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Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center

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January 2020

*CANCELED* Moose on the Loose!

January 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

**NOTICE** Our speaker for this event is on medical leave and has had to cancel. We hope to reschedule sometime in the spring.   It is unclear whether moose ever historically occurred in Connecticut, but they sure do now! Moose have been gradually colonizing Connecticut from neighboring Massachusetts over the past few decades, with the first confirmed evidence of reproduction in the state occurring as recently as 2000. A small population has since become established, mainly in towns bordering Massachusetts.…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Let it Glow with Bioluminescence

January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

What do a firefly, angler fish, and mushroom all have in common? They can glow! Certain organisms are "bioluminescent," meaning they can create their own light! In this Nature Night program, we'll learn all about the mysterious world of organisms that can glow in the dark. Through activities and experiments, we'll observe bioluminescence at work and understand how these creatures produce light, and why. Finally we'll design and create our very own bioluminescent creatures with glow-in-the-dark paint and crafts to…

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February 2020

DIY Crafts & Wine: Living Decor

February 8 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Adults, join us for a relaxing evening of good conversation and wine while completing a do-it-yourself craft project. In this program, we'll create living art decor that can add color and a natural touch to any space. For this project, we will use various mosses and other organic materials to craft hangable wall pieces.  No prior experience necessary; just follow your creative instincts to make a unique, one-of-a-kind piece! Bring your own wine, beer, or whatever you like to enjoy while crafting.…

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“Snow Moon” Hike

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Enjoy a moonlit, guided hike up to Great Hollow’s waterfall with our naturalist, John Foley, and learn what this month’s “Snow Moon” is all about. We’ll also look and listen for owls and other nocturnal animals while taking in the beauty of a forest that’s bathed in moonlight. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight or headlamp (please make sure the batteries work beforehand!). The hike is weather-dependent and reservations are appreciated. Appropriate for children ages 8 and up.…

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Winter Tree & Shrub Identification Walk

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Identifying trees by their leaves can be easy, but how do you tell one species from another during the 6 months that trees in Connecticut have no leaves? Come down to Great Hollow on Saturday, February 22th when our naturalist, John Foley, will teach some basic skills for identifying trees and shrubs during the winter by looking at subtle details in their bark and branch structure. There will also be a discussion of invasive species and the many emerging diseases…

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