Nature Preserve Monitoring Blitz: A Unique Volunteer Experience

october, 2021

16oct(oct 16)8:30 am17(oct 17)12:00 pmFeaturedNature Preserve Monitoring Blitz: A Unique Volunteer ExperienceSteep Rock House8:30 am - 12:00 pm (17) Steep Rock House, 116 Christian St, New Preston, CT

Event Details

SRA invites you to scramble through the remote corners of Washington and explore the landscape in a truly unique way. Did you know that SRA has over 30 preserves scattered throughout town? These preserves range from wetlands to mixed hardwood forest; some are old apple orchards while old growth forests and glacial boulder fields dominate others. The one thing they all have in common is that SRA must walk their boundaries annually, monitoring the preserves for ecosystem health, signs of trespass, and presence of wildlife. This fall, we ask for your help. If you have ever driven the roads of Washington and wondered what lay beyond those yellow “Steep Rock Preserve” property signs, now is your chance to find out.  

We will start each day at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments during an indoor training, which will take place at the Steep Rock House (116 Christian St. New Preston, CT)Learn how to use your smartphone as a GPS, what to look for as you walk the preserves, and how to mark and record your findings. Bring a friend or we will match you with a partner, and then drive out to your assigned preserve to begin the outdoor monitoring. After walking the boundaries and recording any findingsmeet back at the site of the indoor training to share your experiences and enjoy a complimentary lunch as a thank you for your time and efforts. 

Terrain and hiking difficulty vary widely. Participants will have the option to register for easy, intermediate, or difficult routes. Easier routes consist of hikes totaling approximately 45 minutes or less through flatter terrain while more difficult routes demand hiking over 2 hours through steeper areas. Please note that in all of the preserves, some degree of bushwhacking will be necessary. Participants should wear/bring sturdy waterproof boots, thick pants, long-sleeved shirts, sunscreen, bug spray, a water bottle, and cell phone if you have oneAn adult must accompany children under 16.


PROGRAM LEADERS: Mike Giapponi, SRA’s Trails and Preserves Manager will lead the program. Mike leads volunteers in various conservation projects, including the maintenance of SRA’s 46-mile trail network.   Steep Rock Association is a nationally-accredited land trust whose mission is to conserve ecologically and historically significant landscapes and riparian corridors in and around Washington CT and to enhance the community’s connection to nature through outreach, education, and passive recreation.


16 (Saturday) 8:30 am - 17 (Sunday) 12:00 pm


Steep Rock House

116 Christian St, New Preston, CT


Steep Rock Association860 868 9131 PO Box 279, Washington Depot, CT 06794