Events Archive

Fall Membership Social

Date: October 2, 2022
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, 206 Terry Plains Rd, Bloomfield

Crowd of people at a reception under a large tentWe are having a party with Wintonbury Land Trust members and supporters to celebrate recent land conservation achievements in our region. Bring a friend to socialize with neighbors under the big tent at Wintonbury Hills Golf Course, and make new friends from nearby communities!

  • Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, sodas, beer, and wine (or additional drinks from a cash bar).
  • Hear how your membership in the Land Trust supports our community.
  • Be entertained by Bloomfield High School’s Voices of Inspiration chorus.

Also you can become a “Cool Cat in a Wintonbury Hat.” New and Current Members will receive our new Land Trust cap! Treat a friend to the party! If they become a Member that evening, your guest will receive a cap, too.

Register with a suggested minimum contribution of $20 per person by Saturday, September 17:

Invasive Species Workshop

Date: October 1, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Hawk Hill Farm, 22 Duncaster Rd, Bloomfield

Wintonbury Land Trust’s Vic Herson, former executive director of the Knox Foundation, Ron Pitz, and Bloomfield’s Environmental Planner, Stephanie Bahramian, will lead an interactive workshop on invasive species in our Connecticut landscapes. Join fellow residents to tackle some of these plants at the Land Trust’s Hawk Hill Farm at 22 Duncaster Road.

You will walk away feeling confident in knowing how to identify and remove some of the harmful plants taking over our backyards and natural spaces while getting social and physical exercise. We recommend long pants and gloves. Please bring water, insect repellant, and any cutting and digging tools you have along with your fun spirit. RSVP online through our workshop co-sponsor, Bloomfield Public Library.

WLT September Board Meeting

Date: September 14, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomfield Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and you’re welcome to attend to learn more about Land Trust activities or get involved. We meet at Bloomfield’s Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center or via Zoom when needed. Please contact us for details on how to attend this month.

LaSalette Park Open House

Date: August 27, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: LaSalette Park, 130 Mountain Ave, Bloomfield

Photo of Oliver Filley HouseWintonbury Land Trust and Ironwood Community Partners invite you to an open house featuring our ongoing partnership with the Town of Bloomfield’s LaSalette Park project. Drop-in when convenient!

  • Easy, guided walks will re-introduce the short trail between the community gardens and pond that has been renovated to be universally-accessible with support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.
  • The 1834 Oliver Filley House will be open for a rare opportunity to view the historic interior and the final opportunity to view the winning photographs from the Town’s TREES FOR BLOOMFIELD initiative 2021 photo contest.
  • Short, guided tours of the park’s barns will highlight ongoing efforts to restore and maintain these historic structures.

The open house is part of “Celebrate Bloomfield,” an annual, town-wide event celebrating life in our community. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events August 25-28.

WLT August Board Meeting

Date: August 10, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomfield Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and you’re welcome to attend to learn more about Land Trust activities or get involved. We meet at Bloomfield’s Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center or via Zoom when needed. Please contact us for details on how to attend this month.

WLT July Board Meeting

Date: July 13, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Bloomfield Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave

The Board of Directors meets monthly, and you’re welcome to attend to learn more about Land Trust activities or get involved. We meet at Bloomfield’s Alvin & Beatrice Wood Human Services Center or via Zoom when needed. Please contact us for details on how to attend this month.

Guided Mother’s & Father’s Day Walk

Date: June 18, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Farmington River Park, 460 Tunxis Ave, Bloomfield

Logo for the Trees for Bloomfield campaignRescheduled from May 7 due to weather, celebrate Mother’s Day & Father’s Day with a walk along the Farmington River and learn about vernal pools, native wildlife habitats, and forest trees. Naturalist Lucy Eyre, birder Zellene Sandler, and Kevin Wilcox, former horticulturalist at Duncaster, will provide a guided nature walk through Bloomfield’s scenic Farmington River Park.

Attendees also will receive a free plant in honor of Mother Nature! To help us prepare, please follow the link at left to pre-register by June 18. On Saturday, meet in the parking lot in advance to sign-in and be ready to begin at 10:00 am.

This free event is part of the TREES FOR BLOOMFIELD initiative organized by the Bloomfield Beautification Committee and co-sponsored by Bloomfield Leisure Services and Wintonbury Land Trust.

WLT Annual Meeting & Bobcat Presentation

Date: June 15, 2022
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Room 157, Human Services Center, 330 Park Ave, Bloomfield, CT

Wintonbury Land Trust held its annual membership meeting to discuss our work of preserving local farms, protecting the environment, and connecting people with nature. Below are links to some of the materials shared for the meeting:

Meeting Slide Presentation (PDF)

DRAFT Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Financial Activity Summary (PDF)

Agenda

1. Welcome & President’s Report
2. Member Action Item: Election of Directors
4. Report on Stewardship Activities
5. Report on Connecting People with Nature
6. Discussion of Organizational Capacity
7. Member & Guest Questions

Bobcat Study Presentation

Following the meeting, staff from the Connecticut Wildlife Division’s Bobcat Project presented an update on their research study! Many residents have seen Bobcats wearing temporary radio collars, including some collared on Land Trust properties. Researchers shared what they’re learning about how Bobcats are living and traveling in urban environments.

Board president Vic Herson Retiring board member Patty Connolly  Retiring board member Sharon Mann Melissa Ruszcyzk is coordinator of the State Bobcat Project research study

From top left to bottom right: Board President Vic Herson, retiring board members Patty Connolly and Sharon Mann, and Connecticut DEEP Bobcat Project wildlife technician Melissa Ruszczyk.

Seabury Wildwoods Walk

Date: June 5, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Seabury Drive, Bloomfield

Join the Seabury Trails Committee for a guided nature walk in the Seabury Wildwoods, a mostly oak forest rich in wildflowers and birdsong.  April features Dwarf Ginseng, Spotted Wintergreen, and Marsh Marigolds. May brings Violets, Maple Leaf Viburnum, and Trout Lilies. By June we have Laurel, Carolina Rose, Wood Anemone, and Indian Pipes. The feathered chorus includes Red Bellied, Downy, Hairy, and – if we’re lucky – Pileated Woodpeckers. The 2 mile loop is flat, and leashed dogs are permitted. When entering Seabury Drive, stay to the left around the main building to the gazebo and gardens at the top of the hill parking lot.

Connecticut Trails Day logoThe event is one of many in Bloomfield and around the state that are part of Connecticut Trails Day. Thousands of people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and interests come together with a simple, common purpose: to celebrate the many hiking, biking, paddling, letterboxing, and equestrian experiences Connecticut’s many trails have to offer! To find inspiration for your next hikes, visit Connecticut Trails Day.

Penwood Park Hike

Date: June 4, 2022
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Stout Family Fields, Stone Hill Road, Bloomfield

Come explore Penwood State Park atop the Metacomet Ridge. Our hike will begin and end at the Land Trust’s Stout Family Fields, which provides an alternate entrance to the State Park from the end of Stone Hill Road. We’ll enter Penwood to visit Lake Louise and the Pinnacle and take some of the lesser-known trails to and from the notch between Bloomfield and Simsbury. The 4.5 mile loop is moderate with a few hills, and leashed dogs are permitted. The rain date is Sunday, June 5.

Connecticut Trails Day logoThe event is one of many in Bloomfield and around the state that are part of Connecticut Trails Day. Thousands of people from all backgrounds, ages, abilities, and interests come together with a simple, common purpose: to celebrate the many hiking, biking, paddling, letterboxing, and equestrian experiences Connecticut’s many trails have to offer! To find inspiration for your next hikes, visit Connecticut Trails Day.

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