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News & Events

Housatonic Heritage Walk to the GMF Chestnut Plantation

September 21, 2019

Join Ellery and Mary Lu Sinclair and friends for a walk in a 300 planting American Chestnut orchard at Great Mountain Forest. Learn of the dramatic, sudden loss of this major tree and the ecological impact. Hear of the American Chestnut Foundation’s efforts to restore this iconic tree to our landscape.
Directions: At the intersection of routes 7 and 63 in Falls Village, take Barnes Road to its end. Turn right onto Undermountain Road. The orchard is approximately 3 miles on the left.
1 hour, 1/4 mile.
Rain cancels.
To register, call 860-824-7454 or email WML61@comcast.net.
This walk is offered in collaboration with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.

Location:

Undermountain Road, Falls Village CT 06031

Time:

1:30 p.m.

Fee:

Free

Orienteering in Great Mountain Forest

September 22, 2019

Great Mountain Forest is excited to be hosting its first official GMF Orienteering event on Sunday, September 22, 2019. The purpose of the event is to provide an engaging outdoor experience for local residents and to introduce participants to the many hidden treasures within GMF’s 6,000-acre forest. We also hope to familiarize those who attend with the organization’s mission of active forest management, research, education, and conservation.

What is Orienteering?
Orienteering is a recreational activity in which participants use a map, compass, and clues to navigate between checkpoints in an unfamiliar environment. In the 2019 GMF Orienteering Event, an estimated 100 – 120 participants will be organized into teams of 4-6 people whose goal is to reach as many points of interest within GMF as they can during the 3-hour timeframe of the event. These destinations will be assigned different values based on how difficult they are to find or reach. While some teams will be competing against one another to earn the most points, the event will be organized so that that non-competing participants have a relaxed and enjoyable experience hiking in
the forest.

Event Details
Orienteering participants must register in advance and pay a $25 participation fee. Check-in for the event will open at 8:00 a.m. on September 22 at the Yale Camp in the heart of Great Mountain Forest. A light breakfast of donuts and coffee will be available as individuals receive their team assignments and get briefed on the guidelines for the day’s event. The orienteering itself will kick off at 9:00 and last until noon. Participants will then return to the Yale Camp for a lunch of chili, cornbread, and cider, during which winners will be announced and sponsors will be thanked.

On the day of the event, please enter the forest from either of these 2 locations:
The east gate at 201 Windrow Road, Norfolk, CT
The west gate across from 177 Canaan Mountain Road, Falls Village
Please follow the signs to Yale Forestry Camp.

We are grateful to our sponsors for enabling us to host this event:
Event Sponsors

Location:

Yale Forestry Camp on Great Mountain Forest

Time:

8:00 a.m. to noon

Fee:

$25.00

Haystack Book Talk and Walk

October 6, 2019

Coyotes and Beavers and Their Lives Among Us, 12:30 p.m., Norfolk Library
Ben Goldfarb, author of Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, and Dan Flores, author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, talk about humanity’s fanatical and misguided attempts to control unruly and ecologically crucial wildlife.
Click here to reserve your seat

3:00 pm (Talk & Walk)
The Art of the Dam: Beavers in Our Backyard
Ben Goldfarb and Dan Flores will lead an outdoor talk and walk in Great Mountain Forest. Rendezvous at Mountain House, 200 Canaan Mountain Road at 3:00 pm and walk from there up to Chattleton Road to see the beaver activity.
Click here to register for the walk

Location:

9 Greenwoods Rd. East

Time:

Talk 12:30 p.m., Walk 3:00 p.m.

Fee:

Free

Tour de Forest Bike Rally

October 12, 2019

Norfolk’s Annual Tour de Forest Biking Event. This is a 13-mile bike ride encompassing a mix of dirt and paved roads through some of Norfolk’s most pristine countryside. It is a slow-paced recreational ride, with all ages welcome. Participants will be encouraged to visit each of the different informational stops along the route to get a card punched, which in turn, will be used to enter into a drawing for prizes at the end of the ride. Refreshments will also be available at the Curling Club after the ride, along with an educational demonstration on the sport of curling. Ride starts at 10AM at the Curling Club at 70 Golf Drive, Norfolk, CT on Saturday, 10/12. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:45…We are limiting the event to 100 participants so be sure to register early! ALL PROCEEDS GO TO SUPPORT THE NORFOLK RAILS TO TRAILS & GREAT MOUNTAIN FOREST.

Location:

70 Golf Dr, Norfolk, CT 06058-1216,

Time:

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Fee:

$40 adult, $20 teen, 12 and under free