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The 21st Annual Walking, Strolling, Paddling, Biking and Hiking Celebration of The Last Green Valley - All October Long!

Explore the Beauty, History and Treasures of The Last Green Valley during the Entire Month of October!

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LET THE MAGIC BEGIN!

WELCOME TO THE LAST GREEN VALLEY

IT'S WHERE You LIVE! REMINdERS

The Last Green Valley needs you!

Whether you are a resident or visitor, The Last Green Valley is where you LIVE! It is... 78% forest and farmland The 3rd largest watershed draining into Long Island Sound Producing oxygen for 8.3 million people An unexpected green space in the midst of the most densely populated area of the country with more than 100 clean lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, 7 state forests, 5 state parks, 16 wildlife management areas, hundreds of miles of hiking and water trails, and thousands of acres of preserved open space. It is where you live, where you revive, where you can enjoy a high quality of life. Become a member of the nonprofit organization that works to enhance the significant natural resources of the region in the context of a vital economy and regional cultural identity. Join The Last Green Valley at www. thelastgreenvalley.org (click TLGV Shop). Receive the benefits of membership (including a discount in the shop and a reusable shopping bag) for as little as $25 per year and know that you are part of the grassroots organization that cares for this special place. Dress sensibly in sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, water, snacks. Note age-appropriateness of walk. Register in advance if required. Bring friendly, vaccinated dogs ONLY on those walks marked . Keep them on leashes and please clean up any mess. Walks go on rain or shine, unless the walk leader determines that conditions are unsafe or that weather totally obscures the view.

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he natural beauty of The Last Green Valley is ancient, authentic and unexpected. It is a green and rural island in the midst of the most densely populated area of the United States, remaining more than 78% forest and farmland. "There are days which occur in this climate, at almost any season of the year, wherein the world reaches its perfection, when the air, the heavenly bodies, and the earth, make a harmony as if nature would indulge her offspring," (from the essay "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844). Such harmony exists every day in The Last Green Valley, but especially in the fall. Now is when the magic happens ­ when the green of summer turns suddenly to gold. The fields ripple with it. The hillsides blaze with it. And for a brief moment, our valley is utterly, breathtakingly golden. We invite you to experience the golden beauty of The Last Green Valley during the 21st Anniversary of Walktober. Choose from more than 100 free, guided walks, strolls, paddles, and a multitude of special events. Stretch your legs and your mind. Enjoy all the season has to offer in The Last Green Valley ­ one of the most beautiful places on earth!

WHAT IS THE LAST GREEN VALLEY?

The Last Green Valley is the popular name of the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, designated by Congress in 1994 as an area of national significance. The region is formed by inter-related systems of forests, streams, wetlands, active farms, small cities, villages and open space. The National Heritage Corridor is managed by The Last Green Valley, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

A complete listing of hotels and motels, inns, B&Bs and campgrounds in The Last Green Valley is available at www.thelastgreenvalley.org.

Want to spend a niGht or tWo?

TLGV proGramS and projecTS are SupporTed by:

Mr. Walktober 2011

Meet Mr. Walktober 2011 ­ Austin Tanner! Austin and his family own Creamery Brook Bison Farm in Brooklyn, CT. For many years "Where the Buffalo Roam," their walk offered during Walktober, has consistently drawn the largest numbers of visitors. Austin's wife Deb has recounted how it all started - he walked into the house one day and announced that six buffalo were arriving the next day. Now the herd numbers more than 100. A former dairy farmer, Austin has always been fascinated by the American Bison. He offers visitors an interesting tour of the farm, including free bison chili! We salute his contributions to the success of Walktober by naming him Mr. Walktober 2011!

Wheelabrator Putnam Inc.

A Waste Management Company

jewett city Savings bank King's Inn KLT Industries, Inc. Lavender Hill Farm alpacas

AM Lithography Corporation B.C.S. Company, Inc. Chase Graphics Desmarais & Sons Dexter-Russell, Inc. Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. Graywall Farms

Spirol International corporation Sunnyside Farms The Trink-et Shoppe etc.

Hometown T & S Energy Lawrence Real Estate Associates Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. St. Onge & Brouillard U.S. Cosmetics Corporation Willimantic Brewing Company

united Lens company, Inc. Weiss and Hale Financial j.G. Williams design

Visit the tlGV shop!

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has entered the age of internet shopping. As part of its effort to sustain vital work, TLGV has launched a new online shop and is pleased to offer a selection of quality products at the web address: www. thelastgreenvalley.org (click TLGV Shop). Proceeds from the shop support the programs and projects of TLGV, and purchase of the products helps to raise awareness of the organization's essential work to preserve the resources of the region. Shoppers will find a variety of clothing embroidered with the TLGV logo, household items, exclusive pottery mugs, note cards and other items for sale. New items are added all the time. Each month features a special item!

And: Town of Brooklyn Town of Canterbury Town of Chaplin Town of Hampton Town of Killingly Town of Preston Town of Putnam Town of Sprague

Walktober is generously supported by the time of our members, walk leaders, organizers and friends.

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Walktober 2011

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The Stillness of the Still river

Eastford, CT - Eastford Elementary School 200 yards Walk along the Still River via a wood bridge over a feeder stream, note the placement of a mill abandoned in on Westford Rd. from the jct. with Rte. 198. Parking in 1830, climb to a large "wolftree" oak, proceed to the bank of the feeder stream noting the structure of a stone school lot. 860-455-9474. dam. Enjoy the new benches constructed by the Committee and funded by a TLGV grant. Natural trail,1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Eastford Conservation & Historical Preservation Commission. Coventry, CT - From the intersection of Rtes. 31 & 275 in S. Coventry Village, go west on Lake St. for 0.2 mi. At top of hill turn right at the Community Center (120 Lake St.). Follow signs to unload boats and park vehicles. Meet at bandshell. 860-930-7515. register: online at www.coventryrec.com or download form and mail it or bring it to the coventry parks & rec. office. An on-land orientation will provide background to the lake history, land uses and recreation opportunities, and an overview of a community initiative to raise awareness and enact positive steps to protect water quality and property values in the watershed. A water-based tour will then lead paddlers to several points of interest. Participants must be able to safely operate a kayak or canoe. Heavy rain cancels. 3.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Coventry Parks and Rec. & Willimantic River Alliance. Explore the biodiversity of a climax forest and glacial moraines during a hike through the Byles Sanctuary. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and snacks if desired. 1.5 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Joshua's Trust. Local historian Cheryl Wakely will use early photographs and stories to illustrate the history of lower Woodstock Hill. The tour will begin at Palmer Hall, where the Woodstock 325th Anniversary Exhibit will be open to the public. The tour will include private gardens and scenic overlooks. Participants may choose to end the tour at the Inn at Woodstock Hill and return to Palmer Hall or continue on to the Mansion at Bald Hill, once the home of Clarence Bowen, where a shuttle service will be available to return to Palmer Hall. Level, 0.75 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Woodstock Historical Society.

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biodiversity at Ashford, CT - Go east on Rte. 44 1 mi. past the jct. of byles Sanctuary Rtes. 89 & 44. Trail entrance is off Rte. 44 across from the North Vet Clinic. 860-429-8762. overlooking the Woodstock, CT - 523 Scenic Rte. 169 in the center of eastward Vale the Woodstock Hill Historic District. 860-942-9825.

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The Stillness of the Still river

Eastford, CT - Eastford Elementary School 200 yards Walk along the Still River via a wood bridge over a feeder stream, note the placement of a mill abandoned on Westford Rd. from the jct. with Rte. 198. Parking in in 1830, climb to a large "wolftree" oak, proceed to the bank of the feeder stream noting the structure of school lot. 860-455-9474. a stone dam. Enjoy the new benches constructed by the Committee and funded by a TLGV grant. Natural trail,1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Eastford Conservation & Historical Preservation Commission. Ashford, CT - From Rte. 44 jct., go north on Rte. 89 2 mi. Turn left on Westford Hill Rd. Travel 2 miles to Congregational Church. Bear left on Chatey Rd. 1 mi. to 1st house. Park at field entrance. 860-429-0464. Enjoy an historic tour of an intact early 18th-century farm property. Hike through the woods to a recently excavated 18th-century earthen sluiceway used to divert the Knowlton Brook to harvest clay. Visit the site of the Smugglers Tree, an ancient spot to procure spirits tax-free and a rustic log cabin carved from the property. Learn the rich history, stories and see artifacts of those that occupied this property from the Wabbaquassett tribe and early colonists raising silk to the current Westford Hill Distillers producing nationallyrecognized brandies. Additional distillery tours available from 10-4. Natural trail, 1 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Westford Hill Distillers. Discover this 19th-century mill and village with mill historian Bill Jobbagy. Tour the small village and walk along scenic Riverview Trail to see the remains of the Merrow gunpowder and knitting mill. An easy 1.5 hr walk followed by a visit to the Mansfield Historical Society for the Merrow Mill Exhibit and anniversary cake. Sponsored by: Willimantic River Alliance & Mansfield Historical Society. Walk to 1700s early cemetery on a natural path through the woods. Return for a tour of the Woodward Museum and barn. The museum was the home of Ashbel Woodward, a noted historian, antiquarian, Civil War veteran and author, who lived in the town for 55 years. Paved and natural trail, hilly, 0.25 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Franklin Historical Society & Ashbel Woodward Museum.

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brandy, Silk & Smugglers

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merrow mill's 200th anniversary Footpaths Through Franklin's History

Mansfield, CT - From jct. Rte. 195 in Mansfield, go south on Rte. 32 0.8 mi. Turn right onto Merrow Rd., cross the bridge, turn right to park on Riverview Dr. Franklin, CT - Exit 81 I-395 onto Rte. 32 into Franklin. After 2nd light, take 2nd road on right (Plains Rd., look for Wildlife Management sign) and turn at 1st drive on right. 860-642-7036.

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east brimfield Lake Scenic paddle Trains, mills & a river much more Than moos! brandy, Silk & Smugglers

Brimfield, MA - East Brimfield Reservoir boat ramp, Rte. 20. register: 508-347-3705 by 9/28/11. Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Bridge St., right into museum driveway. Park by blue gate. 860-228-3197. Franklin, CT - 393 Lebanon Rd., 3 mi. north of jct. of Rte. 32, 3 mi. south of jct. with Rte. 207. 860-642-4020. Ashford, CT - From Rte. 44 jct., go north on Rte. 89 2 mi. Turn left on Westford Hill Rd. Travel 2 miles to Congregational Church. Bear left on Chatey Rd. 1 mi. to 1st house. Park at field entrance. 860-429-0464.

Paddle past peak fall foliage and see the scenic and historic features of East Brimfield Lake and the Quinebaug River Canoe Trail. Bring water, snacks, sunscreen. 2 hrs. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Join us on the anniversary of the building of the Hartford-Providence-Fishkill line in 1854. Learn the history of the Willimantic River, the mills, and the railroad that served the towns as we walk along the river and the old New Haven Railroad yard. 1.5 mi., 1.25 hrs. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum. Visit cows and the calving pen. See equipment for planting and harvesting. Take an optional 1.5 hr. hike through fields and forest to see more baby calves. Gravel, natural trail, level, 0.5-2.5 mi., 1-3 hrs. Sponsored by: Cushman Farms. Enjoy an historic tour of an intact early 18th-century farm property. Hike through the woods to a recently excavated 18th-century earthen sluiceway used to divert the Knowlton Brook to harvest clay. Visit the site of the Smugglers Tree, an ancient spot to procure spirits tax-free and a rustic log cabin carved from the property. Learn the rich history, stories and see artifacts of those that occupied this property from the Wabbaquassett tribe and early colonists raising silk to the current Westford Hill Distillers producing nationallyrecognized brandies. Additional distillery tours available from 10-4. Natural trail, 1 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Westford Hill Distillers.

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ramsdell Farm Historic Walk

Thompson, CT - Exit 99 from I-395. Follow Rte. 200 west to West Thompson Rd., continue over the dam, take 1st right on Ravenelle Rd. Meet at the parking lot on the right. 860-923-2982. Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Bridge St., right into museum driveway. Park by blue gate. 860-228-3197. Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 & 89 turn west on Rte. 89 for 1.5 mi. Take 1st left onto Bicknell Rd. At stop turn right, then 2nd driveway on left. Park in the fields. 860-487-1276. Brimfield, MA - Rte. 20 to Brimfield-Sturbridge line. The Woods at Long Pond is 395 Sturbridge Rd. 508-454-6699.

An informative and historic walk back in time to Ramsdell Farm and the people who once lived there, including the feisty, eccentric and likable Alice Ramsdell. Paved, level, 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Join us on the anniversary of the building of the Hartford-Providence-Fishkill line in 1854. Learn the history of the Willimantic River, the mills, and the railroad that served the towns as we walk along the river and the old New Haven Railroad yard. 1.5 mi., 1.25 hrs. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum. With a worksheet supplied, children hike with parents on a trail that hides items that the gnomes have left behind. They mark off what they find and at the end of the trail each child receives a prize. Natural trail, level, 1 mi., 0.5 hr. Sponsored by: Bakerwoods Farm. Bring the children on a hike along the inner trails of the Woods at Long Pond to explore wetlands, rock formations and track the local wildlife prints of coyote, deer, wild turkey and other smaller woodland critters. The highlight destination will be the "rock garden" and a return to the little red cabin for campfire tales. Parent or guardian must accompany children. Natural trail, 1.0 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Sullivan & Company and the Woods at Long Pond. Explore North Plainfield and hear the stories of earlier times. A guided tour of Evergreen Cemetery will bring to life notable residents as well as the less affluent who rest there. Paved, gravel, level, 0.75 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Plainfield Historical Society. Participants will paddle the Five Mile Pond upstream to Target. Along the way we will see wildlife, a double arch train bridge, stream channels and a side of Killingly rarely seen. 3 hrs. Sponsored by: Paddle Killingly & Five Mile Outfitters. Experience the diversity of wildlife and birds in the 686-acre wildlife management area owned by the State of Connecticut. The walk is a loop trail from the parking lot with a side trip to Exeter Brook to view an old mill and sluice ruins. Gravel, natural trail, level, 1.5 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Lebanon Historical Society. Relax and enjoy a scenic paddle down the Quinebaug in the most beautiful season of the year. Space is limited and reservations are required. Transportation back to vehicle provided. 2.5 mi., 2 hr. Sponsored by: Canterbury Antiques. Meet at Putnam Elms historic house museum to learn its connection to "Old Trinity." Visit the first Anglican church in Windham County, now the oldest standing Episcopal church in Connecticut (1771), tour the graveyard and return. Well-behaved cameras and children welcomed. House museum tours are separate. Paved, gravel, hilly, 1 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: The Col. Daniel Putnam Assoc. & Trinity Episcopal Church. Walk on streets that are missing and talk about old locales. Then take a trek on the Veteran's Rail Trail to Willimantic's hidden river. 2.25 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept. The trails on this dog-friendly hike wind through a scenic, mature Christmas tree plantation, mixed hardwood forest, pine woods, maple swamp and open fields. Dozens of native plants and wildlife make their home here, including bluebirds, barred and great horned owl, and many migratory birds. Check out the cabins where canine guests stay overnight. Natural trail, level, 1.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Quiet Corner Dogs.

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Trains, mills & a river I Spy a Gnome Trail Trails, Tracking & Tales

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bringing Plainfield, CT - Exit 89 from I-395, right to traffic light, evergreen left onto Rte. 12, left on Evergreen St. 860-564-8561. cemetery to Life How Long Is the Five mile? bartlett brook Wildlife management area Killingly, CT - From Main St. in Danielson, turn onto Commerce Ave. Stop at Five Mile Outfitters. Boat launch is at the bottom of the stairs. call 860-234-0196 to register. Lebanon, CT - From jct. Rtes. 87 & 207, travel west on Rte. 207 3.5 mi. to the jct. Rte. 16. Continue on Rte. 16 0.5 mi. to Goshen Hill Rd. and turn left. Follow 0.7 mi. to entrance of Bartlett Brook Wildlife Management Area on right, just before a 90-degree bend in road. 860-642-6579. Canterbury, CT - Rte. 169 to Rte. 14 east, travel 0.25 mi. At bottom of hill turn left into Manship Park. If you come to Rte. 14A you have gone too far. call 860-908-2497 to register. Brooklyn, CT - From jct. Rte. 6 & 169, take Rte. 6 east 1 mi. to traffic light, turn left onto Church St. Putnam Elms sign is 1 mi. on left. 860-774-1567. Willimantic, CT - From Main St., park and gather at Jillson Square. 860-228-3197. Chaplin, CT - From Rte. 6 in Chaplin take Rte. 198 north, take first left onto Bedlam Rd. Follow through Bedlam Four Corners to 294 Bedlam Rd. on right. 860-949-1712.

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Quinebaug Foliage Float ( Weather permitting 240 years and counting!

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Willi before redevelopment christmas Trees for the dogs

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1 PM lCR Taking the ancient path Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 & 89 turn west on At Bakerwoods Farm, enjoy a lovely and ancient natural trail up the hills and past trees with faces. Visit farm Rte. 89 for 1.5 mi. Take 1st left onto Bicknell Rd. At animals and have a picnic on tables provided. Natural trail, level, 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Bakerwoods stop turn right, then 2nd driveway on left. Park in the Farm. fields. 860-487-1276.

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Brooklyn, CT - From jct. Rte. 6 & 169, take Rte. 6 east 1 mi. to traffic light, turn left onto Church St. Putnam Elms sign is 1 mi. on left. 860-774-1567.

Meet at Putnam Elms historic house museum to learn its connection to "Old Trinity." Visit the first Anglican church in Windham County, now the oldest standing Episcopal church in Connecticut (1771), tour the graveyard and return. Well-behaved cameras and children welcomed. House museum tours are separate. Paved, gravel, hilly, 1 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: The Col. Daniel Putnam Assoc. & Trinity Episcopal Church.

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10:30 AM n S10/9 Hike to Three State marker Thompson, CT - Exit 100 from I-395, take Wilsonville Rd. east to Rte. 193, following signs for Thompson Speedway. Continue to East Thompson Fire Dept. and trailhead. Park at trailhead, overflow parking short walk away at fire dept. 860-382-3546 or 401-996-6875. The hike will stop at a mysterious, unexplained Pre-Columbian archaeological site, pass through hardwoods with low bush blueberries and by a native trout stream to the point where RI, MA, and CT touch. Bring small digging tools, paper and pen so you may find or leave notes involved in geocaching. Bring water, power bars, good shoes. Natural trail, hilly, 2.0 mi., 1.5 hr. Sponsored by: Thompson Trails Committee.

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7 AM sharp: n ( S10/15 9 AM n ( autumn in the marsh Oxford, MA - I-395 to Exit 4B, west to Oxford Center. Portage over beaver dams and explore coves and islands during a paddle through the marsh in autumn. Take right onto Rte. 12, travel 3 mi. At blinking yellow View natural beauty in abundance. 3 mi., 2-3 hrs. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. light, enter Greenbriar Park. Look for white Ranger truck and unload boat. 978-265-9507. call to register: 508-248-5697 ext.400. Oxford MA - Hodges Village Dam/Greenbriar Recreation Area. The entrance is directly west of the Old Worcester Rd. jct. with Rte. 12. Park at new canoe access launch located approx. 400 ft. into park on left. To register call Glenn Krevosky, 508-769-3659, 12 boat limit. Hampton, CT - From jct. with Rte. 6, travel north on Rte. 97 2 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on left. Trail Wood is 0.50 mi. on left. From jct. Rte. 44, travel south on Rte. 97. 5 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on right, then 0.50 mi. to Trail Wood. Park in parking lot. 860-928-4948. A 10,000-foot canoe trek down the French River at the 1,138-acre flood control facility. The float starts at Greenbriar. There will be a land walk for approx. 0.50 hr. prior to the canoe trek in the general vicinity of the parking area that will highlight the native and exotic flora. The canoe trip will highlight natural features including animal and plant life. At the end of the float, paddlers will be transported back to their vehicles. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Walk the trails that Edwin and Nellie Teale named at their former home, Trail Wood. Edwin was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and naturalist who, along with his wife, walked and photographed the diversity and beauty of Trail Wood. Sponsored by: Connecticut Audubon Society.

French river canoe Trail

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uconn campus art Tour

Storrs, CT - Rte. 195 to UConn campus, take turn onto N. Eagleville Rd. The first left is Glenbrook; take road left of Woods Hall and follow to Benton Museum, 245 Glenbrook Rd. All cars must be parked in the north or south parking garages. 860-486-1711. Mansfield, CT - From jct. Rtes. 32 and 195 in Mansfield, head south on Rte. 32 0.83 mi. Turn right onto Merrow Rd. and follow 0.1 mi. Parking area entrance is on left. 860-429-6257.

After meeting at the Benton Museum, the walk leader will take the group on a campus tour to see outdoor and some indoor public art. Walkers will learn about contemporary art, how to look at a sculpture, what was the artist's intention and the connection of the art to where it is placed. Participants will be encouraged to express their thoughts and opinions about the art viewed. Paved, 1.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: The William Benton Museum of Art. Come out and have a little family fun while you enjoy one of Mansfield's favorite town parks. Objects will be "hidden" in plain sight along the trail and our young sleuths will have to find them as they hike this fully accessible trail. They will learn a little about camouflage along the way. It will be fun for all and there will be prizes. Level, paved, 0.50 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee.

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over in the meadow

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Lebanon, CT - Meet at Liberty Hill Cemetery adjacent Venture forth on a moderate walk through a mature woodland to a lovely vista. Sturdy shoes required. to the Log Cabin Restaurant (383 Trumbull Hwy.), Swampy, hilly, natural trail, 2.4 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Lebanon where there is also parking. 860-642-6579. Conservation Commission & Lebanon Historical Society Museum. Paddle from Butts Bridge to Ross Hill Park Campground. See foliage, marine life and the beauty of The Last Green Valley. 0.75 hrs. Sponsored by: Ross Hill Park Campground. With a worksheet supplied, children hike with parents on a trail that hides items that the gnomes have left behind. They mark off what they find and at the end of the trail each child receives a prize. Natural trail, level, 1 mi., 0.5 hr. Sponsored by: Bakerwoods Farm. Join us on the anniversary of the building of the Hartford-Providence-Fishkill line in 1854. Learn the history of the Willimantic River, the mills, and the railroad that served the towns as we walk along the river and the old New Haven Railroad yard. 1.5 mi., 1.25 hrs. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum. Follow the clues. Wander through farm and forest in search of the hidden letterboxes. Bring your own letterboxing gear. A limited number of letterbox kits will be available for purchase for beginners. 1 mi. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead. The entire family can enjoy a leisurely walk to the top of the hill as you learn about Christmas tree cultivation. You will see beautiful views of UConn and the surrounding countryside. As you learn about the history of the farm, you can enjoy refreshments. The walk includes an historic carriage shed, tools, and equipment used on the farm. Bring your camera. Hilly, 0.50 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Hickory Ridge Tree Farm & Coventry Historical Society. Walk on the trail across Fenton River through a forest and along an old logging road to Coney Rock Overlook. View the incredible vistas of distant forests and Mansfield Hollow Lake. After a respite, continue along Overlook's granite cliff and down the trail to Chaffeeville Rd. Hilly, gravel and natural trail, 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee. Explore the history and architecture of Woodstock Hill with a guided tour. Learn about the people and institutions that shaped Woodstock's 325-year history and walk away with a better sense of the architectural styles and decorative features distinctive to the New England experience. Families are encouraged to join us as special children's eye-spy activities are part of the tour. Paved, level, 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Historic New England's Roseland Cottage. Walk the trails that Edwin and Nellie Teale named at their former home, Trail Wood. Edwin was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and naturalist who, along with his wife, walked and photographed the diversity and beauty of Trail Wood. Sponsored by: Connecticut Audubon Society.

Walktober river Canterbury, CT - Rte. 169 to Butts Bridge Rd., travel ride east to canoe launch. call 860-376-9606 to register. I Spy a Gnome Trail Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 & 89 turn west on Rte. 89 for 1.5 mi. Take 1st left onto Bicknell Rd. At stop turn right, then 2nd driveway on left. Park in the fields. 860-487-1276. Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Bridge St., right into museum driveway. Park by blue gate. 860-228-3197.

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Letterboxing Walk at Hale Hickory ridge Sojourn

Coventry, CT - From Rte. 6 take South St. 4 mi. to Nathan Hale Homestead. 860-742-9498. Coventry, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 and 31, travel south on Rte. 31 for 1 mi. to South River Rd. Farm is 0.25 mi. on right, 108 South River Rd. 860-742-8354.

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Views you'll never Forget

Mansfield, CT - At jct. of Rtes. 89 and 195, travel north 0.2 mi. to light, turn right onto Chaffeeville Rd., travel 1.7 mi. Enter gravel parking area on right opposite jct. with Bousa Rd. 860-429-6556. Woodstock, CT - Rte. 169 north past Woodstock Fairgrounds, travel 1.5 mi. further and Roseland Cottage will be on the left at 556 Route 169. 860-928-4074.

Houses and History of Woodstock Hill

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edwin & nellie Teale's Trail Wood

Hampton, CT - From jct. with Rte. 6, travel north on Rte. 97 2 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on left. Trail Wood is 0.50 mi. on left. From jct. Rte. 44, travel south on Rte. 97 5 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on right, then 0.50 mi. to Trail Wood. Park in parking lot. 860-928-4948.

KEY l Easy n Moderate u DifficultR Restrooms Wheelchair accessible S Suitable for strollers C Especially for children

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S Rain date ( Reservation required

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dawn of the beavers!

Charlton, MA - I-395 to exit 4B, travel west to center of town, continue straight 2 miles through blinking red light. Park on the left side at launch ramp. Buffumville Park is across the street. 229 Charlton Rd. 978-265-9507.

Walk a lake trail loop to see beaver villages and, hopefully, their residents! Also, geese, ducks, maybe herons. Limit 12 participants. Hilly, may be wet, natural trail, 3 mi., 2-3 hrs. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Long Way around

Thompson, CT - Meet in the parking lot on top of the Hike the shoreline trail on the west side of beautiful West Thompson Lake. We will walk north to Red Bridge dam off West Thompson Rd. 860-923-2982. Rd., then utilizing a new trail cut by local Boy Scout Bryan Young, continue south on the east side of the Quinebaug River to West Thompson Lake and the starting point. Walkers may see wildlife tracks, interesting flora and will definitely enjoy this wonderful lake environment in the full foliage of the season. Hilly, swampy, natural trail, 5-6 mi., 3 hrs. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Brooklyn, CT - Rte. 6 west to Allen Hill Rd. Travel 2 mi. then take right on Creamery Brook Rd. Follow 0.50 mi. and take left onto Purvis Rd. 19 Purvis Rd. 860-779-0837. Hampton, CT - From jct. with Rte. 6, travel north on Rte. 97 2 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on left. Trail Wood is 0.50 mi. on left. From jct. Rte. 44, travel south on Rte. 97 5 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on right, then 0.50 mi. to Trail Wood. Park in parking lot. 860-928-4948. Woodstock, CT - From Rte. 169 at Woodstock Hill Common, turn onto Old Hall Rd. Travel west 200 ft., turn right onto Pulpit Rock Rd., Continue 2 mi. and park along the road where Taylor Brook crosses. 860-428-0968. Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Bridge St., right into museum driveway. Park by blue gate. 860-228-3197. Walk with Austin Tanner, Mr. Walktober 2011, to see the bison and their handling facilities. Celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Walktober with a walk through the miniwildflower maze with the kids. Warm up with a free sample of bison chili. Wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty. 0.50 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Creamery Brook Bison Farm. Walk the trails that Edwin and Nellie Teale named at their former home, Trail Wood. Edwin was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and naturalist who, along with his wife, walked and photographed the diversity and beauty of Trail Wood. Sponsored by: Connecticut Audubon Society. Hike the 90-acre Wyndham Land Trust preserve on local scenic gravel road. Explore the new loop trail in the preserve and the abandoned Caulkins Rd. A true hidden treasure. Sponsored by: Wyndham Land Trust. Join us on the anniversary of the building of the Hartford-Providence-Fishkill line in 1854. Learn the history of the Willimantic River, the mills, and the railroad that served the towns as we walk along the river and the old New Haven Railroad yard. 1.5 mi., 1.25 hrs. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.

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Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 & 89 turn west on With a worksheet supplied, children hike with parents on a trail that hides items that the gnomes have left Rte. 89 for 1.5 mi. Take 1st left onto Bicknell Rd. At behind. They mark off what they find and at the end of the trail each child receives a prize. Natural trail, stop turn right, then 2nd driveway on left. Park in the level, 1 mi., 0.5 hr. Sponsored by: Bakerwoods Farm. fields. 860-487-1276. Chaplin, CT - Park at the Chaplin Fire Station on Rte. 198, just north of Rte. 6. 860-455-9734. Brooklyn, CT - From jct. Rte. 6 & 169, take Rte. 6 east 1 mi. to traffic light, turn left onto Church St. Putnam Elms sign is 1 mi. on left. registration required. call 860-774-1567. Discover the natural beauty that surrounds this breathtaking spot on the Natchaug River and hear about Mr. Goodwin's role in protecting this gem. Learn about the history of Diana's Pool and the legend associated with it. 0.2 mi., 0.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Friends of Goodwin State Forest. Tour the unheated 18th-century farmhouse of Col. Daniel Putnam and his family to find out how our ancestors withstood the cold. Warm up afterwards by the kitchen fire and enjoy mulled cider. Well-behaved cameras and children are welcome. Registration is required by calling the number and leaving name and phone number. Reservation will be confirmed by staff person. Limited space. 1 hr. Sponsored by: The Col. Daniel Putnam Assoc. Discover the File-mile Rock which designates the corner boundary of the original five-mile grant from Owaneco, son of Uncas, to Lebanon's first settlers. Some steep hills and uneven ground will be covered so wear appropriate shoes. Visit the historic Goshen Congregational Church after the walk. 2.5 mi., 2.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Lebanon Historical Society Museum & Goshen Congregational Church.

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Trek to Five mile Lebanon, CT - Meet at the Goshen Congregational rock Church. From jct. of Rtes. 87 and 207, travel south on Rte. 87 0.5 mi. Turn right on Goshen Hill Rd., travel 3 mi. to stop sign, continue right on Goshen Hill Rd. for 0.5 mi. Turn left on McCall Rd. and take 1st left onto Church St. travel 1 mi. to Church parking lot. 860-642-6579. Have a blast on the blue blaze Trail Killingly, CT - I-395 southbound to exit 91E. Take first right at blinking light onto South Frontage Rd. Turn right into Old Furnace State Park/Ross Pond State Park. 860-234-0196.

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Hikers will see dramatic viewsheds from the top of Ross' Cliffs, huge hemlock trees, ponds, streams and historical sites. Hear wildlife, see plant species, invasive species, and wooly adelgid destruction of hemlocks. Bring cameras and sketchbooks. Hilly, natural trail, 3-4 mi, 4 hrs. Sponsored by: Killingly Conservation Commission.

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Hampton, CT - From jct. with Rte. 6, travel north on Rte. 97 2 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on left. Trail Wood is 0.50 mi. on left. From jct. Rte. 44, travel south on Rte. 97 5 mi. to Kenyon Rd. on right, then 0.50 mi. to Trail Wood. Park in parking lot. 860-928-4948. Brooklyn, CT - At jct. of Rtes. 6 and 169 is the Old Brooklyn Meetinghouse on the Green. Park at Citizen's National Bank or Brooklyn Library. 860-779-2623. Pomfret, CT - At jct. of Rte. 169 and 101, travel north on Rte. 169. Take first right onto Day Rd. At the T in the road, turn right and enter using the second drive on the right. 220 Day Rd. call 860-928-4948 to register.

Walk the trails that Edwin and Nellie Teale named at their former home, Trail Wood. Edwin was a Pulitzer Prize winning author and naturalist who, along with his wife, walked and photographed the diversity and beauty of Trail Wood. Sponsored by: Connecticut Audubon Society.

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Experience the restored 1771 Meetinghouse and learn about its neighbors on the Green and in the nearby village. Hear, in particular, about the constructive and passionate lives of some of the women from 1734 to 1875 - from a soldier's wife to an early minister. A guided stroll in the area will follow the presentation in the building. Level, 1 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Unitarian Universalist Society. Hike in the Connecticut Audubon Sanctuary using your own night vision. While sightings are not guaranteed, a barred owl was seen last year. Hilly, natural trail, 3 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Connecticut Audubon Society.

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10 AM nC Where the buffalo roam Brooklyn, CT - Rte. 6 west to Allen Hill Rd. Travel 2 mi. then take right on Creamery Brook Rd. Follow 0.50 mi. and take left onto Purvis Rd. 19 Purvis Rd. 860-7790837. Willimantic, CT - From Main St., park and gather at Jillson Square. 860-228-3197. Windham, CT - From Willimantic, travel east on Rte. 6. At jct. with Rte. 203 turn left on Bassetts Bridge Rd. Continue over a small bridge, take immediate left onto North Windham Rd. Follow to the end at the North Windham Mansfield Reservoir and park. 860-423-3859. Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 & 89 turn west on Rte. 89 for 1.5 mi. Take 1st left onto Bicknell Rd. At stop turn right, then 2nd driveway on left. Park in the fields. 860-487-1276. Coventry, CT - From Rte. 6 take South St. 4.0 mi. to Nathan Hale Homestead. 860-742-9498. Norwich, CT - I-395 to Rte. 2 to Main St. Turn north on Franklin St. Take left onto Bath St. to jct. of Union and Broadway. Meet in front of City Hall. Park in the lot on Broadway. 860-423-9444. Walk with Austin Tanner, Mr. Walktober 2011, to see the bison and their handling facilities. Celebrate the 21st Anniversary of Walktober with a walk through the mini-wildflower maze with the kids. Warm up with a free sample of bison chili. Wear sturdy shoes that can get dirty. 0.50 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Creamery Brook Bison Farm. Walk on streets that are missing and talk about old locales. Then take a trek on the Veteran's Rail Trail to Willimantic's hidden river. 2.25 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept. Learn a song and listen to an introduction about walking meditation. Walk in silence, slowly, while being mindful of your feet on the earth. End in a closing circle. Sponsored by: Willimantic Mindfulness Sangha. 11 AM C 11 AM n. Willi before redevelopment Walking meditation

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Taking the ancient path

At Bakerwoods Farm, enjoy a lovely and ancient natural trail up the hills and past trees with faces. Visit farm animals and have a picnic on tables provided. Natural trail, level, 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Bakerwoods Farm. Explore the fields and forest surrounding the Nathan Hale Homestead. Learn of Nathan's family's sacrifices during the Revolutionary War and the contributions of Nathan's biographer, George Dudley Seymour, to the present day property. Gravel, 1.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead. Visit old sites and actual factories that produced firearms. Learn the history of these long-gone industries that flourished from 1850 to 1930 with local historians Burt Jernstrom and Ed Tollman. Paved, hilly, 3 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Guns of Norwich Historical Society. Learn anecdotes about downtown Willimantic in days past. We will start with a birds-eye-view map of Willard Lumber, tour the Baptist Church and end on the Footbridge. Find pieces of the past that are in plain sight if you know where to look. 2 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept. Tour the barns. See the cows and calves. Walk the fields and enjoy views made possible by Connecticut's Farmland Preservation Program. Graywall Farms is a member of The Farmer's Cow. Hilly, 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: The Farmer's Cow.

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Woodstock, CT - Rte. 169 to Woodstock Hill Common. Meet at the Roseland Cottage parking lot. 860-486-5248.

Join CT State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni and walk a section of the Old Connecticut Path, the colonial road from Boston to Hartford which many of the English travelled to settle the Connecticut River Valley in the 1600s. Limited to first 30 people. Dirt roads, farm fields, 2 mi., Sponsored by: Connecticut Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center & Woodstock Historical Society.

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Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 44 & 89 turn west on With a worksheet supplied, children hike with parents on a trail that hides items that the gnomes have left Rte. 89 for 1.5 mi. Take 1st left onto Bicknell Rd. At behind. They mark off what they find and at the end of the trail each child receives a prize. Natural trail, stop turn right, then 2nd driveway on left. Park in the level, 1 mi., 0.5 hr. Sponsored by: Bakerwoods Farm. fields. 860-487-1276.

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1 PM RC( How our ancestors Kept Warm Brooklyn, CT - From jct. Rte. 6 & 169, take Rte. 6 east 1 mi. to traffic light, turn left onto Church St. Putnam Elms sign is 1 mi. on left. 860-774-1567. registration required, 860-774-1567. Tour the unheated 18th-century farmhouse of Col. Daniel Putnam and his family to find out how our ancestors withstood the cold. Warm up afterwards by the kitchen fire and enjoy mulled cider. Well-behaved cameras and children are welcome. Registration is required by calling the number and leaving name and phone number. Reservation will be confirmed by staff person. Limited space.1 hr. Sponsored by: The Col. Daniel Putnam Assoc.

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7 PM n S10/15 night Hike along the Shetucket Sprague, CT - Meet at Giddings Park on Rte. 207 in Franklin. The park is between the Pautipaug Cemetery and the town athletic complex. The hike is on the Sprague Land Preserve. 860-822-9808. Two nights after the full moon, join us to hike the trail on a Town of Sprague preserved property, mostly along the Shetucket River. A special experience. Please keep your flashlights off. Your eyes will adjust and you will experience more. Bring flashlights. Gravel, natural trail, 2 mi., 2.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Sprague Conservation Commission.

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9 AM l S10/16 10 AM nR Shutter bugs on Lebanon, CT - Trail crossing is 4.2 mi. north of the jct. the air Line Trail of Rtes. 87 and 207 in Lebanon. Trail crossing is on the town line with Columbia. 860-423-6623. rebirth of a new england Farm Gungywamp Hill Wildlife management Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rte. 89 and Boston Hollow Rd. in Westford, take Nagy Rd. 1 mi. north. Cranberry Hill Farm, 158 Nagy Rd. 860-429-3923. Ledyard, CT - From Rte. 12 in Gales Ferry just north of the Sub Base, head east on Long Cove Rd. Travel 0.5 mi. There will be a shared drive with #981R on the right. Travel up the shared drive 1000 feet to ample parking in the first pasture on the right. 860-235-6550. Coventry, CT - At jct. Rtes. 31 and 275, go west onto Lake St. Travel 0.3 mi. and turn left onto High St. Continue 2.7 mi. High St. becomes Flanders Rd. At the crest of the second large hill two red barns are visible on the right. No. 653 is the 5th driveway after the 2nd red barn. Take the driveway just before the mailbox that says Wolf #653. 860-742-5253. To register: 860-742-5253 or [email protected] Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Bridge St., right into museum driveway. Park by blue gate. 860-228-3197. Stroll along a beautiful section of the Air Line State Park Trail in Lebanon, as the story of the rail line is told. Noted naturalist photographer Stan Malcolm will offer photo ops and techniques for the budding photographer. Gravel, natural trail, level, 1.5 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Lebanon Rails to Trails Committee. Visit a centuries-old farmstead slowly being brought back to life. Tour heirloom gardens, meet heritage breeds of livestock, draft horses and oxen. This 30 acres of field and forest is adjacent to the Yale Forest and includes a cranberry bog, abundant wildlife and beautiful old New England scenery. Absolutely no dogs. Hilly, natural trail, 2 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Cranberry Hill Farm & Yale School Forests. Learn about and view forest management efforts on this historic homestead atop Gungywamp Hill. Activities are designed to remediate conditions from prior high grade harvesting and forest fires on a variety of sites as well as the creation of early successional wildlife habitat patch cuts of various sizes performed in conjunction with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Hilly, 3 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Hull Forest Products, Inc. In a walk around a small farm, learn to identify invasive plants in their fall foliage and see the results of a variety of invasive plant control treatments including targeted grazing and flame weeding. See areas that have been grazed by goats and Exmoor ponies in previous years and participate in a demonstration of plant removal using a weed wrench. These nontoxic methods of invasive plant control can sometimes be used alone and sometimes work best in combination with other methods. Limit to 20 people. Hilly, 2 mi., 1.5-2 hrs. Sponsored by: Joshua's Trust. Join us on the anniversary of the building of the Hartford-Providence-Fishkill line in 1854. Learn the history of the Willimantic River, the mills, and the railroad that served the towns as we walk along the river and the old New Haven Railroad yard. 1.5 mi., 1.25 hrs. Sponsored by: CT Eastern Railroad Museum.

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The Treasures of coventry Village over the Hill and Through the Woods

Coventry, CT - At jct. of Rtes. 31 and 275, take Lake St. west for 300 feet. Park in the lot on the right at the Lakeview Restaurant. 860-742-9401. Thompson, CT - I-395 to exit 99. East on Rte. 200 to Thompson Common. At stop sign proceed straight onto Quaddick Rd. Fort Hill Farms will be about 1 mi. on left. 260 Quaddick Rd. 860-923-3439.

Walk through the authentic 19th-century mill village of Coventry while enjoying an informative history of the mills, local architecture, unique sites and buildings. Paved, natural trail, level, 2.5 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Coventry Village Improvement Society. Take an invigorating walk through the diverse scenic lands of Fort Hill Farms. Visit the crop land at harvest time that feeds the cows that make The Farmer's Cow milk. Visit the farm animals, gardens, optional corn maze (fee), pumpkin patch (fee), and gem mining (fee). Questions are welcomed throughout the tour. A complimentary sample of The Farmer's Cow products will be served. Visit the Fort Hill Farm Creamery for our own ice cream and treats. Hilly to level, gravel, natural trail, 1 mi., 1-2 hrs. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms and Gardens. Tour the Nathan Hale Cemetery and learn about some of the stone carvers of 18th-century Connecticut, and both common and famous folks buried there. 0.25 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead. Visitors will be guided around the farm to see how turkeys are raised on pasture and how corn is grown for grain and silage. Free refreshments will be served afterwards in the Brown Cow Café. Cameras welcome. Less than 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. Walk in the neighborhood of a 19th-century sawmill, learning about the history of Woodstock's last water-driven mill and the family that operated it for over a century. The walk will take in views of the remaining millponds, dam, and Still River, as well as the site of the old mill workshop and related farm buildings. Historical photographs will be shared. The mill itself is not accessible to visitors. Those interested may extend the walk on somewhat rough natural trails belonging to The Nature Conservancy to see two old foundations. Level, gravel, 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Woodstock Historic Properties Commission & the Woodstock Historical Society.

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Coventry, CT - Rte. 31, at blinking light turn onto Lake St. Park at the Coventry Community Center. 860-742-0274. Sterling, CT - 227 Ekonk Hill Rd., Take I-395 to exit 89, travel east on Rte. 14A. Follow 3 mi. and turn right onto Rte. 49. Follow 1 mi. to farm. 860-564-0248. Woodstock, CT - Rte. 198 to Old Turnpike Rd. Travel west 0.5 mi. Park along the north side of Old Turnpike Rd. or along Dewing School Rd. 860-428-0656.

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9 AM n S10/23 exploring North Grosvenordale, CT - I-395, exit 99, then Rte. 200 nature With our east to jct. Rte. 193. Turn right (now Thompson Rd.) and Senses continue to jct. Rte. 12. Go straight at the light onto West Thompson Rd. Park at the lot on top of the dam. 162 West Thompson Rd. Meet at the flagpole. 860-923-2982. Grapes, apples & pumpkins Hike through various habitats including forests, wetlands and grasslands and learn about different plants, animals and insect species that live there. We will use all of our senses to experience and appreciate nature around us. Hilly, 3 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Brooklyn, CT - 2.7 mi. north of Rte. 6 on Rte. 169 or Farmers John and John will share their secrets in the production of grapes, tree fruits, and pumpkins on 3.1 mi. south of Rte. 101 on Rte. 169. 580 Pomfret Rd., the two neighboring Brooklyn farms. The walk will finish at Lapsley Farm Stand with a free hayride at noon. The Vineyard at Foxrun. 860-230-4395. Level, 2 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Brooklyn Agricultural Commission, Vineyard at Foxrun, & Lapsley Orchard.

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Pomfret, CT - 697 Rte. 169/Pomfret St., 0.5 mi. north of the Vanilla Bean Café on Rte. 169. 860-928-2341. registration: required by emailing [email protected]

The trek on the Wyndham Land Trust and privately-owned property begins at the office of Weiss & Hale Financial. The terrain is rolling hills with abundant wildlife and many bird species. The midpoint of the walk is the "Fairy Pond," followed by beautiful vistas west from atop a grassy field. Most of the walk is a well-kept grassy path, though there are some hills and possibly muddy terrain in covered areas. There will be cider, donuts and apples offered in the hospitality tent courtesy of Weiss & Hale before and after the hike. 1.5 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Weiss & Hale Financial. Visit a centuries-old farmstead slowly being brought back to life. Tour heirloom gardens, meet heritage breeds of livestock, draft horses and oxen. This 30 acres of field and forest is adjacent to the Yale Forest and includes a cranberry bog, abundant wildlife and beautiful old New England scenery. Absolutely no dogs. Hilly, natural trail, 2 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Cranberry Hill Farm & Yale School Forests. The hills are alive! From one of the highest points in Sturbridge you will enjoy 84 acres of spectacular views few have ever seen since the stagecoaches carried businessmen, politicians, as well as other area families on this very trail. Enjoy a look back in history to see the last intact remains of the Old Worcester - Stafford Turnpike (1810-1835) making its way across the site. Your guide will explain just how these early turnpikes were formed, where they stopped along the way and influences of their rise and decline. See the rock outcroppings left from the ice age and experience several hiking trails to make it a memorable day not soon forgotten. Sponsored by: Sturbridge Historic Commission.

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rebirth of a new england Farm Historic Heins Farm

Ashford, CT - From jct. of Rte. 89 and Boston Hollow Rd. in Westford, take Nagy Rd. 1 mi. north. Cranberry Hill Farm, 158 Nagy Rd. 860-429-3923. Sturbridge, MA ­ From Rte. 20, turn at the Old SturStur bridge Village entrance sign. Continue on Stallion Hill Rd. to the top of the hill to a farm house, turn left on Leadmine Rd., follow signs to the parking area. 152 Stallion Rd. 508-347-0107.

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A small bus will transport visitors to the Anshei Israel Synagogue, the smallest remaining synagogue in Connecticut Lisbon, CT - Jct. Rtes. 169 and 138, travel 500 feet east on Rte. 138, Newent Rd. The group will assemble and on the National Register as an extraordinary example of a small country place of worship. Returning to the in the Senior Center parking lot on Rte. 138. registra- Senior Center, walkers will visit the John Bishop House, a great example of a gentlemen's farmhouse, followed by tion: preferred 860-376-2015 Ken mahler. a rare tour of the Lisbon Congregational Church, a parish that has been in existence since 1723. The final leg of the walk will take visitors along Old Lee Road down to the tracks of the Providence & Worcester Railroad to hear about the homes, quarry and artery this road provided until it was removed from service in the early 1900s. Water will be available with cookies and veggies. Friendly pets will be allowed on the outside tour but must be left outside when the buildings are viewed. Gravel, natural trail, 2 mi., 3.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Lisbon Historical Society. Willimantic, CT - From Main St., park and gather at Jillson Square. 860-228-3197. Thompson, CT - I-395 to exit 99. East on Rte. 200 to Thompson Common. At stop sign proceed straight onto Quaddick Rd. Fort Hill Farms will be about 1 mi. on left. 260 Quaddick Rd. 860-923-3439. Walk on streets that are missing and talk about old locales. Then take a trek on the Veteran's Rail Trail to Willimantic's hidden river. 2.25 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept. Take an invigorating walk through the diverse scenic lands of Fort Hill Farms. Visit the crop land at harvest time that feeds the cows that make The Farmer's Cow milk. Visit the farm animals, gardens, optional corn maze (fee), pumpkin patch (fee), and gem mining (fee). Questions are welcomed throughout the tour. A complimentary sample of The Farmer's Cow products will be served. Visit the Fort Hill Farm Creamery for our own ice cream and treats. Hilly to level, gravel, natural trail, 1 mi., 1-2 hrs. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms and Gardens. We will climb to Wolf Rock and enjoy a spectacular autumn view. Then we will proceed at a leisurely pace along the Nipmuck Trail through the Sawmill Brook Preserve to the spectacular Sawmill Brook Marsh. We will be looking at and learning to identify trees, birds, wildflowers or whatever we find interesting. We may see beavers. Be prepared with footwear that will take the wet spots! Hilly, swampy, natural trail, 2 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Mansfield Parks Advisory Committee. From the meadow parking area, the walk will follow a level yellow-blazed woodland path to the Willimantic River. We will follow along the river bank to view the historic Peck's Mill across the river, along with an old school house site and meadow. The trail continues north to Newcomb Brook. Charlie King will then lead the group on a guided hike of the private King property open space where there are wonderful views south down the Willimantic River valley offering a different perspective of The Last Green Valley. Hilly, natural trail with some wet spots, 1.5 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Tolland Conservation Commission & Conserving Tolland. Learn anecdotes about downtown Willimantic in days past. We will start with a birds-eye-view map of Willard Lumber, tour the Baptist Church and end on the Footbridge. Find pieces of the past that are in plain sight if you know where to look. 2 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept.

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Mansfield, CT - Rte. 195 to Rte. 89 near the Congregational Church. Take right onto Brown's Rd. At the first fork, bear left onto Crane Hill. The trail head is a short way down on the right. Park along the road. 860-429-6257. Tolland, CT - From jct. Rtes. 32 and 195 on the Willington/Mansfield line, take Rte. 195 north toward Tolland. Just over the bridge take right on Dimock Lane. Go past church parking to the farm gate on the right. Go through the gate and park in the field on the right. 860-871-3601.

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Scotland, CT - At jct. of Rte. 97 and Brooklyn Turnpike The Shoemaker Forest was the first tract acquired by the Wolf Den Land Trust. See and learn about forest take Brooklyn Turnpike west for 0.5 mi. to parking on stewardship for improved recreation, wildlife habitat and forest health. Level, natural trail, 0.75 mi., 1.5 hrs. the south side of the road. 705 Brooklyn Turnpike. Sponsored by: Wolf Den Land Trust & Hull Forest Products. 860-377-0117.

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9 AM nSC camp robinson crusoe Sturbridge, MA - I-84 exit 1 west onto Old Sturbridge Village Rd. Park on edge of road. 508-347-3788. Enjoy the incredible scenery of Camp Robinson Crusoe, the first co-educational youth camp in the U.S. Now owned and managed by the Town of Sturbridge, the tract is open space with walking trails being constructed. Walkers will hear about the structures that were at the camp. Level, natural trail, 1.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Sturbridge Historical Society. Let's step back 150 years and discover what Willimantic looked like during the Civil War. Bev York, Ms. Walktober 2010, will offer a wonderful perspective of this time in history. Paved, 1.5 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Textile & History Museum. Discover the "Big Bend in the River," Wanungatuck Farm, named by Native Americans. The property includes the site of the birthplace of Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio, and field crops of corn and hay grown by a local dairy farm. The walk will take us to a 75-foot drop overlooking the Quinebaug River. The 125 acres are protected for agriculture use through Connecticut's PDR Program. Hilly, 2 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Canterbury Agricultural Commission. Families will enjoy a fairly easy walk along a maintained trail at Tinkerville Brook Preserve in Ashford. Learn about changes in land use over the centuries on this beautiful site. Natural trail, 1.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Joshua's Trust. Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid on a 5-mile paddle on one of the most bucolic stretches of the Quinebaug River through scenic countryside to end in Canterbury, CT. Paddlers must have their own boat, PFD and some experience paddling in moving water/river paddling. Limited to 20 boats. 5 mi., 3-4 hrs. Sponsored by: The Last Green Valley. Learn about and view sustainable forestry on this medium-sized family forest. Activities were designed to improve timber production and enhance wildlife habitat. Enjoy the experience of a beautiful example of sound forestry techniques in both a hardwood and softwood forest. Level, 1 mile, 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Hull Forest Products, Inc. 10 AM nRS 10 AM S10/23 n-u The cotton connection discover Wanungatuck Farm Willimantic, CT - 411 Main St. (Rte. 66) 2 blocks east of the Frog Bridge. Park at the museum or across the street. 860-423-1878. Canterbury, CT - Rte. 169 north of jct. with Rte. 14 about 2 mi. to a large barn with Wanungatuck Farm painted on the side. Park near barn. 860-546-6637.

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Ashford, CT - From jct. Rtes. 44 and 89, travel north on Rte. 89 for 5.2 mi. Rte. 89 makes a 90 degree turn right but continue straight on Turnpike Rd. In 0.6 mi. turn right on Armitage Rd. Follow 0.7 mi. and Tinkerville Brook Preserve is on the left. 860-810-7848. Plainfield, CT - Directions will be provided at registration. registration: bill reid, 860-774-3300.

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Griswold, CT - From jct. of Rtes. 165 and 164 in Preston, travel north on Rte. 165 for 4 miles. Property is on the left. The entrance to field parking will be just past where Old Voluntown Rd. meets Rte. 165. 860-235-6550.

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Union, CT - Rte. 190 and Town Hall Rd. 860-684-7078. A walk through the history of Union by way of the structures and other remnants surrounding Union Town Green. 0.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Union Historical Society.

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Canterbury, CT - Rte. 169 north of jct. with Rte. 14 about 2 mi. to a large barn with Wanungatuck Farm painted on the side. Park near barn. 860-546-6637.

Discover the "Big Bend in the River," Wanungatuck Farm, named by Native Americans. The property includes the site of the birthplace of Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio, and field corps of corn and hay grown by a local dairy farm. The walk will take us to a 75-foot drop overlooking the Quinebaug River. The 125 acres are protected for agriculture use through Connecticut's PDR Program. Hilly, 2 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Canterbury Agricultural Commission.

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9:30 AM nC Hands, eyes, nose and ears Hampton, CT - From jct. Rtes. 6 and 97, travel north on Rte. 97 4 mi. Take Kimball Hill Rd. on the east side of Rte. 97 just across from the sanctuary. Park along the roadside. 860-455-1226. Brooklyn, CT - At jct. Rte. 6 and Day St. near the Brooklyn/Killingly town line, take Day St. north to Greenway Dr. Riverside Park is at the end. 860-779-3411. Ashford, CT - Knowlton Hall is located on Rte. 44 just west of the jct. of Rte. 89 or 1 mi. east of the jct. of Rte. 74. 860-429-2629. Using their own senses, children will discover the joys of nature as they learn to be good observers. The walk is through a field, woods, and to the Little River exploring all kinds of things with hands, eyes, nose and ears. Activities during the walk will enhance observation skills. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hilly, 1.1 mi., 2 hrs. Sponsored by: Joshua's Trust. Take a short walk at a leisurely pace along the beautiful Quinebaug River. This is a new grassy trail at Riverside Park. 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Brooklyn Conservation Commission & Brooklyn Parks & Recreation. Charlotte Pyle, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will give a short talk on invasive plants and identify various infestations of specific plants in the area. Then we will walk to a nearby park to search for more aliens! 1.5 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Ashford Conservation Commission. 1 PM l 1:30 PM l S10/29 Land = H2o + nature + play Stop the Invasion!

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4-7 PM l Killingly agricultural education Tour Killingly, CT - Killingly High School, 226 Putnam Pike (Rte. 12), in Dayville section of Killingly. 860-779-6675. Participants will get a tour of the brand new agriculture center. There will be educational activities for children relating to agriculture. Tours by students and faculty begin at 4 p.m. and continue on the half-hour to 7 p.m. Indoor and outdoor, 0.5 mi., 0.75 hr. Sponsored by: Killingly High School.

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10:30 AM l S C S10/30 The curious alpacas Sterling, CT - I-395, exit 88, then travel east on Rte. 14A for 5 mi. Turn right onto Pine Hill Rd. Pine Hill Alpaca Farm is at #148. 860-564-7204. Enjoy meeting the alpacas and learn about these inquisitive animals and what can be done with their fleece. Cameras are welcome so you can take pictures of your child with the animals. There will be a fiber workshop for kids and the farm store will be open. Gravel, 0.25 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Pine Hill Alpaca Farm.

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10:30 AM l S C S10/30 11 AM C 1 PM lRS 2 PM l The curious alpacas Willi before redevelopment Turkey Talk on ekonk Hill Sterling, CT - I-395, exit 88, then travel east on Rte. 14A for 5 mi. Turn right onto Pine Hill Rd. Pine Hill Alpaca Farm is at #148. 860-564-7204. Willimantic, CT - From Main St., park and gather at Jillson Square. 860-228-3197. Sterling, CT - 227 Ekonk Hill Rd., Take I-395 to exit 89, travel east on Rte. 14A. Follw 3 mi. and turn right onto Rte. 49. Follow 1 mi. to farm. 860-564-0248. Enjoy meeting the alpacas and learn about these inquisitive animals and what can be done with their fleece. Cameras are welcome so you can take pictures of your child with the aniamls. There will be a fiber workshop for kids and the farm store will be open. Gravel, 0.25 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Pine Hill Alpaca Farm. Walk on streets that are missing and talk about old locales. Then take a trek on the Veteran's Rail Trail to Willimantic's hidden river. 2.25 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept. Visitors will be guided around the farm to see how turkeys are raised on pasture and how corn is grown for grain and silage. Free refreshments will be served afterwards in the Brown Cow Café. Cameras welcome. Less than 1 mi., 1 hr. Sponsored by: Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. Learn anecdotes about downtown Willimantic in days past. We will start with a birds-eye-view map of Willard Lumber, tour the Baptist Church and end on the Footbridge. Find pieces of the past that are in plain sight if you know where to look. 2 mi., 1.5 hrs. Sponsored by: Windham Recreation Dept.

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a map, a church Willimantic, CT - Main St. to Bank St. Park and gather and a bridge in the municipal lot off Bank St. 860-228-3197.

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How Clean is the Water in The Last Green Valley?

You can help us find out by becoming a water quality monitoring volunteer. Please call Jean Pillo at 860-928-4948 for more information. The water quality monitoring program is sponsored in part by Connecticut Light & Power.

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Fall activities at cedar Ledge - 260 Coventry Rd., Mansfield, CT.

30 min. tractor ride through terraced Christmas tree plantation and timber stand while searching for hidden/disguised pumpkins, mulch mountain sliding and pedal karts. For adults and kids. Pumpkins for sale. Haybale maze for kids. You can also walk through the property. Cost: $6/pp. Visit: www.cedarledgetreefarm.com for more info. 860-423-5690. Sponsored by: Cedar Ledge Tree Farm. The self-guided tour is a fascinating look into the past with the stories of those remembered here illustrated by the majestic work of local stone carvers through the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The pamphlet may be picked up at the Visitors Center or CNH Cemetery entrance. The seasoned cemetery has typical terrain with some paved, some gravel, and some grass locations over uneven rolling hills with a contemplation area overlooking Coventry Lake. 860-742-0933. Sponsored by: Coventry Cemetery Commission. Get lost trying to find your way in and out of Southern New England's premier corn maze. Collect the clues along the way to see if you can solve the corn maze mystery. Special flashlight corn maze trips Friday and Saturday nights. Explore the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins. Meet our farm animals in the Discovery Barnyard. Try your hand at gem mining. Enjoy a hay ride around the farm. Visit the Fort Hill Farms Creamery for our own ice cream and treats. $12/Adults and $10/Children. Visit: www.forthillfarms.com for more information. 860-923-3439. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms. See Hampton's Fletcher Memorial Library housed in the original Victorian building. Visit the general store across the street and the Congregational Church next door (2nd oldest in the state). Free admission. 860-455-1086. Sponsored by: Fletcher Memorial Library. A beautiful, historic farm setting bordering on Broad Brook (a tributary to the Quinebaug). Pick out a pumpkin, sample our selection of herbal teas and beeswax products and take home a basket of fresh fall vegetables. 860-887-6898. Sponsored by: Philomel Gardens. Take a break from your rambles and stop by the School House for light refreshments. The building was renovated by Joshua's Tract Conservation and Historic Trust and now serves as the organization's office. An exhibit featuring Eastern Connecticut and its role before and during the Civil War including cotton, slavery, abolition, underground railroad, homefront soldiers and more. Admission fee. 860-456-2178/860-423-1878. Sponsored by: Windham Textile Museum. Visitors may explore the 3+ miles of pathways through an 8-acre corn field and complete a scavenger hunt. They can also visit the animals in the farmyard and see the turkeys in the pasture. Meals and homemade ice cream available at the Brown Cow Café. $10/Adults and $6/Children. 860-564-0248. Sponsored by: Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm. Discover fresh, organic, heirloom and ethnic foods from local farms along with the works and wares of local artisans and the very best of Connecticut history. Enjoy family activities, demonstrations, classes, teas, themed tours and more at the Nathan Hale Homestead. Free admission. Sponsored by: Coventry Farmer's Market. "A Journey Through Woodstock, 1686-2011," is a fascinating exhibit of early photographs of the town. Woodstock Historical Society (WHS) curates a significant collection of glass plate negatives. The exhibit is complemented by a beautiful book for sale by WHS. Free admission. 860-963-7260. Sponsored by: Woodstock Historical Society. Antique autos, trucks and fire trucks will be on display for all to enjoy in the wonderful Heart-o-the-Mart Antique Show grounds on Rte. 20 in Brimfield, MA. With over 25 categories, 75 trophies and 3 best-in-show trophies, this show has something for everyone. All ages are welcome and there is a DJ, bag pipers, and fire truck rides for the kids! Food concessions are by Hooya's. There were 225 entries last year and we welcome new vehicles to our show! Participating autos pay $10 per vehicle at the gate. Admission: $5/pp and Seniors 65+ and Children under 13 Free. 413-245-9977. Sponsored by: Hitchcock Free Academy. Good ole fashioned family fun and activities. See the farm and animals. See historic artisans and enjoy peaceful fall experiences from horse-drawn wagon rides to crafters, blacksmithing, museum store and food vendors. $6/pp and $3/ages 4 -10 yrs. 860-642-6413. Sponsored by: Blue Slope Country Museum.

The captain nathan Hale cemetery - Self Guided Walking Tour - Lake St., Coventry, CT.

All month, Mon. - Fri., 12 ­ 8 PM; Sat. & Sun., 10 AM 10 PM All month, Saturdays, 10 AM ­ 4 PM All month, Saturdays, 10 AM - 3 PM All month, Saturdays, 1 - 3 PM All month, Fri. - Sun., 10 AM - 4 PM All month, Fri. - Sun., 11 AM - dusk All month, Sundays, 11 AM ­ 2 PM All month, Sundays, 12 - 4 PM 10/1 10 AM - 4 PM Rain date: 10/8 10/1 & 10/2 10 AM - 4 PM (until 3 PM Sun.)

corn maze adventure at Fort Hill Farms 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, CT.

open House: Fletcher memorial Library 257 Main St., Hampton, CT. Fall Farm Stand - 512 Rte. 164, Preston, CT.

open House at the historic eagleville School House - corner of South Eagleville Road and Rt. 32 in Mansfield, CT. exhibit: "connecticut's cotton connection" 411 Main St., Willimantic, CT. ekonk Hill corn maze - 227 Ekonk Hill Rd., Sterling, CT. coventry Farmer's market - 2299 South St., Coventry, CT. 325th anniversary exhibit - Palmer Memorial Hall, Rte. 169, Woodstock, CT. 3rd annual brimfield antique auto Show 37 Palmer Rd., Brimfield, MA.

Fall Festival Tyme - 138 Blue Hill Rd., Franklin, CT.

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octoberFest at Fort Hill Farms - 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, CT 06277. Thompson's Hidden Treasures - Tourtellotte Memorial High School, Rte. 12, N. Grosvenordale, CT. discover downtown putnam First Fridays Main St., Putnam, CT. Leffingwell House colonial museum: 2nd Saturday market day - 348 Washington St., Norwich, CT 06360. a-maze-Ing Story Slam at Fort Hill Farms 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, CT 06277.

Special events will be scheduled each weekend. Check our website at www.forthillfarms.com for details. Some free and some for a fee. 860-923-3439. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms. Largest public school museum in CT. Paintings by late 19th century American artists, Italian statuary, ceramics, memorabilia, family portraits of the Tourtellottes and Arnolds, all gifted to the Town of Thompson in 1909. 860-923-2819. Sponsored by: Tourtellotte Memorial High School Alumni Association. All day specials in participating Putnam shops. Music, art openings and demonstrations start at 5 p.m. Call 860-928-2721 for more details. Sponsored by: Putnam Business Association. Vendors, crafters and farmers are welcome to set up booths on the lawn to sell their wares to the public! We hope this program will create visitor traffic to the museum and will encourage participation in the Norwich 2nd Saturday history walks. Visit: www.leffingwellhousemuseum.org. 860-887-9000. Sponsored by: Leffingwell House Museum. Story telling by renowned story teller Carolyn Stearns and hot air balloon rides Saturday, Oct. 8th. Fall features the Corn Maze Adventure (admission fee) with special flashlight corn maze trips Friday and Saturday nights. Explore the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins (cost per pumpkin). Meet our farm animals in the Discovery Barnyard. Try your hand at gem mining. Enjoy a hay ride around the farm. Visit the Fort Hill Farms Creamery for our own ice cream treats. 860-923-3439. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms. A fun day for the whole family! Bake sale, craft sale, tag sale, silent auction, hay ride, food, family events and games. Give yourself a little break. 860-774-9352. Sponsored by: Trinity Episcopal Church. Walk the gardens of this historic homestead of John Meech circa 1720. Herb farm with ponds, gardens, tunnels and old stone walls. 860-892-4739. Sponsored by: Roseledge Herb Farm. Visitors will experience Windham's rich history & art community by touring the Windham Textile & History Museum and the Jillson House. Town Historian, Jamie Eves, will lead the group on a walk along historic Main Street, stopping at various art studios and galleries housed in historic buildings. Artisans and vendors will be selling pottery, jewelry, photography, clothing, painting, sculpture and more. Local food producers will be offering samples and selling their products. 860-450-0918. Sponsored by: Willimantic Renaissance, Inc. Participants are welcome to join us for our opening reception for our 7th annual photo exhibit. Refreshments will be served. Photos include subjects which highlight The Last Green Valley, as well as other points throughout our earth. Free event. 860-456-4906. Sponsored by: Quiet Corner Camera Club.

10/8 9 AM - 3 PM 10/8 9 AM - 3 PM 10/8 10 AM - 4 PM Rain date: 10/15 10/8 5 - 8 PM 10/9 1 - 3 PM

Trinity episcopal church Fall Festival - Trinity Church grounds, jct. Rtes. 6 & 169, Brooklyn, CT. a Thyme for Fall - Roseledge Herb Farm, 418 Rte. 164, Preston, CT. eastern connecticut arTS Festival - Jct. Rtes. 66 & 32, Willimantic, CT.

7th annual photographic exhibition reception Art Space Gallery, 480 Main St., Willimantic, CT.

prudence's Friends and neighbors - The Prudence Meet some of Prudence Crandall's friends and neighbors, both men and women, both black and white, who supported her or opCrandall Museum, 1 South Canterbury Rd. (jct. posed her, the Academy and the cause of abolitionism. Using contemporary photos and period images, Kaz Kozlowski, Museum Rtes. 14 & 169), Canterbury, CT. Curator, will introduce the personalities and tell their stories. Talk will be followed by a walk across the town green to view and discuss some of the buildings where her friends and neighbors lived, went to school and worshipped. 860-546-7800. Sponsored by: The Prudence Crandall Museum.

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10/9 9 AM - 5 PM 10/9 10 AM - 4 PM 10/9 - 10/30, Saturdays, 12 - 6 PM; Sundays, 1 - 5 PM 10/15 8 AM - Noon 10/15 9 AM - 3 PM 10/15 1 - 4 PM Rain date: 10/16

24th annual Scotland's Highland Games & Festival - Parking at 130 Devotion Rd., Scotland, CT. open House at the Heritage museum and arts & craft exhibit - Finnish American Heritage Society, Inc., 76 N. Canterbury Rd. (Rte. 169), Canterbury, CT.

Scotland's Annual Highland Festival at the Waldo Homestead hosts competitions in highland dancing, piping, drumming and amateur athletics, a clan village, Celtic music, food specialties, a sheep dog demonstration, and Highland cattle. Admission fee; held rain or shine. Visit: www.scotlandgames.org. 860-423-1880. Sponsored by Scotland Connecticut Highland Games. Various local artists and crafters will exhibit and offer items for sale. Our Finnish Heritage Museum will be open for visitors. Refreshments including items like Finnish pulla bread will be available, plus coffee, etc. Wood carving and rug weaving demonstrations will take place during the day. Free event. 860-774-4337 or 860-480-3648. Sponsored by: Finnish American Heritage Society, Inc.

7th annual photographic on-Going exhibition - Participants are welcome to view our 7th annual photo exhibit. Works will be available for purchase and include subjects which Art Space Gallery, 480 Main St., Willimantic, CT. highlight The Last Green Valley, as well as other points throughout our earth. Free event. 860-456-4906. Sponsored by: Quiet Corner Camera Club.

annual book Sale - Abington Social Library, 536 Hampton Rd., Pomfret Ctr., CT. a Thyme for Fall - Roseledge Herb Farm, 418 Rte. 164, Preston, CT. camelids at capen Hill - Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary, 56 Capen Rd., Charlton, MA.

Book sale is an annual event at the oldest continuously-operating social library in the United States. Large selection of hardcover and paperbacks will be on sale. 860-974-1674. Sponsored by: Abington Social Library. Walk the gardens of this historic homestead of John Meech circa 1720. Herb farm with ponds, gardens, tunnels and old stone walls. 860-892-4739. Sponsored by: Roseledge Herb Farm. A truly unusual experience! Learn about the low impact animals from the Andes Mountains of South America as we explore the trails of Capen Hill Nature Sanctuary with a llama and alpaca as our chaperones. Interact with the animals while we hike through fields and forest to view the fall foliage and the diverse plants and animals who live there. Note: Both leaders are naturalists familiar with the Capen Hill trails. The route and distance of this hike will be customized to the registrants. This event can be scheduled for groups of 20 or more on days other than those listed above by calling the pre-registration number: 508-764-3388. $5/pp. Preregister on or before: 10/12/11. 508-248-5516. Sponsored by: Orchid Patch/Andes Alive. Learn how locally-grown trees are sustainably harvested and the fascinating process of turning logs into lumber for flooring, furniture, post and beam timber, railroad ties and pallets. 860-974-0127. Sponsored by: Hull Forest Products, Inc. An educational corn maze. There are 10 stations set up inside the maze educating children about agriculture in the state of Connecticut. There is also free face painting, pumpkin painting, and animal petting. Admission: Donation of 1 non-perishable food item/pp. 860-779-6675. Sponsored by: Killingly FFA (Ag-Ed Program). This festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England and features 175 artisans and their wares - jewelry, woodworking, pottery, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first floor tours of Roseland Cottage museum. $5/pp non-members. Free for Historic New England members and children under 12. 860-928-4074. Sponsored by: Historic New England's Roseland Cottage. Special events will be scheduled each weekend. Check our website at www.forthillfarms.com for details. Some free and some for a fee. 860-923-3439. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms. Hayride throughout the farm with a stop at the pumpkin patch. Children 6 years and younger may pick a complimentary sugar pumpkin to take home. Pre-registration required, limit of 35 people per day, by calling: 860-455-0545. Sponsored by: The Gardens at Bassetts Bridge Farm.

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From Forest to Flooring - Hull Forest Products, Inc., 101 Hampton Rd., Pomfret Ctr., CT. Killingly FFa corn maze - Killingly Ag-Ed Land Lab, 256 Hartford Pike, Dayville, CT.

10/15 & 10/16 Fine arts and crafts Festival - Roseland Cottage, 10 AM 556 Rte. 169, Woodstock, CT. 4:30 PM 10/21 - 10/23 all day 10/22 9 AM 10/22 10 AM ­ 2 PM 10/22 5 - 7 PM, 10/23 4 PM 10/23 7 PM 10/28 - 10/31 all day octoberFest at Fort Hill Farms - Fort Hill Farms and Gardens, 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, CT. Hayride and pumpkins - The Gardens at Bassetts Bridge Farm. 552 Bassets Bridge Rd., Mansfield, CT.

annual Fall Festival - Canterbury Municipal Bldg./ Come to Canterbury! Annual Fall Festival 4th Saturday of October. Nestled along the scenic Rte. 169 corridor, discover familyTown Hall, Rte. 14, Canterbury, CT. oriented walks, open farms and business expo. Follow the map of our cozy town. For more info, visit: www.canterburyct.org. Free event. Sponsored by: Canterbury Economic Development. Tracker organ concert - Hampton Congregational Church, Hampton, CT. owl prowl - Horizon Wings, 9 Sand Hill Rd., Ashford, CT. Fall Harvest Church Supper. $8/adults, $5/under 12 yrs. 860-455-9958. Sponsored by: Hampton Congregational Church.

Participants will see, hear and learn about 4 owls native to Connecticut. There is a small amount of walking over uneven ground. $5/adults and $2/children over 4. Pre-registration required by calling: 860-429-2181. Sponsored by: Horizon Wings.

Halloween Fun Weekend at Fort Hill Farms - Fort Hill Special festive Halloween events will be scheduled throughout the weekend for kids of all ages to enjoy. Check our website: Farms and Gardens, 260 Quaddick Rd., Thompson, CT. www.forthillfarms.com for details. Fee and free. 860-923-3439. Sponsored by: Fort Hill Farms.

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Things that Go bump in the night - Nathan Hale Homestead, 2299 South St., Coventry, CT. Lantern Light Graveyard Walk - Old Norwichtown Burial Ground and Green, Norwich, CT. Hayride and pumpkins - The Gardens at Bassetts Bridge Farm. 552 Bassets Bridge Rd., Mansfield, CT.

Hear stories and ghost legends from the staff about unexplained occurrences at the Hale Homestead during a candlelit tour. Pre-registration required by calling: 860-742-6917. $25/pp. Sponsored by: Nathan Hale Homestead. Join local historians and authors through the Old Norwichtown Burial Ground and Green to hear tales of Old Norwich and the ghosts of the Revolution. Pre-registration required by calling: 860-886-4683. Hayride throughout the farm with a stop at the pumpkin patch. Children 6 years and younger may pick a complimentary sugar pumpkin to take home. Pre-registration required, limit of 35 people per day, by calling: 860-455-0545. Sponsored by the gardens at Bassets Bridge Farm.

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Join The Green Light Campaign for The Last Green Valley

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There is no time to waste. Now is the time to guarantee that the non-profit organization taking care of our area is strong and vibrant.

There is just one Last Green Valley. It is rare, irreplaceable, and at risk. Now, more than ever, we need your help to make sure the voice for The Last Green Valley is heard. The Last Green Valley Inc. is the steward of our unique yet fragile area that includes 35 towns in Northeast Connecticut and SouthCentral Massachusetts united by our collective natural resources. With the hard work of many members of the community, TLGV was established as a federally-funded organization. But that reality has changed and federal funding is scheduled to stop in 2015. TLGV must be self-sustaining through the support of the very area residents and business leaders who live, work, and play here. A single entity like TLGV, with its ability to unify and pull together resources and communicate across town lines, is critical to preserving and protecting our unique heritage as well as our bright future.

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Contact Charlene Cutler, Executive Director, at 860-774-3300 or [email protected] for more information or visit www.thelastgreenvalley.org to donate.

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Visit us again this winter and enjoy our annual Winter Wanderings in The Last Green Valley

Warm up to winter in The Last Green Valley with more than 4 months of fun and unique activities including indoor and outdoor events, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice skating, ice fishing, fireside feasts, Black History Month, Valentine's specials, unique shopping and art galleries, nature walks and talks, theater performances, overnight accommodation packages plus a whole lot more! Visit www.tlgv.org for details.

Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Danielson, CT Permit No. 111

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The success of Walktober over the past 21 years is due to YOU,

the thousands of people who have walked, hiked, biked or paddled through its month of experiences. As a thank you, TLGV is offering a free, individual membership in our nonprofit, The Last Green Valley, Inc., that works to preserve all the wonderful places you visit in Walktober. As a member of TLGV, your benefits are: · 10% discount at the TLGV On-Line Shop; · Free, attractive reusable shopping bag; · Invitation to monthly member-only programs and activities; · Newsletter/enewsletter, The Voice of the Valley; · TLGV Visitor's Guide and other publications; · Access to land use, historical and natural resource data; · Privilege to attend TLGV meetings and vote at annual meeting.

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