Farmington River Cleanup – September 23, 2017

Join us in helping cleanup the scenic Farmington River and discover the beauty of Bloomfield’s little-known Farmington River Park on Tunxis Avenue Extension from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.Ā Friends and neighbors of all ages will remove litter from the trails and riverbank. RSVP with Aimee Petras at apetras@frwa.org or call 860-658-4442 x0. Long pants, long sleeves, and footwear for mud are recommended. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. A free picnic lunch will be available at the Farmington River Watershed Association in Simsbury. The cleanup is part of theĀ Farmington River Watershed Association’s River Cleanup and Connecticut River Conservancy’s Source-to-Sea Cleanup, which bring together volunteers throughout the watershed to maintain water quality, improve wildlife habitat, and sustain healthy recreation.

Sam Ducharme Talk & Hike – September 17, 2017

Lifelong Connecticut resident Sam Ducharme will share his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail during a free “Spotlight Sunday” talk at Bloomfield’s Prosser Public Library 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., followed by an optional hike 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. with the Wintonbury Land Trust to another national scenic trail that passes right through Bloomfield!

Last year Sam spent six months backpacking along the Appalachian Trail, which stretches 2,180 miles through 14 states from Georgia to Maine. His images and stories of the mountains, wildlife, trail towns, remote backcountry, and challenges of cooking and camping through three seasons will renew your awe of our country’s beauty and people.

Afterwards you’re invited to join Sam on a nearby hike through the Wintonbury Land Trust’s Stout Family Fields and adjacent Penwood State Park 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. This includes a portion of the New England Trail which, like the Appalachian, is designated a National Scenic Trail by the National Park Service.