Sunday, June 6, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Mansfield Hollow

With a landscape dominated by gravelly, glacial outwash soils, Mansfield Hollow State Park offers such glacial features as kames, eskers, and kettle-holes.  This surface geology has created an unusual inland sand plain/pitch pine/ dry oak forest community, pocketed with kettle-hole ponds and wetlands – an assemblage rarely seen in northeastern Connecticut.  Some botanical highlights include wild indigo, wild lupine, bird’s foot violet, pitch pine, scrub oak, New Jersey tea, and two species of native wild roses.  If time allows, the Windham Cedar Bog, a neighboring parcel owned by Joshua Tract, a local land trust, will be visited.  This gem is one of the few inland Atlantic White Cedar swamps in the area.  Wear long pants, and bring insect repellent, a bag lunch, and a hand lens if you have one.  Directions will be provided upon registration with the New England Wild Flower Society ( Members of NEWFS pay $32 – please check for nonmember pricing with NEWFS, since this trip is limited to 15 individuals, members will receive first choice with registration.  The date is Sunday, June 6, from 10 – 2, and the trip will be led by Bryan Connolly.