A High Summer Day in the Preserves

by: Rory Larson, Conservation Science Manager A firmly held tenet of our management approach is that the public’s enjoyment of the preserves derives directly from their natural character and diversity of flora and fauna. Lucky for you, there is no better time than now to experience the full spectrum of the natural world that we […]

2021 Interns

Steep Rock’s eight-week paid internship program immerses students in all aspects of our organizational operations, helping them to build leadership skills and learn about a variety of conservation, environmental, agricultural, and nonprofit career paths. At the same time, Steep Rock’s interns offer valuable support that helps our land trust meet important goals.  Meet our 2021 Interns: Judea Garden […]

Observations from Judea Garden

Did you realize that Milkweed has a fragrance? Though we allow Milkweed to grow wherever possible in Judea Garden (it is the single most important source of food for the monarch butterfly), we had never noticed its beautiful fragrance until recently weeding right beside a beautiful clump. Take a second and take a whiff; it’s […]

The Gift of Baby Birds

Hooded Merganser

by Rory Larson The Gift of Baby Birds Every year, Steep Rock Association (SRA) caringly cleans and prepares nest boxes to provide habitat for birds, and every year, SRA staff and citizen scientists then monitor the reproductive success of their tenants. Scientific studies shows that our hard work pays off, and it is one of […]

3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge

“We had a great time meeting the challenge.  In 50 years of living here I’d never been to the Pinnacle at Hidden Valley. Three beautiful hikes on three beautiful days in three beautiful preserves.“ More than 150 athletes, artists and amblers of all ages joined Steep Rock’s First wellness challenge leading to the three highest […]

Bird Box Builders

A Steep Rock Service by Rory Larson Word on the river is there are rent-free, cozy cottages up for grabs in Washington. No AC, plumbing is rudimentary, and the neighbors can be rather intrusive, but the location cannot be beat and there are all the insects you can ever eat! A diverse bird community calls […]

Trail Work on the Horizon

There’s always something new happening at the Steep Rock Association Preserves. In the coming year, our staff are preparing to build stone steps along eroded sections of trail, repair bridges, and expand the trail system at our newest preserve that is open to the public, Johnson Farm. Stay tuned for more details as these exciting […]

April 2021 E-News

Celebrating the Earth with Wood Warblers What better place to celebrate a healthy and hospitable natural world this April than in Washington, CT, New England, the USA, and planet Earth. As always, Steep Rock Association is thrilled to be your host. Lucky for us, we’ll be joined by a few special passerine guests, some just […]

March 2021 E-News

Harbingers of Spring Welcome to Spring! As the days get longer, the temperature warms, and bird songs fill the morning air, what is your favorite harbinger of spring—red winged blackbirds, crocuses, fiddleheads, mourning cloak butterflies? For Steep Rock Association, spring means getting outside with you! We are excited to begin offering our slate of spring events […]

NestWatch 2021

NestWatch photo

NestWatch A Citizen Science Opportunity Bluebird eggs in a nest box at Macricostas Preserve. Photo by Lisa Breese (2018 NestWatcher) Virtual Training: March 29, 2021 at 5:00PM Field Season: April 5, 2021 – August 27, 2021 Do you enjoy hearing the musical call of eastern bluebirds at a forest edge, or marveling at the iridescent […]