“Three-walk Weekend” at Valley Falls Park: Birds, Wildflowers and Rock & Railroads

Saturday, May 16th & Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Spring is bursting out all over in the Park! The birds are singing, the wildflowers are blooming, and the streams are flowing over rock and pebble. The Friends of Valley Falls will be sponsoring a weekend series of guided walks in the park. Each walk will be a leisurely ramble, two hours or less. Meet at the gazebo in the Park, 350 Valley Falls Road, Vernon. Call Ginny Gingras (860-875-9865), or visit www.friendsofvalleyfalls.org for more info about Valley Falls. Come, enjoy Vernon’s park “gem”!

“Birds in the Park”, a birdwalk led by Denise Anamani. Saturday – May 16 at 7:30 am.

“Wildflowers of Valley Falls” – a wildflower walk led by Ginny Gingras. Saturday, May 16 at 1:00 pm.

“Rock & Railroads” – a geology and RR history walk led by Don Sierakowski. Sunday, May 17, 11:00 am.

Annual Meeting – October 19, 2014

PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING!

Meeting Location Change – Please Note Below

Sunday, October 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Tolland Agriculture Center, 24 Hyde Ave (Route 30), across from Northeast School, Rockville

Speaker:  Jane Seymour – Wildlife Biologist, Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

VALLEY FALLS AFTER DARK: The Nocturnal Creatures We Seldom See

* Did you ever wonder what makes those strange noises often heard in the woods at night? Come learn about the creatures that roam the forest at night. Hear the strange sounds they make!

* Learn why we no longer see some of the wildlife that once lived in our fields and woodlands, and why other critters are now seen more frequently.

A short business meeting will precede the talk.

Directions: I-84 to Exit 66; head south on Bolton Road for one mile, then right on Valley Falls Road. Park at the Red Barn or in the parking lot at Valley Falls Park, just past the barn on the left.

A “Three-Walk Day” at Valley Falls Park: Birds, Wildflowers & Rocks

Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.

The Friends of Valley Falls will hold a full day of three guided-walks in Valley Falls Park on Saturday, May 17th. The walks will begin with a bird walk at 8:00 am, followed by a wildflower walk at 11:00 am, and a geology walk at 1:00 pm.

Bring a bag lunch. Please meet in the gazebo at Valley Falls Park.

The bird walk (8:00 am) will be led by wildlife biologist Denise Anamani, and will focus particularly on bird habitat.

The wildflower walk (11:00 am) will be led by Ginny Gingras, and will cover May flowers in bloom in the Park.

The geology walk “Rocks, Rails and Industry”, will start at 1:00 pm and will be led by Don Sierakowski. He will discuss rock formations, the fish hatchery, glacial Lake Hitchcock, and the coming of the railroads to the area.

For information, call Ginny at 860-875-9865.

The 3rd Annual “Hoppin’ Hodges” 5k

Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014
7:30 a.m. registration – 8:00 a.m. start

Please join us for the Third Annual Hoppin’ Hodges 5K in memory of Jim Hodges. The race will benefit The Friends of Valley Falls, Inc. to support Valley Falls, where Jim often ran and hiked.

The 5K will start just east of the Church Street parking lot on the Rails to Trails and run up to the edge of Valley Falls and return. To reach the Church Street lot, take I-84 East to exit 65, bear right onto Hartford Tpke., (past Burger King and KFC on your right), right onto Dobson Road, and left onto Church Street and left into the parking lot as marked.

Please print the form from the link below and bring it, along with your donation, to the race. Cash is acceptable or checks can be made out to the “Friends of Valley Falls.” Walkers, costumes, Easter fashions, doggies and mountain bikes are welcome. Stay for refreshments after the 5K. This is a rain or shine event.

Hoppin’ Hodges 5k Registration Form

This is a “self-timed” event so wear a watch if you will want your time. We’ll have timers to verify your finish. This is a no budget, no chip/bib, no tech run with all proceeds going to the Friends of Valley Falls.

Questions/Comments: jpromayko@sbcglobal.net or 860-569-1978. If there is no answer, please leave a message.

ANNUAL MEETING 2013

COME JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING!

Sunday, October 6 at 1:30 p.m.
At the Red Barn
345 Valley Falls Road, Vernon, CT

Speaker:  Kathleen Connolly
Native Plants for the Home and Community Landscape

Kathleen will discuss native plants and why they should be incorporated into our home and community landscapes.  Her talk will cover the role of native plants in supporting birds and pollinators, as well as approaches in a managed landscape.

Kathleen is a landscape designer and garden coach, as well as author of the “Green and Growing” column in the New London Day.  She holds a master’s degree in Sustainable Landscape Planning and Design.  Also, she is an Advanced Master Gardner, a member of the New England Wildflower Society, Connecticut Forest & Parks Association, and the Garden Writers Association.  Visit her website at www.speakingoflandscapes.com.

A short business meeting will precede the talk.

Directions: I-84 to Exit 66; head south on Bolton Road for one mile, then right on Valley Falls Road. Park at the Red Barn or in the parking lot at Valley Falls Park, just past the barn on the left.

ARTISTS DAY at the FARM – 2013

Sunday, August 25th
345 Valley Falls Road, Vernon CT

Public Viewing: 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

  • Stroll around the scenic hillsides at Valley Falls Farm!
  • Visit with Connecticut plein air artists as they paint!
  • View the artists’ work for sale in the red barn!
  • Listen to the guitar/mandolin duo Handler & Levesque!
  • Join a historic tour of the Farm!

The public is invited between noon and 3:00 pm to enjoy these activities. There are no entrance fees.

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