Nature Preserve Monitoring Blitz

april, 2019

20apr8:30 am12:00 pmFeaturedNature Preserve Monitoring Blitz8:30 am - 12:00 pm Macricostas Preserve, 124 Christian St, New Preston, CT

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Event Details

For the second year running, 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.

We will start the day at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and light refreshments during the indoor training before heading outdoors. 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 monitoring. After walking the boundaries and recording any findings,  meet back at the site of the indoor training (116 Christian St. New Preston, CT) 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 one. An adult must accompany children under 18.


(Saturday) 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Macricostas Preserve

124 Christian St, New Preston, CT


Steep Rock Association860 868 9131 116 Christian Street, New Preston, CT