Upcoming Events

Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 1 PM, Conservation Commission Butterfly Walk at Keeler’s Ridge Meadow in Wilton. The Wilton Conservation Commission is hosting a guided butterfly walk led by Victor DeMasi, a widely published lepidopterist who specializes in swallowtails and preserves butterflies in Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. DeMasi and his wife Roanna have explored these glorious creatures in the Amazon forests in Guyana, Nicaragua, and in the Southern California Montane Botanic Garden. Attendees should wear closed-toe shoes, long pants tucked into socks, long-sleeved shirts and a hat. Refreshments will be served following the walk and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions. Please park along the split-rail fence that fronts Route 33, or just north of the property on Carriage Road. Please register at conservationevent@wiltonct.org and include the number of people planning to attend and a phone number where you can be reached if the event is cancelled for any reason. The walk is free and open to the public.


Saturday, August 20, 10AM-12PM. Butterflies! 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 10 Simpaug Turnpike, Redding, a half-mile east of Rt. 7. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at victormonarch@yahoo.com or 203-448-0106. (Rain date: Sunday, August 21)

Saturday, September 10, 9:30AM to 2PM. Oyster Shell Park Shoreline Cleanup. Come help the Norwalk River Watershed Association clean up Oyster Shell Park! Volunteers will weigh the collected, bagged trash, categorize it and report it the Ocean Conservancy to help them track and eliminate ocean debris as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers meet at Heritage Park by Ann and North Water Streets in Norwalk. Waterproof footwear advised. Families welcome. Rain date: Sunday Sept. 11. For more information, contact NRWA at 877-NRWA-INFO or info@norwalkriver.org.


Saturday, September 24, 8:45AM-1PM. Trail Building At Quarry Head Park in Wilton. Come help build a new section of hiking trail! Twenty-five (or more!) able-bodied people needed to re-route the red trail from the picnic area to the brook. Everything provided: gloves, tools, lunch & drinks (watermelon & cookies, too). TRAINING SESSION IN TOOL SAFETY & “BENCHING” BEGINS AT 8:45AM. This event is cosponsored by REI, Norwalk River Watershed Assoc (NRWA) and Wilton Conservation Commission. Sign up at conservationevent@wiltonct.org or call Donna at 203-834-0128.

Saturday, October 8, 9AM- 1PM. Trail Restoration at Horseshoe Park, Wilton. Come help remove invasive plants and plant native plants along the newly opened section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) along Horseshoe Pond in Wilton. REI and Norwalk River Watershed Association (NRWA) will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. This trail stewardship event is cosponsored by REI, NRWA, Wilton Garden Club, Friends of Horseshoe Pond and NRVT. For more information, contact NRWA at 877-NRWA-INFO or info@norwalkriver.org.


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.