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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!

Children’s Program: Wildlife Stories (Click to Register)

January 28, 2017 (Saturday), 1:00 p.m.

Learn about the return of the wild turkey to Connecticut. Discover fun facts about fisher. Find out what bears do in winter. Make a wildlife track to take home. All this and more during a hands-on presentation for children and their caregivers with Wildlife Division Natural Resources Educator Laura Rogers-Castro. Enjoy a complimentary mug of hot chocolate, too

Wildlife Tracks  (Click to Register)

February 25, 2017 (Saturday), 1:00 p.m. 

Join Master Wildlife Conservationist Ray Hardy for a walk in the woods to look for animal tracks and signs. Wildlife may not be readily seen in winter but with good observational skills, evidence of their presence can be found. Ray will provide tips for identifying wildlife tracks, including looking at the shape, size, and pattern of animal tracks. The approximately 2 mile roundtrip walk will be on unplowed trails. Participants should wear proper footwear and dress for cold weather. Please meet in the exhibit area.

A Year in the Life of the Chickadee (Click to Register)

March 11, 2017 (Saturday), 1:30 p.m.

Join Master Wildlife Conservationist and bird enthusiast Fred Lowman for an enlightening program on one of the most beloved songbirds, the black-capped chickadee. Fred will take the audience on a seasonal journey to explore the natural history of the chickadee in Connecticut. He also will offer information on several other chickadee species found throughout the United States.

March Mushroom Madness (Click to Register)

March 26, 2017 (Sunday), 9:30a.m. 

Join the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society’s (CVMC) Annual Meeting at Sessions Woods for a free program, “Foraging Fantastic Fungi,” featuring the brilliant diversity of the remarkable, beautiful, glowing, deadly, and delicious fungi found in Connecticut. The meeting provides an opportunity to talk with others interested in the field of mycology and view some of the resources available to learn more about mushrooms. The CVMC 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.

Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience (Click to Register)

April 30, 2017 (Sun.), 12:30 p.m. 

The 2017 Friends of Sessions Woods Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, April 30, beginning at 12:30 p.m. with the infamous Dessert Extravaganza Potluck. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a brief, 10-minute business meeting before the featured presentation. This year’s program will be “Talons! A Birds of Prey Experience” with Master Falconer Lorrie Schumacher. Lorrie will provide an up-close opportunity for the audience and enlighten attendees about the conservation of these beautiful birds.

This schedule is also available in PDF format for easy printing and sharing.



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