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The Garden Club of Hartford Invites the Public to Learn More about New England’s Iconic Connecticut River

Kim Lutz, Connecticut River Program director for The Nature Conservancy, will talk about the river’s past, present and future in a program at Hartford Public Library.


October 16, 2013

Flowing 410 miles from the northernmost reaches of New Hampshire to the Long Island Sound, the Connecticut River is New England’s longest river. It has deep cultural, economic and ecological significance for the region and for the city of Hartford, which has grown up along its banks.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, The Garden Club of Hartford invites the public to learn more about this natural treasure from Kim Lutz, Connecticut River Program director for The Nature Conservancy, in an hour-long event titled “The Connecticut River: Past, Present and Future.”

The event, which will include a talk by Lutz and question-and-answer session, will be held at Hartford Public Library at 500 Main St., Hartford. It is scheduled to run from 12:45 p.m.-1:45 p.m.

It’s free and open to the public. Advance registration is encouraged but not required. To register, click here.

The Garden Club of Hartford is a member of The Garden Club of America, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., The National Garden Clubs and The New England Region of National Garden Clubs, with which it shares a mission to restore, improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs of conservation, horticulture, civic improvement and education.

The event on Nov. 5 is part of The Garden Club of Hartford’s annual public meeting.

The Nature Conservancy has been working to protect and restore the Connecticut River for more than 50 years, starting with the purchase in 1960 of 46 acres in East Haddam, Conn., now known as Burnham Brook Preserve.

“The Conservancy has taken a lead in working with the four states which border the river. It’s a big task and an important one for these states and for Long Island Sound. The Garden Club of Hartford is honored to be able to present this topic to not just us, but to the public in general,” said Eunice Groark, vice president of The Garden Club of Hartford and conservation representative for The Garden Club of America’s Zone II, which includes Connecticut and Rhode Island.

“It’s hard to overstate how central the Connecticut River has been to people since what we now call New England was first populated, more than 10,000 years ago,” said Conservancy Connecticut River Program Director Kim Lutz. “People in Hartford know this better than perhaps anyone, and I’m extremely grateful to The Garden Club of Hartford for the opportunity to talk--and hear—about the river here, where it has been people’s constant companion for centuries.”

For more information about event registration, please contact Laura Shail at lshail@tnc.org or (860) 355-3716.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org

Contact information

James Miller
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut
857-600-6603
james_miller@tnc.org

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