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Join Us for This Event in the Nature-Friendly Gardening Webinar Series Presented by NRWA & Norwalk Public Library

Thursday, July 9, 12-1PM. Know Your Weeds With Roberta DiBisceglie. Register here. Join NRWA and the Norwalk Public Library for the second installment of our Nature-friendly Gardening Webinar Series featuring Roberta DiBisceglie of Columbine Fine Landscaping, Gardening and Design. A third generation horticulturist, Roberta trained at the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture and has managed landscapes for over 20 years. A consultant for Norwalk Pollinator Pathway and a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional, Roberta is an enthusiastic mentor for the Norwalk Mentor Program. She also serves on the board of the East Norwalk Neighborhood Association. Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Sunday, July 12,  3:30 – 8:30 PM. Online Screening of the film Microplastic Madness Followed by A Panel Discussion on Plastic Pollution Tuesday, July 14, 7PM. Register here for both.  Join Wilton Go Green and NRWA for this award-winning family-friendly film which follows the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn – living on the frontline of the climate crisis – whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories. An inspiring story powered by youth!! In honor of Plastic Free July, we are excited to have you join us for this TWO-PART Virtual Green Speaker Series.

Movie screening July 12th – 5 hour window to screen the film 3:30-8:30pm
Panel discussion July 14th – 7:00 – 8:00pm

Register here for both events.

Join Us for This Event in the Nature-Friendly Gardening Webinar Series Presented by NRWA & Norwalk Public Library

Thursday, July 23, 12-1PM. Lawns Into Meadows with Owen Wormser.  Register here. Meadows create wildlife and pollinator habitat. They’re low maintenance and low cost. They have a built-in resilience that helps them weather climate extremes, and they can sequester loads of carbon. They’re also really beautiful all year long. Owen will draw from his recent book, Lawns Into Meadows, Growing a Regenerative Landscape, and will explain how to plant an organic meadow that’s right for your site. He will also share advice on how to prepare your plot and how to come up with the right design. After his presentation, he’ll answer questions! Owen Wormser received a degree in landscape architecture in 1998, and moved to western Massachusetts to start a landscape design and installation service. Since then he has built hundreds of regenerative landscapes influenced by his study of horticulture, permaculture, organic agriculture, and ecology. In 2010, Owen started Abound Design, which provides design and installation services with a focus on creating sustainability, regeneration, and beauty. Six years later, he co-founded Local Harmony, a nonprofit that promotes local regenerative projects and has overseen the planting of many thousands of native perennials. His first book, Lawns Into Meadows, Growing a Regenerative Landscape, comes out this July.  Please register here.

Join Us for a Two-part Webinar Series on Wilton’s Comstock Brook–
Its Importance as a Trout Brook, Threats to its Health, and What We Can Do to Restore It–Presented by Wilton Library, Trout Unlimited, NRWA, and
the Wilton Land Conservation Trust

Comstock Brook provides Wilton and Norwalk with drinking water and is home to some of our watershed’s only native brook trout—which is exciting for fishermen but is also an indicator of a healthy aquatic ecosystem, and one we as a community need to recognize and work together to protect. The Brook is currently threatened by storm-water runoff, habitat fragmentation, dams, and water company withdrawals. All of these impacts are magnified by the impacts of climate change which are being increasingly felt. We would like to open a town-wide discussion about how we can advocate for protecting and restoring it. Please join us for this important community conversation and learn how you can play a role in protecting and conserving this precious stream:

Tuesday, August 18 – 7pm – Comstock Brook: Protecting & Restoring Our Native Brook Trout Stream. Jeff Yates, Conservation Chair of the local Mianus Chapter of Trout Unlimited, will provide a history of this special stream that runs from North Wilton to Merwin Meadows, where it joins the Norwalk River. (You walk over it when you go from the playground area to the playing fields at Merwin.) He will discuss the importance of the stream as both fish habitat and drinking water supply as well as the threats it faces as demand for water increases and how new state policy, as well as action on our community’s part, offer a chance for restoring the brook to health. Register Here.  


Monday, August 31 – 7pm – “Bee” The Change: Protect Wilton’s Rivers by Joining the Pollinator Pathway. Louise Washer of the Norwalk River Watershed Association, and Donna Merrill of the Wilton Land Conservation Trust, will present a two-part talk where they will lay out specific steps Wiltonians can take in their own yards to help restore water quality in the Comstock Brook and Norwalk River while also bringing more birds, bees and butterflies to their yards. Learn the importance of working together with your neighbors to help protect more land in Wilton, which is the key to providing heathy water and wildlife habitat.  Register 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.