The Connecticut Park and Forest Association (CFPA) is hosting four environmentally orientated events this May at Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk. The CFPA, first established in 1895 as a non-profit organization has been dedicated to preserving the land and is dedicated to introducing and developing people’s appreciation of the Connecticut landscape. One of the first initiatives of this organization was to launch the blue blaze hiking trail system in 1929 that encompasses more than 825 miles of private, state and town land throughout the state of Connecticut.
In addition to maintaining the blue blaze trail system, the CFPA also organizes the popular CT Trails Weekend in addition to many events such as those taking place at Great Mountain Forest in Norfolk. On May 8 for example, beginning at 6 p.m. participants will explore hand made effects using portable lighting tools such as flashlights and glow sticks to see how this affects photography. This little used photographic technique called “painting with light” is fun and creative. The suggested donation is $15. To register call 860-824-8188 or email Jean Bronson. GMF Program Coordinator email@example.com.
On Thursday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. there is a children’s literature and nature educator workshop at Great Mountain Forest. This workshop, called project learning tree uses the forest as the basis for exploring seasons, habitats, animals, trees and other environmental topics. Case studies and other ways to engage students will be part of this workshop that also examines books from Jean Craighead George, Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Eve Bunting, Robert Frost and others. All participants will receive the project tree learning activity guide and a certificate of completion. For registration information visit http://ctwoodlands.org/CFPA-events/childrens-literature-nature-educator-workshop?utm_source=CFPA+Happenings–+May+2015&utm_campaign=may+2015+e-happenings&utm_medium=email
To round out the end of May, on May 30, Robert Marra of the CT Agricultural Experiment Station will discuss his research techniques and observations of his tree research at Great Mountain Forest at 3 p.m. This event is free.
If you are fascinated by birds, don’t miss the songbird and working forest session on May 31 at 8 a.m. Forester Jody Bronson and CT birder, Michael Corcoran will lead a bird walk and discussion regarding the relationship between birds and the forest. This walk will focus on how forestry management promotes a more sustainable forest and a greater variety of healthy bird species. The registration fee is $10 and rsvp is required by calling 860-824-8188 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Great Mountain Forest http://www.greatmountainforest.org is located on 200 Canaan Mountain Road in Norwalk.