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The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

This community building and park has a full-season garden and a 45-foot sculpture made of polished granite called Currents was gifted by talented, local artist Mark Mennin, who carved it by hand. The sculpture was conceived to be used by the public as a place to sit and converse, and it was created to encourage people to engage with art. The Saturday Farmers Market is very popular, and art exhibits and local events are held inside the building. The park is run by The Washington Park Foundation.

Located in the center of Washington Depot on Green Hill Road (Route 47).

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust was founded in 1963 by Natalie Van Vleck, artist, farmer, businesswoman and environmentalist. Her legacy is a vision become reality of a place where others could experience the beauty of art in nature, learn about the importance of protecting the environment and sustain the rural traditions of the land she loved. The Nature Center promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature and supports the conservation, preservation and management of natural resources. The Nature Center holds in trust more than 2,100 acres of open space in Woodbury, Bethlehem, Southbury and Middlebury, Connecticut, including seven nature preserves and sanctuaries. Each of the properties has its own character and attributes, from historic buildings, stone walls and marked trails to expansive vistas of woodlands, lakes, ponds, streams, fields and a bog. These pristine, undeveloped areas offer moments of reflection, relaxation and recreation.

596 Flanders Road, Woodbury
203.263.3711

www.flandersnaturecenter.org

White Memorial Foundation

The White Memorial Conservation Center operates an Environmental Education Center and Nature Museum, and  is located in the heart of the 4000-acre White Memorial Foundation. The outdoor arena includes the wildlife sanctuary. The Foundation comprises fields, water, and woodlands, trails, campgrounds, boating facilities, and special areas for large outdoor educational and recreational gatherings. The White Memorial has miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. It is free and open to the public.

80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield
860.567.0857
www.whitememorialcc.org

Kasulaitis Farm and Sugarhouse

Open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. See syrup being made in mid-February to the end of March. Phone ahead. Maple syrup sold year round. 

69 Goose Green Road
860.379.8787

Sullivan Farm

In February and March, the staff and students tap over 1600 trees, producing some of Connecticut’s finest maple syrup.   They offer blacksmithing courses, trail making jobs for teens, and sugarhouse tours. 

140 Park Lane, New Milford
860.354.0047

Great Brook Sugarhouse

Operated by The Youth Agency, the Sugarhouse is open to the public and syrup is sold year round. Educational tours of the sugaring operation are available. Call for info and availability. Open house weekends, which include displays of early sugaring techniques, are held during March. Call ahead for dates and time. 

140 Park Lane
(Route 202)
860.354.0047

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