Joint Program with New England Botanical Society
West Rock is a distinctive feature on the greater New Haven landscape; the sheer, rusty-red cliff face is visible from much of New Haven, and Rt. 15 tunnels through the middle! The ridge is the southwestern end of the Metacomet Range, a series of traprock (basaltic igneous rock) ridges that run through Connecticut’s Central Valley and up into northwestern Massachusetts. From the shores of Lake Wintergreen, to the rich talus slopes and dry oak-hickory glades along the ridge top, West Rock is home to a varied and distinctive plant community.
Beginning botanists and all plant-curious people are very welcome! Together, we will get to know some of the plants – both common and unusual – that call southern CT home. There will also be plenty to see for more experienced botanists as we all learn together.
Terrain in West Rock includes steep slopes and rocky trails. We will move slowly as a group, but the footing is uneven in places. Total distance covered will depend on our pace, but will not be more than 3 miles.
To sign up or ask any questions, email Laura (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Laura will be in touch with everyone who signs up regarding day-of details (where to meet, weather considerations, post-walk ice cream plans).