Brisk Winter Walks 2018
Great Meadows Conservation Trust. Inc.
Celebrating Fifty Years • 1968 ‒ 2018

This is the schedule for the Great Meadows Conservation Trust winter walks for 2018, co-sponsored with the Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Glastonbury, the Eleanor Buck Wolf Nature Center in Wethersfield, and Goodwin College.

Monday, January 1, 4:30 pm, Wethersfield. As the New Year’s sun sets in the West and the Super Moon rises in the East, meet Jim Woodworth and Bike Walk Wethersfield’s Kevin Sullivan, at the Keeney Center parking lot, 200 Main Street, Old Wethersfield.  Walkers will stroll down Main Street to Wethersfield Cove Park (about 1 mile), walk through the parking lot to the Cove channel, under the I91 overpass and out to the River’s edge. The Super Moon on the breast of the flowing waters will give the luster of mid-day to the river below!

Sunday, January 7, 1:00 pm, Wethersfield.  About 1½ hours. Meet Jim Woodworth at 160 Middletown Ave, south of Maple St, on GMCT’s Wood Parcel.  Cross the shiny bridge and follow the trail along the marsh and around the loop past the 18th century house site. Hike will continue across the new culvert by the Pond, and out along the edge of the farm fields that once hosted the original “Pyquag” Native American summer camp and along the marsh, introducing GMCT’s newest acquisition: Frechette Field! 3.2 acres of farmland, swamp, and a pollinator garden.
From I-91 south take exit 25 S to route 3 south, or from Glastonbury take route 3 south over the Putnam Bridge.  At the second light turn left onto Middletown Ave. From I-91 north take exit 24 to route 99 north. Take route 99 1.3 miles to a traffic light. Turn right onto route 3 north. At the first light turn right onto Middletown Ave. Make a U turn and park on the east side of Middletown Ave.

Saturday, January 13, 10:30 am, Glastonbury
.  About two hours.  Meet Larry Lunden at the Connecticut Audubon Center at 1361 Main St. We will meet inside the center.  We will take a short hike along the Connecticut River to our Austin and Matava parcels in Glastonbury Meadows.

Sunday, January 21, 1:00 pm, Glastonbury.  About an hour and a half.  Meet Larry Lunden behind Glastonbury Town Hall, 2155 Main St.  Hike to our Preissner parcel and out into the Glastonbury Meadows where we will see our new First Church of Christ, Glastonbury, parcel.

Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am, Wethersfield.  About 2 hours. Meet Jim Woodworth at 412 Hartford Ave, corner of Jordan Lane, for a short walk through the gate to our Wolf parcel and DeMille easement. See habitat improvements made with the help of a WHIP grant and volunteer work.  Stay for a longer walk, another two and a half hours, up Hartford Ave. and out along the Hartford dike that divides the Folly Brook Nature area from the South Meadows Industrial Park. We’ll walk through the area slated for “tree removal” for Brainard Airport approach.

Sunday, February 4, 1:00 pm, Rocky Hill. About 2 hours. Meet at 78 Goff Brook La, off of Old Main St.  Join Jim Woodworth on a hike to several of our DiPaola, Brooks, McCann, or Ryanparcels in the Rocky Hill Meadows.
From I-91, take exit 24, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, Silas Deane Highway, route 99 south. Take the Silas Deane a short distance to the second traffic light past the interchange. Turn left onto Marshall Rd and follow it to the end. Turn left onto Old Main St, and take the first right onto Goff Brook La. Meet just past the railroad crossing.

Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am, Wethersfield. Meet Jim Woodworth and Goodwin College's Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at the Putnam Park parking lot, 100 Great Meadow Road, just north of the Putnam Bridge. We’ll peel away the centuries to imagine the river bank before the bridge, and explore the 300+ acre Crow Point property owned by Goodwin College. We'll observe the process of nature reclaiming the land and waterways excavated for fill to build the highway across the ancient farmland and wetlands of the great meadows.
From I91 N, take exit 25/26 and bear right on Exit 26 to Wethersfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the Putnam Bridge to the parking lot. From I91 S, take exit 26, Marsh St. /Old Wethersfield. At the end of the ramp, turn left under the highway, and right at the T toward the Putnam Park lot. From Route 3N/ Maple Street, take the exit toward I91 north, but bear right to exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot. From Route 3S, take the I91N exit at the end of bridge, but bear right to exit onto Great Meadow Road, and turn right toward the parking lot.

Saturday, February 17, 10:00 am, East Hartford.  Meet Penny Rusnak Rick Doran, and Goodwin College's Bruce Morton, Program Director of Environmental Studies, at Hockanum Park, 324 High St. Explore our Wilson-Carvalho and Hockanum Meadows parcels in the “Wethersfield Triangle” of land marooned on the east side by the meandering of the river. We’ll explore the new trails that Goodwin College is constructing along the River from South Meadow Road along the River toward Putnam Bridge. 
From Route 2 west, take exit 5 A, Main St. At the second traffic light take a left, and then another left and under the highway onto High St. From route 2 east, take exit 5 A, High St. Once on High St, follow it south, past the elementary school, to the park on the left

Dress for the Weather and ground conditions.  Many places will be muddy. Weather and water conditions may revise or cancel. This area is used for hunting, so wear an orange vest if you have one. Call Jim Woodworth for the latest information, 860-808-9968.  Free.