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Thursday, May 28, 12-1PM. The Practice of Soundscape Ecology: Welcoming the Voices of Nature to Your Garden (or patio, balcony, yard, community garden plot…). Please join NRWA and the Norwalk Public Library for the first in our  Nature-Friendly Gardening Webinar Series. Register Here.

In these challenging and anxious times, we’d like to offer some distraction and perhaps a little inspiration. Research confirms what most of us know to be true-– nature can have a restorative, life-affirming effect on us when we open ourselves to enjoy its pleasures. In particular, enjoying the sounds of nature can be a good way to de-stress. And when you’re hearing lots of natural sounds, it’s a pretty good sign of the health of your immediate environment.

Join us for this webinar, presented by the NRWA’s Cathy Smith, to find out more about the emerging field of soundscape ecology, and how you can take some simple steps to welcome nature’s chorus back to your neighborhood. We’ll cover planting tips and other practical strategies.


For more information, contact Sally Nacker at or 203-899-2780 ext. 15137 or email

Cathy Smith is a long-time gardener with a passion for natural history, native plants and landscape design. She has studied at the New York Botanical Garden and with Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter, one of the world’s great gardens. When not gardening or hiking, she teaches yoga and serves on the boards of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and the Norwalk River Valley Trail. Originally from Canada, she lives and gardens in Wilton.

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.