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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:

Saturday, September 21 (10AM-noon)

Wednesday, September 25 (10AM-noon)

Saturday, September 28 (10AM-noon)

Wednesday October 2 (10AM-noon)

Saturday, October 12 (10AM-noon)

Wednesday, October 16 (10AM-noon)

Saturday, October 26 (10AM-1PM)

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.