Dear Friends of Sherwood Island State Park, We are raising money Thursday, March 1 to buy flowers, seeds, grasses and shrubs to provide food, nectar and shelter for migrating butterflies & birds, as well as the bees, bugs & critters that use Sherwood Island’s diverse habitats. On March 1 click on: https://fcgives.org/designee/friends-of-sherwood-island-state-park to make a donation.  A matching grant doubles your gift. Your $10 becomes $20, enough to buy twenty flowering annuals or two perennials for our Pollinator Garden.  A contribution of $15 doubles to $30, enough to buy two Rosa virginiana shrubs to plant in the dunes as a butterfly way-station for migrating American Ladies, Red Admirals and Variegated Fritillaries. Your gift of $20 becomes $40, enough to buy a bundle of American Beach Grass, re-building habitat favored by Piping Plovers in summer and Snow Buntings in winter. If you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to “Friends of Sherwood Island State Park,” mark it "Giving Day" and mail to PO Box 544, Westport, CT 06881.  All contributions will be acknowledged. In the photo above, the Beausoleil family of Norwalk, along with two Girl Scout troops, stand ready to plant in our Nature Center Pollinator Garden on April 28 & May 5.  Students from Greens Farms Academy are planting dune grass on March 28, with follow-up visits on April 11 & 25 to water and fertilize.  Contact me if your family or group would like to join our garden teams. Thank you so much!  Every dollar makes a difference.  We appreciate your time to help wildlife at Sherwood Island.  Please forward this email to a friend. Michele M. Sorensen Friends of Sherwood Island SP - Nature Center Liaison & Garden Team Captain 24 Poplar Street, Norwalk, CT 06855 iPhone: 203-247-1390 Facebook group: Friends of Sherwood Island SP www.friendsofsherwoodisland.org  

On Saturday October 7, 2017 at 4PM in the Nature Center, the Friends of Sherwood Island State hosted author and historian Marty Podskoch, who gave a great presentation on his new book Connecticut Civilian Conservation Camps: History, Memories and Legacy. In a surprisingly fascinating talk, we learned that The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began on March 31, 1933 under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Locally, twenty-one camps were set up in many Connecticut towns, state parks & forests. Workers built trails, roads, campsites, & dams, stocked fish, built & maintained fire tower observer’s cabins & telephone lines, fought fires, & planted millions of trees. The CCC disbanded in 1942 due to the need for men in WW II Marty Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of seven other  books. He is keenly interested in meeting individuals who may have CCC stories to contribute to his next book, on the CCC in Rhode Island.  The engaging and loquacious Marty had his books available after the presentation for sale and signing.