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Please join us for this special Zoom talk in honor of Martin Luther King Day

Thursday, January 21, 12PM.  Creating More Diverse Communities and Healthier Environments: The Environmental Case for More Equitable Planning. REGISTER HERE.  Most Connecticut residents support equity, inclusive growth, and a clean and healthful environment. Tune into this webinar to learn how these three things are inextricably linked. You’ll discover how our communities can promote both equitable housing and better environmental stewardship – including better health for our watersheds. The talk will be given by Desegregate CT founder Sara Bronin, an architect and law professor.

Sara’s talk is brought to you by NRWA, which has invited the libraries and communities of the watershed to attend. Our watershed is made up of 6 Connecticut towns – New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Wilton, CT – and Lewisboro, NY. We all share this beautiful river, and it’s connected streams, and library communities. Imagine sharing the vision of working together to provide clean water, clean air, and access to nature for everyone in our 40,000-acre watershed. This talk will explore that possibility.


This webinar is part of our Nature-Friendly Gardening Series, co-hosted with the Norwalk Library 

 January 28, NOON-1:30. Every Small Space of Meadow Helps the World.  Live on Zoom! REGISTER HERE.  Improving Our Landscapes and Gardens—and the world— for Wildlife One Native Plant at a Time.   Peter Picone—Wildlife Biologist, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)—will share his insights into enhancing and creating our landscapes with native plants that attract and benefit wildlife. Every small space of meadow helps the world!  He will illustrate his knowledge through his beautiful slides and video outtakes of native plant and wildlife interactions. We will also learn about the marvelous larger meadows that DEEP creates all across Connecticut, serving our wildlife and pollinators ! Peter has been working in the field of wildlife habitat enhancement for over 30 years.   



Wednesday, February 3, 9:30-11:30AM. The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden. REGISTER HERE. The New Canaan Beautification League is hosting a Zoom talk by Roy Diblik, a recognized perennial plant expert, grower, designer, speaker and author. He specializes in highly aesthetic gardens while reducing maintenance through design. His book, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, will be available at Elm Street Books in New Canaan.

Wednesdays & Saturdays 10-11:30AM. Restoring the Gardens & Riverbank at Oyster Shell Park. Volunteers Needed for safe, outdoor, socially distanced, masked habitat restoration work for birds and pollinators! Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Norwalk to help restore the riverbank and the gardens at Oyster Shell Park. Learn how to identify invasive plants and also the beautiful natives that support our native pollinators. Bring gloves, clippers, and a spade or shovel if possible. Meet at the playground on North Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, between the Aquarium and the new mall. Make sure to register so we can notify you in case of cancellations. To register email Nancy at

Volunteers Needed for Masked, Socially Distanced, Outdoor Project
The Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway is working on a 3-year meadow restoration project at town-owned McKeon Farm. Contact us at to join!
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.