Shoreline Strolls 

Thursday, July 18, 8 – 10am
Hammonasset State Park                 

Join for a morning stroll!  Connecticut shorelines are home to a wide variety of plants and animals, so there's something new to see every day!  Sunscreen, bug spray and binoculars are encouraged.  Open to all ages.  

$10 members, $15 non-members, register here.

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Impact of Invasives

Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 - 8pm

RTP Estuary Center

Ever wonder what that aggressive plant is taking over your favorite hiking trail, yard or marsh?  Join us at the RTP Estuary Center for a discussion on identifying and managing invasive species on land and in the water.  Bring your own clippings for identification and discussion.  

$20 for members, $30 for non-members, register here.

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Birding Basics

Saturday, July 13th, 9 - 11am
Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme

At 25 acres, Watch Rock Preserve packs a surprising number of diverse habitats for such a small space.  Located on the Duck River, coastal shorebirds and ducks can be found along the coast, songbirds in the deciduous and conifer forests, and flycatchers above the field and vernal pools.  

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

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Science of Seining 

Monday, July 15th, 6:30 - 8pm

Wednesday, July 24th, 6:30 - 8pm
Old Lyme

Join us at one of our local beaches to learn about beach seining!  Practice using a seine net and learn how to identify fish and other marine animlas living in Long Island Sound.  Be prepared to get your feet wet!  Suitable for ages 8 and up.   

$25 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 children ages 8-15.

July 15th register here.   

July 24th register here

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Coastal Creatures 

Wednesday, July 17th, 5:30 - 7pm
Saturday, July 20th, 9 - 11am
RTP Estuary Center

Come visit live animals from Long Island Sound and estuary at the RTP Estuary Center.  Get up close and personal with crabs, fish and more.  Opent to all ages!   

$25 for members, $30 for non-members, $15 children ages 2-15.

July 17th register here.

July 20th register here.  

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Pollinator Walk

Saturday, July 27th, 9 - 11am
Jewett Preserve, Lyme

Learn all about the bugs, bees, birds, and more that are crucial pollinators for so many plant species around Connecticut.  We'll hike around the Jewett Preserve, and explore the open fields and meadows that provide important habitat for Connecticut's pollinators.

$10 for members, $15 for non-members, register here.  

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A Modern Ecological Detective Story:  West Nile Virus in Connecticut

Wednesday, July 31st, 7 - 8pm
RTP Estuary Center, Old Lyme

Since West Nile Virus was detected for the first time in Connecticut in 1999, it has spread across the United States.  Learn about recent research on the fascinating ecology of this pathogen, with a focus on how it is transmitted among various species of mosquitoes and birds, and sometimes humans.  You'll learn how best to protect yourself when risk levels are elevated, usually in late summer. 

$25/person, register here.