September 2020 E-News

September is the month where Steep Rock Association likes to thank our donors and greater community for their support during the year. And what a year 2020 has been! While we’ve had to scale back programs and cancel some events, we still want to say Thank You! Please join us Saturday, September 12th at the Riding Ring at Steep Rock Preserve (12 noon-2pm) for a “picnic” lunch on us. We’re offering  drive-thru only, pick-up lunch bag with lots of goodies. It’s not our traditional annual picnic, but we still think it’s very important to show our support for the Washington community that we call home. In addition, we are resuming some of our fall hikes, programs, and other activities in accordance with health and safety guidelines. We hope to see you Saturday. And thank you for supporting our efforts to protect the ecology of the Shepaug River Valley. See you soon!


Brian Hagenbuch, Ph.D., Executive Director

Annual Community “Picnic”

Annual Community Picnic
Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Steep Rock Preserve Riding Ring
ashington Depot, CT 


Steep Rock Association invites you to our Annual Community “Picnic” at the Steep Rock Preserve Riding Ring in Washington Depot, CT. We are continuing our tradition of saying “thank you” to the Washington community. This year’s “picnic” will be a drive-in, pick-up ONLY, boxed lunch event. We will be offering a variety of subs, chips, drinks and cookies! Please RSVP by email or call:, 860-868-9131. To help ensure the health and safety of everyone involved, all volunteers will be masked and gloved. Thank you for your support!

History of Holiday House


Postcard detailing the Roebling Company suspension bridge, which provided access between the Shepaug Valley Railroad and Holiday House.


Travel back in time with Steep Rock Association (SRA) and the Gunn Historical Museum during a leisurely outing to the historically rich ruins of Steep Rock Preserve’s Holiday House. Registration is required and space is limited.

Tunnel Road Connector Hike

Photo: Sreep Rock Association

Tunnel Road Connector Hike
Saturday, September 26, 2020 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
10 Tunnel Road
Roxbury, CT 

Explore some of western Connecticut’s most beautiful countryside with Steep Rock Association (SRA) and Roxbury Land Trust (RLT). The 4-mile trek on Tunnel Road, which connects protected lands in Washington and Roxbury, is a hiker’s delight.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Monthly Trail Work Party


Photo: Steep Rock Association

Monthly Trail Work Party
Saturday, September 19th, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Johnson Farm Preserve
37 West Mountail Road #2, Washington, CT

In this month’s trail work party, we will be building a new trail at Johnson Farm Preserve. CDC guidelines will be enforced, including mask wearing and social distancing. The work party is limited to 10 participants and registration is required. To register and for additional information, visit our Events and Programs page.                                                                                                                            

Judea Garden Interns


Photo: Steep Rock Association


The staff and volunteers of Judea Garden thank our interns, Bella Cotier and Matt Gosselin, for a fantastic summer. From growing to distribution, we could not have done it without you! Not to mention teaching us about composting!
Thank you!

Judea Garden Needs Tools!


Photo: Eva Jones

Judea Garden needs gardening tools! If you have any extra garden equipment that’s in good shape, please come by Macricostas Preserve and drop them off in our new Tool Drop-Off Box!
Please no holes or bad connections in hoses, no broken handles, and nothing really rusty. Email Denise Arturti with any questions ( Thanks!
Right now we really need: hand tools, long-handled tools (not leaf rakes), clippers/loppers, hoses, soaker hoses, spray nozzles.

StoryWalk® at Macricostas Preserve


Macricostas Preserve (124 Christian Street, New Preston, CT)

Reading is always an adventure, and reading outside in nature with children adds to the great fun! Enjoy the beautifully illustrated pages of It’s a Firefly Night authored by Dianne Ochiltree and illustrated by Betsy Snyder along our 1/2 mile StoryWalk®. Much thanks to the Gunn Memorial JR Library as they continue to support this project by providing our book each season.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.  Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.                             
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