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June 2019

Avery Farm Nature Preserve Hike

June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

FREE and Open to the Public Hike with Whitney Adams, GOSA Botanist, through diverse wildlife habitats, woodlands, fields, hedgerows, a 38 acre bog/pond, quaking bogs, Families, hikers, and botanical enthusiasts invited. Directions: From I-95, exit 88 in Groton, go north on Route 117 to Route 184.Turn right (east), go to the next traffic light at Lambtown Road/Flanders Road. Turn left (north) on Lambtown Road, to a gate across the road. Parking will be on the left. Look for GOSA event…

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CT Forest & Parks Trail HIke

June 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FREE and open to the Public Meet at, and hike through, the Sheep Farm and onto the new 104 acre addition, then across Rte 1, through The Merritt Family Forest, and onto Beebe Pond Park, through the Moore Woodlands, finishing at Beebe Pond's parking lot on Noank Road. Stroll to Town's End as an optional extension. Some rugged trails and terrain, moderate paced. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water bottle and small snack. Transportation will be provided back to the Sheep…

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September 2019

Avery Farm Nature Preserve Powerline Walk

September 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

FREE and open to the public Saturday September 7, 10am-1pm Walk with GOSA botanist Whitney Adams along several thousand feet of powerline right of way in Groton Open Space Association’s Avery Farm Nature Preserve and Town of Ledyard open space. Expect to see diverse habitats with less common species of club mosses, chokeberries, viburnums, several native late season legumes and spectacular thickets of poison sumac. We will also consider vegetation management strategies that result in diverse high quality right of…

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October 2019

GOSA 2019 Annual Meeting

October 10, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

A brief business meeting followed by guest speaker Maggie Jones Animals on the Move and Plants Standing Still: Lessons all around us during this season of migration and transition Maggie Jones- A lifelong native of this region- grew up in Old Mystic, and has lived in Groton for the past 20 years. She studied Botany and Landscape Ecology at Connecticut College where she worked closely with Drs William Niering, Richard Goodwin, Bob Askins and others studying birds, vegetation and ecological…

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GOSA’s Candlewood Ridge Property Meadow & Trail Restoration

October 12, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 12, 2019 12:00 PM If you are a current Pfizer Colleague or a Retiree, please consider joining us for this stewardship event to help restore the meadow, widen trails, and cut down invasive plants at the Candlewood Ridge property bordering Groton and Ledyard town lines. If at least 5 Pfizer individuals collectively offer 15 hours of volunteer time, it qualifies GOSA for a $2500 grant, which goes a long way to support stewardship activities. Jobs at this event…

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January 2020

First Day Hike: Candlewood Hill Wildlife Management Area

January 1, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

FREE and Open to the Public Join GOSA volunteers on a First Day Winter hike DESCRIPTION: Difficult, 2 1/2 miles, 2+ hours See spectacular rock formations, ridges, ravines, quarries, a rare pitch pine preserve at near 300 ft elevation. Trail conditions include uneven terrain, steep climbs, no maps or trail blazes. PREPARATION: Dress warmly in layers, wear boots with good traction, (carry micro spikes weather dependent). Bring water and snack. Hiking poles recommended, a few available to borrow. Plan to…

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April 2021

FREE An Egg-Cellent Adventure -a traditional Easter egg hunt but with a twist!

April 3 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Sheep Farm, 245 Hazelnut Hill Rd
Groton, CT 06340
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An Egg-Cellent Adventure -a traditional Easter egg hunt but with a twist! We kick off each Spring featuring our Egg-Cellent Adventure with you and your Family. Come enjoy a beautiful outing at one of our selected outdoor experiences. Find hidden eggs and redeem them for Prizes. Get ready for a fun filled day! Copy the Ticket link to sign your children up!  www.jpoproductions.com/egg-cellent-adventure..html This is a FREE event produced by JPO Productions LLC. You must sign up online in order…

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The Merritt Family Forest: Roadside Cleanup

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

 ADULTS ONLY: This is a roadside cleanup in a heavy traffic area Meet at Flanders Road/ Route 1 intersection Park on the wide shoulders on Flanders Road Rain Date: Sunday April 11, at 10 am.Questions? Call Joan Smith 860 536 9811 We encourage masks, gloves and social distancing per CDC recommendations. Many thanks to The Last Green Valley for sponsoring the cleanup events! 

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Candlewood Hill Wildlife Management Area Cleanup

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

ADULTS ONLY: This is a roadside cleanup in a heavy traffic area Saturday April 17, 10a.m.-12:00p.m Rain date, Sunday, April 18, at 10a.m. Meet at the south side of Gold Star Highway, halfway between Route 117 and Flanders Road Park on grassy areas, immediately uphill from the Granite Group Kitchen and Bath, or across from the Sandbox recreational business Questions? Call Joan Smith at 860-536-9811 or email [email protected] Many thanks to The Last Green Valley for sponsoring the cleanup events! …

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Haley Farm State Park Cleanup

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Haley Farm State Park, 24 Haley Farm Rd
Groton, CT 06340
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Families Welcome! Saturday, April 24, 10a.m.-12:00p.m Rain date, Sunday April 25, at 10a.m. Located at Haley Farm Road, off of Brook Street in Groton GOSA event signs will be posted. We encourage masks, gloves and social distancing per CDC recommendations. Questions? Call Joan Smith at 860-536-9811 or email [email protected] Many thanks to The Last Green Valley for sponsoring the cleanup events! 

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