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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!

Butterflies! (Click to Register)

July 12, 2018 (Thurs.), 10:00 a.m.

Wildlife Division Natural Resource Educator Laura Rogers-Castro will provide participants with a lesson on the basics to butterfly identification, including tips on distinguishing the various butterfly families. Following a brief indoor program, Laura will guide the group on a walk to identify the local butterfly fauna at Sessions Woods. Meet in the classroom located in the exhibit room of the Education Center. Inclement weather cancels. (Butterflies are most active on sunny days!) This program is appropriate for ages 8 years and older. No exceptions please!

Nature Drawing for All (Click to Register)

August 1, 2018 (Wed.), 9:30 a.m

The Friends of Sessions Woods is co-sponsoring a special workshop for adults and children, focusing on nature drawing with local artist Judy Bird. The program will involve a walk (2 miles roundtrip) to the beaver marsh at Sessions Woods. Judy will provide a lesson on observing and drawing in the outdoors. The workshop is funded, in part, through the generosity of the Newman’s Own Foundation. All materials will be provided.

Late Afternoon Walk to the Marsh (Click to Register)

September 6, 2018 (Thurs.), 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.

Tree Identification Trail Hike (Click to Register)

October 27, 2018 (Sat.), 2:00 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. Participants should wear appropriate shoes for hiking on a woodland trail and bring water as needed. Participants should meet at the flagpole in front of the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center.

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.

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