Norwalk River Watershed Association

Tuesdays, February 26 & March 5. 6:30- 8:30PM. Gardening with Native Plants: A class at Norwalk Community College taught by Pollinator Pathway founders and native plant experts, Elizabeth Craig and Jackie Algon. THIS WINTER, THINK SPRING! Winter is a good time to plan and design a wildlife-friendly garden. A native wildlife garden does not have to be messy. Learn simple strategies that can make your natural landscape appealing to both wildlife and people. Add four-season interest with key native plants and provide the natural native habitat needed for pollinators and songbirds. The native plants that are important to pollinators are the same ones that are important to songbirds. We will discuss succession of bloom using native perennials, trees and shrubs, along with annuals for continuous beauty and resources for birds and butterflies.

Learn the basics of growing native wildflowers from seed. The cooler months before spring can be the best time to sow native seeds. What you plant makes a difference …plant natives.

Register online at or call (203) 857-7237 Mon-Fri 10AM to 3PM Class name: CRN: 5272 GARD D5000 Section: 01; Instructors:  Jackie Algon and Liz Craig, Advanced Master Gardeners from Wilton.


Wednesday, January 9, 7:30PM. Ridgefield Special Town Meeting & Vote on Ordinance to Ban Fracking Waste. 52 CT towns have passed comprehensive ordinances banning fracking waste. RIDGEFIELD WILL VOTE WHETHER TO BECOME THE 53RD TOWN TO BAN THIS TOXIC, RADIOACTIVE WASTE AT RIDGEFIELD TOWN HALL ON JAN 9TH.

Saturday, January 5, 10AM. Public Hearing. Find out more about why local action is needed at a public hearing Saturday, January 5 at 10AM, Town Hall and PLEASE VOTE JAN 9TH. More information on the issue is available here.


Wednesday, January 9, 1:30-2:30PM. Join the Norwalk Garden Club for a presentation on the Pollinator Pathway by Louise Washer of NRWA.  Norwalk Garden Club has become an active supporter of the Pollinator Pathway project which includes the communities of Norwalk, Ridgefield, Wilton, New Canaan, Weston, Westport, Darien, and Greenwich.  The project encourages residents, organizations, and neighborhoods to join in the effort to create healthy yards and open spaces for bees, butterflies, and birds by planting native plants and avoiding pesticides. To further the goals of the Pollinator Pathway project, the Norwalk Garden Club has invited Louise Washer, president of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and manager of the Pollinator Pathway project in our area, to be the guest speaker at the January 9 meeting.  Louise will offer the latest information about the project, as well as a number of practical suggestions for residents about how to use native plants and alternatives to pesticides to help reverse the decline in pollinator populations.  All are welcome. To be held at the The Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road (off East Avenue).

Wednesday, January 9, 7-9pm. Screening of the Film Straws and Panel Q&A on Plastic Pollution at Wilton Library. Doors open at 6:30 and screening begins promptly at 7 p.m. After the screening, we will have a short panel discussion and Q&A session with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail and Members of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association as well as Bridget Cervero and David Hudson of The Maritime Aquarium. Register here. 

Saturday, January 12, 2-3pm.  Family-Friendly Screening of Straws and Panel Q & A at Wilton Library. Doors open at 1:30 and screening begins promptly at 2pm. A brief panel discussion and Q&A session follows with Charlie Taney of the Norwalk River Valley Trail, Members of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Louise Washer, President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. Register here. 

Students in grades 2-6 can register separately for an educational program led by NAMEPA and Wilton Go Green following the film in the Children’s Story Room; children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult. The children’s educational program starts at 2:30 while the panel discussion continues in the Brubeck Room.  Registration required for children’s program here or call Wilton Library at (203) 762-6334

Wednesday, January, 17, 7PM. Weston Board of Selectment to Vote on Fracking Waste Ban. Come show support and learn more about the issue at the public hearing before the vote. Weston has set a town meeting for Jan 17th with a public hearing at 7pm to be followed by a vote by the Board of Selectmen on whether or not Weston will join 53 other CT towns in adopting a comprehensive ban on waste from oil and gas extraction processes, including fracking. There is no fracking in CT, but our state’s current temporary moratorium on importing waste has many loopholes and includes a requirement for DEEP to write regulations for the importing of this toxic waste in the future. Please come learn more about the issue and support the ban.  Weston Town Hall. More information 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.