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Select Wednesdays & Saturdays All Summer, 9-11AM. Help Restore the Gardens at Oyster Shell Park.  Join us along the Pollinator Pathway and the Norwalk River Valley Trail in Norwalk for weeding parties.  Come 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.  Limited tools available. Meet at the playground on North Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, between the Aquarium and the new mall.  Register here, so we can contact you in case of weather cancelation.

Meeting dates (9-11AM):

Saturday, August 24

Saturday, August 31

Wednesday, September 11

Saturday, September 14

Saturday, September 21

Wednesday, September 25

Wednesday October 2

Saturday, October 12

Wednesday, October 16

Saturday, October 26 (10AM-1PM)

Saturday, August 24, 10AM.  Butterfly Walk! 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 the corner of Simpaug Turnpike and Route 7, Redding. Easy walk. For reservations, contact DeMasi at or 203- 448-0106. (Rain date: Sunday, August 25th)

Saturday, August 24, 1-2:30PM. Compostology: The Science and Simplicity of Home Composting with Cathy Smith. As part of its Gardening Lecture Series, the library presents Compostology by Cathy Smith, a Master Composter in training through the UConn Home & Garden Education Center. A long-time gardener, she is working on her New York Botanical Gardens certificate and has studied gardening with Fergus Garrett, Head Gardener at Great Dixter in East Sussex, England. When not composting or gardening, she teaches yoga and serves on the boards of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk River Valley Trail, and Pollinator Pathway. Light refreshments will be provided by the Library. To register, please email Sally Nacker at the library. 

Sunday, September 15, 7-10AM. Trash Dash for International Coastal Cleanup Day. NRWA will join Keep America Beautiful and the Maritime Aquarium in sponsoring a “Plogging” event to help clean up the streets of Norwalk.  Plogging is jogging while picking up litter! There will be a loop for runners with two drop off sites for bags of trash collected. NRWA will be stationed at the Aquarium helping to catagorize and weigh the trash so it can be part of the data for International Coastal Cleanup day. Sign up here as a volunteer or a plogger. 


Gardening for Birds and Other Wildlife
By Patrick Comins, Executive Director, CT Audubon Society
Wednesday, September 18, 6-7:30PM

Patrick Comins is executive director of the Connecticut Audubon Society. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford and has worked in the bird conservation field for over 20 years. Patrick began his career with the Connecticut Audubon Society undertaking bird surveys at the McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, then served as the director of bird conservation for Audubon Connecticut for nearly 17 years before coming to the Connecticut Audubon Society. He is a past president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association. He is a member of the Connecticut Forest Practices Advisory Board, a position appointed by the Governor and a founding member and past chair of the Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Light refreshments will be provided by the Library. To register for this event, please email Sally Nacker at 

Tuesday, October 1, 6:45PM. Documentary Screening of Ground War: When Playing Fields Become Battle Fields, Followed by Q&A with Director Andrew Nisker. Darien Library. When Toronto-based documentary filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s father, Harold, who was always the picture of health, fell ill with a Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, he was heart-broken and perplexed and then alarmed at what he learned. Exposure to pesticides is a marker of the disease and the only place his father could have been exposed was at the golf course. His film, “GroundWar: When Playing Fields become Battlefields,” takes viewers on Nisker’s journey as he talks with health experts, golf industry representatives, environmental advocates and family members of cancer victims in an effort to raise awareness about the use of pesticides and their dangers on playing fields.Host Friends of Animals of Darien is joined by cosponsors Rowayton Gardeners, Norwalk Pollinator Pathway, Darien Nature Center, Darien Garden Club, Darien Pollinator Pathway, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk Land Trust and Beyond Pesticides. Darien Library is at 1441 Post Road, Darien. This event is not sponsored by Darien Library. Any views and opinions expressed are not those of the Library.

Saturday, October 26, 10AM-1PM. Riverbank Restoration at Oyster Shell Park. Volunteers needed to help plant trees and shrubs and remove invasive plants along the Norwalk River and the Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT).  This event is part of the Norwalk Pollinator Pathway project, which aims to restore pollinator habitat by planting native plants and avoiding pesticides. Join us to learn which plants are invasive species and which are import natives that support our native bees, butterflies and birds.  This effort is part of an on-going partnership between the Norwalk River Watershed Association and REI with support from the City of Norwalk. Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk will read a Pollinator Proclamation putting Norwalk officially on the Pollinator Pathway.  Enjoy refreshments and meet representatives from the organizations working together to restore both the riverbank and the gardens at Oyster Shell Park.  This event is also supported by Sustainable Fairfield County, Cleaner CT Coalition, and NRVT. Join Us! Sign up here.

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.