Norwalk River Watershed Association

Sunday, May 21, 1:30PM. Meditation Walk At Cherry Lane Park, Wilton.  Led by yoga instructor and Wilton Garden Club member LeeAnn Schneider, the walk will take about one hour.   Attendees should wear light-colored clothing: long pants tucked into socks, long-sleeved shirts, hats and should use tick-repellent with DEET to help prevent ticks during the walk. Following the walk, there will be refreshments and time to ask questions and to meet neighbors and representatives of the groups that collaborate to provide these walks: the Wilton Conservation Commission, NRWA, Wilton Garden Club, and the Wilton Land Conservation Trust. Please register at in order to be contacted should the weather force a cancellation.


Monday, May 22. 6:30-8PM. Preserving Plum Island for Future Generations. Ridgefield Library.  Join us for a presentation on Plum Island, home to over 200 resident and migratory bird species, about a quarter of all birds known in the U.S., 57 of which are listed as in urgent need of conservation. Learn how you can help preserve this incredible public resource from the threat of development. Chris Cryder, Special Projects Coordinator for Save the Sound and the outreach coordinator for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, will present a short film produced for PBS, “Conservation of a Precious Island” starring Sam Waterston as well as the latest efforts to protect the island. Located in eastern Long Island Sound, the island has been home to the nation’s foreign animal disease center, which is now relocating.  The island has also served as a de facto wildlife refuge for the last 60 years and is home to several endangered species and unique habitats. Now, Plum Island is slated to be sold by the federal government to the highest bidder. Many organizations would rather see the amazing island conserved and are fighting to save it. This presentation is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Conservation Commission, Woodcock Nature Center and the Norwalk River Watershed Association, which is hosting the talk for its annual meeting.  All are welcome! Please register at

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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.