Land Trust announces spring events

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Seth and Lucy Holcombe were generous GLT supporters.

Spring is just around the corner and the members of the Granby Land Trust Board of Directors are ready to get outside. Members hope you will join them on some GLT properties to enjoy fresh air, exercise, connecting with each other, and learning more about the incredible natural world around us.

Forgotten Farms, a Documentary

Sunday, March 11, 2 p.m. at Simsbury Public Library (Lower Level)

New England has lost more than 10,000 dairy farms in last 50 years. This documentary film, created by film director Dave Simonds and producer Sarah Gardner, who teaches land-use planning at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, explores the cultural divide between dairy farmers and farmers who are thriving in the new “local food” movement. The Land Trust has partnered with the Friends of Holcomb Farm and the Simsbury Land Trust to bring this film to the area. It will take place on the lower level of the Simsbury Public Library. No RSVP needed.

Maple Sugaring…A Hands-On
Learning Experience for Kids

Sun., March 18, 1 p.m. at Emery Farm

A hands-on demonstration of how maple syrup is made at the Emery Farm Sugar House. It will follow an abbreviated process of sap collection, transport through to boiling, filtering and bottling of the finished product. Each child should be accompanied by an adult and be prepared to taste some Emery Farm maple syrup. No pets, please. Appropriate for children of all ages. The event will be outside for the duration, so please dress accordingly. The Emery Sugar House is located at 71 Loomis Street in North Granby. RSVP  to: Dave Emery at

Earth Day Celebration Hike

Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. at GLT’s Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve

A family-friendly walk at the Land Trust’s new Seth and Lucy Holcombe Preserve.  This preserve contains more than 150 acres of field and forest and a vernal pool where hikers may find some amphibians waking up from their long winters’ naps. The hike leader will be GLT Board Member Jen Plourde, a knowledgeable middle school science educator. All children should be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. Appropriate for children of all ages. You might get your feet wet, so please dress accordingly. The hike will begin at the preserve trailhead/parking area on Silver Street. In case of significant rain, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update. (Raindate is April 29.) RSVP to Jen Plourde at

Spring Migration Bird Walks

Sat., May 12 and Sun., May 13, 7 a.m. both days, at 253 Loomis St.

Join in for a Land Trust tradition, the Spring Bird Walks led by Land Trust members and expert birders John Weeks and Christine Chinni. These walks on the mornings of May 13 and 14 will take place on Jamie Gamble’s beautiful North Granby property located at 253 Loomis Street—near the Massachusetts line. There is no house at this location. These events will start promptly at 7 a.m.  You’ll see lots of birds at this time of year as they return from a winter away. You don’t have to be a birder to enjoy this quiet morning in the woods. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today.  These walks have been completely full the last couple of years so you are encouraged to register early. There are two walks again this year to accommodate as many members as possible.

If there are rain/showers either morning, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update.  Significant showers will cancel the walks; raindates would be the following weekend. RSVP to: John Weeks, 860-844-8965 or by email at

An Exploration of This Beautiful New GLT Property

Sun., June 3, 1 p.m. CT Trail’s Day Hike at the Seth & Lucy Holcombe Preserve

A family-friendly Connecticut Trails Day hike on trails that crisscross this beautiful, 150-acre parcel of land that was recently gifted to the Granby Land Trust by Seth and Lucy Holcombe, who were longtime, loyal and generous GLT supporters and friends. The hike will be led by former middle school science teacher Dave Emery and current middle school science teacher Jen Plourde, who will be on the lookout for items of natural interest. All children should be accompanied by an adult. No pets please. The hike will begin at the Preserve trailhead/parking area on Silver Street. In case of significant rain, please check the GLT Facebook page for an update. RSVP to Jen Plourde at