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This program is part of the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway Series and is presented by the Ridgefield Library, NRWA, and the Ridgefield Pollinator Pathway.

Tuesday, June 8, 6-7PM. Restoring Wild: A Panel Discussion. Register here. Join us for this presentation and panel discussion with Mark Fowler, Grace Farms Nature Initiative Director, and Penn Marchael, Land Manager, that will be moderated by Louise Washer, President of the Norwalk River Watershed Association. This program will focus on the big picture comeback story of the resilience of forests and woodlands in New England. This presentation will also focus on native pollinator-friendly pesticide-free plants as the solution to “restoring wild” in our own communities. 


At first glance, suburbia may look sanitized and neatly ordered by man, but Mother Nature quickly adapts and learns how to thrive again. Today, in much of the Northeast, nature has reclaimed forests which had nearly been completely cut down, and wildlife has followed. Animals, which had nearly disappeared by the early 20th century are now found all over suburban areas, and are even found in urban parts of New York City. 

This incredible comeback story of resilience of nature in suburban areas requires us to re-frame what “wild” means in our modern world in order to value – and care for – the incredible wild lands that exist in our own yards.

Part of the Nature-Friendly Gardening Series sponsored by NRWA and Norwalk Public Libary
Thursday, June 17, 12-1:30PM. Seeds for Seven Generations with Diane Wilson. Diane will talk about Native American or indigenous seeds and our evolving relationship with corn, one of our most important seed relatives, from indigenous gardens to contemporary farming. She’ll discuss exciting work being done today by Native organizations to reclaim indigenous seeds as food for our communities. Diane explores the relationship between seeds and writing in her new novel, The Seed Keeper. 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

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.