Norwalk River Watershed Association

Sunday, July 8, 10AM. A Guided Walk to Weir Pond.  Join us at Weir Farm National Historic Site for a leisurely walk to explore the beautiful and historic meadows, forest and pond that have inspired artists for over 135 years. Park Ranger Amanda Lord, a Wilton resident, will lead a one hour guided walk during which she will introduce you to Julian Alden Weir, a world-class artist who lived and worked here from 1882 to 1919. We will walk in his footsteps through the landscape that inspired his Impressionist paintings. Our gentle hike will take us by historic stone walls and natural wonders, as we make our way to Weir Pond, which was added by Weir in 1896 as a place for fishing and recreation.  Dogs on leash are welcome. Please register for this event by emailing Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible. Hosted by the Wilton Conservation Commission and Weir Farm National Park in conjunction with NRWA, Wilton Land Conservation Trust and Wilton Garden Club.

Saturday, July 21, Aug 18. 11AM-12PM. Guided Walks Through Grace Farms Meadows. Explore the meadows and walking trails at Grace Farms in New Canaan with Penn Marchael, Project Manager at Larry Weaner Associates, and Grace Farms Nature Initiative Director, Mark Fowler. Discover the process behind their ongoing meadow restoration and learn about the importance of restoring native meadows and nurturing the habitat where pollinators like bees, butterflies, and birds thrive. Watch as the Grace Farms meadows grow and change throughout the season.  Register here.

Saturday, August 11, 10AM. Butterfly Walk in Redding. Victor DeMasi, lepidopterist, research affiliate for Yale’s Peabody Museum and NRWA Advisory Board member, has been studying butterflies and moths in an area along the Norwalk River since 1977. He will introduce area butterflies and moths, discuss their food and habitats and show his remarkable collection. Meet at the corner of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7, Redding. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at or 203- 448-0106. (Rain date: Sunday, August 12).

Wednesday, August 22, 7-8:30PM. “What Do Bees Need? Planting for Pollinators with Emily May from The Xerces Society at the Ridgefield Library.” Join us to learn about the diversity of native pollinators in Connecticut and how you can help protect these important insects. Emily May, a Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Pesticide Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, will speak about how to recognize native bees, what happens during the pollination process, and how to make your yard or garden a sanctuary for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.  May received an M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University and has studied pollinator habitat restoration, bee nesting habits, and the effects of pest management practices on wild bee communities. Her work with Xerces since 2015 has focused on supporting pollinators in the Northeast through habitat creation and mitigating pesticide risk to bees and other beneficial insects. The talk is sponsored by the Ridgefield Discovery Center, the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway, and the Ridgefield Library. (The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is organized by volunteers from the Caudatowa Garden Club, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Ridgefield Garden Club, and Woodcock Nature Center. More info at


Saturday, September 8. People’s Climate March. Marches are planned for New Haven and New York.  More information here.


NRWA programs highlight the importance and features of the river and its watershed and ways people collectively and individually can improve the region. Programs are free, unless specified, but space may be limited; reservations are suggested. Call the leader listed or NRWA toll free at 877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463) for information, directions, and reservations. Hikers should always wear hiking shoes and bring water.