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Pollinator Pathway Garden Tours

June 10, 9:30-12:30.  Join us for Two Self-Guided Pollinator Pathway Garden Tours in Norwalk.  Handouts with maps and plant lists will be available at both sites to guide your walk, or download them below.  Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Fodor Farm, 328 Flax Hill Road. Wander among Norwalk’s Community Gardens and visit a beautiful Pollinator Garden (right) for inspiration about what to plant to attract bees and butterflies to your yard.  Download the garden tour guide.

Oyster Shell Park, N. Water Street behind the Sono Collection Mall—park at the playground lot and cross over the bridge to start the tour.  Download the garden tour guide. Oyster Shell Park is a former landfill that has been capped and planted with native plants to support pollinators and other wildlife.  The gardens are on the Pollinator Pathway and are managed by community volunteers who call themselves the Weed Warriors.  Interested in joining the team? Contact Norwalk River Watershed Assoc at .  

June 10, 10-11 AM
The Hickories Farm Ecotype Founders Plot
136 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield
June 10, 10-11 AM
Admission $10

The Hickories was the first farm in Connecticut to participate in The Ecotype Project, which grows sustainably sourced seed from local wildflowers and shrubs. Enjoy a tour of one of the wildflower fields while learning about their production methods as well as the newly launched Eco59 Seed Company. More info here. Parking available at the farm.

June 15th from 4 – 7 PM. Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway Garden Tour: Main Street Stroll. Register here
We will begin by visiting the native plant gardens at a 710 Trading Post, a private home; from there, we will walk along the main street, highlighting the important native trees, shrubs, and plants important to pollinators. We will be stopping at gardens along the Pollinator Pathway. We will end our tour at Queen B. They have graciously offered to host our group and will be serving a special “Pollinator Punch” for adults.
4:00 – 5:15 Upper Main Street Stroll:
  • Gather at Tuppence, 35 Main Street, Ridgefield: Certified Pollinator Pathway gardens completely surround our c. 1710 Trading Post home; and follows the design philosophy for a rural 18th century “Wild” British cottage garden. Our indigenous, wildflower “front lawn” complements multiple extensive “native [25+] species” of shade, shrub & flower garden beds elsewhere on our National Historic District property.
  • Visit 57 Main Street, Ridgefield: Newly renovated private property. Landscape focus on native plants
  • Visit Keeler Tavern Historic Gardens
5:15 – 6:30 Lower Main Street Stroll:
  • Gather at Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main Street
  • Visit St. Stephen’s Meadow in the Middle
  • Town Hall
  • Ballard Native Plant Garden
  • Main Street plantings and Container Boxes
6:30 – Reception at Queen B, 4:17 Main Street, Ridgefield. Come and enjoy a specialty-crafted pollinator punch!

Parking Options:

First Congregational Church, 103 Main Street
Aldrich Museum, 258 Main St
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 353 Main St

Join us at Nod Hill Brewery for our Annual Meeting!

June 28th at 6pm in the Biergarten 

While sitting by the Norwalk River, enjoy Nod Hill Beer, Copps Island Oysters, an update on current NRWA projects, and hear from Harbor Watch on the state of water quality in the Norwalk River.

Please register HERE.


Wednesdays & Saturdays 9:30-11:30AM. 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

This project is made possible in part by a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Service with funding provided by the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. EPA.
Volunteers Needed for Meadow Restoration Project at Mckeon Farm in Ridgefield
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.