Right in the heart of Westerly there is a primal land that time forgot, the Aguntaug Swamp. When the first European settlers came to Westerly they encountered a wilderness of dense forest and swamp inhabited by wolves, wildcats and bears. Native Americans used the area for fishing and hunting but had no large settlements. In the 350 years since the founding of Westerly only … [Read more...] about The Wild Heart of Westerly; Crandall Family Preserve
Take a beautiful beach, mix in a dash of history, add in good food and drink, stir in some entertainment, add a Ferris wheel, arcade and carousel and top off with an ice cream parlor. What do you have, maybe a slice of paradise? That’s what Harry Trefes thought almost 100 years ago when he opened the Atlantic Beach Casino. Trefes had a vision of what Misquamicut could and … [Read more...] about Seaside Memories at the Atlantic Beach Park
With all the recent controversy about global warming and the Paris Agreement, it would seem an appropriate time to discuss the topic of climate change. What does global warming have to do with Westerly you may ask, quite a bit in fact and the Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park off Shore Road in Westerly is a great place to see exactly how. The park is a 135-acre preserve with … [Read more...] about A Walk Back in Time: Dr. John Champlin Glacier Park
Once upon a time, in decades gone by, the world wasn’t so tech-focused and obsessed. People didn’t have “an app for that." Heck, they didn’t have an app for anything! “Tweet” was the sound a bird made, and phones were attached to walls and had chords so we’d never lose them.There was no GPS, only paper maps. If people got lost, they’d wander around until they found their … [Read more...] about 8 Tech-Free Autumn Activities – No Apps Required
It's beautiful outside so get your gear together to hit the trails! The Westerly Land Trust has some great nature trails right here in our neck of the woods, so dust off the backpack, don’t forget water and a snack (Bogue's Alley in Pawcatuck offers delicious breakfast and lunch sandwiches), and treat your feet to a comfortable pair of hikers as you discover Wahaneeta Preserve, … [Read more...] about Scouting out the Wahaneeta Preserve
With the weather finally cooperating, many of us are trying to play catch up with our gardening and outdoor activities. If you're feeling overwhelmed by the season's possibilities, don't worry - Westerly Agway has got you covered, with friendly and knowledgeable staff to guide you through any question or tangle of weeds.Andy McCaslin has been Westerly Agway’s owner for over … [Read more...] about Westerly Agway: A Champion of Community Growth
The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center (DPNC), on Pequotsepos Rd, in Mystic, is a wonderful place to visit and I encourage you to visit in slow-motion. That’s right, slow-motion. It’s just the sort of place where you want to take your time, talk to the staff, spend time in the museum section and with the animal inhabitants, and soak up all that nature has to offer. The object … [Read more...] about 7 Remarkable Things about the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Summer is here! And if you're anything like me, you're probably excited to dive into a few simple landscaping and small yard projects that you can do in a few hours or less. I’m all about bite-sized, manageable projects. Take on something too daunting and you could end up with a bunch of half-finished landscaping projects and a yard that looks worse than before.The majority … [Read more...] about Easy Landscaping Upgrades You Can Do This Weekend!
They are one of the most successful life forms on our planet and they have been around for millions of years. They have evolved into perhaps as many as 400,000 different species and are known by scientists as angiosperms. What are they? If you guessed flowers, you'd be right.There is a place right in Westerly where nature puts on its own flower show; it’s the Avondale … [Read more...] about Avondale’s Grasslands
One of the visual cues of Fall, or “Autumn,” as the proper people say, is the sight of plump orange pumpkins on steps, porch railings, stone walls, in piles outside of grocery stores, and at local plant nurseries and farms. Smaller pumpkins can be spotted on work desks, in store windows, and on daycare and elementary school windows made out of construction paper. Pumpkins are … [Read more...] about Autumn and Pumpkins and Hayrides, Oh My!
On a surprisingly chilly, breezy, overcast day in a field on the former home of a glacier, a peppy crowd - some in sandals, some in fleece jackets, at least a few people in both - gathered to celebrate the Westerly Community Land Trust and its latest acquisition, Sunnyacres Preserve.With only a few trees starting to bud, and daffodils looking blowsy, cars parked in lines … [Read more...] about 30 Nature Preserves in Thirty Years – the Westerly Land Trust Celebrates its Big 3-0