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Meet Kelly!

Meet the latest addition the Steep Rock Association staff Kelly Sarandrea! She lives happily in Thomaston with her family and plethora of pets. She is incredibly excited to come on board and help with some of the amazing work that we do here at Steep Rock as our brand new office manager. Kelly was an …

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Seed Saving

Judea Garden has also begun to further incorporate the practice of seed saving. This practice is relatively easy, although it of course depends on the plant. We can look at this process through the example of the Arugula grown at Judea Garden. It is first planted in the fall and some are harvested in easy spring, then …

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Leaving them to Seed

In Judea Garden some plants produce many seeds naturally that will come back year after year if you don’t clean out the beds. One example of this is the Ground Cherries found in our garden. This is a type of husked fruit that ripens as it falls to the ground, and if all the seeds aren’t collected …

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Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) Program

Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) Program

Macroinvertebrates are great indicators of water quality.  Certain species are very tolerant of degraded water while others like many stoneflies and some mayflies have a low tolerance for poor water quality.  The presence of low-tolerance species indicates high water quality and a healthy lotic system. The Riffle Bioassessment by Volunteers (RBV) is a DEEP program …

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Story Walk

Macricostas Preserve has a StoryWalk! This community collaboration between Steep Rock Association, Gunn Memorial Library, and Washington Supply offers a fun and educational outdoor activity for families.  Pages from nature-focused children books are posted on display boards along a short, designated trail.  Books are changed seasonally so be sure to visit each new season. Fall 2018 Book …

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3 Peaks Challenge

Introducing the 3 Peaks Challenge sponsored by Steep Rock Association’s Outreach Committee. To participate, ascend all three peaks: Hidden Valley’s Pinnacle, Macricostas’ Waramaug Rock, and the Steep Rock Summit.  There is no time limit for completing the challenge. Use the second page of the registration form (found below) to mark and date each summit reached by the …

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Hikers Challenge

Steep Rock Association is sponsoring a hiker’s challenge. Walk all 40 +/- miles of trails in the three Steep Rock Preserves — Hidden Valley, Steep Rock and Macricostas — and become a member of Steep Rock Association’s hiking club. To participate, please fill out the Hiker’s Challenge registration form:  Hiker’s Registration form **Email pictures to info@steeprockassoc.org as .jpeg …

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