Past Events

Our Annual Meeting 2024: A River Runs Through Us

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Cover Image by Patrick Lynch
Date: Fri June 21, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm
Place: Lyme Land Trust Barn, 12-1 Town Street, Lyme CT
Contact Email: info@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Patrick J. Lynch
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Please join us for our annual meeting which will include nomination and voting for two new board members, annual financial report, and presentation of volunteer of the year. Everyone is welcome.

Following the meeting, we will have a illustrative presentation by renowned naturalist, author, and artist, Patrick J. Lynch.

Registration required: kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org

Directions: The LLT Barn is at 12-1 Town Street. Park across the street in Banningwood Preserve first field. Handicapped parking on site.

Patrick J. Lynch will talk about the environmental history of the Connecticut River Watershed. This region presents us with a uniquely humanized American landscape after 11,000 years of Indigenous Peoples history and more than 400 years of inhabitants from Europe and the rest of the globe, where nature is neither a determining force nor a passive victim. Connecticut is blessed with two of the nation’s largest and most biologically significant estuaries — places where salty ocean water mixes with freshwater. The Connecticut River and Long Island Sound estuaries are two of the planet’s most productive ecosystems. This talk will look at some of the glories of our local shore and river wildlife, as well as the impact of human activity and climate change on the Sound and the River.

Patrick has just launched his eleventh book, a Field Guide to the Connecticut River. Patrick J. Lynch is an author, illustrator, photographer, and artist. Lynch retired from Yale University after 45 years as an interactive media designer, medical illustrator, biomedical and scientific photographer, video producer, and for the past 30 years a director of media and communications departments, and a designer of interactive multimedia teaching, training, and informational software and Web sites.

Patrick will sign pre-purchased books.

 


Please join us for our annual meeting which will include nomination and voting for two new board members, annual financial report, and presentation of volunteer of the year. Everyone is welcome.

Following the meeting, we will have a illustrative presentation by renowned naturalist, author, and artist, Patrick J. Lynch.

Registration required: kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org

Directions: The LLT Barn is at 12-1 Town Street. Park across the street in Banningwood Preserve first field. Handicapped parking on site.

Patrick J. Lynch will talk about the environmental history of the Connecticut River Watershed. This region presents us with a uniquely humanized American landscape after 11,000 years of Indigenous Peoples history and more than 400 years of inhabitants from Europe and the rest of the globe, where nature is neither a determining force nor a passive victim. Connecticut is blessed with two of the nation’s largest and most biologically significant estuaries — places where salty ocean water mixes with freshwater. The Connecticut River and Long Island Sound estuaries are two of the planet’s most productive ecosystems. This talk will look at some of the glories of our local shore and river wildlife, as well as the impact of human activity and climate change on the Sound and the River.

Patrick has just launched his eleventh book, a Field Guide to the Connecticut River. Patrick J. Lynch is an author, illustrator, photographer, and artist. Lynch retired from Yale University after 45 years as an interactive media designer, medical illustrator, biomedical and scientific photographer, video producer, and for the past 30 years a director of media and communications departments, and a designer of interactive multimedia teaching, training, and informational software and Web sites.

Patrick will sign pre-purchased books.

 


Tuesday Trek: Patrell/Chapel Farm Preserve – Tony

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Patrell bridge
Date: Tue June 18, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Meet at Baker Lane parking area.
Contact Email: anthonyinlyme@gmail.com
Presenter: Tony Irving
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The glacial geology is the driving force behind this preserve along the Eightmile River. Meet at Baker Lane parking area.

Register: anthonyinlyme@gmail.com

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


The glacial geology is the driving force behind this preserve along the Eightmile River. Meet at Baker Lane parking area.

Register: anthonyinlyme@gmail.com

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Glacial Lake Hadlyme – Learn How Geology Shaped Lyme

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Date: Sat June 15, 2024
Time: 9:30 to 11:30am
Place: Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve, Joshuatown Rd., Lyme CT
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
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Learn how present day ecology is affected by the ancient geological forces that shaped Southeastern Connecticut. Join former CT State geologist Ralph Lewis and forest ecologist Tony Irving on a talk and walk to explore the three stages of Glacial Lake Hadlyme. Ralph will point out features of the local landscape that reveal the geologic history of Glacial Lake Hadlyme and Tony will explain how they influence what grows there.

The hike is moderately easy terrain with frequent stops for explanations. Sturdy shoes are a must; a walking stick would be helpful as well. Bring a bottle of water.

Directions: Meet near 18 Ferry Rd. (Rte 148), Lyme. Park along the road. We will observe the unique geologic formations there and then move on to the Selden Cemetery entrance to Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve on Joshuatown Road.

Space is limited. Register for the walk:  education@lymelandtrust.org. Inclement weather will postpone the event.


Learn how present day ecology is affected by the ancient geological forces that shaped Southeastern Connecticut. Join former CT State geologist Ralph Lewis and forest ecologist Tony Irving on a talk and walk to explore the three stages of Glacial Lake Hadlyme. Ralph will point out features of the local landscape that reveal the geologic history of Glacial Lake Hadlyme and Tony will explain how they influence what grows there.

The hike is moderately easy terrain with frequent stops for explanations. Sturdy shoes are a must; a walking stick would be helpful as well. Bring a bottle of water.

Directions: Meet near 18 Ferry Rd. (Rte 148), Lyme. Park along the road. We will observe the unique geologic formations there and then move on to the Selden Cemetery entrance to Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve on Joshuatown Road.

Space is limited. Register for the walk:  education@lymelandtrust.org. Inclement weather will postpone the event.


Forest Bathing at Pleasant Valley Preserve

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Photo by Rochelle Davis
Date: Thu June 13, 2024
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Place: Pleasant Valley Preserve, MacIntosh Rd, Lyme CT
Contact Email: regan@reganstacey.com
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Welcome in the season of summer with a guided forest bathing experience along the meadow, river, and pine forest of Pleasant Valley Preserve. Enjoy a gentle mindful movement sequence, nature meditation, and invitations to connect with the natural world. In honor of the upcoming summer solstice, we’ll create a nature-inspired mandala with flowers and items collected from the forest. The session concludes with tea together.

The walk is about 1-mile round trip over easy to moderate terrain. The session concludes in the forest. Please allow 15 minutes to walk back to the parking lot.

Registration: $25 ~ includes the program and tea
Register here.

LLT members receive 10% discount with code LLT10.

Rain or shine event. Challenging weather cancels.

Ages 18+. No pets please.

Regan Stacey is an artist and advocate for the Earth whose passion is to reconnect humans to nature for personal and planetary well-being. Through her private practice, she offers forest bathing sessions and mindfulness in nature retreats.

She is also co-founder of The Forest Therapy School, training forest therapy guides to share this work around the world. Find out more about her work at reganstacey.com or theforesttherapyschool.com

Questions? Email Regan at regan@reganstacey.com


Welcome in the season of summer with a guided forest bathing experience along the meadow, river, and pine forest of Pleasant Valley Preserve. Enjoy a gentle mindful movement sequence, nature meditation, and invitations to connect with the natural world. In honor of the upcoming summer solstice, we’ll create a nature-inspired mandala with flowers and items collected from the forest. The session concludes with tea together.

The walk is about 1-mile round trip over easy to moderate terrain. The session concludes in the forest. Please allow 15 minutes to walk back to the parking lot.

Registration: $25 ~ includes the program and tea
Register here.

LLT members receive 10% discount with code LLT10.

Rain or shine event. Challenging weather cancels.

Ages 18+. No pets please.

Regan Stacey is an artist and advocate for the Earth whose passion is to reconnect humans to nature for personal and planetary well-being. Through her private practice, she offers forest bathing sessions and mindfulness in nature retreats.

She is also co-founder of The Forest Therapy School, training forest therapy guides to share this work around the world. Find out more about her work at reganstacey.com or theforesttherapyschool.com

Questions? Email Regan at regan@reganstacey.com


Lymes Senior Center Take-a-Walk Wednesday with Wendy

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photo by Wendy Hill
Date: Wed June 12, 2024
Time: 9:30-11:30ish am
Place: Griswold Point, Old Lyme, CT
Contact Email: cperkins@oldlyme-ct.gov
Presenter: Wendy Hill
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Taking advantage of the tide and depending upon conditions, we will walk to the end of Griswold Point and back, which is only possible during low tide. There is slim possibility of wet shoes. About 1 mile, with some walking on wet pebbles. Bring binoculars. 

Directions: Meet at White Sands Beach Parking Lot, 11 Seaside Ln, Old Lyme

Reservations are required.  Please email Caitlin Perkins at cperkins@oldlyme-ct.gov or call (860)434-1605 ext. 241. Free to Lyme’s Senior Center members. $5 for non-members.

On the 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless noted) the group will get together at various hiking areas in Lyme and Old Lyme.  Hikes will be lead by Wendy Hill, Open Space Coordinator of Lyme and the Vice President of Lyme Land Trust.  The walks are moderate, unless otherwise noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a hiking stick or pole if you would like. Everyone welcome. All hikes are 2.5 to 3 miles.  Inclement weather cancels the walk.

Sponsored with the Lyme’s Senior Center.


Taking advantage of the tide and depending upon conditions, we will walk to the end of Griswold Point and back, which is only possible during low tide. There is slim possibility of wet shoes. About 1 mile, with some walking on wet pebbles. Bring binoculars. 

Directions: Meet at White Sands Beach Parking Lot, 11 Seaside Ln, Old Lyme

Reservations are required.  Please email Caitlin Perkins at cperkins@oldlyme-ct.gov or call (860)434-1605 ext. 241. Free to Lyme’s Senior Center members. $5 for non-members.

On the 2nd Wednesday of each month (unless noted) the group will get together at various hiking areas in Lyme and Old Lyme.  Hikes will be lead by Wendy Hill, Open Space Coordinator of Lyme and the Vice President of Lyme Land Trust.  The walks are moderate, unless otherwise noted. Bring a water bottle and dress for the weather. Wear sturdy footwear and bring a hiking stick or pole if you would like. Everyone welcome. All hikes are 2.5 to 3 miles.  Inclement weather cancels the walk.

Sponsored with the Lyme’s Senior Center.


Tuesday Trek: Thach Preserve

Date: Tue June 11, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Thach Preserve, 131 Brush Hill Rd, Lyme CT
Contact Email: ryan.p.quinn@gmail.com
Presenter: Ryan Quinn
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Follow the ¼ mile woods road to a secluded beaver pond where we will explore the surrounding area which also contains wetlands, mountain laurels and a freshwater stream. Beaver’s are amazing animals! They are one of the few species whose presence defines an area. Let us investigate these unique animals and the ways they shape our landscape.  About 1.25 miles.

Contact: ryan.p.quinn@gmail.com

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Follow the ¼ mile woods road to a secluded beaver pond where we will explore the surrounding area which also contains wetlands, mountain laurels and a freshwater stream. Beaver’s are amazing animals! They are one of the few species whose presence defines an area. Let us investigate these unique animals and the ways they shape our landscape.  About 1.25 miles.

Contact: ryan.p.quinn@gmail.com

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Tree Collective- Teen Hike and Steward Group Meet-up

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Date: Sun June 9, 2024
Time: 1:00-3:30 pm
Place: Register to learn location
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.

Click on flyer to enlarge.

 


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.

Click on flyer to enlarge.

 


Treasuring our Wildlife

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Nectar on the CT River by Kent Girty, Imagining Lyme
Date: Sun June 9, 2024
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Place: Ballek's Garden Center, 90 Maple Ave., East Haddam
Contact Email: Lymepollinator@gmail.com
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How to Build a Healthier Habitat in your Backyard. Gardening for Pollinators & Why We Need Them

  • 1:00-1:30 pm – Nancy Ballek will talk about the importance of bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, birds and other beneficial creatures in your yard, and how they help to maintain a healthy biosphere.
  • 1:30-2:00 pm – Nancy and her crew will be available for advice on selecting plants, and hands-on planting help.

Come early… for the food truck (open 10am-3pm)
Stay late… purchase ready-made pollinator planters, or just buy a selection of native/ pollinator plants to take home!

Register by emailing Lymepollinator@gmail.com

Limited to 40 participants – Each will receive a coupon for 10% off pollinator planters, Ballek’s selected pollinator/native plants for the event, and pots/containers.

Lyme Pollinator Pathway is an initiative of the Lyme SustainableCT Committee. The Lyme Land Trust is sponsoring member. 


How to Build a Healthier Habitat in your Backyard. Gardening for Pollinators & Why We Need Them

  • 1:00-1:30 pm – Nancy Ballek will talk about the importance of bees, butterflies, beetles, moths, birds and other beneficial creatures in your yard, and how they help to maintain a healthy biosphere.
  • 1:30-2:00 pm – Nancy and her crew will be available for advice on selecting plants, and hands-on planting help.

Come early… for the food truck (open 10am-3pm)
Stay late… purchase ready-made pollinator planters, or just buy a selection of native/ pollinator plants to take home!

Register by emailing Lymepollinator@gmail.com

Limited to 40 participants – Each will receive a coupon for 10% off pollinator planters, Ballek’s selected pollinator/native plants for the event, and pots/containers.

Lyme Pollinator Pathway is an initiative of the Lyme SustainableCT Committee. The Lyme Land Trust is sponsoring member. 


Tuesday Trek: Beebe Preserve

Date: Tue June 4, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Beebe Preserve
Contact Email: jim.arrigoni@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Jim Arrigoni
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Gentle ~1-mile walk through rich deciduous forest, with a stop along the way to check out what is happening in the beaver pond. Old stone walls and formations conjure the imagination to wonder who dwelt on the land before it was a preserve.

Contact:  Jim.arrigoni@lymelandtrust.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Gentle ~1-mile walk through rich deciduous forest, with a stop along the way to check out what is happening in the beaver pond. Old stone walls and formations conjure the imagination to wonder who dwelt on the land before it was a preserve.

Contact:  Jim.arrigoni@lymelandtrust.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Tour de Lyme 2024

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Joe Standart
Date: Sun June 2, 2024
Time: starting at 7 am
Place: Ashlawn Farms, Bill Hill Road, Lyme CT
Contact Email: kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Lyme Land Conservation Trust
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Please join us for the annual Tour de Lyme cycling event with beautifully scenic routes for all ages and levels. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Registration is open!

For more information, visit the Tour de Lyme webpage:

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.


 

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

Registration is open!

For more information, visit the Tour de Lyme webpage:

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.