015

Date: Sun May 17, 2015
Time: starting at 8 am
Place:

Ashlawn Farms, Bill Hill Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 11.47.41 AMPlease join us for the third annual Tour de Lyme cycling event with beautifully scenic routes for all ages and levels.

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For iterkkersnformation about the event and to register for the 2015 Tour de Lyme, visit the Tour de Lyme webpage. Tour-de-Lyme-logo 1

The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme. The second annual Tour de Lyme on May 18, 2014 was a perfect day. Five hundred and seventy-five bikers registered for the event. We are hoping to surpass that next year.


Trailblazers – Beebe Preserve

Date: Tue May 12, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Beebe Preserve Parking Lot, Old Grassy Hill Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Walk in the woods5Join us for this easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Yellow Trail in Beebe Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator and  Lyme Land Trust board member. The hike is a mile long. There is a platform on the marsh to view wildlife (bring your binoculars). It is located on Old Grassy Hill Road near the East Lyme town boundary. Meet at the Beebe Preserve Parking Lot.

From Rte 1. Turn onto Grassy Hill Road. After 3.8 miles, take a right onto Old Grassy Hill Road. The Preserve parking lot is on the left in about one-half mile.

Rain cancels.


Lyme Local History Archives Open House

Date: Sat May 9, 2015
Time: 2 to 4 pm
Place:

The New Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Road, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymepublichall.org
Presenter:

The Lyme Local History Archives is now located in the
recently built Lyme Public Library. Come see the new climate controlled facility.

The Mission of the Archives is to collect, preserve and make accessible to the public material about the history of Lyme, Connecticut–  its people, institutions, life-ways, culture and land,  especially for the area within the boundaries of the present town of Lyme. The Archives also strives to increase the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the town’s heritage through research, exhibits, education and publication.


Spring Is For The Birds!

Date: Wed May 6, 2015
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Place:

Pleasant Valley Preserve, Macintosh Road, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Rob Braunfield

If it’s true that the early bird gets the worm, then this early evening walk should provide the opportunity to see a lot of our feathered friends.  Join local expert Rob Braunfield to look for and learn about a variety of birds busy with their spring rituals.

Worm eating warbler by Patrick Comins

Photo credit: Worm-eating Warbler taken at the Young Preserve in Lyme by Patrck Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, CT Audubon Society


Trailblazers – Walk at Gillette Castle

Date: Tue April 28, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Gillette Castle, Meet in the main paved parking lot by concession building


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Trailblazers Pleasant Valley2015Join us for this moderately easy walk in Lyme and East Haddam, at one of the State’s most popular and beautiful parks. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the rail trail at Gillette Castle State Park which follows the path of the narrow gauge train William Gillette once owned. The path has beautiful views of the Connecticut River with wooden trestles and a tunnel. The hike will be led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet in the main paved parking lot.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to end. Turn left onto Rte 82. At Hadlyme Four Corners, continue straight onto Rte 148 for 1.5 miles. Turn right at Geer Hill Road. In about 0.8 miles, turn left into Gillette State Park. Follow the drive until you come to the large paved parking lot.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazers – Mt Archer Yellow Trail

Date: Tue April 21, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Preserve Parking Lot, Mt Archer Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Walk in the woods5Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Yellow Trail in Mt Archer Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator and  Lyme Land Trust board member. The hike is a little more than 2 miles – about an hour long. Meet at the Mt Archer Woods Parking Lot.

Rain cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).


Lyme Spring Clean-Sweep

Date: Sat April 18, 2015 thru Sun April 19, 2015
Time: Daylight
Place:

Lyme Roadways


Contact Email:
Presenter: The Lyme Public Hall and the Town of Lyme

Free plastic bags are available at E.L. Reynold’s (Jane’s) Store, The Hadlyme Country Market, the Lyme Town Hall, and the Lyme Public Library. Leave bags by the side of the road for town-wide pick-up.


Trailblazers walk- Jewett and Pleasant Valley Preserve

Date: Tue April 14, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Pleasant Valley Parking Lot, MacIntosh Rd., Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

OverlookJoin us for this moderate walk in the woods. We will be walking up an incline to get to the overlook at Pleasant Valley. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Jewett and Pleasant Valley Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator; and Gary Weed. The hike is a little more than 2.5 miles. This is the time of year to get a beautiful unobstructed view from the overlook at Pleasant Valley.

Rain or snow cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to left on Macintosh Rd. (across from Beaver Brook Road.) The parking area is about 1/4  mile on the right.


Lyme Road Race

Date: Sat April 11, 2015
Time: Race Start 9am
Place:

Ashlawn Farm, 78 Bill Hill Rd, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@firstmile-fitness.com
Presenter: The First Mile Road to Fitness

Ashlawn-sceneHere is a fun opportunity to stretch your legs and celebrate the end of a long snowy winter.  The race supports the good work of the Lyme Ambulance Association. The Lyme Ambulance Association is one of New England’s few remaining “no-cost to the patient” emergency & basic-care ambulance services. They are not supported by Lyme Tax revenues. They are entirely dependent upon private donations.

Lyme Road Race is a 5K run and 2-mile walk. The race takes place at the beautiful Ashlawn Farm in Lyme, Connecticut

Start time is 9am, with registration and packet pick-up from 7.30am. Awards will be presented to the male and female winners and to the top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: U-12; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+.

After your race, you and your family can enjoy some of Connecticut’s best coffee at Ashlawn Farm.

REGISTRATION: For more information and to register go to LYME ROAD RACE

 Photo: “Ashlawn Fields” by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazer Walk- Banningwood Preserve

Date: Tue April 7, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Rte. 82), Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

TrentonYoungsJoin us for a moderately easy walk at Banningwood Preserve on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 10 am. Everyone is welcome.

We will explore Banningwood Preserve led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator; and Humphrey Tyler, Lyme Land Trust board member. The hike is a little less than 2 miles. Banningwood is a beautiful preserve with meadows, mature forests, cedar groves, and dramatic rock outcroppings. Roaring Brook meanders through it. We will visit abandoned stone quarries. There are a few rocky areas so don’t forget to bring your walking stick!

Painting by Trenton Young, from the Paint-out in October 2014. This painting and others can currently be seen in the Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty Exhibit at the Lyman Allyn Museum.

Rain cancels.

Directions: The Preserve parking area is less than 1/4 mile north of Hadlyme Four Corners on Town Street (Rte 82). Look for the sign. From Rt. 156 West (going north): At the end of Rte. 156, turn left onto Rte 82. At the flashing red stoplight (Hadlyme Four Corners), turn right to continue on Rte 82W (going north). The parking area is less than 1/4 mile on the right.


FrogWatch USA Training

Date: Wed March 25, 2015
Time: 7:00-9:00 PM
Place:

Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Road (Rte 156), Lyme, CT


Contact Email: erobinson@tnc.org
Presenter: The Nature Conservancy CT and Yale Peabody Museum

Rebecca Johnson 1st Youth 2015The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut and Yale Peabody Museum are Hosting a Citizen Science Training in Lyme. Jim Sirch, the Education Coordinator of the Yale Peabody Museum, will guide participants to become FrogWatch USA volunteers. FrogWatch USA is a program created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help engage the public in monitoring local frog and toad populations.

Frogs and toads serve as important clues to environmental health because they are highly sensitive to changing environmental conditions. Learn how you can help contribute meaningful information about the frogs and toads in your neighborhood! Space is limited so please contact Liz Robinson of The Nature Conservancy at (203) 568-6270 x6409 or erobinson@tnc.org to register!

Photograph by Rebecca Johnson, 1st place Youth, Photo Contest 2015

For more information: FrogWatch USA Press Release


CELEBRATING LYME’S BEAUTY- Paintings of Banningwood Preserve at Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Date: Fri January 16, 2015 thru Sun March 22, 2015
Time: museum hours
Place:

Lyman Allyn Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Trenton Young Roaring Brook The exhibit “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty,” which showcases new original paintings of Lyme’s Banningwood Preserve, will open at New London’s Lyman Allyn Art Museum in its Glassenberg Gallery on January 16 and remain open to the public through March 22. The exhibit features landscapes created by artists from all over New England who participated in October’s “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty Paint-Out,” an annual plein air painting event now in its fourth year that is co-organized by the Lyme Art Association, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and The Lyman Allyn Art Museum. For more information, Lyman Allyn Art Museum Presents Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty.

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 pm; closed Mondays and major holidays. For more information call 860.443.2545, ext. 129 or visit on Facebook or the web at: www.lymanallyn.org.

Painting: Roaring Brook by Trenton Young.


Ninth Annual Land Trusts Amateur Photo Contest Reception

Date: Fri March 6, 2015
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Place:

Lymes Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT


Contact Email: photocontest@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

Please join us for a reception to showcase the photos submitted to the contest, which celebrates the scenic beauty of our towns.  The work of all the photographers who entered will be represented in the exhibit. During the reception, the photo contest winners will be announced, and cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded. The reception is free. Light refreshments will be served. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening.

Reservations are not required.

The reception is sponsored by the Land Trusts in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, East Haddam, Essex and Salem. Refreshments are provided with support from the Big Y and Fromage Fine Foods and Coffee.

Contest awards are being funded with the generous support of Lorensen Toyota, the Oakley/Wing Group at Smith Barney, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Ballek Garden Center, Essex Savings Bank, Murtha Cullina LLP, ChelseaGroton Bank, and Alison Mitchell in honor of her late husband John G. Mitchell.

Photo by Melinda Hill

For more information about the Photo Contest


EXHIBIT OPENING- “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” at Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Date: Fri January 16, 2015
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Place:

Lyman Allyn Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Trenton Young Roaring BrookPlease join us for this special event to view the beautiful paintings of Banningwood in their new setting at the Glassenberg Gallery at the Lyman Allyn Museum. Refreshments will be served. The “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Exhibit  at the Lyman Allyn Museum will be on view from January 16 until March 22.

“This event is the result of a successful cooperative enterprise between three local non-profit organizations that have important ties to Lyme’s memorable landscape,” said Sam Quigley, Director of the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. “The greater New London County community is richer because of this partnership among these three organizations, which have different and distinct missions but which share a commitment to the beauty, art and preservation of our natural landscape.”

The museum is located at 625 Williams Street, New London, Connecticut, exit 83 off I-95.

 


Trailblazers-Walk Mt Archer to Pickwick’s Preserve

Date: Tue January 6, 2015
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Preserve Parking Lot, Mt Archer Road, Lyme


Contact Email: hstyler@comcast.net
Presenter:

Walk in the woods5Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Pickwick’s Preserve to Mt Archer Woods, led by Humphrey Tyler, Lyme Land Trust board member. The hike is a little more than 2 miles – about an hour long. Meet at the Mt Archer Woods Parking Lot. We will arrange to have enough cars left at Pickwick’s to ferry everybody back to the starting point at Mt. Archer parking lot.

Rain or snow cancels. Let Humphrey Tyler know if you plan to attend the walk so that he can contact you in case of cancellation. hstyler@comcast.net

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left onto Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).


“Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” ~ Paint-out Exhibition and Sale

Date: Fri November 21, 2014 thru Sun January 4, 2015
Time: Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 1 – 5pm, Opening Fri Nov 21, 5-7pm
Place:

Lyme Art Association, 90 Lyme Street, Old Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

TrentonYoungsThe 3rd Annual Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Exhibition will be shown in the Goodman Gallery of the Lyme Art Association and will run concurrent with the LAA’s annual holiday exhibition, Deck the Walls. A festive opening reception will be held on November 21, 2014 from 5-7pm. On exhibit will be landscapes created in October 2014 during the “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Paint-Out. The Paint-Out event continues the plein air tradition established by the early American Impressionists who founded the Lyme Art Colony over a hundred years ago.

The landscapes will highlight the natural beauty of the Lyme Land Trust’s 102-acre Banningwood Preserve. The clear waters of Roaring Brook flow through the middle of the Preserve. Dramatic stone ledges, once quarried to provide stone for nearby Gillette Castle, rise over the landscape. Features include dramatic vistas, lush meadows, cedar groves, quarry pools and tree canopies.

This event is a fundraiser for the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, with a portion of each sale donated to the Trust to further its mission to preserve Lyme’s natural beauty for the public benefit.

Opening Reception: Friday, November 21, 5-7 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1 – 5pm

Painting: “Sun on Old Bones”  donated to the Lyme Land Conservation Trust by Trenton F. Youngs, oil on canvas

Artists, click here for a prospectus.

 


TrailBlazers – Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue December 30, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Three chimneys before after copyJoin us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will be on the Park Road and part of the Heritage Trail at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme with Humphrey Tyler. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will visit the newly cleaned-up three Chimneys and walk by the remnants of the old charcoal kiln.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo: Three Chimneys before and after by Wendolyn HIll.


PRESERVE CLOSURES for Hunting

Date: Wed November 19, 2014 thru Tue December 23, 2014
Time: Monday through Friday
Place:
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Hunting-Map-2013During Firearms Deer Hunting Season beginning Wednesday, November 19 through Tuesday, December 23, 2014, the following Preserves in Lyme will be closed Monday through Friday except to licensed hunters with valid consent permits:

Banningwood Preserve, Beebe Preserve, Chestnut Hill Preserve, Eno Preserve, Hand Smith, Honey Hill Preserve, Jewett Preserve, Mount Archer Woods, Pickwick’s Preserve, Plimpton Preserve, and Slawson Preserve.

These preserves, owned by the Town of Lyme and/or the Lyme Land Conservation Trust, will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during this hunting period as no hunting is allowed on weekends.  Please be aware that hunting is allowed in Lyme on State and Private land every day except Sunday. Click here or on the map image to see the regulated hunting map of the Lyme open space properties. 

For more information on the hunting program in Lyme, please go to: Hunting Program. Controlled hunting helps us in our stewardship duties to prevent environmental damage caused by overpopulation of deer, geese, and wild turkey.


Trailblazer walk – Devil’s Hopyard State Park

Date: Tue December 16, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam, CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Devil's-hopyardJoin us for this moderately easy walk along the Eightmile River at one of the State’s most beautiful parks. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the orange trail at Devil’s Hopyard State Park. The path has a few short fairly steep hills to reach beautiful views of the Eightmile River Valley. The hike will be led by Humphrey Tyler, Lyme Land Trust board member; accompanied by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet at 10am in the main paved parking lot with the covered bridge.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to end. Turn right onto Rte 82. Take a left onto Hopyard  Rd in about 0.2 miles. Follow for about 3 miles to a right into the main parking lot of Devil’s Hopyard near the covered bridge (before you get to the waterfall).

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazers – Walk at Gillette Castle

Date: Tue December 2, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Gillette Castle, Meet in the main paved parking lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Young hikeJoin us for this moderately easy walk in Lyme and East Haddam, at one of the State’s most popular and beautiful parks. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the rail trail at Gillette Castle State Park which follows the path of the narrow gauge train William Gillette once owned. The path has beautiful views of the Connecticut River with wooden trestles and a tunnel. The hike will be led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet in the main paved parking lot.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to end. Turn left onto Rte 82. At Hadlyme Four Corners, continue straight onto Rte 148 for 1.5 miles. Turn right at Geer Hill Road. In about 0.8 miles, turn left into Gillette State Park. Follow the drive until you come to the large paved parking lot.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


NEW DEADLINE: 9th Annual Amateur Photo Contest Deadline Extended to December 1

Date: Wed October 1, 2014 thru Mon December 1, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Place:
Contact Email: photocontest@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: Area Land Trusts

Landscape 1st  Skip Broom 2011The deadline for submissions to the Photo Contest has been extended to December 1, 2014.

For an Entry Form, email photocontest@lymelandtrust.org

For more information go to Photo Contest News or visit the Land Trust’s Photo Contest website at https://landtrustsphotos.shutterfly.com/

photo credit: 2014 Photo Contest Judge Skip Broom, winner Photo Contest Landscape 2011


Trailblazers – Walk at the Young Preserve

Date: Tue November 25, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Young Property


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter:

Hartman Park FallJoin us for this moderately easy (a few hills) walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore the Young Preserve and Walbridge Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Young Preserve on Gungy. Park by the sign.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rte 156 N to right on Beaver Brook Road; about 1 mile to left on Gungy Road at 4-way stop; about 0.5 mile to park entrance on the right.

photo by Wendolyn Hill


Trailblazers walk-Chestnut Hill

Date: Tue November 18, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Chestnut Hill, Sterling Hill Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Town of Lyme

Trailblazers walk 111114Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Chestnut Hill Preserve, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is a little more than 2 miles long. We will meet at the entrance to the Preserve on Sterling Hill Road.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 to Sterling City Road (by Tiffany Farm). Go about 1 mile. Right on Sterling Hill Road. Chestnut Hill entrance is about 0.5 miles on the right. Parking is along the side of the road.

 


Trailblazers walk-Pickwick’s to MT Archer

Date: Tue November 11, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Mt Archer Woods Parking Lot, Mt Archer Road, Lyme


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: The Lyme Land Trust and The Town of Lyme

Join us for this moderately easy walk in the woods. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will explore Pickwick’s Preserve to Mt Archer Woods, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is a little more than 2 miles long. We will meet at the Mt Archer Woods Parking Lot. If it works out, we will car pool over to the Pickwick Preserve entrance and walk the trails back to the Mt Archer Parking Lot. Or, we can just go for a walk.

Rain Cancels.

Directions: Rt. 156 north to Mt. Archer Road. Left on Mt Archer Road. Go one mile on Mt Archer Road (bear left up the big hill). The parking lot is down a long driveway on the left, the 4th long driveway after you start up the hill. Look for the stone post marker that has “Mt Archer Woods Town of Lyme” written on it. It faces the road, so you can’t read it until you are on top of it. (If you get to 100 Mt. Archer Road, you have gone too far).


“TrailBlazers” Walk at Hartman Park

Date: Tue November 4, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at Hartman Park Parking Lot


Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: The Lyme Land Trust and The Town of Lyme

Jewett Trailblazer walkJoin us for this moderately easy walk in the woods appropriate for active seniors. Everyone is welcome.

This week’s hike will be on the Park Road and part of the Heritage Trail at Hartman Park, led by Wendolyn Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space Coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. Wendolyn will point out some of the fascinating historical landmarks in Hartman Park.

Rain Cancels.

Hartman Park is on Gungy Road about 1 mile north of the 4-way stop signs at the intersection of Beaverbrook Road, Grassy Hill Road, and Gungy Road.

Photo by Zach Blackwell, Trailblazers on White Trail of the Jewett Preserve


Trailblazers Walk with the Lyme Land Trust and Senior Center

Date: Tue October 28, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Jewett Preserve, Cemetery Entrance, Mt. Archer Road, Lyme


Contact Email: seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov
Presenter: Lymes Senior Center and the Lyme Land Trust

The Trailblazers is a program of moderately easy walks in the woods appropriate for active seniors. Advanced sign up highly encouraged in case there is a last minute change in schedule. Call the Senior Center at (860) 434-4127 to register.

This week’s hike will be on the white trail of  the Jewett Preserve, led by Wendy Hill, Lyme Land Trust board member and Open Space coordinator for the Town of Lyme. The hike is about 2 miles long. It is a beautiful walk meandering through mature woods.

Meet:
10 AM– Cemetery entrance to the Jewett Preserve on Mt. Archer Road (across from the Eno Preserve).


Foliage Cruise Features the Geology of the CT River Valley

Date: Sun October 26, 2014
Time: 3:30 - 5:30pm
Place:

Riverquest Cruise Boat, departing Eagle Landing State Park, Route 82, Haddam, CT


Contact Email: llewis81051@gmail.com
Presenter: Lyme Public Hall Association

Join retired State Geologist, and former Lyme Land Conservation Trust President, Ralph Lewis on a sunset cruise as he explains the geological features and processes that created this beautiful river valley. The RiverQuest has excellent viewing, enclosed cabin, and a restroom. The cruise is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall Association.

Wine and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres will be provided. The price is $40 for members of the Lyme Public Hall Association, $45 for non-members. Reservations and prepayment are required. Proceeds support the Hall’s programs. Contact Leslie at llewis81051@gmail.com or at 860 526-8886 to reserve a place on this trip.

For more information go to http://lymepublichall.org


Photo Contest Entry Forms

Date: Mon September 1, 2014 thru Sat October 25, 2014
Time: anytime
Place:

Participating Land Trusts


Contact Email: photocontest@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

To request a Photo Contest entry form and a copy of the rules, email photocontest@lymeland trust.org. For more information go to Photo Contest.


Eightmile RiverFest

Date: Sat October 18, 2014
Time: 1- 4pm
Place:

Devil's Hopyard State Park--Pavilion Area


Contact Email: pyoung@eightmileriver.org
Presenter: Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee

terkkersThis is a free family oriented event sponsored every two years by the Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Coordinating Committee in celebration of the river.  We have bluegrass music (Eight Mile River Band of course), chowder from Moodus Sportsmen’s Club, cookies, cider and kettle corn.

We will also have programs on native reptiles by Meigs Point Nature Center and birds of prey by A Place Called Hope along with wildlife cartooning by Wild Bill Taylor, and “water fun” by Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT.  A stream bug demonstration will be presented by Three Rivers Community College.

The Lyme Land Conservation Trust will have a display and representatives at the event.

Rain cancels.


William Burt: New Photographs and Old

Date: Fri October 17, 2014
Time: 5-7 pm
Place:

The Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, 2 Library Lane, Old Lyme


Contact Email: mfiorell@oldlyme.lioninc.org
Presenter:

BillburtshowLocal resident, naturalist and photographer William Burt will have an exhibit and opening reception of his superb bird photographs at the Old Lyme – Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library on Friday October 17 from 5-7 pm. The public is invited. He is acclaimed for his beautiful books which feature his wildlife photography.

The show runs from October 17 to November 28. A portion of each sale benefits the library.

William Burt has been a judge for the Land Trusts Amateur Photo Contest for many years.


Trailblazers Walk with the Lyme Land Trust and Senior Center

Date: Tue October 14, 2014
Time: 10:00
Place:

Nehantic State Forest


Contact Email: seniorcenter@oldlyme-ct.gov
Presenter: Lymes Senior Center and the Lyme Land Trust and Senior Center

The Trailblazers is a program of moderately easy walks in the woods appropriate for active seniors. Advanced sign up highly encouraged in case there is a last minute change in schedule. Call the Senior Center at (860) 434-4127 to register.

This week’s hike will be at Nehantic State Forest, led by Marta Cone. Marta lives near the State Park & knows the trails very well. The hike will be about 60- 90 minutes.

Meet:
9:30 am-Lyme’s Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371 to carpool or follow Marta to the park entrance.
OR
10 AM– Entrance to Nehantic State Park on Rt 156 (Hamburg Road). Driving north on Rt 156 from Old Lyme, the Park entrance road is on the right about 1/10th of a mile past the north end of Bill Hill Road.

Its GPS coordinates are: 41.372095, −72.347347

PLEASE NOTE: There are TWO separate sections to Nehantic State Park, one in Lyme & one East Lyme. This is the section of the Park in Lyme, NOT the one in  East Lyme.


Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty ~ Call for Artists ~ Paint-Out at Banningwood Preserve

Date: Sat October 11, 2014 thru Sun October 12, 2014
Time: sunrise to sunset, registration starts at 9am
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

B2.-LYME-beaver-pond-angie-falstrom-1The 3rd Annual Lyme Land Conservation Trust Paint-Out continues the plein air tradition established by the early American Impressionists who founded the Lyme Art Colony over a hundred years ago. All plein air artists are invited to join their colleagues for a beautiful autumn weekend of outdoor painting and camaraderie.

The 2014 Paint-Out will be located in the northwest corner of New London County on the Lyme Land Trust’s 102-acre Banningwood Preserve. The clear waters of Roaring Brook flow through the middle of the Preserve. Dramatic stone ledges, once quarried to provide stone for nearby Gillette Castle, rise over the landscape. These quarries are now filled with water and provide important habitats for local birds and wildlife. The buildings and steeples of Deep River can be viewed from the ridgeline. Additional features include lush meadows, cedar groves, and tree canopies over the river.

For breakfast and lunch, take the less-than-a-quarter-mile jaunt over to the charming Hadlyme Country Store at Hadlyme Four Corners. They have Ashlawn coffee, breakfast sandwiches, homemade pastries, and a very tasty lunch menu.

Works created during the 2014 Paint-Out are eligible for exhibition and sale during the Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty Exhibition, to be held at the Lyme Art Association from November 14, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

For the Paint-Out Prospectus click here,
Banningwood Preserve Trail Map

Click here for an article about the 3rd annual Paint-Out in Outdoor Painter Magazine.

Painting “Beaver Pond” by Angie Falstrom

 

 


Annual Source-to-Sea Clean-up of the Connecticut River

Date: Sat September 27, 2014
Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Place:

Selden Cove. Look for LLCT sandwich board on Selden Road for kayak and canoe launch site.


Contact Email: bbuerger@3yankees.com
Presenter: CT River Watershed Council

S2S2Join the clean-up of the length of the Connecticut River through NH, VT, MA & CT involving more than 2,000 volunteers. The Land Trust needs volunteers with small power and paddle craft. We will focus our efforts on Selden Cove and Selden Island. The focus this year is on recyclables, bottles and tires.

If you can pitch in, contact Brantley Buerger at bbuerger@3yankees.com.

A light lunch will be provided. Raindate is September 28.

For more information about this effort spearheaded by the CT River Watershed Council: 18th Annual Source to Sea Clean-up of the CT River.

photo: Lyme Land Trust board members Don Gerber and Humphrey Tyler with volunteers during clean-up in 2013.

 


Anthony Irving Plays the Guitar at Lyme Farmers Market

Date: Sat September 27, 2014
Time: 9am-12:30
Place:

Lyme Farmers Market, Ashlawn Farms, Bill Hill Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Come to the Lyme Farmers Market on Saturday and be serenaded with beautiful guitar music by Lyme Land Trust board member Anthony Irving. All donations received will support the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.

Lyme Farmers MarketAs Chip Dahlke, owner of Ashlawn Farm says, “Tony is coming for some musical mellowness. Please throw some cash in his case. All proceeds will benefit the Lyme Land Conservation Trust. Who’s better than Tony? When it comes to hugging trees, Tony is the main man.”


Cruise to View Swallow Spectacular

Date: Fri September 26, 2014
Time: 5 to 8 pm
Place:

Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: CT River Expeditions and Lyme Land Trust

swallows-yellow-sunEvery autumn an estimated one million swallows come together above an island in the CT River as a part of their migration ritual. This growing mass of birds performs undulating dances before suddenly descending as one to roost just after the sun sets.

Join us on a cruise aboard the RiverQuest to view this miraculous display. Commentary about the birds and other wildlife, as well as binoculars (if you don’t have your own), will be provided by CT River Expeditions.

Wine and light refreshments are included. You may bring a picnic supper.

Preregistration and prepayment required. The cost is $40.00 per person, no children under 10. The boat leaves Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam promptly at 5:00 and returns in about three hours. If the trip is canceled because of inclement weather, refunds will be provided. Check our website if weather is questionable. Tickets are non-refundable after September 20. After that date, if we have a waiting list, we will use our best efforts to find a buyer for your ticket(s) if you need to cancel. No-shows on cruise day are not refundable.

We are very sorry. We are booked to capacity. You can email info@lymelandtrust.org to go on the waiting list in case of a cancellation or contact the RiverQuest to see if one of their other cruises has space. The Old Lyme Land Trust is hosting a Swallow Cruise on the RiverQuest on September 27.  For info go to: OLLT Swallow Cruise.

You may also be interested in the Geology Cruise on the RiverQuest sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall on October 26.


Geology Walk in Banningwood Preserve

Date: Sun September 21, 2014
Time: 2 pm
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, Town Street (Route 82) in Hadlyme, about ¼ mile north of the intersection with Ferry Road (Route 148).


Contact Email: Llewis81051@gmail.com
Presenter: Lyme Public Hall Association

RalphHave you ever wondered about the geological forces that shaped Southeastern Connecticut and how that drove the settlement of the area?  If so, join retired State Geologist Ralph Lewis on a hike through the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s Banningwood Preserve. The program is sponsored by the Lyme Public Hall Association.

The hike will be about two hours,  moderately paced with generally easy terrain and a few short steep ups and downs.  Sturdy shoes are a must; a walking stick would be helpful as well.  Please bring water and any medications you might need.   Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended.  The walk is best for those over 12, and dogs should be left at home. Rain will cancel the event.


Geocaching 101

Date: Sat September 20, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Meet at parking lot for Mount Archer Woods, Mount Archer Road, Lyme.


Contact Email: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Geocaching enthusiast Jim Lockhart will lead the event.

trekker logoThe Lyme Land Trust and the East Haddam Land Trust have scheduled this field class to introduce those interested in learning how to geocache, the real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Instruction will be provided by active geocachers led by Jim Lockhart, a geocaching enthusiast.

To actively participate, bring a GPS-enabled device or smart phone. Before you attend, please download this Free Geocaching App to use during the event. To download the app, you will be asked to choose a unique geocaching user name and sign up for a free membership in geocaching.com.

This is a fun family activity suitable for all ages.

Using a smart phone or other GPS device, participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (treasure-filled container) hidden at that location.  You may take some treasure as long as you replace it with something of your own. Or as geocachers say, “Take some stuff, leave some stuff.” We will provide the treasures for this event. There are also geocaches on Chestnut Hill Preserve, Beebe Preserve, Hartman Park and other locations in Lyme.

Registration is appreciated but not required. Please let us know if you are planning to attend. Email rsvp@lymelandtrust.org. Put “Geocaching” in the subject line.

For an introduction to geocaching, click here: Geocaching 101

For an article about geocaching in the Spring 2014 Lyme land Trust Newsletter, click here.


Whalebone Cove Kayaking and Canoeing Tour

Date: Sun July 27, 2014
Time: 11:30 am
Place:

Whalebone Cove, meet at Hadlyme Ferry Parking Lot.


Contact Email: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust
© Joe Standart 2011 © Joe Standart 2011

Allison and Jack Hine will lead this tour of Whalebone Cove. Located on the east side of the CT River, Whalebone Cove offers a unique opportunity to see a variety of marsh species, from warblers and heron to wild rice and spatterdock, a flowering plant in the water lily family. Perhaps we will see painted turtles, swamp sparrows, or a muskrat. At the head of the Cove is the mouth of Roaring Brook, and views of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s Banningwood Preserve can also be seen on the paddle. Whalebone Cove is a magical place to visit throughout the warmer months, and you may want to return in the fall when numerous migrating waterfowl are passing through.

Meet at the Hadlyme Ferry parking lot. Pre-registration required. Email rsvp@lymelandtrust.org. Event is limited to 15 boats.


Our Annual Meeting: 20,000 Years of Change on Connecticut’s Shores

Date: Fri June 13, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rte 156) Hamburg, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Patrick J. Lynch

Patrick-LynchWe are delighted to have Patrick J. Lynch as presenter at the Lyme Land Conservation Trust Annual Meeting.

Connecticut has some of New England’s most beautiful coastal environments, but our shores and marine environments also face increasing challenges from urbanization, pollution, and climate change.

Using images of his beautiful illustrations, Patrick J. Lynch will present a talk about the geology and biology of our coast, and place our current challenges within the context of 20,000 years of major changes in our shoreline since it was formed at the end of the Ice Age.

Lynch is a widely recognized artist, author, designer and photographer. He has received more than 40 national and international awards and honors, including a 2012 National Outdoor Book Award for A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico. His Manual of Ornithology, co-authored with Noble S. Proctor, won several national awards for editorial and design excellence, and is one of the most widely used texts in undergraduate and graduate ornithology courses.

He turned his attention to our own Connecticut coastline in his most recent book, Connecticut Coast & Long Island Sound, an ebook for the Apple iPad, available through the iTunes bookstore. For more about Patrick J. Lynch, click here.

Everyone is welcome. The evening will begin with casual social time and then a brief  business meeting. Members will be asked to vote for new director nominees. The presentation will follow.

Cover photo © Patrick Lynch


CT Trails Day Walk

Date: Sat June 7, 2014
Time: 10 am to 11:30
Place:

Walbridge Preserve and Hartman Park


Contact Email: angie.falstrom@att.net
Presenter:

TD 2013 Lyme LT 37

terkkersPlease meet at the parking area for Hartman Park. This year we are offering two guided hikes, both beginning at 10 AM. 
A short children’s hike will include a scavenger hunt and a visit to the Fairy Circles in Hartman Park.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.

For those interested in a longer hike, we’ll explore scenic Walbridge Woodlands on the yellow and white trails, and then pass by the old foundations of the Lee Farm in Hartman Park.  This hike will take a little more than an hour and is moderately easy. 

Hartman ParkAt the end of the hikes, both groups will meet at the School Room in Hartman Park (where the picnic tables are) for water and a light snack.  Participants will receive a small book about the Heritage Trail in Hartman Park, and for the younger ones, a booklet about a fairy who lives in the Fairy Circles there.

Pre-registration is appreciated.  For questions and to register, please email Angie Falstrom at angie.falstrom@att.net or call 860-434-3194.

Rain date: Sunday, June 8th, 10 AM

photos by Lisa Niccolai and Angie Falstrom


Lyme Land Conservation Trust Seeks Public Comment For National Accreditation

Date: Wed March 26, 2014 thru Sun June 1, 2014
Time: anytime
Place:
Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Lyme Land Conservation Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation from the Land Trust Alliance (LTA).  The LTA is a national association of Land Trusts with over 1100 member trusts across the country.  The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.

The Commission invites public input. Comments must relate to how the Lyme Land Conservation Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. To learn more about the accreditation program and to see the full list of  standards, go to http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/tips-and-tools/indicator-practices

The Commission accepts written comments on pending applications by the following procedures:

  1. To submit a comment electronically, visit http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/submit-a-comment-on-a-current-applicant.
  2. Email your comment to info@landtrustaccreditation.org
  3. Comments may also be faxed to:
    (fax) 518-587-3183 or
  4. Comments may be mailed to:
    Land Trust Accreditation Commission
    Attn: Public Comments
    112 Spring Street, Suite 204
    Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent LTA program, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.

Lyme Land Trust President John Pritchard explains: “The accreditation process is beneficial to the Land Trust for two reasons. First, the Land Trust Alliance has created a set of rigorous policies, procedures, record keeping and management standards against which we are required to measure our own land trust operations. Consequently, part of the accreditation process consists of upgrading our performance as a land trust so that it complies with these ambitious parameters. Second, LTA accreditation is a stamp of approval of the manner in which a land trust conducts itself and its operations. As such, it contributes to the confidence that individuals, foundations, government agencies, and members of the Lyme community have in providing us with funding and other benefits.


World Fish Migration Day

Date: Sat May 24, 2014
Time: Starting at 9:00 am
Place:

Lyme-Old Lyme High School and various fishways


Contact Email:
Presenter: CTDEEP, The Nature Conservancy, Princeton Hydro

river_herringWorld Fish Migration Day started in Europe and has spread worldwide. The State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) has teamed up with The Nature Conservancy and Princeton Hydro to organize events in CT.

Start the day with Steve Gephard, a fish biologist with the CTDEEP, and Sally Harold, Director of Migratory Fish Projects with The Nature Conservancy, and listen to their talks on migratory fish. Steve’s talk will focus on the biology of the various species of migratory fish found in Connecticut, their status, and describe some of the threats facing them. Sally will review the various dam removal and fishway construction projects undertaken in Connecticut by a variety of partners working to restore runs to Connecticut waters. After the talk, attendees may visit one or more of the participating fishways. For more information go to: http://nature.org/ctfish

One of the locations on the tour is the newly opened fishladder at the Rogers Lake dam. The alewife, an anadromous fish, will be able to migrate into Rogers Lake for the first time since the dam was built in the 1600s. Anadromous fish are born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean as they mature, and then return to the fresh water to spawn. When the dam was built centuries ago, some of the alewife that were trapped in the lake survived and established a landlocked colony. Even though they are the same species, the anadromous alewife and the landlocked alewife have evolved to look quite different. Read an interesting article by Richard Coniff about the reunion of these fish cousins: Love on Rogers Lake: A Tale of Two Alewives.

 


Tour de Lyme 2014

Date: Sun May 18, 2014
Time: Beginning at 8:00 am
Place:

Ashlawn Farms, Bill Hill Road, Lyme


Contact Email: Info@TourdeLyme.org
Presenter:

Tour_de_Lyme-58terkkersOnline registration is closed for the 2nd annual Tour de Lyme charity cycle event. You can register on sight up to 30 minutes before your ride of choice is set to depart. Check the TourdeLyme.org webpage for details. This is an event for all ages.

Donate your unused bikes to Bikes for Kids At Tour de Lyme … Every kid needs a bike. Bikes for Kids will have volunteers on hand at this year’s Tour de Lyme to collect used bikes.
Reynolds Subaru on Route 156 in Lyme will also accept donated bikes for Bikes for Kids from May 12 to May 24. For more info: click here.

Ashlawn Farm on Bill Hill Road, Lyme’s popular coffee house, will host the 2014 Tour de Lyme. To read more: Tour de Lyme Venue 2014.

The Lyme Land Trust inaugurated Tour de Lyme in 2013 as an annual bike ride to raise funds to support its mission of preserving and protecting environmentally important land in Lyme.

photo by Joe Standarts


Lyme Land Conservation Trust on TV!

Date: Tue May 13, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Place:
Contact Email: petemezzettishow@yahoo.com
Presenter: George Moore

Lyme Land Trust Executive director George Moore is going to be on TV! He will appear on the Pete Mezzetti Show to talk about the Lyme Land Conservation Trust with an emphasis on the upcoming Tour de Lyme cycling event which will take place Sunday May 18. The show can be accessed online in Lyme and other towns east of the CT River by going to www.vsctv.com.  Click the red button “WATCH ONLINE” and at the bottom click on the Pete Mezzettti Show – Tour de Lyme. 

It is less than a week to the Tour de Lyme! For information about this exciting event for cyclists of all abilities and ages, including pre-registration, go to www.TourdeLyme.com .

“The Pete Mezzetti Show” airs weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00-7:30 p.m. The show is televised on Valley Shore Community Television (VSCTV) and is aired in homes throughout Centerbrook, Chester, Clinton, Deep River, Durham, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook on public access Channel 19.  It can be viewed on Comcast Clinton channel 19, on AT&T U-verse. The show can be accessed online on the east side of the CT River by going to www.vsctv.com. For more information, check out your local television station listings. www. petemezzettishow.weebly.com


Spring Is For The Birds!

Date: Sat May 3, 2014
Time: 7:30 am
Place:

Pleasant Valley Preserve, Macintosh Road, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Rob Braunfield

John G. Mitchell,Joan Meek13If it’s true that the early bird gets the worm, then this early morning walk should provide the opportunity to see a lot of our feathered friends.  Join local expert Rob Braunfield to look for and learn about a variety of birds busy with their spring rituals.

Photo credit: Joan Meek 2013, John H. Mitchell Environmental Award


Earth Day Program

Date: Tue April 22, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Place:

Lyme-Old Lyme High School


Contact Email:
Presenter:

Conservation biologist and ornithological expert Dr. Paul Spitzer will discuss his planned study of osprey in the lower Connecticut River estuary, slated for April-June of this year.  Over the next few months, Dr Spitzer will be studying a new threat to our osprey population – the overfishing of menhaden, a primary food source for osprey chicks. While eggs are now surviving incubation, osprey parents are finding it difficult to catch enough fish to sustain their young.  Dr Spitzer will be joined by CT DEEP biologist Steve Gephard, who manages the State’s diadromous fisheries program.   

The Lyme-Old Lyme High School Ecology Club will provide refreshments. Attendees can also visit with representatives of the Lyme and Old Lyme Land Trusts, the Lyme and Old Lyme Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions, the Potapaug Audubon Society, and the CT River Gateway Commission.


Our Friends, the Honey Bees

Date: Sun April 6, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm
Place:

The Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Rd, Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: John Pritchard and Kiernan Wholean

honeybee-on-thistle-1-(2)Honey Bees are our most interesting, important and challenged insect helpers.  Learn about their fascinating life cycle and abilities, their importance to our food supply, the threats they face today and the rudiments of how you can start a bee hive.

This program is not intended for small children.

John Pritchard and Kiernan Wholean, Directors of the Lyme Land Trust, will present the program. Both are beekeepers and bee enthusiasts.

To see beautiful film footage of pollinators including honey bees, click here.
Photo by Kiernan Wholean


Guided Walk In Banningwood Preserve

Date: Sat March 22, 2014
Time: 10 am
Place:

Banningwood Preserve, on Town Street (Rte 82) just north and east of Hadlyme Four Corners


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

terkkers

BanningwoodCelebrate the start of Spring and explore the new 100-acre Banningwood Preserve in Hadlyme.

Land Trust Vice President Don Gerber will lead the walk through the preserve. Also leading the walk, Land Trust Environmental Director Lisa Niccolai will talk about the flora and fauna of the property, Connecticut State Geologist Emeritus Ralph Lewis will explain its geology, and Lyme Selectman Parker Lord will discuss its history.

This hike will be moderately difficult because there are no trails. Waterproof hiking shoes or boots are suggested. Please do not bring pets. The walk is a preview to the more formal opening which will be announced after trails, which will be developed throughout the preserve, are completed. This event is open to the public. Members, non-members, Lyme residents and non-residents of all ages are invited. Bring your kids for a walk in the woods.

For an article about the Banningwood Preserve in the 2013 Spring Lyme Land Trust Newsletter, click here.

Parking will be available along the driveway at 19 Town Street (Route 82) about 100 yards north of Hadlyme Four Corners and just north of the bridge over Roaring Brook.
Photo credit: Wendolyn Hill


Hunting Season 2013

Date: Wed November 20, 2013 thru Tue December 24, 2013
Time: Monday through Friday all day
Place:

Hunting by permit allowed on select preserves


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: Town of Lyme

Some Preserves in the Town of Lyme will be closed Monday through Friday, commencing Wednesday, November 20, 2013, through and including, Tuesday December 24, 2013, except to deer hunters with valid consent forms from the Town of Lyme Open Space Coordinator.  These preserves will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during this hunting period as no hunting is allowed on weekends. The hunting program is fully subscribed. 

CLOSED PRESERVES DURING DEER HUNTING SEASON NOVEMBER 20 to DECEMBER 24, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: Consent to hunt deer with firearms (shotgun, centerfire rifle and muzzleloader) has been granted for the following preserves:

Jewett Preserve, Mount Archer Woods, Eno Preserve, Plimpton Preserve, Beebe Preserve , Slawson Preserve, Chestnut Hill Preserve, Honey Hill Preserve, Hand Smith, Pickwick’s Preserve, Banningwood Preserve.

OPEN PRESERVES: Hunting on the following preserves is not allowed; they are, therefore open throughout this period to non hunting users.

Hartman Park, Young Preserve, Selden Creek Preserve, Pleasant Valley Preserve, Walbridge Woodlands, Roaring Brook Preserve , Patrell Preserve, Grassy Hill Preserve, Sterling City Preserve. 

For more information on the hunting program, click here. 

For Trail Maps, click here.

 


What Kind of Mushroom is That?

Date: Sun October 6, 2013
Time: 10am to 2pm
Place:

West Dolbia Hill Road, East Haddam, CT


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: East Lyme Land Trust and Lyme Land Conservation Trust

Mushroom-2012Find out about local fungi during a Mushroom Hunt near Devil’s Hopyard.

Meet members of East Haddam Land Trust (EHLT) and Lyme Land Conservation Trust (LLCT) at the end of West Dolbia Hill Road (off of Hopyard Road, .75 miles from Route 82) for a fun time gathering fungi. Then mycologist Gerry Miller will help gatherers sort and identify edible and non-edible mushrooms and answer questions about the fungi of the region.

Gathering and sorting from 10:00 am to noon. Identifying and Q & A from noon to 2:00 pm.

Participants should wear clothing appropriate for wandering in wooded, wet areas, and bring:

  • a basket for gathering, a small knife for cutting, and wax paper or baggies for sorting
  • a folding chair
  • a light lunch or snack and a beverage

Light drizzle will NOT cancel this hunt.
Questions? Call EHLT president Rob Smith 860-608-6811 or Angie Falstrom with LLCT at 860-434-3194

photo by Cheryl Philopena, Land Trusts Photo Contest Winner 2012


Cruise to View Swallow Spectacular (SOLD OUT)

Date: Fri September 27, 2013
Time: 5:00 - ~ 8:00 pm
Place:

The RiverQuest excursion boat, Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT (across from Goodspeed Opera House


Contact Email: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: CT River Expeditions and Lyme Land Trust

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Every autumn an estimated one million swallows come together above an island in the CT River as a part of their migration ritual. This growing mass of birds performs undulating dances before suddenly descending as one to roost just after the sun sets. Commentary about the birds and other wildlife, as well as binoculars (if you don’t have your own), will be provided by Ct River Expeditions. Wine and light refreshments are included. You may bring a picnic supper. The cost is $40.00 per person, no children under 10. The boat leaves Eagle Landing State Park in Haddam promptly at 5:00 and returns in about three hours.


Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty & Support LLCT

Date: Sat July 6, 2013 thru Sun September 1, 2013
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Mon-Sat., 1-5 Sun.
Place:

Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, CT


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

15% of the proceeds from art purchases at the Lyme Art Association exhibit will go to the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.


The 3rd Annual Exhibition of “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty”
The tradition of plein air painting in Lyme continues with this special exhibition of landscapes created in and around Lyme’s Pleasant Valley Preserve in April and May. Following its debut in the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Glassenberg Gallery, the artwork traveled to the Lyme Art Association and will be available for purchase all summer.


Children’s Hike & Swim

Date: Sat August 24, 2013
Time: 10 am to Noon
Place:

Swimming hole in the Eightmile River (behind the Lyme School) on Macintosh Road


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: Local experts
photo by Jeff Sims photo by Jeff Sims

 

terkkersLearn from local experts about the creatures that live under rocks and in forests and fields in Lyme.  Meet at the swimming hole in the Eightmile River (behind the Lyme School) on Macintosh Road at 10 AM.  From there we will hike into Pleasant Valley Preserve and explore.  We’ll return to the swimming hole at 11:00 for snacks and a swim.  The event is over at noon.

Children ages 5 to 12.  Parents are welcome to come along.  For more info call: 860-575-1127.

The Lyme Trail Trekkers Logo indicates that this is a program suitable for children. To learn more about the Trekker Program, click here. 


Kayak trip to Whalebone Cove

Date: Sun August 11, 2013
Time: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Place:

Hadlyme Ferry Parking Area


Contact Email: rsvp@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Susan Ballek

Join us Sunday, August 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the Hadlyme Ferry parking lot. Pre-registration required. Email rsvp@lymelandtrust.org or call
860-434-4639. Event is limited to 15 boats.

Located on the east side of the CT River, Whalebone Cove offers a unique opportunity to see a variety of marsh species, from warblers and heron to wild rice and spatterdock, a flowering plant in the water lily family. We’ll take advantage of high tide to explore a side channel of the cove, with a chance to see painted turtles, swamp sparrows, and maybe a muskrat. At the head of the Cove is the mouth of Roaring Brook,and views of the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s Banningwood Preserve can also be seen on the paddle. Whalebone Cove is a magical place to visit throughout the warmer months, and you may want to return in the fall when numerous migrating waterfowl are passing through.

Please contact us if you would like to participate and do not have a kayak, as several are available to borrow.


Ed Bills Pond Dam and River Restoration Public Informational Meeting

Date: Mon July 15, 2013
Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: TNC & American Rivers Staff

The Eightmile River Wild & Scenic Committee and the Lyme Land Conservation Trust invite the public to an informational meeting about the Ed Bills Pond Dam removal and East branch Eightmile River restoration project on Monday, July 15th from 7-9PM at the Lyme Public Hall (249 Hamburg Road). Staff from Nature Conservancy and American Rivers will present an overview of the project along with the project design engineers. The meeting is an opportunity for interested residents to learn about this river restoration project and also discuss concerns about potential impacts to historic resources near the project.


LLCT Annual Meeting

Date: Fri June 14, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter: Kim Lutz, CT Nature Conservancy

Save the date!  More details to follow.


Celebrating Lymes’s Beauty

Date: thru Sun June 2, 2013event image
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Place:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

The 3rd Annual Exhibition of “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty”
The tradition of plein air painting in Lyme continues with this special exhibition of landscapes created in and around Lyme’s Pleasant Valley Preserve in April and May. Following its debut in the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Glassenberg Gallery, artwork will travel to the Lyme Art Association and be available for purchase all summer, with tax-free shopping July 12th – 13th.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 2nd, 3 – 5pm
On View: June 1st – 30th, 2013
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1 – 5pm

Lyme Art Association
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12th, 6 – 8pm
On View: July 6th – September 1st, 2013
Gallery Hours: MondaySaturday, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1 – 5pm


Celebrate National Trails Day

Date: Sat June 1, 2013event image
Time: 10:00 am
Place:

Beebe Preserve


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

Join the Lyme Land Conservation Trust for a Hobbit-inspired hike at the Beebe Preserve.  You will arrive through the Shire (Lyme) and meet in the parking area on Old Grassy Hill Rd. near the East Lyme Town Line.  From there we will set our imagination free to be transported to Middle Earth where we will help the Elves build a new section of the outpost at Rivendell.  Along the way we will have a chance to look for Gollum in the swamps, climb around the Ents and generally explore the forest near the Misty Mountains.

Open to kids of all ages.  No dogs please.  Materials for the miniature Rivendell will be provided but feel free to bring some natural materials to add to the project if you would like.


Tour de Lyme Cycle Event

Date: thru Sat May 11, 2013
Time: Start times vary by division
Place:

Lyme Consolidated School, 478 Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT


Contact Email: Info@TourdeLyme.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE TOUR DE LYME

WEATHER:

After carefully considering the various weather forecasts, we have decided to proceed with the Tour de Lyme on Saturday as planned — rain or shine. Please check the latest weather forecast before the event and bring rain gear if rain is still threatened. We do have access to the school cafeteria so that you will be able to have lunch inside if there are showers.

PARKING:

Due to the huge rider response, we have far exceeded the parking available at the Lyme Consolidated School on Route 156. However, we have arranged for additional parking. ROAD RIDERS RIDING THE CHALLENGE, CLASSIC AND VALLEY RIDES SHOULD PARK IN THE FARM FIELD AT 576 HAMBURG RD (OPPOSITE SALEM ROAD) LESS THAN A MILE NORTH OF THE SCHOOL. There will be signs and volunteers to assist. It is an easy ride down to check in at the school grounds. MOUNTAIN BIKERS AND FAMILY RIDE SHOULD PARK IN THE SCHOOL LOT.

The Lyme Land Trust will host its first annual cycle event – the Tour de Lyme – to benefit the Land Trust.   The Land Trust’s mission to protect Lyme’s landscape has helped create a cycling paradise, which is enjoyed by the many cyclists who regularly ride the town’s lightly traveled rural roads and varied trails.  There will be road or trail routes for all ages and abilities.  Visit TourdeLyme.org for complete details and more information about team or individual registration.

 


3rd Annual Paint Out

Date: Sat April 27, 2013
Time: 9:00 am
Place:

Town of Lyme Swimming Area


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

The public is invited to participate in a day of plein air painting in the beautiful Pleasant Valley, at the 3rd Annual “Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty” Paint-out.  This all-day event is sponsored by the Lyme Art Association, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and the Lyme Land Conservation Trust.  Artists will be invited to submit work created at this Paint-out in a special juried exhibition. The exhibition will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in June, and at the Lyme Art Association in July and August.

Artists will be able to choose from several different public properties within walking distance along MacIntosh Road and the Eight Mile River in Lyme: The Pleasant Valley Preserve, the Jewett Preserve, the Bloom Preserve, and the Town of Lyme Swimming Hole.  Parking is at the Town Swimming Hole, which is the second driveway on the right on MacIntosh Road, just past the intersection with Rt. 156. Overflow parking is available at Lyme Town Hall and library, or in the Lyme Consolidated School parking lot.

The event is free and open to the public.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be available in the morning.  Anyone is welcome to come and paint, however, artists who expect to submit work for the exhibition MUST register (registration is free) with the Lyme Art Association. Registrants will receive a prospectus and more information about the event. To register, please call LAA at 860-434-7802, or email Keith@lymeartassociation.org.

On the Lyme Outdoors map, the Swimming Hole is shown in yellow. This map can be found at http://www.lymelandtrust.org/docs/prop_lyme_outdoors.pdf


Photo Contest Reception

Date: Fri April 12, 2013event image
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Place:

Lymes' Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.


Contact Email: landtrustphotos@yahoo.com
Presenter:

We are pleased to invite you and your family members to our photo contest reception where we will be giving out the cash prizes and ribbons to our recent winners and you will be able to see, not only the winning photos, but all of the photos submitted to the contest this year.  The reception is free and it will be held on Friday, April 12th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme. Light refreshments will be served and a free DVD slide show of all of the photos submitted will be distributed.

If you plan to attend, it is imperative that you send an email to Tony Sullivan at landtrustphotos@yahoo.com telling us the number of people in your party so the proper arrangements can be made for refreshments.

The reception is sponsored by the land/conservation trusts in the towns of Lyme, Old Lyme, East Haddam, Essex and Salem. We hope you will join us for a wonderful evening.

Photo Credit: Mark Bailey, Formerly of Essex, winner of the John G. Mitchell Environmental Awareness Award 

 


Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

Date: Sat April 6, 2013
Time: 9:00 am
Place:

A special thank you to all of our volunteers. Their hard work and generosity make the Land Trust a success. Thank You. This event is by invitation only.


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

This is a special event to say’ thank you’ to all of the volunteers that make the Land Trust a success.  This is a by invitation only event.


Hunting Season

Date: Sat September 15, 2012 thru Thu January 31, 2013
Time: Daylight
Place:

Throughout the area.


Contact Email: Info@LymeLandTrust.org
Presenter:

Hunting is part of the historic and cultural use of the land in Lyme.  It also helps to keep the population of white tailed deer in balance which promotes biodiversity.  The Land Trust supports many uses of the Preserves.  Click here for more information about where there is hunting and where it  is safe to hike.


Wildfires: The good, the bad, the ugly (or beautiful)

Date: Sun January 13, 2013
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, Hamburg Road, Lyme, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Richard Schenk, DEEP Fire Control Officer

Richard Schenk, Fire Control Officer at DEEP in Marlboro will make a presentation on the nature of fires, and talk about their history in our area

A program in conjunction with the Lyme Public Hall


Rescheduled “Kids and Conservation” Panel Discussion

Date: Thu November 29, 2012
Time: 7-9 pm
Place:

First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Audubon Society, Old Lyme Land Trust, and Lyme Land Trust

The “Kids and Conservation” Panel, postponed due to Hurricane Sandy, will be held on Thursday, November 29, 7-9 pm, at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.

“Where is the Next Generation of Conservationists Coming From?”

How can we get our kids outdoors and connect them with the natural world? Can nature compete with computers and smartphones and with organized after-school and weekend activities? What can parents and grandparents, schools, churches and synagogues, non-profit organizations and government do to help?

The Connecticut Audubon Society, Lyme Land Conservation Trust and Old Lyme Land Trust are sponsoring a forum to explore these important questions.

A panel, moderated by Milan Bull, Senior Director for Science and Conservation, and Michelle Eckman, Director of Education for Connecticut Audubon Society, will lead the discussion, and members of the audience will be encouraged to share their ideas and experiences.

The panel of parents, educators, and conservation experts will include Emily Bjornberg, co-founder of the Lyme Land Trust Trekkers youth group, Arthur Lerner, Executive Director of F.R.E.S.H. New London, and John Sargent, artist and member of the The New London County Environmental Educators Coalition.

The event is free and open to everyone; refreshments will be served.

 


Hike Two New Properties

Date: Sun November 18, 2012
Time: 2 pm to 4 pm
Place:

Walbridge Woodlands (Lyme Land Trust) and Young Preserve (Town of Lyme)


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

Come walk with us to celebrate the latest addition of land that completes an unbroken north-south greenway corridor running along the eastern border of Lyme. After introductions from Ralph Eno and John Pritchard we’ll follow Anthony Irving and Ralph Lewis along newly created trails in the Young Preserve and Walbridge Woodlands.

The program will be about 2 hours.  All are welcome to this free program.  This will be a great hike for kids.

Park at the Young Preserve entrance on the east side of Gungy Road, about 1/2 mile north of Beaver Brook Road. There is a short, steep entrance to the trail and moderately easy walking after that. Sturdy, waterproof shoes are recommended. No dogs please.
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Woodland Management

Date: Sat October 20, 2012
Time: 10 am to noon
Place:

Lyme, CT. Call Diana Boehning for details and to make a reservation at 860-434-2336


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

We will see the same areas that we walked through in the spring, but the area  will be dressed in different colors this time!  Discussion will revolve around management issues practiced over the last several years.

* deer exclosures in 2 different stages of growth

* extensive control of invasive species

* timing of mowing of fields

* tree harvesting done several years ago

* walk up to top of ridge to see new managed pitch pine plantation

This will be a walk of about two hours, pretty easy on woods roads, with some hilly spots. Lovely views.

No dogs please, older children welcome.

 


RiverFest 2012

Date: Sat October 13, 2012
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Place:

Devil's Hopyard State Park Pavilion, East Haddam, CT


Contact Email:
Presenter:

Join the fun at River Fest 2012.  There will be live music, presentations and lot’s of fun.  For more information look for the Eightmile River Watershed Riverfest 2012 on Facebook.

 


The Life Cycle of Beaver Activity

Date: Sat October 6, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place:

Meet at Clucas Field on Brush Hill Road, a tenth of a mile west of Tantumorantum Road.


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Ann Kilpatrick, District Wildlife Biologist from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

Come walk with us for 2-1/2 to 3 hours and we will learn as we go. Our guide Ann Kilpatrick, District Wildlife Biologist from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection will teach us everything we want to know about beavers and more. We will enjoy examples of dams, dens, ponds and the final stages when the dam is gone and the land goes to marsh and meadow. This is a moderately rugged walk. Sturdy waterproof shoes are recommended.  No dogs please.


Bat Chat

Date: Sat September 8, 2012event image
Time: 3 p.m.
Place:

The Bgornberg's beautiful new Barn at 59 Brush Hill Road, Lyme CT


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Gerri Griswold

Bats have occupied our planet for fifty million years  yet we have only seriously studied them over the last six decades. With the help of a charming bat named Bugsy, we will explore the biology, ecology, sonar, cultural highs and horrific lows (White Nose Syndrome) of these extraordinary creatures. Gerri Griswold is Director of Administration and Development at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. Over the years Gerry and her bats have presented hundreds of programs to libraries, schools and other community organizations such as the Peabody Museum and have produced a segment about bats for The Late Show with David Letterman.

We will be upstairs in a beautiful new barn. Please bring your own lawn chair and join us for a hot dogs after the program.


Annual Kayak Event

Date: Sat August 11, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place:

Park and launch near the Hamburg Yacht Club


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

The Lyme Land Trust will be working with The Nature Conservancy to remove invasive species in a section of Hamburg Cove. The program involves a paddle though Hamburg Cove to a small island in the upper cove. If you would like to participate and do not have a kayak, contact us for a ride to the island. info@lymelandtrust.org


Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty

Date: Fri June 1, 2012 thru Tue July 3, 2012
Time: Tuesday- Saturday 10am-5pm
Place:

Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London. Exit 83 off I-95


Contact Email:
Presenter:

An exhibition of paintings completed at Lyme Land Trust’s Clucas Field property during the second annual Paintout, will be on view in the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Glassenberg Gallery until July 3.  The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday (lymanallyn.org). On July 7 the exhibition will move to the Lyme Art Association’s downstairs gallery, where paintings will be available for purchase.  Don’t miss it!

 


2012 Annual Meeting

Date: Fri June 15, 2012
Time: 6-8pm
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, Rte 156, Hamburg


Contact Email: george.moore@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Susan Ballek. Executive Director, Lyme Art Association

There will be a brief business meeting. Members will be asked to vote on the nominations of three candidates for Directors and the adoption of five Bylaws amendments. For details contact george.moore@lymelandtrust.org.

Susan Ballek will speak on the connection between the famous “Lyme light” and the 19th century impressionists who lived in the area and painted landscapes now famous worldwide. On display will be paintings produced during the 2nd annual paint-out in May.


CT Trail Days Walks

Date: Sat June 2, 2012
Time: 10:00 am
Place:

Chestnut Hill Preserve. From Route 156 in Lyme turn east onto Sterling City Road. Sterling City Road is a loop. The north entrance is 4 miles south of Route 82 and the south entrance is 4 miles north of Exit 70 on I-95. Turn east again onto Sterling Hill Rd to the Chestnut Preserve sign at the entrance. Park on the right hand side of the road.


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lisa Niccolai and Ralph Lewis

The short hike led by Lisa Niccolai will take walkers along a moderately level path to a small waterfall tumbling over ledge rock. The longer hike led by Ralph Lewis will also enter Nehantic State Forest and continue along winding more rugged trails. There will be discussions of interest to young and old alike. We will learn about the geology of the area, some history, plant and tree identification and much more. Waterproof shoes are a good idea.No dogs please.


Opening Reception

Date: Fri June 1, 2012
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm
Place:

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams Street, New London
Exit 83 off of I-95


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A CELEBRATION!

The opening reception for Celebrating Lyme’s Beauty, a juried exhibition of works painted en plein air at Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s Clucas Field during the second annual Lyme Paintout.  The paintings will be on view at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum’s Glassenberg Gallery from June 1-30th, and at the Lyme Art Association from July 7-September 3 (where they will be available for purchase).
Sponsored by Lyme Land Trust, the Lyme Art Association, and the Lyman Allyn Art Museum. For further information call Molly 860-304-4043


FOR MEMBERS ONLY EVENT

Date: Sat May 19, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place:

Private property


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

This easy two hour walk on old woods roads will feature some hilly spots with lovely views. The purpose is to explain and show participants the results of a property management project that was started a few years ago. The discussion will demonstrate the use of deer fencing to protect early growth, invasive species control, mowing of fields, results of prior logging activities and a walk along a creek to see a new Pitch Pine Plantation. Since this is being held on private property, it is a Land Trust Members only walk with a limited number of participants. Call Diana Boehning for reservations and directions. 860-434-2336


Second Lyme Paintout

Date: Sat May 5, 2012
Time: 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Place:

Brush Hill Rd just north of Tantumorantum Rd in Lyme


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter:

The Lyme Art Association, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum, and the Lyme Land Conservation Trust will be sponsoring a day of en plein air painting at Clucas Field, a beautiful meadow lined with stone walls on Brush Hill Road, on the left just past Tantumorantum Road. There will be signs pointing to the event and to parking.  All are welcome to come and paint (painters must register with the Lyme Art Association) or just watch and appreciate artists at work.  Light refreshments will be available. Please contact the Lyme Art Association at 860-434-7802 for more information. Rain date May 6.

Go to the  Lyme Art Association website, http://www.lymeartassociation.org/  for a link to a prospectus with detailed information for artists interested in exhibiting at the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in June and the Lyme Art Association in July.


Fish Ladders in Lyme

Date: Sat April 7, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Place:

The Moulson Pond Fish Ladder


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Linda Bireley

Marine wildlife expert Linda Bireley will demonstrate how fish use the ladder to reach their
spawning grounds upstream above the old mill dam. She will discuss how the returning fish are
monitored and the species that return annually to the 8 Mile River to produce new generations.
This program is rain or shine & appropriate for all ages. Polarized sunglasses suggested.
Park at 8 Mile River Cemetery on Mt. Archer Rd on right 1/4 mile off of Rt. 156


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7th Annual Land Trust Photo Contest Reception

Date: Fri March 30, 2012
Time: 6 p.m to 8 p.m.
Place:

Lymes’ Senior Center, 26 Town Woods Rd., Old Lyme


Contact Email: Landtrustphotos@yahoo.com
Presenter:

Come and enjoy this free event, but please RSVP with the number in your party to landtrustphotos@yahoo.com. Light refreshments will be served.

The winning photos along with many of those submitted will be on display. A free DVD of the over 300 submitted pictures will be offered.

The 7th annual photo contest was sponsored by the land conservation trusts of Lyme, Old Lyme, Salem, East Haddam and Essex.

This year’s contest was made possible by the generous financial support provided by Lorensen Toyota, Oakley/Wing Group at Smith Barney, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Essex Savings Bank, ChelseaGroton Bank, Ballek Garden Center and Murtha Cullina LLP


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Community Investment Vote

Date: Thu March 15, 2012
Time: Feb.1 to March 15
Place:

Essex Savings Bank


Contact Email:
Presenter:

Every year the Essex Savings Bank pledges to donate 10% of its after tax net income to non-profit organizations and community development projects operating in the towns of Chester, Deep River, Essex, Lyme, Madison, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook.  Organizations receive funds proportionate to the number of votes they receive.

Anyone with an account at Essex Savings Bank may vote.  So be sure to stop by the bank between February 1 and March 15 to complete your ballot.


New England Cottontail

Date: Sun March 11, 2012event image
Time: 2:00 P.M
Place:

Lyme Public Hall, Rt. 156, Hamburg


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Shaun Roche

Shaun Roche from the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge in
Westbrook will outline what is being done to rebuild wild populations of the threatened New
England Cottontail. He will present photos and discuss the natural history of the New England
Cottontail, its habitat, reasons for its decline, and efforts by both governmental agencies and
private groups to save this native rabbit.


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What’s Toxic, What’s Not

Date: Sun February 12, 2012
Time: 2pm
Place:

The Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156)


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Gary Ginsberg (Dr. G), a toxicologist for the state of CT and radio show host of WTIC AM’s Greener Living

“What’s Toxic, What’s Not”
Toxic chemicals lurk in plastic containers, couch cushions, even toothpaste! Dr. Ginsberg’s presentation will teach you how to decrease your carbon waste and toxic footprints at home and in the garden, and how to shop for healthier and greener products. This event will be interactive with lots of audience participation. Free of charge. Co-sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust and the Lyme Public Hall.


2012 Photo Contest Deadline

Date: Tue January 31, 2012
Time: 11:59 p.m.
Place:
Contact Email: landtrustphotos@yahoo.com
Presenter:

2012 Photo Contest Deadline is Jan 31
Photo Contest Sponsored by Local Land Trusts

The land trusts of Lyme, Old Lyme, Essex, Salem, and East Haddam are inviting amateur photographers to focus on our pictorial & scenic countryside and to submit their photos to the Seventh Annual Photo Contest. The great beauty of our towns shows up repeatedly in the great paintings of the American Impressionist movement. Photography is another way to remind ourselves of what we have and to show how important it is to protect and preserve that heritage.

This contest is being funded with the generous support of Lorensen Toyota, Oakley/Wing Group at Smith Barney, Evan Griswold at Coldwell Banker, Ballek Garden Center, Essex Savings, Bank, Murtha Cullina LLP and ChelseaGroton Bank.

Judges will award $100, $50 and $25 cash prizes for each of the following categories:

-Landscapes/Waterscapes
-Plants
-Wildlife
-Cultural/Historic
-Any subject for Young Photographers, below age 15

In addition to the above noted prizes, a special $100 award will be given in memory of our former judge, John G. Mitchell, for the best photograph that promotes and supports our environment and biodiversity.

The three independent judges are William Burt, a naturalist who has won acclaim for his books of wildlife photography: Rare and Elusive Birds of North America, Shadowbirds, and his recently released Marshes: The Disappearing Edens. Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator at the Florence Griswold Museum and a Yale University doctoral candidate in the History of Art. She is also the author of Historical Fictions: Edward Lamson Henry’s Paintings of Past and Present. Rudy Wood-Muller, a photographic illustrator and designer. His photos were exhibited at the New York World’s Fair in 1964 and the Rochester Institute of Technology. A group of his photographs have been selected to be part of the Permanent Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The deadline for submitting photographs is January 31, 2012. For questions, entry forms and a copy of the contest rules, send an e-mail to landtrustphotos@yahoo.com. To see all of last year’s winning photos, go to http://landtrustsphotos.shutterfly.com/

Below you will find information about our annual photo contest.
2011-12 Contest Rules


The Snake in your Back Yard

Date: Sun January 29, 2012event image
Time: 2pm
Place:

The Lyme Public Hall, 249 Hamburg Road (Rt. 156)


Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Linda Krulikowski, author of Snakes of New England

“The Snake in your Back Yard”
Wouldn’t you like to know the name of the beautiful slithering creature in your stone wall, garden or wood pile, understand why it is sharing your home ground, and whether it is venomous or can be approached? Linda Krulikowski, author of Snakes of New England, will explain all this and more in a lecture and live demonstration with her pet snake.
This is a Trekkers Event. Children are welcome. Free of charge.


Invasive Shrub Control Workshop

Date: Fri December 30, 2011event image
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Place:

UCONN Forest, Fenton Tract


Contact Email: thomas.worthley@uconn.edu
Presenter: Jeffrey Ward – Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Thomas Worthley – University of Connecticut, Cooperative Extension

Sponsored by:
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
University of Connecticut – Cooperative Extension
USDA NRCS Connecticut

Invasive plant species including Japanese barberry have been found to increase the risk of exposure to Lyme disease. Controlling Japanese barberry can reduce the risk of exposure to Lyme disease while also increasing growing space for native wildflowers and tree seedlings.

During this workshop, you will learn techniques for an integrated program of invasive plant control in forest understories including: treatment techniques (flame weeding, mechanical control, and herbicide application), site evaluation, time estimations for treatments, and field safety. There will be a hands‐on demonstration of techniques and equipment.

Instructors: Jeffrey Ward – Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Thomas Worthley – University of Connecticut, Cooperative Extension

Workshop is Free
Pre-Registration Required
Space is Limited, Register Early
Contact Thomas Worthley, UConn
Pre-register or for more information
(860) 345-5232,  thomas.worthley@uconn.edu

This workshop has been evaluated for 1.0 CEU Credits for CT Forest Practitioners.