News from the Friends—Spring 2021


Early Bird Earth Day

Saturday, April 17, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Get a jump on your Earth Day festivities by making a trip to the park. The island will be buzzing with activity. Look for kites and model airplanes in the air. Try your hand at disc golf. And be sure to stop by and visit us at one of our information tables to learn more about upcoming programs, speakers, and events. We’ll be set up on the East Beach walking trail near the Nature Center, at the 9-11 Memorial, and near the West Beach Bath House.


One Tree Planted Grant

Thanks to the efforts of UConn Master Gardener and Friends Garden Team volunteer, Pamela Nobumoto, we have received a grant for $1,500 from One Tree Planted. The funds are being used to purchase 125 native trees and shrubs which will be planted on April 23 and 24. Want to help plant? Email to sign up. Upcoming Events How to Grow Raspberries & Blueberries Mini-Lesson April 18 from 2 to 4 PM At the Nature Center. Six plants will be given away to members.


Plant a Celebration Tree

Support our Tree Campaign – One Hundred Trees for One Hundred Years. Plant a celebration tree and let the memory of a loved one live on in nature. Learn more at


Shorefest-on-a-Roll Rolled

Over 150 people came for the lobster rolls and a fantastic family drive through the park in October. A podcast high-lighting the history and fabulous features of the 236 acre park accom-panied visitors for the drive (and is available on our website if you missed it), along with musical performances, disc golf exhibitions, whirligigs, exotic kites, and model plane flyovers. It was a wonderful afternoon that built awareness of the park while raising funds.