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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 860-424-3011 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or emailing  Programs are free unless noted. An adult must accompany children under 12 years old. No pets allowed at these programs!

Spiders at Sessions! (Click to Register)

August 15, 2019 (Thurs.), 9:30 a.m. 

A midsummer’s morning is the perfect time to view spiders in the dew-covered fields at Sessions Woods! Join DEEP Wildlife Division Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro for a look into the extraordinary world of our 8-legged friends! We will find awesome webs, including stunning orbs, beds of pearls, bowls and doilies, and filmy domes! Learn how a spider makes these creations and about the past human use of webs. Discover fun facts about these animals during a mile long walk. Suitable for almost all ages.

The American Chestnut Tree Talk & Hike (Click to Register)

August 24, 2019 (Sat.), 8:30 a.m. 

The American chestnut was once the dominant tree in our forests. A century ago, it was eradicated from the landscape by a fungal blight. Learn the story of the American chestnut and the efforts to bring this iconic tree back to the eastern woodlands with Connecticut Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation President Jack Swatt. Jack will provide an introductory lesson inside, followed by a hike outside to see chestnuts on the trails at Sessions Woods. The hike will be approximately 2 miles roundtrip. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes.

Late Afternoon Walk to the Marsh (Click to Register)

September 18, 2019 (Wed.), 4:00 p.m. 

Join Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro for a late afternoon walk to the beaver marsh at Sessions Woods. There will be stops to talk about the flora and fauna seen in the woodland and field habitats along the way. The walk is approximately 2 miles roundtrip, and participants should bring water and wear proper footwear. Please meet at the flagpole in front of the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center.

Fall Foliage Hike (Click to Register)

October 26, 2019 (Sat.), 1:30 p.m. 

Fall is a great time to walk the tree identification trail at Sessions Woods! This .5-mile spur connecting the two sides of the main trail showcases a diversity of deciduous and coniferous trees. CT DEEP Wildlife Division Natural Resources Educator Laura Rogers-Castro will provide a discussion of Connecticut’s native trees and their wildlife value in fall! Participants should wear appropriate shoes for hiking this 2-mile roundtrip excursion and bring water as needed. Please meet at the flagpole in front of the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center.

5-Mile Hike (Click to Register)

November 16, 2019 (Sat.), 9:00 a.m. 

Join Friends of Sessions Woods Board of Director Jan Gatzuras for a 5-mile hike at Sessions Woods. This moderately difficult hike passes through pretty woodland forests and the Great Wall, a steep rocky escarpment nearly 70 feet high. Please meet at the kiosk in the Sessions Woods parking lot and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Participants should also bring water and a snack for this approximately 3-hour hike. Registration is not necessary but recommended in case of a cancellation due to severe weather.

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