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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!

First Day Hike (Click to Register)

January 1, 2018 (Mon.), 10:00 a.m. 

Begin 2018 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 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.

Bobcats in Connecticut (Click to Register)

January 25, 2018 (Thurs.), 6:00 p.m. 

Join Wildlife Division Biologist Jason Hawley for a presentation on bobcats. Jason will discuss a new research study underway by the CT DEEP Wildlife Division to evaluate the diet, habitat use, and abundance of bobcats in Connecticut. This presentation will be held in the large meeting room of the Sessions Woods Conservation Education Center.

Stories in the Stars (Click to Register)

February 13, 2018 (Tues.), 6:00 p.m. 

Join Friends of Sessions Woods Director Josh Peters for a look at the night sky. Josh will interpret the stories behind the constellations, maybe even including a few featuring wildlife! Bring binoculars if you have them or borrow a pair from the Friends of Sessions Woods. Participants should meet in the parking lot of the Sessions Woods Conservation Center.  

Children’s Program: Wildlife Tracks & Sign (Click to Register)

February 20, 2018 (Tues.), 1:30 p.m. 

Wildlife may not be readily seen in winter but with good observational skills, evidence of their presence can be found. The program begins indoors with a lesson on identifying wildlife tracks and then the group travels outside for a short walk to look for animal signs. All children must be accompanied by an adult during the program.

Live Birds of Prey with A Place Called Hope

SAVE THE DATE: April 29, 2018 (Sun.), 1:00 p.m.

The 2018 Friends of Sessions Woods Annual Meeting will be on Sunday, April 29, 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 “Live Birds of Prey” presented by wildlife rehabilitators from A Place Called Hope, a facility dedicated to returning wild birds to the wild and teaching people how to protect and respect wildlife. All are welcome and the program is free.

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



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