"Large boulders perched precariously on bedrock ledges are scenic icons of New England. But do you know why they're so common?"
Professor Thorson will answer the question, beginning with the psychology of vista sampling. From there, he will move to the cultural context of Native American traditions, Christian Natural Theology, early outdoor tourism, and 20th century outdoor classroom opportunities. Stepping into the science, he will explore the modern glaciological mechanisms involved. Lest you think Wolf Rock is a glacial indicator and nothing more, he will also point out the spectacular unconformity that speaks volumes about the deep-time history of the greater New England landscape. our field trip mantra, which participants will be asked to chant at each stop, will be: "No Rock. No Ecosystem. No Culture."
Children and families are encouraged to attend. The walk will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Updates will be posted here and on the Facebook page.
Directions: From Route 195, travel on Brown's Road for one mile to where Crane Hill Rd. forks to the left. Travel on Crane Hill Rd about 0.2m to the crossing of the Nipmuck Trail (blue-blazed). Parking area is on the right hand side.
Date: May 18, 2013 Place: Bridge Street, Willimantic, CT
Joshua's Trust will have a table at the Willimantic Riverfest. Planned events include:
a River Float from Eagleville Dam to Willimantic (shuttle provided),
Whitewater kayak demonstrations, Music (at least 3 bands) and food.
Our annual wine tasting, generously supported by Bombadil’s Spirit Shop in the Mansfield Big Y Plaza, will take place at the
home of Jane and Robert Moskowitz on Sunday, May 19, from 3-5 p.m. The home sits next to the Fenton River, Gurleyville Gristmill and the blue-blazed Nipmuck Trail. Joshua’s Trust owns the 19th century Gurleyville Gristmill which will be
open for tours beginning at 1:00 p.m. before the start of the wine tasting.
Join Steve Morytko as he leads a bird walk at the Hubbard Sanctuary in Chaplin. The grassland, wetlands, edge and nearby forest habitats attract many species including Cerulean Warbler (a beautiful threatened species) and a number of other breeding and migrating species. The grassland habitat, unique among Joshua's Trust properties, attracts Bobolink - another threatened species in Connecticut. Last year we had outstanding looks at several much sought after species. Novice and experienced birders are welcome. Bring binoculars but a few extra pair should be available if you don't have them. The walk is expected to be 2-3 hours but leave when you need to. There will be 2 walks: one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday - rain or shine so dress appropriately (avoid "loud" clothing please).
Directions: Hubbard Sanctuary is located behind the Chaplin Town Hall along Rte 198 just north of the intersection with North Bear Hill Road and Chaplin Street. Parking area is straight ahead near the fence when you drive in.
Calling for Trust Memorabilia ;
The year 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Trust. The anniversary
committee is gathering material for a history to be part of the celebration.
We are asking members to send photos, clippings or other information to the
trust office in care of the anniversary committee. We can copy and return material if
you wish. We will also be interviewing people with stories to tell about the
Email: or call 860-487-1381 with questions or suggestions.