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Saturday July 31, 9-11AM. Invasive Plant Removal & Wildflower Planting at Oyster Shell Park, Norwalk. Help us continue the battle to take back the beautiful gardens of Oyster Shell Park from invasive plants. We will pull, dig, cut, and cover one area with tarps to solarize the roots of the dreaded knotweed. Come learn the common invasives and help us plant the Sandy Hook Memorial with wildflowers for the pollinators. Bring loppers, shovel, gloves if possible and a water bottle. Meet at the playground on North Water Street behind the Sono Collection Mall. Turn as if going into the parking garage, but keep going and the park will be on the left. Address: N. Water Street near the intersection with Anne Street, Norwalk. Questions?

info@norwalkriver.org.This project as well as follow-up plantings are made possible by a grant to The Nature Conservancy’s Community Resilience Building Program. 

Saturday, August 28, 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 during a tour of his magnificent meadows, 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 victormonarch@yahoo.com or 203- 448-0106. (Rain date: Sunday, August 29th) 

Wednesdays & Saturdays 9-11AM. 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 theperennialgardener@gmail.com.

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 info@pollinator-pathway.org 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.