Educational Videos

Our Hidden Landscapes: Stone Cultural Features & Ceremonial Sites with Dr. Lucianne Lavin

This zoom webinar, recorded February 27, 2022, is an illustrated presentation of stone structures left behind in our woods with a focus on the built ceremonial stone landscapes of the Indigenous populations that have inhabited New England for more than 10,000 years. Lucianne Lavin, PhD, is Director Emeritus of Research at the Institute for American Indian Studies is a museum, research and educational center in Washington, CT. 

Spring Emergence: An Exploration of Wildflowers in Pleasant Valley and Jewett Preserves with Mike Zarfos

Filmed May 2, 2021

This is the third in a series of preserve explorations with charismatic naturalist Mike Zarfos. In this 27-minute video, we learn about the ephemeral native plants that are the first to emerge in our forests. They provide beauty and wonder for us, and vital nourishment for native pollinators.

Propagating Native Plants from Seed with Jim Sirch

This zoom webinar was recorded January 22, 2022

Including native plants in your garden is a great way to help pollinators. In this workshop, Jim Sirch, Education Coordinator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, explains how to plant a seed selection in a plastic jug to stratify over the winter

The Tree Collective Activities 2020-2021

Share the memories of an eventful year of work and play in the outdoors with our high school aged volunteers, “The Tree Collective” led by Regan Stacey.

To Plant or Not to Plant–Preserving Connecticut's Natural Biodiversity with CT DEEP wildlife biologist Peter Piccone

This zoom webinar, recorded November 4, 2021, is about learning how to make a difference for wildlife by planting native plants and managing invasive plants on a small to large scale, from backyards to open space properties. This program was co-sponsored by Lyme Pollinator Pathway, Lyme Land Trust, and Lyme Public Library.

A Photographer's Vision - Landscapes with Caryn B Davis

In this Zoom webinar recorded on October 19, 2021, as inspiration for the Imagining Lyme Photography program, award-winning photographer Caryn B. Davis presents her beautiful landscapes. She explains how the natural world influences her creative process, with particular attention to composition. In addition, the photos of distinction for the second challenge of Imagining Lyme are announced and explained. Join the fun–Imagining Lyme.

A Photographer’s Vision–The Expressive Beauty of the Natural World with Joe Standart

Includes the announcement of the Winners of First Season of Imaging Lyme.

In this Zoom webinar recorded on April 7, 2021, Joe Standart, photographer, announces and explains the decision for the photos of distinction for the first Challenge-Light. He also shows examples of his beautiful landscape photography. Join the fun–Imagining Lyme.

It's All About Astronomy – An Introduction to Astronomy and the Start of a Lyme Land Trust Program

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the Lyme Land Trust provided a Zoom presentation by Alan Sheiness and Scott Mallory, astronomy enthusiasts, who are spearheading the astronomy program. For more information about the astronomy program, click here.

Introduction and Q&A: An Exploration of Beaver Pond Ecology–Hartman Park, Lyme CT with Mike Zarfos

On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the Lyme Land Trust provided a Zoom screening of the video, with live comments by Mike Zarfos, writer and narrator; and Sue Cope, host of the webinar and the editor of the video. View the entire 50 minute webinar here.

“Very, Very, Nice. Great audio and video. I learned more with the video than on a real walk. Could hear and see better. Michael was fantastic. And I will be able to see it over and over.”

Gary Gregory, attendee of the webinar​

An Exploration of Forest Plants on the Ravine Trail

We are excited to launch our first full-length educational video: An Exploration of Forest plants on the Ravine Trail with Mike Zarfos, naturalist! Rather than cancel the guided walk which was scheduled for May 30, 2020, we asked Mike to lead a remote walk so that the Lyme Land Trust video production team could record it and provide this virtual tour for you. In the video, which is about a half-hour long, Mike explains how to identify several prominent species of plants and shares interesting facts about their human uses and natural ecology.

Michael Zarfos is a PhD Candidate in Conservation Biology at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry – SUNY.

The Ravine Trail Preserve parking is located on the west side of Joshuatown Road, about 4 miles north of the intersection of Joshuatown Road and Rte. 156. Enjoy Lyme preserves while following posted and current State and Federal safety guidelines.

An Exploration of Beaver Pond Ecology–Hartman Park, Lyme CT with Mike Zarfos

This 28 minute video takes you on a remote “walk” to learn about the rich diversity of plants and animals which share the habitat that occurs because of beaver activity at a Lyme Preserve.

The video was filmed on October 4, 2020.

Tree Collective Activities 2019-2020

Reflecting back on the meaningful impacts and lifelong memories made with our high school aged volunteers, “The Tree Collective” led by Regan Stacey.