Things have been exciting here at CVRLT as we embark on a new season and kick-off to summer. New Fairfield’s Girl and Boy Scout Troops have been hard at work implementing some new and innovative projects over at some of our local properties:
CVRLT’s First ADA-Accessible Property
New Fairfield’s Boy Scout Troop 137 recently stopped by our Komlo Preserve property to design and build an accessibility trail to Dunham Pond. This new addition will help connect our community with nature at this beautiful preserve and wildlife sanctuary! The trail connects from the parking area to Dunham Pond to provide access for wheelchairs, walkers, etc., making Komlo Preserve CVRLT’s first ADA-accessible property! We gratefully thank Troop 137 for their hard work, as well as Timberwolf TreeWork of New Fairfield, Page Lumber of Pawling, and all who have supported the Scouts’ project, which will enable more people to enjoy the great outdoors at Komlo Preserve!
Hidden Valley’s New Native Plant Pollinator Garden
During Earth Day, the New Fairfield Girl Scouts worked with their families and volunteers to beautify Hidden Valley Nature Center. Founded in 1960, Hidden Valley is protected by a 2000 conservation easement granted to CVRLT to steward it in its natural state for our community to enjoy. Visitors may walk, bike, fish, bring leashed dogs, and picnic, or learn about nature in its outdoor pavilion. The Scouts began with a clean-up of Hidden Valley’s trails and picnic area. They also planted a pollinator garden with plants and flowers for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to feed on. They included a traditional Girl Scouts’ “wishing rock” in the garden too! Visitors can paint a stone with a wish and leave it by the wishing rock. Make sure to plan your visit to check it out!