by Beth Sullivan
Our Mission: We preserve natural habitats in southeastern Connecticut by acquiring and protecting lands, and by communicating the value of these irreplaceable resources.
|Communicating the value of these
|An illustrated sign captures the
interest of a young hiker.
However, sometimes we are lucky to be able to truly,
actively, educate people about our preserves, and sometimes they educate us! A few
preserves have informational signage to point out special elements along the trail. We are hoping to do a little more of that. There is a lot of information on our website
about each of the preserves, and links to articles that may offer more insight.
Hike and Seek has remained popular with children, families and even older
adults who have found our trails and preserves to be sources of learning,
respite and exercise.
|The students become the educators
I am also so very lucky to be working with a great team from UConn on the Hoffman Project. Through these connections, I myself am learning a lot about forest management, climate change and also ways to impart that knowledge to others. We are creating more informational signs for trail side learning. Under the leadership of a Stonington Town Committee member, a professor from GWU, Avalonia will be offering a series of webinars about how changing climate is influencing our forests and their ability to adapt. Entitled “Finding the Right Trees for the Right Time”, the seminars will discuss the planning and planting we are doing to ensure a resilient coastal forest at the Hoffman Preserve. Find out more on our website here. We are also planning to work with the local schools and teachers to offer Hoffman as a living laboratory for learning and field work. At a time when classrooms are often challenging to keep safe, an outdoor classroom may prove perfect!
|Putting heads together to explore
life found in a vernal pool.
(Photo credit:Kim Bradley)
We may still be in the middle of winter, but we can think forward to spring. Avalonia provides the land and opportunities to communicate the value of these irreplaceable resources.
|At Hoffman, educational signage helps
visitors understand conservation practices.
|Citizen science activities can start early and last a lifetime.
Photo credit: Nick Young
|Education and outreach can take many forms.