Upcoming Events

Night Hike with Quinn

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Date: Sat May 25, 2024
Time: 8:00-9:00pm
Place: Hartman Park Main Entrance, Gungy Rd. Lyme CT
Contact Email: ryan.p.quinn@gmail.com
Presenter: Quinn
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Join Quinn, Lyme Land Trust board member, for a family friendly night hike in Hartman Park. We focus on how our perceptions change and appreciate what night brings to the forests and ponds of Lyme. Our way will be lit by the almost full moon. We will not be using artificial light, but you are invited to bring an emergency flashlight. Dress warmly and bring a walking stick. 

Please register: ryan.p.quinn@gmail.com


Join Quinn, Lyme Land Trust board member, for a family friendly night hike in Hartman Park. We focus on how our perceptions change and appreciate what night brings to the forests and ponds of Lyme. Our way will be lit by the almost full moon. We will not be using artificial light, but you are invited to bring an emergency flashlight. Dress warmly and bring a walking stick. 

Please register: ryan.p.quinn@gmail.com


Tuesday Trek: Ravine Trail and Brockway Hawthorne Preserve

Date: Tue May 28, 2024
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Brockway-Hawthorne Preserve
Contact Email: Kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: Kristina White
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Walk up the Ravine and into BH through laurel groves, and rock outcroppings. We will go to both overlooks. 2-3 miles. Rigorous. Meet at the Mitchell Hill Road entrance to the Ravine Trail.

Contact: Kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Walk up the Ravine and into BH through laurel groves, and rock outcroppings. We will go to both overlooks. 2-3 miles. Rigorous. Meet at the Mitchell Hill Road entrance to the Ravine Trail.

Contact: Kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Astronomy Observing Session

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Date: Fri May 31, 2024
Time: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Place: Trail 53 Observatory
Contact Email: astronomy@lymelandtrust.org
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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. We have several different telescopes that are on display including a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory.

Registration required. Upon registration you will receive a link to directions and observing session guidelines.

For more information and to register: Astronomy Events


Young or old, experienced, or totally unfamiliar, we look forward to exposing you to our uniquely dark skies here in Lyme. We have several different telescopes that are on display including a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory.

Registration required. Upon registration you will receive a link to directions and observing session guidelines.

For more information and to register: Astronomy Events


CT Trails Day – Intro to Forest Bathing

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Wendolyn Hill
Date: Sat June 1, 2024
Time: 10:00-11:15 am
Place: Banningwood Preserve, 19 Town St. Lyme, CT
Contact Email: regan@reganstacey.com
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Curious about forest bathing?  On CT Trails Day, come dip your toes into this Japanese-inspired practice of “taking in the forest atmosphere.”  Slow down, awaken your senses, and enjoy the wonders of nature as you deeply relax in the forest.

 

On this 75 -minute intro to forest bathing walk, you’ll be guided on a gentle, mindful stroll. Along the way, your certified forest therapy guide, Regan Stacey, will offer you a series of sensory-opening “invitations” designed to help you connect with the natural world in your own authentic way.  Leave your stresses behind and connect with the healing powers of nature. The walk is about a half-mile over easy to moderate terrain.

Registration: No charge. Register here.
The online sign-up is full. Email regan@reganstacey.com to register for the event.

Rain or shine.

 

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 and environmentalist 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   


Curious about forest bathing?  On CT Trails Day, come dip your toes into this Japanese-inspired practice of “taking in the forest atmosphere.”  Slow down, awaken your senses, and enjoy the wonders of nature as you deeply relax in the forest.

 

On this 75 -minute intro to forest bathing walk, you’ll be guided on a gentle, mindful stroll. Along the way, your certified forest therapy guide, Regan Stacey, will offer you a series of sensory-opening “invitations” designed to help you connect with the natural world in your own authentic way.  Leave your stresses behind and connect with the healing powers of nature. The walk is about a half-mile over easy to moderate terrain.

Registration: No charge. Register here.
The online sign-up is full. Email regan@reganstacey.com to register for the event.

Rain or shine.

 

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 and environmentalist 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   


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.


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


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.

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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.

 


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: 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


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.


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


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 the features in the landscape that were carved out by Lake Hadlyme and Tony will explain how they influence what grows there.

The hike will is moderately easy terrain with a few short ups and downs, 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 the features in the landscape that were carved out by Lake Hadlyme and Tony will explain how they influence what grows there.

The hike will is moderately easy terrain with a few short ups and downs, 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.


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


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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Join us for our annual meeting.

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 at 7:00 pm.

We are delighted to have author Patrick J. Lynch as presenter at the Lyme Land Trust Annual Meeting. Join us for a presentation  on the environmental history of the Connecticut River Region in Lyme. After 11,000 years of Indigenous Peoples history and more than 400 years of inhabitants from Europe and the rest of the globe, New England presents us with a uniquely humanized American landscape. Steeped as it is in human and ecological history, with deeply layered cultural associations and great beauty, nature in New England is neither a determining force nor a passive victim. It sometimes seems that New England’s landscape was designed to teach us that people are never outside the natural world. For a relatively small state, 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 likely impact of human activity and climate change on the Sound and the River.

Registration required: kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org

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.

For more about Patrick J. Lynch, click here.

Patrick will sign pre-purchased books.

 


Join us for our annual meeting.

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 at 7:00 pm.

We are delighted to have author Patrick J. Lynch as presenter at the Lyme Land Trust Annual Meeting. Join us for a presentation  on the environmental history of the Connecticut River Region in Lyme. After 11,000 years of Indigenous Peoples history and more than 400 years of inhabitants from Europe and the rest of the globe, New England presents us with a uniquely humanized American landscape. Steeped as it is in human and ecological history, with deeply layered cultural associations and great beauty, nature in New England is neither a determining force nor a passive victim. It sometimes seems that New England’s landscape was designed to teach us that people are never outside the natural world. For a relatively small state, 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 likely impact of human activity and climate change on the Sound and the River.

Registration required: kristina.white@lymelandtrust.org

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.

For more about Patrick J. Lynch, click here.

Patrick will sign pre-purchased books.

 


Tuesday Trek: Rocky Neck Beach State Park

Date: Tue June 25, 2024
Time: 9:30 am
Place: Rocky Neck Beach State Park, Rte 156, East Lyme, CT.
Contact Email: openspace@townlyme.org
Presenter: Wendy
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Rocky Neck Beach State Park, Rte 156, East Lyme, CT. A beautiful walk through mature forest along the salt marshes to the beach on Long Island Sound – a haven for shore birds. Bring binoculars if you wish. 2.5 miles. Meet at the parking lot on Rte 156 across from the KOA Campground, 271 Main St (Rte 156), about 0.5 mile east of the intersection with Four Mile River Rd., Old Lyme.

Register: openspace@townlyme.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Rocky Neck Beach State Park, Rte 156, East Lyme, CT. A beautiful walk through mature forest along the salt marshes to the beach on Long Island Sound – a haven for shore birds. Bring binoculars if you wish. 2.5 miles. Meet at the parking lot on Rte 156 across from the KOA Campground, 271 Main St (Rte 156), about 0.5 mile east of the intersection with Four Mile River Rd., Old Lyme.

Register: openspace@townlyme.org

View the Tuesday Trek Schedule


Lymes Senior Center Gentle Walk Wednesday with Wendy

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photo by Wendy Hill
Date: Wed June 26, 2024
Time: 9:30-10:30ish am
Place: Gillette’s Castle State Park, Lyme CT
Contact Email: cperkins@oldlyme-ct.gov
Presenter: Wendy Hill
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We will walk up on the paved road or sidewalk to the Castle terrace to see the beautiful view of the CT River and the Hadlyme Ferry. Then we will explore the easy dirt path route that was once a narrow gauge train trail. About 1 mile.

Directions: Enter Gillette Castle State Park at 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT. Meet at the main parking lot by the Visitor Center.

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 3rd 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 easy, fairly flat dirt paths with some uneven footing, unless noted. Gentle pace. About 1 mile. Bring a walking stick, water bottle and dress for the weather. Inclement weather cancels.

Sponsored with the Lyme’s Senior Center.


We will walk up on the paved road or sidewalk to the Castle terrace to see the beautiful view of the CT River and the Hadlyme Ferry. Then we will explore the easy dirt path route that was once a narrow gauge train trail. About 1 mile.

Directions: Enter Gillette Castle State Park at 67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT. Meet at the main parking lot by the Visitor Center.

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 3rd 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 easy, fairly flat dirt paths with some uneven footing, unless noted. Gentle pace. About 1 mile. Bring a walking stick, water bottle and dress for the weather. Inclement weather cancels.

Sponsored with the Lyme’s Senior Center.


Astronomy Observing Session

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Date: Fri June 28, 2024
Time: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Place: Trail 53 Observatory
Contact Email: astronomy@lymelandtrust.org
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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. We have several different telescopes that are on display including a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory.

Registration required. Upon registration you will receive a link to directions and observing session guidelines.

For more information and to register: Astronomy Events


Young or old, experienced, or totally unfamiliar, we look forward to exposing you to our uniquely dark skies here in Lyme. We have several different telescopes that are on display including a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory.

Registration required. Upon registration you will receive a link to directions and observing session guidelines.

For more information and to register: Astronomy Events


Imagining Lyme–Photo Submission Deadline – Spring

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Rochelle Davis, Spring 2022 Photo of Distinction
Date: Sun June 30, 2024
Time: midnight
Place: Submit photos to Imagining Lyme website
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
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Submit up to three of you favorite photos to share. 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. Amateur photographers may submit photos. 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, The Nature Conservancy, and the State of CT.  View a map of the preserves
  2. Pollinator/wildlife habitat with native plants in Lyme – May be in a backyard, local farm, preserve or in a Lyme Pollinator Pathway garden in Lyme, CT.
  3. Trail 53 – The clear sky above Lyme.

For more information and to submit photos


Submit up to three of you favorite photos to share. 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. Amateur photographers may submit photos. 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, The Nature Conservancy, and the State of CT.  View a map of the preserves
  2. Pollinator/wildlife habitat with native plants in Lyme – May be in a backyard, local farm, preserve or in a Lyme Pollinator Pathway garden in Lyme, CT.
  3. Trail 53 – The clear sky above Lyme.

For more information and to submit photos


Discovering Moths: Nighttime Jewels in Your Backyard.

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Photo by Diane P. Brooks
Date: Tue July 23, 2024
Time: 8:30 pm
Place: Lyme Public Library, 482 Hamburg Rd (Rte 156), Lyme CT
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
Presenter: John Himmelman
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Join author illustrator John Himmelman for a presentation followed by an outside adventure to meet moths, the fascinating and under-appreciated cousins of the butterflies. With about 2600 species of moths in CT, they play a role in pollinating our pathways! These important pollinators exhibit an amazing variety of color shape and behavior. Since most are active at night, we often overlook them. Not Himmelman, though, who has long been attracted to the moths as they are to lights.

John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of Discovering Moths, Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard and other nature books for children and adults. After the program he will sign books. He will bring the moth book for purchase. 

The program is co-sponsored by the Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme Land Trust.


Join author illustrator John Himmelman for a presentation followed by an outside adventure to meet moths, the fascinating and under-appreciated cousins of the butterflies. With about 2600 species of moths in CT, they play a role in pollinating our pathways! These important pollinators exhibit an amazing variety of color shape and behavior. Since most are active at night, we often overlook them. Not Himmelman, though, who has long been attracted to the moths as they are to lights.

John Himmelman is the author and illustrator of Discovering Moths, Nighttime Jewels in Your Own Backyard and other nature books for children and adults. After the program he will sign books. He will bring the moth book for purchase. 

The program is co-sponsored by the Lyme Pollinator Pathway and the Lyme Land Trust.


Astronomy Observing Session

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Date: Fri July 26, 2024
Time: 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Place: Trail 53 Observatory
Contact Email: astronomy@lymelandtrust.org
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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. We have several different telescopes that are on display including a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory.

Registration required. Upon registration you will receive a link to directions and observing session guidelines.

For more information and to register: Astronomy Events


Young or old, experienced, or totally unfamiliar, we look forward to exposing you to our uniquely dark skies here in Lyme. We have several different telescopes that are on display including a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain housed in a permanent observatory.

Registration required. Upon registration you will receive a link to directions and observing session guidelines.

For more information and to register: Astronomy Events


Tour of Terrace Gardens at Gillette Castle

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Date: Sat August 10, 2024
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Gillette Castle State Park, 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
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Please join the Lyme Pollinator Pathway for a tour of the gardens on the terraces at Gillette Castle. Caitlin Vickers, the Barefoot Gardener and Lyme Pollinator Pathway team member, who designed and installed the garden with Nancy Ballek of Ballek’s Garden Center, will guide the tour. The beautiful gardens are mostly native plants beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife. Caitlin will answer questions about the plants and talk about future plans for the gardens.

Meet at the terrace of the Castle.

Caitlin Vickers has been a gardener most of her life, and providing local gardens through her business,  the Barefoot Gardener.

Sponsored by Lyme Pollinator Pathway

Please join the Lyme Pollinator Pathway for a tour of the gardens on the terraces at Gillette Castle. Caitlin Vickers, the Barefoot Gardener and Lyme Pollinator Pathway team member, who designed and installed the garden with Nancy Ballek of Ballek’s Garden Center, will guide the tour. The beautiful gardens are mostly native plants beneficial to pollinators and other wildlife. Caitlin will answer questions about the plants and talk about future plans for the gardens.

Meet at the terrace of the Castle.

Caitlin Vickers has been a gardener most of her life, and providing local gardens through her business,  the Barefoot Gardener.

Sponsored by Lyme Pollinator Pathway

Fungal Ecology Walk–Mushrooms with Bill Yule

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Photo of Bill Yule by Wendy Hill
Date: Sat September 21, 2024
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Place: TBD
Contact Email: education@lymelandtrust.org
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Join us for this fascinating walk with Bill Yule, naturalist and amateur mycologist, to walk, talk, and collect mushrooms. Bill will explain about forest and watershed ecology and all things fungal. After the walk, specimens will be examined and identified and questions answered. Bring mushrooms from home for identification.

Space is limited. Register: education@lymelandtrust.org

“For those who hunger after the earthly excrescences called mushrooms.”

Bill Yule has been active in mycological education for 30 plus years and has given many education programs throughout the country. He is a retired High School Biology teacher and Environmental Educator. In addition, he taught Ecology and Environmental Education at The Connecticut River Museum for 20 years and worked on three environmental educational boats on the CT River. He is a member and educator for three local “Mushroom clubs”, Connecticut Valley Mycological Society, COMA (CT/Westchester Mycological Association) and PVMA (Pioneer Valley Mycological Association) as well as a past Board of Directors member of the North American Mycological Association. 

Visit Bill Yule’s Facebook Page


Join us for this fascinating walk with Bill Yule, naturalist and amateur mycologist, to walk, talk, and collect mushrooms. Bill will explain about forest and watershed ecology and all things fungal. After the walk, specimens will be examined and identified and questions answered. Bring mushrooms from home for identification.

Space is limited. Register: education@lymelandtrust.org

“For those who hunger after the earthly excrescences called mushrooms.”

Bill Yule has been active in mycological education for 30 plus years and has given many education programs throughout the country. He is a retired High School Biology teacher and Environmental Educator. In addition, he taught Ecology and Environmental Education at The Connecticut River Museum for 20 years and worked on three environmental educational boats on the CT River. He is a member and educator for three local “Mushroom clubs”, Connecticut Valley Mycological Society, COMA (CT/Westchester Mycological Association) and PVMA (Pioneer Valley Mycological Association) as well as a past Board of Directors member of the North American Mycological Association. 

Visit Bill Yule’s Facebook Page