Past Events

Imagining Lyme–Photo Submission Deadline – Summer

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Barbara Costas, Winter 2022 Photo of Distinction
Date: Fri September 30, 2022
Time: midnight
Place: Submit photos to Imagining Lyme website
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
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The Lyme Land Trust program Imagining Lyme: A Visual Exploration of Lyme’s Preserves encourages everyone to expand their visual awareness and highlight the beauty of the Lyme preserves owned by the Lyme Land Trust, the Town of Lyme and the Nature Conservancy by taking photographs prompted by inspiration from professional photographers and artists.

Photographers do not have to be residents of Lyme but all photos must be taken in Lyme in any of these places:

  1. Lyme Preserves owned and/or managed by the Lyme Land Trust, Town of Lyme, and The Nature Conservancy View a map of the preserves
  2. Pollinator/wildlife habitat– May be in a backyard, preserve or in a Lyme Pollinator Pathway garden in Lyme, CT.

The deadline for the Summer category-photos taken in the Summer–is September 30, 2022. For more information. 


The Lyme Land Trust program Imagining Lyme: A Visual Exploration of Lyme’s Preserves encourages everyone to expand their visual awareness and highlight the beauty of the Lyme preserves owned by the Lyme Land Trust, the Town of Lyme and the Nature Conservancy by taking photographs prompted by inspiration from professional photographers and artists.

Photographers do not have to be residents of Lyme but all photos must be taken in Lyme in any of these places:

  1. Lyme Preserves owned and/or managed by the Lyme Land Trust, Town of Lyme, and The Nature Conservancy View a map of the preserves
  2. Pollinator/wildlife habitat– May be in a backyard, preserve or in a Lyme Pollinator Pathway garden in Lyme, CT.

The deadline for the Summer category-photos taken in the Summer–is September 30, 2022. For more information. 


Tuesday Trek: Johnston Preserve

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Date: Tue September 27, 2022
Time: 9:30 am -11:30 am
Place: Johnston Preserve parking lot on Rte 82.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Wendy Hill
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We will walk an approximately 3 mile loop past the highest point in Lyme, and along the white trail with beautiful overlooks

Contact: openspace@townlyme.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule

Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about two hours and are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve. 

 


We will walk an approximately 3 mile loop past the highest point in Lyme, and along the white trail with beautiful overlooks

Contact: openspace@townlyme.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule

Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about two hours and are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve. 

 


Bees Knees Social

Date: Tue September 27, 2022
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Place: The Old Lyme Inn, Old Lyme CT
Contact Email: sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org
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Join Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme School PTO for a fireside social for Lyme School friends, faculty, staff and new Lyme School Principal Allison Hines. For more details, click on poster to enlarge. 

To register


Join Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme School PTO for a fireside social for Lyme School friends, faculty, staff and new Lyme School Principal Allison Hines. For more details, click on poster to enlarge. 

To register


Tree Collective- Teen Steward Group Meet-up

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Date: Sun September 25, 2022
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Place: Pleasant valley Preserve, Macintosh Road, Lyme
Contact Email: reganstacey@gmail.com
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The Tree Collective is a program designed to engage young conservationists ages 14-18 in outdoor fun and education while working to maintain trails in our beautiful town of Lyme, CT. It is sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust under the leadership of environmentalist/artist Regan Stacey. Each time we meet, we offer a different topic, often with a hike and trail work in a selected preserve.

Tools and gloves provided.

For more information. 

Registration required: reganstacey@gmail.com.

Meet at the parking lot on Macintosh Road, Lyme about 1/4 mile from Rte. 156. 

 


The Tree Collective is a program designed to engage young conservationists ages 14-18 in outdoor fun and education while working to maintain trails in our beautiful town of Lyme, CT. It is sponsored by the Lyme Land Trust under the leadership of environmentalist/artist Regan Stacey. Each time we meet, we offer a different topic, often with a hike and trail work in a selected preserve.

Tools and gloves provided.

For more information. 

Registration required: reganstacey@gmail.com.

Meet at the parking lot on Macintosh Road, Lyme about 1/4 mile from Rte. 156. 

 


Autumn Equinox Forest Bathing (Date change to September 24)

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by Sue Cope
Date: Sat September 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Place: Banningwood Preserve, 19 Town Street, Lyme CT
Contact Email: regan@reganstacey.com
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Join us in honoring the autumnal equinox as we turn towards the light within and restore balance for the season ahead. On this first day of fall, enjoy a mindfully guided walk through Banningwood Preserve as we awaken the senses and the body — connecting with the cycles of nature and all of life. 

The walk concludes in Diana’s field with a wild-foraged tea.

Folding stools are available for your use, or bring along your own stool or sit mat.

The walk is about 1-mile over easy to moderate terrain.

Registration: $32 ~ includes the program and tea

Lyme Land Trust members receive a 15% discount with code: LLT15

Register here. 

This is a rain or shine event.

Forest bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku – taking in the forest atmosphere. As a growing global wellness movement, it is backed by nearly 40 years of scientific research on the holistic benefits of immersing yourself in nature. These benefits include reduced stress and blood pressure, increased creativity and focus, improved mood and sleep, and a boost to immune functions.  Regan Stacey is an artist, environmentalist and yoga instructor, whose passion is to re-connect humans to nature for the betterment of themselves, their communities, and our planet, Earth.  She is also co-founder of The Forest Therapy School, training forest therapy guides to share this work around the world.  Locally, she is involved in a number of nature-based organizations and facilitates kids’ clubs through the Lyme Land Trust. You can find out more about her work at reganstacey.com   


 

Join us in honoring the autumnal equinox as we turn towards the light within and restore balance for the season ahead. On this first day of fall, enjoy a mindfully guided walk through Banningwood Preserve as we awaken the senses and the body — connecting with the cycles of nature and all of life. 

The walk concludes in Diana’s field with a wild-foraged tea.

Folding stools are available for your use, or bring along your own stool or sit mat.

The walk is about 1-mile over easy to moderate terrain.

Registration: $32 ~ includes the program and tea

Lyme Land Trust members receive a 15% discount with code: LLT15

Register here. 

This is a rain or shine event.

Forest bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku – taking in the forest atmosphere. As a growing global wellness movement, it is backed by nearly 40 years of scientific research on the holistic benefits of immersing yourself in nature. These benefits include reduced stress and blood pressure, increased creativity and focus, improved mood and sleep, and a boost to immune functions.  Regan Stacey is an artist, environmentalist and yoga instructor, whose passion is to re-connect humans to nature for the betterment of themselves, their communities, and our planet, Earth.  She is also co-founder of The Forest Therapy School, training forest therapy guides to share this work around the world.  Locally, she is involved in a number of nature-based organizations and facilitates kids’ clubs through the Lyme Land Trust. You can find out more about her work at reganstacey.com   


Tuesday Trek: Young Preserve

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Date: Tue September 20, 2022
Time: 9:00 am -11:00 am
Place: Young Preserve on Gungy Road, 1/2 mile north of the intersection with Beaver Brook.
Contact Email: anthonyinlyme@gmail.com
Presenter: Tony Irving
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A bit of a climb to the top, then the trails are mostly flat and easy with abundant mountain laurel and mature forest. Meet at Young Parking lot on Gungy Road, 1/2 mile north of the intersection with Beaver Brook.

Contact: anthonyinlyme@gmail.com

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule

Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about two hours and are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve. 

 


A bit of a climb to the top, then the trails are mostly flat and easy with abundant mountain laurel and mature forest. Meet at Young Parking lot on Gungy Road, 1/2 mile north of the intersection with Beaver Brook.

Contact: anthonyinlyme@gmail.com

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule

Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about two hours and are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve. 

 


Sheltering in Nature: Transforming an Ordinary Backyard into Pollinator Habitat and an Opportunity for Nature Photography

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photo credit: Patrick J Lynch
Date: Sun September 18, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: Zoom
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
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Photo Credit: Patrick J Lynch. Click on photo to enlarge

Award-winning photographer, Illustrator, and author Patrick J. Lynch and his wife Susan Grajek, began making simple, inexpensive changes to make their fairly ordinary backyard into a friendlier habitat for wildlife of all kinds. This didn’t require expensive or complex landscaping — just a steady, incremental commitment to plant thoughtfully for wildlife. In this virtual slideshow tour with gorgeous photographs, Patrick will show us the vibrant colorful  landscape that has evolved. He will also share with us how he creates beautiful macro photographs of this biodiverse backyard environment as inspiration for  the Lyme Land Trust’s Imagining Lyme program. Learn about taking great photos from a professional photographer. 

Please register with Sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org. A link will be sent to you for the zoom program, but in case you don’t receive it, here is the link for the program:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81485262503?pwd=L08xUmxSZjY0NWF5TGtvcFlheGhodz09

Meeting ID: 814 8526 2503
Passcode: 428194
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,81485262503#,,,,*428194# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,81485262503#,,,,*428194# US (New York)

Patrick J. Lynch is the author of many field guides, the most recent of which is A Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic Coast, published by Yale University Press in April 2021. He is currently working on a field guide of the Connecticut River.

Co-sponsored with the Lyme Pollinator Pathway. 


 

Photo Credit: Patrick J Lynch. Click on photo to enlarge

Award-winning photographer, Illustrator, and author Patrick J. Lynch and his wife Susan Grajek, began making simple, inexpensive changes to make their fairly ordinary backyard into a friendlier habitat for wildlife of all kinds. This didn’t require expensive or complex landscaping — just a steady, incremental commitment to plant thoughtfully for wildlife. In this virtual slideshow tour with gorgeous photographs, Patrick will show us the vibrant colorful  landscape that has evolved. He will also share with us how he creates beautiful macro photographs of this biodiverse backyard environment as inspiration for  the Lyme Land Trust’s Imagining Lyme program. Learn about taking great photos from a professional photographer. 

Please register with Sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org. A link will be sent to you for the zoom program, but in case you don’t receive it, here is the link for the program:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81485262503?pwd=L08xUmxSZjY0NWF5TGtvcFlheGhodz09

Meeting ID: 814 8526 2503
Passcode: 428194
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,81485262503#,,,,*428194# US (Chicago)
+16468769923,,81485262503#,,,,*428194# US (New York)

Patrick J. Lynch is the author of many field guides, the most recent of which is A Field Guide to the Mid-Atlantic Coast, published by Yale University Press in April 2021. He is currently working on a field guide of the Connecticut River.

Co-sponsored with the Lyme Pollinator Pathway. 


Learn and Restore Native Habitat-Volunteer Work Day at Hartman Park

Date: Sat September 17, 2022
Time: 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Place: Hartman Park. Meet at the Main Entrance.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
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Help us restore a healthy native woodland around the Lee Farm site in Hartman Park. Learn to identify the beneficial native plants we want to keep and the invasive plants we want to remove. Four years ago, the area was overrun with barberry and other invasives. After several years of brush hogging and pulling, we are close to making the area invasive free. We will remove the invasives. Bring along heavy duty gloves and clippers. A root-extracting tool, like a pick ax, will be helpful. Bring a bottle of water. A snack will be provided. The Lee Farm site is about 1/2 mile from the entrance. 

Please register: openspace@townlyme.org

Inclement weather Cancels.

Directions: The Hartman Park Main Entrance entrance 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.

 


Help us restore a healthy native woodland around the Lee Farm site in Hartman Park. Learn to identify the beneficial native plants we want to keep and the invasive plants we want to remove. Four years ago, the area was overrun with barberry and other invasives. After several years of brush hogging and pulling, we are close to making the area invasive free. We will remove the invasives. Bring along heavy duty gloves and clippers. A root-extracting tool, like a pick ax, will be helpful. Bring a bottle of water. A snack will be provided. The Lee Farm site is about 1/2 mile from the entrance. 

Please register: openspace@townlyme.org

Inclement weather Cancels.

Directions: The Hartman Park Main Entrance entrance 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.

 


September Astronomy Observing Session

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Roger Charbonneau
Date: Fri September 16, 2022
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Place: Register to learn location
Contact Email: scott.mallory@gmail.com
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Young or old, experienced or totally unfamiliar, we look forward to exposing you to our uniquely dark skies here in Lyme. Our last session was amazing. We had strong attendance, and it included children and adults, locals and visitors. (A family from California visiting family in Lyme are our official farthest-from-home attendees.) The new observatory is in full motion. 

The Lyme Land Trust offers public viewing sessions once a month near the new moon. Our cohorts have several different telescopes that are on display for your observing pleasure, and we now are pleased to have a modern 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory structure. On any given night, public sessions will be co-facilitated by one or more of our talented cohort enthusiasts:

  • Jon Dean
  • Roger Charbonneau, Jr
  • Scott Mallory
  • Parag Sahasrabudhe
  • Alan Sheiness

Reservations required. scott.mallory@gmail.com. Directions to the site and special guidance for those with heavy astronomy equipment will be provided upon registration. Park in the designated area and walk to the observing field with its amazing panoramic views of the heavens. Dress for temperatures 10-20 degrees lower than forecast for your comfort. No white lights at the field site, please. For more information about the astronomy program See amazing astrophotography by Parag Sahasrabudhe – Velology blog


Young or old, experienced or totally unfamiliar, we look forward to exposing you to our uniquely dark skies here in Lyme. Our last session was amazing. We had strong attendance, and it included children and adults, locals and visitors. (A family from California visiting family in Lyme are our official farthest-from-home attendees.) The new observatory is in full motion. 

The Lyme Land Trust offers public viewing sessions once a month near the new moon. Our cohorts have several different telescopes that are on display for your observing pleasure, and we now are pleased to have a modern 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory structure. On any given night, public sessions will be co-facilitated by one or more of our talented cohort enthusiasts:

  • Jon Dean
  • Roger Charbonneau, Jr
  • Scott Mallory
  • Parag Sahasrabudhe
  • Alan Sheiness

Reservations required. scott.mallory@gmail.com. Directions to the site and special guidance for those with heavy astronomy equipment will be provided upon registration. Park in the designated area and walk to the observing field with its amazing panoramic views of the heavens. Dress for temperatures 10-20 degrees lower than forecast for your comfort. No white lights at the field site, please. For more information about the astronomy program See amazing astrophotography by Parag Sahasrabudhe – Velology blog


Tuesday Trek: Roaring Brook Preserve-CANCELLED

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Date: Tue September 13, 2022
Time: 9:30 am -11:30 am
Place: Roaring Brook Preserve, Day Hill Rd., Lyme CT
Contact Email: sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Sue Cope
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About 1 mile. Park along Day Hill Road. Walk through an old cedar grove and a quick steep decent through a hemlock stand down to the Roaring Brook. This is a dog-friendly hike! We will pause at the brook and let the pups splash around.

Contact: sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org 

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule

Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about two hours and are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve. 

 


About 1 mile. Park along Day Hill Road. Walk through an old cedar grove and a quick steep decent through a hemlock stand down to the Roaring Brook. This is a dog-friendly hike! We will pause at the brook and let the pups splash around.

Contact: sue.cope@lymelandtrust.org 

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule

Join us for a refreshing morning walk on a Lyme preserve led by a board or staff member of the Lyme Land Trust. The leaders will alternate each week between Sue Cope, Wendy Hill, Tony Irving, and Kristina White with Brady, canine guide. The walks are about two hours and are moderately easy unless noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Reservations are required. Contact walk leader to reserve.