Successful anniversary near Ridgefield and Wilton

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The Woodcock Nature Center on the border of Ridgefield and Wilton

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The Woodcock Nature Center is thrilled to have celebrated its milestone year with a 50th anniversary celebration this past weekend. Not only did we honor 50 years of outdoor education, but we set the stage for the next half-century by sharing Woodcock’s new visual identity which aims to match the nature centers’ current vitality with its goals for the future.

On behalf of all of us at Woodcock Nature Center, thank you to everyone who celebrated with us! Lucky partygoers met some of our teaching animals: snakes Rocco and Indira, Storm the baby snapping turtle and Franklin the spotted turtle; the kids did an amazing job painting rocks to create what is now a nearly 6ft art snake near Woodcock Pond (stop by and check it out!); and, guests embarked on an educational scavenger hunt and discovered nature-friendly birthday decorations, encountered a 50-year-old tree, measured lichen to find its age, and more.

Special thanks to sponsors Boxed Water Is Better and Fairfield County Bank and to Jeff Fox and Joan Wallace for filling the air with music. Thanks to Daffodil Hill Growers in Southbury for the festive table decor and, because no party is complete without some sweets, thanks to Painted Cookie in Wilton for our woodcock themed cookies! Our gift bags were filled with special offers from Crystals & Cones in Redding and the Wilton Outdoor Sports Center – we hope everyone takes advantage of their generosity.

Founded in 1972 by former Ridgefield First Selectman J. Mortimer Woodcock, the Woodcock Nature Center is loved by both Ridgefield and Wilton for its nearly 150-acre reserve, educational programming, unforgettable events, and awareness of the community through deep connections with nature. Over the past 50 years, Woodcock has evolved but never wavered in its mission to creatively connect the community to nature and each other.

We look forward to continuing to provide our community with more exceptional programming and outdoor events. And remember: our grounds and trails are open to the public from dawn to dusk daily, so visit often.


Best wishes,

Lenore Herbst

Executive Director

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