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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!

Eastern Cougars (Click to Register)

December 5, 2018 (Wed.), 6:00 p.m.

Eastern cougars historically ranged from Michigan, southern Ontario, eastern Canada and Maine south to South Carolina and west across Tennessee. Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar subspecies (Felis concolor couguar) extinct in the United States. Join Wildlife Division Biologist Jason Hawley at the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center for a presentation on the eastern cougar. Jason will dispel some of the myths associated with cougars in Connecticut and provide an overview of the natural history of this intriguing animal.

First Day Hike (Click to Register)

January 1, 2018 (Tues.), 10:00 a.m. 

Begin 2019 with fresh air and a hike led by Friends of Sessions Woods Director Jan Gatzuras. The 5.5-mile loop hike will include The Great Wall and the backside of the Beaver Marsh. The terrain is moderately difficult but the pace will be comfortable. If participants are lucky, they may even see some bobcat, fisher, or river otter tracks! Please meet at the kiosk in the Sessions Woods parking lot. Registration is not necessary but recommended in case of a cancellation due to severe weather.

Bird Brains! (Click to Register)

January 20, 2019 (Sun.), 1:30 p.m.  (Snowdate, January 27)

Cabin Fever got you down? All are welcome to join the Friends of Sessions Woods and Horizon Wings for “Bird Brains!” Mary-Beth Kaeser from Horizon Wings will bring four avian ambassadors (crow, falcon, barn owl, and macaw) to Sessions Woods for a talk to compare and contrast the fascinating qualities of avian intelligence. Did you know that crows are capable of recognizing and remembering individual faces and can teach their children which individuals to avoid? Far from being “hard-wired” as previously thought, recent research proves that birds actually possess sophisticated cognitive abilities. Indeed, responding to changing conditions by changing the way they act, is often crucial to their survival. There will be a dessert potluck at 1:00 p.m. prior to the program. Please bring a dessert to share. This program is made possible through the Friends of Sessions Woods Paul Petersen Educational Fund.

Wildlife Tracking (Click to Register)

February 23, 2019 (Sat.), 1:30 p.m. 

Wildlife Biologist and Habitat Manager Pete Picone will lead participants on a hike to identify the tracks and signs of wildlife at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area. Past tracking events provided insight on bobcat, fisher, coyote, cottontail rabbits, wild turkey, and squirrels. Please be sure to dress for outdoor, winter conditions and wear appropriate footwear. The hike will be approximately 2 miles. Register early for this popular program!

March Mushroom Madness (Click to Register)

March 17, 2019 (Sun.), 9:30 a.m. 

The CT Valley Mycological Society (CVMC) welcomes members and non-members to their annual meeting at Sessions Woods for an enlightening indoor presentation on mushrooms. 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 includes a coffee and refreshment half hour beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at approximately 10:00 a.m.

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