Norwalk River Watershed Association

Thursday, June 15, 5-7PM.  Norwalk River Cleanup at Oyster Shell Park. Join United by Blue and REI Norwalk to help cleanup the Norwalk River at Oyster Shell Park, 77 N. Water Street, Norwalk–next the Maritime Aquarium! UBB has partnered with over 10 REI stores in the northeastern United States for a two week cleanup road trip. United By Blue and REI will provide water, trash bags, supplies, and gloves as well as Clif Bars for volunteers. All volunteers will have the chance to win prizes during two cleanup games: weirdest trash find and total weight guess. All volunteers will also receive an exclusive Cleanup Crew trucker hat! Groups of all sizes are welcome! Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or wet. To register, please visit,


Celebrate National Pollinator Week June 19-25
Saturday, June 24, 9-11AM. Pollinator-Friendly Planting Along the Norwalk River and Wilton Pollinator Pathway. Volunteers needed to help restore the riverbank at the new Pocket Park across from the Stop & Shop shopping center. We will remove invasive plants and replace them with native pollinator-friendly plants. The Pocket Park and Schenck’s Island across the river are spots along the new Wilton Pollinator Pathway. Tools, gloves and refreshments supplied. Wear long pants, long sleeves and closed-toe shoes to protect from poison ivy and ticks. Register at

Sunday, July 9, 1PM. Mason Bee Hotel Making Workshop. Mason bees are solitary bees that are responsible for about 30% of crop and flower pollination. These insects do not sting and live in our environment in small holes in dead logs or similar habitat. Each bee visits more than 1000 blooms a day working hard to provide food for its offspring. We’ll be creating ‘hotels’ for mason bees to attract them to our gardens and to increase the number of pollinators in the area. The first workshop will accommodate 12 families or individuals and the cost is $10 per kit (one kit per family). This program is part of the Wilton Pollinator Pathway and is cohosted by NRWA, Woodcock Nature Center, Wilton Garden Club and Wilton Land Conservation Trust. Held at Woodcock Nature Center.
This workshop is already filled with a wait list; watch for more coming up this fall.

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.