In May of 2014, the Connecticut State House of Representatives and Senate generously conveyed 34 acres of pristine state farmland to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Foundation, Inc. Located on Old Farm Road in the heart of Newtown, Connecticut. The property’s breathtaking woodlands and rolling meadows will one day be home to the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
As we continue to make progress on the physical structure, we see Catherine’s vision unfolding before our very eyes. Recently, a steel pavilion sculpture was generously erected on the property – a quiet place to meet, have a picnic and enjoy the beautiful views.
As the Sanctuary proceeds through the permitting and regulatory process in 2016, our goal is to officially break ground for the main building in 2017.
Led by the University of Connecticut’s Department of Invasive Plants, we have been busy at work removing choking vines and invasive roots at the Sanctuary property so that native plant species can thrive. Individual volunteers along with groups and companies such as Alexion Global Securities, Tracy Locke and Newtown Youth Football are donating their time to help transform this beautiful land to its natural splendor.
Do you work for a company that devotes a day to community service or would you like to lend a hand? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Can’t volunteer but still want to help? We’re also looking for donations of used or new tools for our renovation projects. Check out our Amazon.com wishlist to see what materials are needed: http://amzn.to/2ceOPDN
As open space and natural meadows continue to dwindle, butterflies and their cycles of growth and reproduction are greatly impacted. The Sanctuary is working to change that. We’re happy to announce that the first of seven new butterfly gardens have been planted at the property and are in full bloom, providing a safe and succulent migration space for many endangered butterfly species. In addition, we are working with Audubon Bent of the River to offer free workshops to the community on protecting and nurturing these special and fragile creatures.