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Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center Public Program Series

The Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center’s Public Program Series is a cooperative venture between the CT DEP Wildlife Division and the Friends of Sessions Woods. Please pre-register for these programs by calling 860-675-8130 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Programs are free unless noted. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old. No pets allowed at these programs!

February 28, 2014 (Saturday), 1:30 p.m. 
Bluebirds with Master Wildlife Conservationist Fred Lowman

The eastern bluebird, one of the most loved and beneficial birds, declined in numbers from the late 1800s through the 1980s. One significant contributing factor to this decline was the lack of suitable nesting cavities. Master Wildlife Conservationist Fred Lowman established several bluebird nest boxes on his property and has been monitoring them for many years. This indoor program at Sessions Woods will consist of an informative discussion on bluebirds as Fred shares some of his success stories. It will also include tips for getting bluebirds to nest in your backyard, too!  Bluebird boxes will be available for purchase through the Friends of Sessions Woods.

March 29, 2015 (Sunday), 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Fungi as Medicine

Join the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society during their annual meeting at Sessions Woods for a program on mushrooms. Nutritionist and herbalist Alison Birks will present “Fungi as Medicine,” a look at the many kinds of fungi that can be used as part of a holistic approach to maintaining your health. During the program, Alison will highlight some of the most recent scientific discoveries about this amazing group of organisms and discuss how she uses them in her clinical practice. The Mycological Society’s meeting will include a coffee and refreshments period at 9:30 a.m., with the presentation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Questions and answers will follow the program.

April 11, 2015 (Saturday), 1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Backpacking Workshop

Join Friends of Sessions Woods Director Jan Gatzuras for an introduction to backpacking. This workshop will provide the essentials for beginners to learn about equipment, clothing, food, water treatment, and suggestions for beginner backpack trips. Participants will learn how to safely camp and secure food from wildlife. The resources available to identify wildlife encountered during outdoor activities also will be discussed. Backpacking is healthy, provides an opportunity to spend time outdoors, and is a great way to explore Connecticut’s beautiful natural resources.

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