This field-based program delves deeply into the natural history and cultural ecology of some of the most special parks and preserves in the lower Connecticut River. Over the course of three hours, we will explore different habitats, highlighting the plant and animal life we encounter. Each month focuses on a different location that best exemplifies the rhythms of the seasons and the river. For more information on the locations click here.

$15 for students, $30 for members, $40 for non-members


Thursday, June 20, 6 – 9pm at Selden Creek, Lyme

Saturday, July 20 at Whalebone Cove, Hadlyme


Birding Basics

Saturday, May 11, 9:00 – 11:00am
Bluff Point State Park

As migrating birds make their way north from their wintering grounds, they stop at coastal habitats to rest and refuel. One of the best places along the Connecticut coast to see numerous species of songbirds and shorebirds is Bluff Point State Park. With marshes, forests, open fields, and more, the diverse array of habitats and well marked trails makes for easy birding.

$5 for members, $10 for non-members, register here.


Citizen Science Monitoring

Project Limulus - Horseshoe Crab Tagging

Monday, May 20th, Noon - 2:00pm

RTPEC, 90 Halls Road, Old Lyme

Project Limulus researchers from Sacred Heart University will share information about this ongoing research and monitoring program studying horseshoe crab ecology in Long Island Sound.

The program will begin with a brief introduction and information session indoors, then will head to White Sands beach in search of horseshoe crabs. Participants should wear shoes or rain boots that can get wet and sandy; we will be walking out along the beach.

This program is free, register here.