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Great Hollow Nature Preserve

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225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

September 2018

Challenges and Progress in Tick-borne Disease Prevention

September 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Come down to Great Hollow on September 16th to hear Dr. Rayda Krell, Assistant Professor at Western Connecticut State University, discuss current tick-borne disease prevention research and communication efforts in Fairfield County. She will highlight current trends in Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases, and how her work in the Tick-borne Disease Prevention Laboratory at WCSU explores a combination of prevention tactics that has never been tested before. Dr. Krell will also discuss the many challenges to preventing tick-borne diseases,…

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Wildlife and Landscape Photography of the Galapagos and Ecuadorian Andes

September 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Join us on September 22nd for a presentation by Great Hollow Photographers Club members Justin and Kelly Goodhart who will show spectacular photographs of, and discuss their recent trip to, the Galapagos Islands and Ecuadorian Andes.  See images of the unique wildlife and stunning vistas of this beautiful South American region while learning about the technical and artistic aspects of wildlife and landscape photography. Free for Great Hollow members and non-members. The presentation will be held in our Lecture Room,…

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Kids’ Nature Night: The Wonderful World of Bats!

September 22, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Parents, take the night off while your kids have a fun-filled time at Great Hollow learning all about bats! We'll start our evening off by cooking dinner and dessert over a campfire and then head inside to learn all about these fascinating but often misunderstood creatures of the night.  We'll make a replica bat house, complete with resident bats, learn about echolocation and other cool bat behaviors, and then as the sun dips down, go on a walk in search…

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Jazz Night on the Patio

September 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Enjoy an intimate night at Great Hollow with live jazz performed by the BnB Jazz Trio, along with complimentary wine and cheese, and s’mores roasted over the fire. The BnB Jazz Trio is a modern working jazz group based out of the Hudson Valley that covers standards by many greats, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk. Tickets are a suggested donation of $25 per person to cover our costs. Any additional proceeds go towards furthering…

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October 2018

Kids’ Wilderness Adventure Challenge

October 5, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

*Enrollment for this program is now full. Please check our event calendar for other upcoming programs that might be of interest.   Spend your day off from school honing your outdoor adventure skills, and see if you have what it takes to survive in the wild! We’ll learn how to build fires (and possibly cook snacks over them!), travel off-trail, build shelters, learn the basics of map and compass use, and practice the art of staying found.  By the end…

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Fall Foliage Hike

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Come explore the northern portions of Great Hollow and visit the scenic overlook at the neighboring Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area. Our hike will begin at the trail head for Great Hollow's purple trail off of Hardscrabble Road and traverse through second-growth forest and thickets of mountain laurel. We'll then finish at an overlook that provides beautiful views of Great Hollow in fall foliage. We'll meet at Great Hollow's visitor parking area and then carpool up to Hardscrabble Road. The hike will…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Zombie Apocalypse!

October 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Did you know that a zombie apocalypse of sorts is underway in the natural world? “Mind controlling” parasites are the culprit and a wide variety of plant and animal species become their unwilling victims every day! After cooking our dinner and s'mores over the campfire, we’ll spend the evening investigating the diverse ways parasites infiltrate their hosts and the methods some species have developed to fight back. We’ll also play a round or two of the super cool game, Humans…

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Haunting at the Hollow

October 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - October 27, 2018 @ 11:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Haunting at the Hollow is back! This year will feature three custom-built haunted houses to scare the pants off you! It officially opens Saturday, October 13th and then runs from 7-11pm every Friday and Saturday night through the 27th. Don't wait to get your tickets for this haunting experience being run by By Night Productions, the New Fairfield Department of Parks & Recreation, and the New Fairfield Lions Club. Click here for more information and to get your tickets.

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Hunter’s Moon Hike

October 24, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Let the kids stay out late on a school night and enjoy a spooky moonlit guided hike up to Great Hollow’s waterfall with our naturalist, John Foley. We will learn the folklore of the Hunter's Moon and listen for owls and other creatures of the night while taking in the beauty of a forest that’s bathed in full moonlight. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight or headlamp (please check and make sure the batteries work beforehand!). The hike is weather-dependent…

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November 2018

School Break Adventures: The Hunters & the Hunted

November 6, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

They say nature is red in tooth and claw... for good reason! Let your kids spend their day off from school at Great Hollow, learning all about nature's awesome predators and their prey. Though hands-on activities and games, we’ll examine the adaptations that predators and prey use against one another and how they escalate over time in what's known as an "arms race." We'll also talk about important plants and animals that make up the food webs within Great Hollow’s…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Wildlife CSI

November 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Great Hollow has a mystery to be solved and we need your help to crack the case! We’ll become nature detectives as we learn how to read animal tracks and signs, interpret evidence, and search for hidden clues on our property. Our skills will then be put to the test as we try to solve the mystery! We'll also have a campfire dinner and s'mores as we discuss the many secrets the forest holds if you just know how and…

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December 2018

Weaving & Wine

December 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Adults, join us for a relaxing evening of good conversation and wine while you learn to weave bird feeders and shelters for our feathered friends! There will be several different feeder and shelter projects to choose from, and as the techniques we’ll use are surprisingly simple to learn, no prior weaving experience is necessary. Bring your own wine, beer, or whatever you like to enjoy while crafting. Glasses will be provided. Light refreshments, snacks, and all weaving supplies will also…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Surviving Winter!

December 8, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

This night is all about how to survive the winter. After cooking our dinner and s'mores over the campfire, we’ll head inside for activities and games that will teach us how local plants and animals have adapted to survive the cold winter months in Connecticut. We’ll also make biodegradable bird feeders that you can hang in your yard to help out the birds that stick around and try to tough out the cold. Open to children ages 5 to 10.…

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Handmade for the Holidays

December 15, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join us on Saturday, December 15th for our second annual Handmade for the Holidays event. Children will be provided with supplies and instruction to make nature-themed holiday gifts for their family and friends. There will be a variety of age-appropriate projects for children to choose from, and each child will leave the event with 2-3 wrapped gifts of their own creation. Hot chocolate will be provided. Open to children ages 5 to 12. Parents: This is a drop-off program. $15…

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Winter Break Adventures Program

December 26, 2018 @ 8:30 am - December 28, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Looking for something fun and educational for your child to do during the winter school break? Sign them up for Great Hollow's Winter Break Adventures program! In this full-day, drop-off program, we will spend our days learning about the natural world through fun, science-based environmental education activities, games, hikes, and animal encounters. Each day has a special theme intended to teach your child a range of related topics in natural science. You can sign up for one, two, or all…

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January 2019

First Day Hike

January 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Start off your year with a hike in the great outdoors! Get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of Great Hollow with our naturalist, John Foley while burning off some of those holiday calories. We will trek along our Red Trail, talking about some of the behavioral adaptations of animals that help them survive the winter, and if snow is present, we’ll look for tracks. We’ll also check out the new bridge above Tuckers Run waterfall that Great Hollow recently…

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*POSTPONED* Kids’ Nature Night: Starry Skies and the Wolf Moon

January 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

**This event has been POSTPONED due to weather until Saturday, January 26th, 5-8 pm. **   This latest installment in our Kids' Nature Night series is all about the night sky! After cooking ourselves some campfire dinner, we'll turn our attention to the stars above us to learn some of the common constellations of winter. We'll also learn about this month's Wolf Moon and the lunar eclipse that will give it the extra distinction of what's known as a blood…

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Travelogue Author Talk and Book Signing: Robert McWilliams

January 26, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Nature Up Close: Macro-photography Made Easy

January 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join us for this introduction to macro-photography workshop by professional nature photographer and writer, Jeremy Wolff. Mr. Wolff creates stunning macro images of nature with a point-and-shoot camera and standard iPhoto software. In this workshop he will share his methods for using the camera to see beyond what the naked eye can see. The workshop will begin in the field, looking for subjects and taking pictures. Then we will spend some time indoors reviewing these images on a computer and…

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February 2019

Recycled Jewelry-making for Teens & Tweens

February 2, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Come down to Great Hollow to learn how to make beautiful pieces of jewelry out of materials right from the recycling bin! We’ll learn how to turn cans, bottles, magazines, cardboard, containers, and other recycled materials into cool pieces of wearable art. Jewelry-making supplies (clasps, beads, hooks, tools, etc.) will be provided, along with the contents of our recycling bin. Parents, this is a drop-off program, open to children ages 8-16. $10/child for members; $15/child for non-members. Please email our…

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Winter Tree ID Workshop

February 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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 Sunday, February 9th when our naturalist, John Foley, will teach some basic skills for identifying trees during the winter by  looking at subtle details in their bark and branch structure. There will also be a discussion of the many emerging diseases that trees in our region…

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Kids’ Nature Club

February 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - March 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Do you love being outside, having adventures, and learning about nature? Do you want to hang out with other kids who love those things too? If so, Great Hollow’s Kids' Nature Club is for you! Our first meeting will be spent getting to know each other, decorating our nature journals and making pouches for them, learning the basics of nature journaling, coming up with a club name, and discussing the things we want to do as a club. The activities…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Solve it with STEM!

February 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Calling all scientists! Spend the evening completing increasingly complex STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) challenges related to the natural world. We’ll learn and then practice the scientific method and engineering design process as we tackle challenges such as building a bird nest that can protect a falling egg; designing and building a stick tower that can hold a fist-sized rock on top; or designing a shelter to protect a UV-sensitive animal from light. We will be outside about a…

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Seminar: The Natural History and Decline of the New England Cottontail

February 24, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Please join us for guest speaker, Dr. Amanda Cheeseman's talk about the New England cottontail rabbit, "Living on Borrowed Time: The Life History and Decline of our Only Native Cottontail." Found only within the densest thickets of New England and eastern New York, the New England cottontail had lost much of its habitat by the beginning of this century. Like many other early successional species, habitat loss, invasive plants, and increasing human development have caused substantial population declines and posed…

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March 2019

Weaving & Wine Part 2

March 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

*Registration for this event is currently full. Please email us at the address below if you'd like to be contacted if a space opens up or if you would like us to offer this event again*   Weaving & Wine is back by popular demand. If you came last time, come back to either finish your past project or start a brand new one! If you missed the first event, come see what all the fun is about! You'll enjoy…

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Kids Nature Night: Snow Science

March 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

What exactly is snow? How is it formed? Why are there so many different types of it? What do snowflakes look like up close? How can snow actually keep animals (including people!) warm? We’ll discover the answers to these questions and more in this month’s Nature Night. We’ll even get to make a “snowflake” of our very own! Parents, we will be outside about a third of the evening, so please dress your child(ren) accordingly. Campfire dinner before the activities…

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Vernal Pool Series Part 1: Vernal Pool Identification and Conservation Seminar

March 30, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Aside from robins being the so-called harbingers of spring, another natural phenomenon that ushers in the turning of the seasons takes place in unique wetlands called vernal pools. On cold and rainy spring nights, specialized amphibians, such as wood frogs and seldom-seen spotted salamanders, undertake their migration to these small and ephemeral woodland pools where they will breed. Because of their critical importance to many species of amphibians, vernal pools are of high conservation importance and a major focus in…

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How to Make Your Own Maple Syrup

March 31, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

With cold nights and warm days in the forecast, it means only one thing... maple syrup season is here! Come to Great Hollow and learn all about making maple syrup the easy way, right in your backyard. No fancy evaporator systems here; just a hot open fire to gather around for good conversation and to watch the process of boiling sap into syrup, or as the old timers call it, “liquid gold." First we’ll learn how to identify and tap…

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April 2019

Seminar: Naturopathic Management of Lyme Disease

April 13, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Approximately 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year, making it the most common vector-borne illness in the United States today. Connecticut is one of the most affected states in the country, with the 6th highest incidence rate per capita. Come to Great Hollow to hear naturopathic physician, Shawn Carney, N.D. of Northeast Natural Medicine, LLC discuss the science of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, and the most sensitive testing available.  He will also discuss the role of…

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Kids’ Nature Night: “The Big Night”

April 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

As spring gets into full swing, thousands upon thousands of amphibians emerge from their underground hibernation spots and migrate to what are known as "vernal pools" to reproduce. These mass migrations typically happen on one or two “big nights,” which are the first rainy nights after the ground has thawed and temperatures hit the 40s. In this Kids' Nature Night program, we’ll learn about the ecology of vernal pools and the amphibians that are dependent on them. As dusk approaches,…

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Spring Break Adventure Camp

April 15, 2019 @ 8:30 am - April 19, 2019 @ 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

*Note: sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are now full. Space is still available on Monday and Tuesday.* Looking for something fun, active, and educational for your child to do during the school break? Sign them up for Great Hollow's Spring Break Adventure Camp! Our popular program offers children ages 5 to 10 the opportunity to get outdoors and experience the natural world on our beautiful 825-acre preserve. Each session includes science-based environmental education activities, games, hikes, and live animal…

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“Pink Moon” Hike

April 19, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 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 "Pink Moon" and spring flowers have in common. We’ll also look and listen for owls and other creatures of the night 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…

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Natural History and Ecology of the Eastern Coyote

April 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Please join us for guest speaker, Dana Goin’s talk about eastern coyotes, their natural history and ecology, and what we can do to best coexist with them. Coyotes have become exceptionally adept at living amongst humans in recent decades, even going so far as to thrive in cities such as New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. They are also very common in our area of Connecticut and neighboring New York, where their howls and "yips" are familiar sounds of the…

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May 2019

Spring Family Hike

May 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Start enjoying spring by joining our naturalist for a family-friendly educational walk through Great Hollow's meadows and hardwood forests. Along our walk, we will learn about the ecology of, and how to identify, many spring ephemeral wildflowers that are currently in bloom while we also search out invasive plants that resemble our native flora. While we're at it, we'll look and listen for migrating birds that are journeying back from their distant overwintering areas, so don't forget to bring binoculars…

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Kids’ Nature Night: Wild Harvest

May 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

This installment in our Kids' Nature Night series is all about foraging for edible wild plants! After we learn how to positively identify our local edibles, we’ll take to the trails to harvest ramps, chives, trout lily, garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed, and dandelions. We’ll bag our bounty up and make recipe cards for tasty treats to make at home, such as knotweed juice (that can be sipped from a knotweed straw!) and a spring greens salad. A brief info sheet…

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Art Show

May 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - May 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

The Great Hollow Photographers Club is hosting its second annual Juried Painting and Photography Show from 10am-4pm on May 18 and 19 at Great Hollow, and all are welcome to come down and enjoy the fantastic pieces of nature art that will be on display. There will be dozens of selected photographs and paintings featured, by professional and amateur artists from all over Connecticut and New York. All works will be for sale, with 25% of all proceeds benefiting Great…

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Full Moon Family Hike

May 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join us for an evening hike under the full moon! We’ll start off the evening by engaging in games and activities that demonstrate the amazing adaptions of local nocturnal and crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) animals. Once the sun sets, we’ll hit the trail and discover the fun and mystery of the woods at night. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp. If your light doesn’t have a red setting, you will be provided with red cellophane to put over…

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Nature Photography Walk

May 19, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join professional photographer, Justin Goodhart for a leisurely walk around Great Hollow with camera in hand (phone cameras are great too!) as we “look for the photo.”  When presented with a large and diverse landscape, how do we find a subject to make a powerful and interesting photograph? Justin will walk and talk with the group about how he approaches the scene and looks for photographic compositions.  This will not be a technical photo workshop, but technical questions are more…

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Kids’ Treasure Hunt!

May 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

There’s treasure hidden at Great Hollow and you’ll have to use a map and compass, along with your riddle-solving skills, to find it! We’ll spend the first part of the program learning map and compass basics, and then we’ll break into teams to track down the hidden puzzle pieces that will lead us to our prize that we get to keep! Compasses will be provided for use during the class or children may bring their own. This is a drop-off…

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June 2019

“National Trails Day” Hike

June 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Celebrate National Trails Day with Great Hollow's naturalist, John Foley, and the Candlewood Valley Regional Land Trust's director, Bill McCann, as we "Hike the Hollow" and the neighboring Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area. Learn about the history of “the Hollow” and why it has become one of the most ecologically significant areas in both Fairfield County, CT and Putnam County, NY. We will enjoy a scenic vista overlooking northern New Fairfield, trek over a rocky ridgeline, make our way down into…

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Outdoor Yoga, Every Sunday All Summer Long

June 2, 2019 @ 9:30 am - August 25, 2019 @ 10:30 am
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Outdoor yoga is back, every Sunday, all summer long! Join instructor Beverly Steiger on Great Hollow's expansive deck for Vinyassa Flow style classes while taking in the beautiful scenery and serenity of our 825-acre nature preserve. Beverly is a 500-hour Master Holy Yoga Instructor and holds numerous additional yoga certifications. Please email Beverly at each week to reserve a space, which is limited to 15 people. $10 per person (please pay at the beginning of each class by cash…

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Kids’ Nature Night: The Amazing Superpowers of Bats!

June 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Did you know that bats have “superpowers” that can rival any super hero? These powers are the adaptations that enable certain bat species to do amazing things, such as flying up to 60 miles per hour, eating their entire weight in insects each night, or being immune to some types of venom. We’ll learn about the adaptions of a few of our native bats and how important these often misunderstood creatures are to people and our environment. Once the sun…

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Invasive Plant Walk & Talk

June 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Non-native invasive plants are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity and a major challenge in conservation. They negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utilities, fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and ecosystem function, and are estimated to cost the U.S. $120 billion in economic damages and control each year. There are now more than 100 non-native species of plants that have become established in Connecticut! Can you identify them all? Come to Great Hollow on Sunday, June 30th to learn…

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July 2019

“Buck Moon” Hike

July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Enjoy a moonlit, guided hike with our naturalist, John Foley, and learn what this month’s “Buck Moon” is all about. We’ll also look and listen for owls and other creatures of the night as we trek up to the Quaker Brook waterfalls. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a flashlight or headlamp (please make sure the batteries work beforehand!). The hike is weather-dependent. Appropriate for children ages 8 and up. Please, no dogs. Free for members; a suggested donation of…

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Plein Air Art Day

July 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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Join accomplished artist and teacher, Sharon Nakazato, from Friends of the Great Swamp for a plein air art day at Great Hollow Nature Preserve!  Great Hollow provides a diverse array of subjects for artists, including beautiful wetlands, a babbling brook, forested trails, and historic barns and homes. Artists of all media and abilities are invited (including photographers) for a morning of inspiration and art. Free for members and non-members. *Attendees are responsible for bringing all of their own supplies/equipment. Please…

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Building a Pollinator Garden

July 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Pollinators need our help! Habitat loss and pesticide use have caused steep population declines in many ecologically and economically important species of pollinators, such as butterflies and bees. Despite the vital roles that they play in ecosystem function and agriculture, the importance and plight of these insects often goes largely unnoticed by the general public. Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and celebrate pollinators with us on Saturday, July 27th by helping to plant Great Hollow’s new educational pollinator garden!…

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September 2019

Mushroom Walk

September 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join us as we explore the beautiful and mysterious world of fungi with Western Connecticut State University's mycologist, Dr. Hannah Reynolds. We'll look for mushrooms and other fungi along Great Hollow's trails while learning about their ecology and role in the forest ecosystem. With any luck, we'll find fungi like giant puffballs, violet corals, chicken of the woods, polypores, shelf fungus, and more. We'll even learn which ones are edible. Please sign up by emailing . Free for members; a…

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Jazz Night on the Patio

September 20, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
$25.00

Enjoy an intimate night at Great Hollow with live jazz performed by the BnB Jazz Trio, along with complimentary wine and cheese, and s’mores roasted over the fire. The BnB Jazz Trio is a modern working jazz group based out of the Hudson Valley that covers standards by many greats, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Thelonious Monk. Tickets are a donation of $25 per person. All proceeds go towards furthering Great Hollow’s mission to protect land…

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Kid’s Nature Night – Absurd Adaptations

September 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States
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  *REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT* Nature Night is back for a whole new season! Join our Education Coordinator, Sena, for this first program in the series that is all about the amazingly weird and seemingly absurd adaptations that some plants and animals have to survive. We’ll start our evening off by cooking dinner over a campfire, and then dive into the awesome world of exploding ants, disgusting disguises, masters of camouflage, zombie fungi, killer plants, and gulping…

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October 2019

Fall Foliage Hike

October 13, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Enjoy the fall foliage with us and our friends from FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp) as we hike to the northern portions of Great Hollow and the scenic overlook in the neighboring Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area. Our hike will begin at the trail-head for Great Hollow’s purple trail off of Hardscrabble Road and traverse through second-growth forest and thickets of mountain laurel. We’ll then finish at an overlook that provides beautiful views of Great Hollow in fall foliage. We’ll…

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Hollow Fest: A fall family fun day!

October 26, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Come out to Great Hollow on Saturday, October 26th for our third annual Hollow Fest extravaganza! There will be fun and entertainment for the whole family, including cider pressing, pumpkin painting, live animals, outdoor yoga for kids, giant boardgames, and more!  Green Chimneys will be here with some adorable farm animals, a local bee expert will demonstrate the art of beekeeping, and LL Bean will teach kids some handy knot-tying skills. Local land trusts, the Connecticut Audubon Society, and other…

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November 2019

Talkin’ Turkey: The Natural History and Ecology of the Wild Turkey

November 16, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Get ready for Thanksgiving by joining our naturalist, John Foley, for a talk about the iconic bird that was almost selected to be America's national symbol - the wild turkey. He'll talk about the ecology of the wild turkey, its brush with extinction in the early 1900s and subsequent recovery, and even the history of its role in our celebration of Thanksgiving. He'll also talk about some fun-filled folklore surrounding this sometimes misunderstood species. Free for members; a suggested donation…

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Kids’ Wild Winter Series, Part 1: Hibernation Hike

November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Join us for this first part of our kids' Wild Winter series that's all about the fascinating ecology of the New England winter. It may be hard to believe, but the natural world is up to amazing things during the winter. Our Wild Winter series is a continuous program designed to encourage outdoor learning and scientific exploration of the natural world during the chilly winter months ahead. In our first program, Hibernation Hike, we will venture into the woods and…

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“Open Screen” Day for Local Photographers

November 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Do you have five minutes' worth of great photos to project onto the Big Screen to share with your friends and neighbors? Or would you simply like to come enjoy a series of presentations by local photographers of their favorite photos? Each photographer will have five minutes to show his or her photos on the big screen, talk about them, and answer questions from the audience.  They could be from a trip, could be your favorite nature photos, could be…

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December 2019

Kids’ Nature Night: Eyes on the Skies

December 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

In this next installment of our Kids' Nature Night series, we'll take advantage of the clear winter skies to uncover the infinite mysteries of outer space! After we learn the basics of celestial navigation and astronomy, we will use a telescope to find important navigational stars, constellations, and any visible planets. While we stargaze, we will play games, learn how to orient ourselves using just the night sky, and make our very own "astrolabes." Afterwards, we will warm up with…

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“Cold Moon” Hike

December 13, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN** Come enjoy the last full moon of the year with our naturalist, John Foley, as we take a casual hike through Great Hollow's moon-lit woods and look and listen for creatures of the night. We'll find out why this month's moon is known on the lunar calendar as the "Cold Moon" or "Long Night Moon." Afterwards, we will warm up by a fire and make s'mores. Please wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately…

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Kids’ Wild Winter series, Part 2: Living Lichens

December 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN** Have you ever wondered what those funny-looking things are that grow on the sides of trees? They're lichens! Lichens are actually two different organisms - a fungus and either an alga or cyanobacterium - living and functioning together in a symbiotic relationship. Lichens help keep our air clean and healthy, even in the winter! In this second part of our Wild Winter series for kids, we'll head out into the woods in…

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January 2020

First Day Hike

January 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Kick off your new year and the brand new decade with a hike in the great outdoors! You can get outside and enjoy the winter beauty of Great Hollow with our naturalist, John Foley, while burning off some of those holiday calories. We will first pay a visit to our resident birds of prey and then trek along our Red Trail, while making our way up to Tucker's Run waterfall. On the way, we'll stop and learn about some of…

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DIY Weaving & Wine

January 4 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

**Registration for this event is currently full**   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 learn how to weave bird feeders and shelters, or small baskets. There will be several different designs to choose from, and as the techniques we’ll use are surprisingly simple to learn, no prior weaving experience is necessary. On top of that, you'll receive guidance and instruction from our education coordinator,…

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A Trip Back to the Last Ice Age

January 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

In this next installment of our kids' Winter Ecology series, we'll travel back in time to Connecticut's prehistoric past and discover the incredible power of ice! During the last ice age, mighty glaciers covered all of the state, breaking down rocks and carving out the valleys that we all call home today. We'll venture out into the icy landscape and explore the effects of ice on the natural world. We'll start off with a hike, go on a geology scavenger…

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Winter Ecology Walk & Talk

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Great Hollow Nature Preserve, 225 CT-37
New Fairfield, CT 06812 United States

Did you know that when animals hibernate, they don’t really “sleep” through the winter? Join our naturalist, John Foley, for a winter ecology hike through Great Hollow where we'll learn how specially adapted plants and animals survive the winter. John will also share some tips on how to identify some of our trees and other plants when they have no leaves. If there's snow on the ground, we'll look for animal tracks and interpret the animal’s behavior at the time…

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*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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