The Latest News From The Last Green Valley

Walktober Begins Sept. 21!
In Southern New England, Walktober is the most wonderful time of the year. The 29th Annual Walktober runs from Sept. 21 to Nov. 3 and offers an array of adventures, with more than 200 unique experiences and more than 300 opportunities to enjoy autumn in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.

As a member, your Walktober guide should be in your mailbox. If you need more, please call us. And, look for the Walktober Challenge in the guide and learn how you can win TLGV’s new green tumbler.

Please check TLGV’s website often. We already have additional Walktober adventures, and they will be going online soon!

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U.S. Army Corps Named Team Walktober for 2019
The Last Green Valley, Inc. is pleased to announce the US Army Corps of Engineers as the 2019 Team Walktober, representing the best of Walktober. The US Army Corps staff pictured (Cathy St. Andre, Michelle Cucchi, Nicole Giles and Glenna Vitello) exemplify the Corps’ spirit that has made Walktober a success.

The US Army Corps has been a part of Walktober since 1992, when it was Walking Weekend, and they offered a tour of West Thompson Dam. Since then, they have consistently offered walks, talks, tours and paddles not only during Walktober but year-round.

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Fun, Food and Bidding Wars!

Tastes of the Valley Raises Funds and Whets Appetites
TLGV’s 14th Annual Tastes of the Valley proved nothing tastes better than farm fresh food prepared by great chefs! The event, held Aug. 25 at The Publick House in Sturbridge, MA, was sold-out and featured amazing tastings, a five-course plated dinner and wonderful craft beer, wine, cocktails and coffee from local purveyors.

Sponsors, Restaurants & Farms

Become a Citizen Scientist with the TLGV Water
Quality Monitoring Team
Join The Last Green Valley’s Water Quality Monitoring team and become a citizen scientist. Jean Pillo, Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator for TLGV, is hosting a training on Riffle Bioassessment Water Quality Monitoring.

Hundreds of water quality monitoring volunteers work throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor to gauge the health of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes. Their work has resulted in numerous direct actions to improve water quality in the region.

Pillo will conduct two trainings. Volunteers must attend one of the trainings to be part of the program. Training will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 13 at the USDA Service Center, 238 West Town St., Norwich, CT, and 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 14 at the Connecticut Audubon Society Grassland Bird Conservation Center, 218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center, CT.

Registration is required. To learn more, or to reserve your spot at the training, email Pillo at

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Kick off Walktober with an Acorn Adventure – Hiking 101
10-11:30 a.m.
Sept. 21
West Thompson Dam, West Thompson Rd., Thompson, CT.

Join TLGV’s Chief Ranger for an Acorn Adventure to teach the kids a bit of hiking 101! Ranger Bill will show kids and their families how to pack for a day hike and always be prepared for an outdoor adventure. Then, we will hit the trail!
Call 860-774-3300 or email for more information. Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank.

Join the Autumnal Equinox Hike with Ranger Bill
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 23
Bigelow Hollow State Park, Rt. 171, Union, CT. GPS 41.997211, -72.125161

Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with TLGV Chief Ranger Bill Reid with a six-mile hike on the Nipmuck Trail and Breakneck Pond trails at Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest. Participants should bring a trail lunch to enjoy near the pond. Please note this is a physically challenging hike due to the length and rough terrain. Participants must have good balance for stream crossings and be in excellent physical condition. Map available at website. Rain cancels. RSVP is required. Open to 20 hikers. Call 860-774-3300 or email for more information.

Paddle the French River
with TLGV Ranger John
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sept. 29
1017 Riverside Dr., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Park behind Knights of Columbus Hall in the lot near the pond.

There is a short carry from parking lot to water (30 yards). Enjoy an easy to moderate paddle in a mill pond created by a dam on the French River. The French River strolls into this pond from the north, and we will paddle upstream one mile+ and return back to our start point. Total paddle 2.5 miles up and back. Registration required. Must bring your own canoe/kayak and PFD. Call 508-523-3785 to register.

Funding Opportunity Through Sustainable Connecticut
Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities working to make communities more sustainable.

Sustainable CT is expanding its work to incorporate new ways to support towns, nonprofits, public schools, community groups and residents through its Community Match Fund. This is an innovative program that provides a flexible funding mechanism that will support sustainability-related projects throughout Connecticut.

Learn More!

Capture the Beauty & Spirit of The Last Green Valley
We are searching for 13 photos that capture the unique spirit of the National Heritage Corridor. If you’ve taken a photo that fits the bill, it could be featured in our 2020 The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor Calendar and hang proudly in businesses and homes throughout the region and beyond!

The deadline is Sept. 26, 2019.

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Join the Parade Committee
It’s TLGV’s 25th Anniversary and we are looking to make a splash for the holiday parades. BUT, we need your help. If you want to be part of the fun in designing and building the TLGV float, contact Chief Ranger Bill Reid! Call Bill at 860-774-3300 or email!

Upcoming Meetings
All meetings are held at the TLGV office, 203B Main St., Danielson. Please call us at 860-774-3300 for more information.

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Sept. 19
8:30 a.m.

Finance, Planning and Development Committee
Thursday, Oct. 3
4 p.m.

Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, Oct. 17
8:30 a.m.

Save the Date!

The Last Green Valley’s 25th Birthday Party
Nov. 2
Allen Hill Farm, Brooklyn, CT
10 am – Walktober Event
Noon – Luncheon Celebration

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Questions or Request? Please email us at:

Windham Region Chamber of Commerce
1010 Main St., P.O. Box 43
Willimantic CT 06226
Phone: (860) 423-6389
Fax: (860) 423-8235

Corporate Sponsors

Hit Music i98.3 Logistics Consulting
WILI 1400 AM

A very special thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for your dedication and continued support to our region.

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