Annual Haley Farm “Earth Day” Work Party

Some great people and a beautiful day combined to make our annual Haley Farm “Earth Day”  work party a big success.  The atmosphere was great and our volunteers were ready to make a difference by doing some much needed maintenance.  The Cub Scouts got into the act by picking up trash throughout the park.  GOSA’s board of directors were on hand as well to welcome everyone, share some history, and provide food and beverages to all.


Our stewardship crew targeted three areas to work on:


Along the trail by the water, work focused on removing vines from  pine trees in the meadow, and clearing the eastern side of the long wall starting by the picnic table.


Along the main dirt road, two areas were given attention.  At the first intersection (left turn) a section of stone wall was cleared.  A viney mess made of briars, and small invasive trees was removed.


Further down the road, trees were liberated from vines and a section of a stone wall was cleared.


Our crew used loppers, rakes, sawzalls, snips, hedge trimmers, and a chain saw.  A positive and determined spirit was evident as they attacked and cleared the unwanted vegetation.

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We are looking for new Board and Committee Members!

Interested in getting more involved with GOSA? We are looking for new Board and Committee Members! 

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you value open space? Do you want to do more to conserve, restore and care for our local environment? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider joining one of the many GOSA Committees (stewardship, land acquisition, finance, events, and more). If you are interested in helping to shape the future of GOSA and serving on the Board of Directors, we are currently looking for like-minded individuals to join us who care as much as we do about protecting and preserving our local lands so they can be enjoyed well into the future. There are no requirements to join the Committees, and no specific requirements to apply for a Board position. Backgrounds in grant writing, real estate transactions, financial reporting, and website and social media management are just a few skills that could benefit the Board but are not required. If you are interested or would like additional information, please contact Wendy Spader, Nominating & Recruiting Committee Chair, at [email protected].

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Trails Day 2022 on June 5th at Avery Farm Nature Preserve

Join us on our Family Fun Hike/Walk at Avery Farm North to celebrate National Trails Day.

On June 5th at 11:00 AM, GOSA will host a hike on the blue trail loop (1.7 miles).  We welcome adults, children and leashed dogs to enjoy this easy walk through woods, past open fields, farmland, and a marsh.  

Please visit for more information. 

Directions and Parking: 

From Route 184, turn onto Lambtown Road. Pass through 2 stop signs and continue to the parking area adjacent to the gate across the road.

Look for updates and registration information on our Facebook page and Instagram (coming soon).

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Annual Field Mowing at Sheep Farm

The stewardship team completed the annual field mowing at Sheep Farm to keep our fields in great shape.


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First Signs of Spring at Haley Farm

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GOSA Clean Up Dates

Saturday, April 2nd 10-12. Roadside clean up on Flanders and Route 1. Park on Flanders Road near the intersection with Route 1.

Saturday, April 9th 10-12 Roadside clean up on Route 184. Park at Sand Box (1500 Gold Star Hwy).

Saturday, April 23rd 10-12 Haley Farm State Park. This is a combination of clean up and work party.


RSVP Recommended but not required. This event is for adults and older teens.

For more information or to RSVP please email Dan at  [email protected] or [email protected]

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Data Center Proposal

Regarding the proposed Data Center in our neighborhood, please view the opinion of GOSA President, Joan Smith, and a flier from the Groton Conservation Advocates.

Click Here to read the position of GOSA on the proposed Data Center

Click Here to read the statement from Joan Smith, President of GOSA.

Click Here to read the opinion of Sidney Van Zandt, GOSA Vice President on the Data Center Proposal

Click Here to view the flyer from the Groton Conservation Advocates



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Help Clean Up the Cove

Help Clean Up the Baker Cove Watershed

Bluff Point Hiking Trails and Guides

Ways that businesses, places of worship, and community groups can help: map and guide

GOSA is a member of The Baker Cove Watershed Committee, a volunteer group working to reduce “non-point source” pollution in the waters that drain into Baker Cove, Groton, CT.
860-319-8806 ■ [email protected] ECCD: 238 West Town Street, Norwich, CT 06360
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2022 Annual Appeal

Annual Appeal 

In 2021, GOSA got things done with your help! Your volunteer efforts and donations enabled GOSA to manage and maintain 5 existing properties and acquire 2 new ones:
• Sheep Farm South — 104-acres contiguous to the 63-acre Sheep Farm. This expansive property features Fort Hill Brook, which flows to Mumford Cove and Long Island Sound, geologic interest in Fort Hill ledge and glacial rock formations, a string of highly productive vernal pools, wildlife habitats, an oak hickory hardwood forest, Colonial and Native American historic sites, and scenic recreational trails.
• Walt’s Walls and Woods — 5.7-acres in the heart of Groton’s downtown area. This small gem of a property serves an important function in protecting wetlands, a stream, and Baker Cove from storm water runoff, and extends two existing town-owned open spaces. Meandering trails wind through a small forest, outlined by exquisite stonewalls and colorful hillside gardens for public enjoyment. Given the continued challenges we have faced this year, the silver lining is that we have sustained an increase in the number of visitors to our properties. We are deeply grateful to all of you who have supported GOSA’s work through these challenging times. Our efforts this year include:
• Twice weekly Stewardship work parties to mow grassy areas, maintain trails, construct bog bridges and post storm clean-up activities
• Collaboration with Mystic Garden Club to purchase and install native plants at our pollinator gardens
• Dip netting excursions to GOSA properties for Groton Parks and Rec summer camps staffed by GOSA volunteers
• Earth Day event at Haley Farm for invasive plant removal and clean-up activities, and additional Earth Month activities including roadside clean-ups along 3-4 miles of GOSA properties
• Hikes including Senior Hike sponsored by Groton Senior Center, and an archeological hike

The GOSA community continues to be our most valuable asset! Your 2022 membership and support from donations provide sound fiscal support, help sustain open spaces in our community, and assures successful protection of our waterways and open spaces. We hope you consider supporting GOSA in your yearly giving.

With gratitude from all of us,
GOSA Board of Directors

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Notice of Annual Meeting

Notice of Annual Meeting 
Thursday, October 21, 2021
7:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM
Latham Chester Store
108 Main Street, Noank

The Board of Directors for the Groton Open Space Association, Inc., cordially invites members to participate in the 2021 Annual Meeting either in-person or via Zoom* on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM.

*If you want to attend via Zoom, request the link by emailing [email protected]

Meeting Details:
Officer Reports and Elections
No Guest Speaker
No Refreshments or Snacks
Masks are Required

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