Northern Connecticut Land Trust Calendar of Events: Hike/Walk/Paddle/Program & Work Parties

2016 Board of Directors Meetings held at Hall Memorial Library, Ellington except where noted.  First Monday of each Month.  The Board would welcome your comments, suggestions and any input while you observe the Board in action.   Did you know that Board Meetings are open to the membership?  We welcome members who are interested in seeing the Board in action and to hear your input.  Meetings are held at Ellington Public Library at 7:30 pm the first Monday of each month.  Please contact

Sunday, September 18:  ANNUAL MEETING for members and guests.  Somers Congregational Church, beginning at 5:30 with a social time followed by dinner at 6:00.  After a short business meeting to elect directors for 2017, there will be a presentation by Ginny Patsun on her experiences as a Peace Corp volunteer.   Please see the details published in the latest Landmark issue.

Sat. Sept. 24 - Bald Mtn. Preserve, Somers - 10:00 AM – We will hike through two Land Trust properties as well as Town of Somers and State of CT properties. These comprise the Bald Mountain Preserve, which includes the entire summit of the tallest of the surrounding mountains. Foliage should be starting to turn. The trails are steep and rocky in some places but not difficult with good shoes. The distance will be about 2 1/2 miles. Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190, near the intersection of Rt. 83. For questions, contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487

Sat., Oct. 1 --  Talcottville/Talcott Ravine History and Nature Walk - 1:00 pm

This three-mile free walk begins in the historic Talcottville section of Vernon and includes a loop through the Northern CT Land Trust's Talcott Ravine and returns on the Hop River Rail Trail.  We'll see historic bridges and buildings, the sites of former mills and early fall foliage. This moderately paced two-hour walk will teach participants about earlier times in the Talcottville area, a mill t...own on the National Register of Historic Places. Geologically, the walk will start out on the Portland Arkose, take us over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits.

Speakers include Gary Robbins, Professor of Geology at UCONN, Dept. of Natural Resources and Environment, Gail Faherty, director of the Northern CT Land Trust, Jon Roe, historian and webmaster of the Tankerhoosen/Talcottville website and Susan Barlow of the Manchester Land Conservation Trust.

Some of the terrain is steep and bumpy, so please wear sturdy sneakers or shoes. The hike will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please.  Meet in the parking lot at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon.   

Sun., October 16 -– Fall foliage along Railroad Brook gorge in Vernon. Hike thru the Trust’s Andrew Webster Knapp property to the Rails-to-trails, then up to the ridge overlooking Valley Falls Park and Railroad Brook for some beautiful scenery. Fairly challenging walk with up and down steep slopes, 1 to 1 ½ hours. Meet at the Valley Falls parking lot off Valley Falls Road at 9:00 AM. Call Karl at 860-649-4949 for further information
Sun. October 16 - Skyline Scenic Area - 10:00 AM - Foliage hike with great views of the valley to the west. On Stafford Rd. near Somers/Stafford line.  . Meet at the rear of the Somers Town Hall, 600 Main St., Rt. 190 near the intersection of Rt. 83 and carpool to the site.  For questions contact Albert Grant, 860-623-5487  


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