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Sunday at the Sanctuary – Gardening with Natives the Natural Way
Join us at the Sanctuary and learn how to incorporate gardening with native plants in your own backyard. UCONN’s Invasive Plants Department will present and provide information on how to identify and remove invasive plants. If removing invasives in your yard seems daunting, come “Meet the Goat Mowers”. The Litchfield County Doesy Doats 4-H group will be bringing their goats and provide information and demonstrations such as milking, goat care and how these beautiful creatures are excellent invasive plant managers. Dr. Kim McClure Brinton of Country Companion Veterinary Service will be provide a Goats 101. Once all the invasives are removed what next? EarthTones, a local nursery, will feature native, locally grown plants that you can add to your own backyard sanctuary.
We will be making exploding native pollinator seed pods. So roll up your sleeves, get your hands dirty and create a seed pod of Northeast pollinator supporting seeds. The fun doesn’t stop there, as you will be making two pods, one to take home and one to launch into the Sanctuary meadow. Fun will be had by all as they load their seed pod into our giant sling shot and launch it, spreading the seeds which will provide our Sanctuary pollinators the plants they need.
Have you always wanted to create a map of your yard or are you interested in participating in Citizen Science Projects led by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, well we have an App for that, Habitat Network powered by Yardmap. Bring your own device and learn how to use the Yardmap App to map the Sanctuary or your own yard.
Newtown Organics Recycling program will be joining us and provide Newtown residents who sign up for the organics program a free collection kit (1 gallon kitchen collection bin, 6 months of compostable bags, 6 gallon carry container, educational material and more).
As always, we invite you to come enjoy the Sanctuary, so pack a picnic, enjoy the outdoors and explore all the workshop has to offer.