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Step up to the Walktober Challenge!

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) invites its members to step up to the challenge during the 25thannual Walktober.  Attend 15 Walktober adventures as a TLGV member, and earn your own Walktober Member Challenge T-shirt!  With over 190 unique listings, all you need to do is pick out 15 (or more) that tickle your fancy – and step up (or paddle or pedal) to the challenge.

Saturday, October 3rd is a great day to start, with 30 Walktober options spread throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor in one day!  Here are some more options for Walktober fun this week:

Three paddles and two bike rides will take you off the beaten path.  

 “Games in the Woods” was a big hit last year and returns again to Mansfield’s Dunhamtown Forest. The walk leaders will engage your children and guarantee great family fun.

Genealogy is hot nowadays and an outstanding free resource is available at Killingly Historical Society’s “Search for Your Roots.” Paired with Working Girl Caterer for this event, you can pre-order lunch for a reasonable fee to be delivered to the event. Reenergize yourself without having to interrupt your research.

The Army Corps of Engineers invites you to the 50th anniversary of the West Thompson Dam with an event to celebrate the history, construction and benefits of the dam, including dam tours, exhibits activities and more.

Gobble up the “Turkey Talk on Ekonk Hill” as you tour the farm and visit their pastured turkeys. Be amazed in the corn mazes not only this week, but all month long. These are fun for all ages, giving you the chance to visit a local farm at the same time.

 Did you know the Old Connecticut Path crosses right through The Last Green Valley? Learn more about this historic path and where it crosses Bigelow Brook in Natchaug State Forest, in Eastford.

Walktober adventures along rail trails like the Air Line Trail pop up throughout the month, and this week is no different. With walks and bike rides from Lebanon to Thompson to Southbridge to Holland to Brimfield, you can trod where the rails were. Take advantage of these wonderful introductions to discover under-utilized trails available for year-round use.

“Explore the Dark Side” at Sprague Conservation property with amateur astronomer Geoff McLean, someone familiar with one of the unique features of The Last Green Valley, our dark skies.  Viewing planets, stars, and more through a telescope is an eye-opening experience.

You can still get a Walktober brochure: email [email protected]; call 860-774-3300; download a PDF from the website www.thelastgreenvalley.org; or pick one up at any TLGV town hall, library or information kiosk within the region.  All updates, additions and cancellations will be posted on the Walktober page on TLGV’s website and Facebook page, so please check them often.

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor – the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. We help you to care for it, enjoy it and pass it on.