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Sunday at the Sanctuary – Historic Stone Walls for Wildlife

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Often overlooked, the ever present and beautiful New England Stone Walls of the Sanctuary have many hidden stories to tell.  Understanding the geology of stone walls opens our eyes to the incredible glacial past that shaped the Sanctuary’s land and created the soils on which it grows and lives.  The historical importance of the walls speaks to the agrarian past of the Sanctuary and those who farmed there.  Finally, having been a part of the Sanctuary’s habitat for hundreds of years, these loosely stacked walls are now an important habitat of their own that many species rely upon for their survival.  These species are under threat of habitat loss from the pilfering and rebuilding of historic stone walls to create modern cemented walls that are not only deserts, but impede the local migrations of amphibians and reptiles, and remove the hibernaculum and shelter of several species.

Join us at Fraser Woods Montessori School

Dr. Robert Thorson, UCONN professor and founder of the Stone Wall Initiative, will share the exciting, hidden life behind the stones! Author of the children’s book, “Stone Wall Secrets“, Dr. Thorson will also be signing books and answering questions.

Join Becky Newman, Education Director from Earth Place of Westport as she introduces stone wall wildlife including box turtles and amphibians! In addition, Master Stone Mason, Andrew Pighills will take participants on an interactive journey of exploration including:

  • Hands-on, indoor stone wall building presentation
  • Children’s stone wall building activity
  • How to explore, date and identify your stone walls

Adoptable animals will be onsite from CPR dogs.

In case of inclement weather, please check our website for updates.


March 18
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Fraser Woods Montessori School
173 S. Main St
Newtown, 06470
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