2017 Gathering Schedule

12:00 pm Doors open. Enjoy the Committee and Sponsor Exhibits, the Book Sale and Teacup Raffle
1:15 pm Workshops begin (see detailed schedule below)
Book Sale, Teacup Social Auction, Committee and Sponsor Exhibits
 
5:00 pm Social Hour (cash bar)
6:00 pm Dinner (served at your table)
7:00 pm Annual Chapter Business Meeting - Awards and Recognitions
7:45 pm Evening Program

2017 Workshop Schedule

Scroll down for descriptions of each workshop

Time Prince Edward A Prince Edward B Prince Edward C
1:15 - 2:15 CT Walk Book and Connecting People to the Land
by Eric Hammerling, CFPA Director
Counting Eagles on the Lower CT River
by Barry Gorfain, AMC Flatwater Committee and Debbie Tedford, AMC Trip Leader
AT Stewardship and REI in Connecticut
by Blair Wlochowski, REI West Hartford, & Dave Boone, AT Committee Chair
2:30 - 3:30 The Draft of Connecticut's State Water Plan
by Alicia Charamut, CT River Conservancy
Kayak and Whale Watch in Baja Sur, Mexico
by Dale Geslien, AMC Adventure Travel Leader
Bee Conservation - Protecting Our Pollinators
by Paul Larson, Apiarist
3:45 - 4:45 Arctic Journey - Spectacular Spitzbergen
and Greenland

by David Roberts, World Adventure Traveler
Wildlife Tracking 101
by Instructors from LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs
What to Bring when Winter Hiking & Backpacking
by Keith Spaar, AMC Education Committee Chair

Title: The Connecticut Walk Book and Connecting People to the Land
Speaker: Eric Hammerling, CFPA Executive Director
Room: Prince Edward A
Time: 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm
Description: Learn about the “Connecticut Walk Book”, a favorite guide for many who use the blue-blazed trails and systems throughout Connecticut. Eric will also share CFPA’s efforts to connect people to the land. Don’t miss this special talk with CFP


Title: Counting Eagles on the Lower Connecticut River
Speaker: Barry Gorfain, AMC Flatwater Committee and Debbie Tedford, AMC Trip Leader
Room: Prince Edward B
Time: 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm
Description: In 2015, Barry and Debbie led a series of trips on the Connecticut River from Enfield to Old Lyme, the final 83 miles of the river. They explored new territory, made new friends, sampled ice cream along the way and found wildlife in “the darndest places”. Join them in recounting those adventures and you may want to plan your own.

Title: AT Stewardship and REI in Connecticut
Speaker: Blair Wlochowski, REI West Hartford, & Dave Boone, AT Committee Chair
Room: Prince Edward C
Time: 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm
Description: Learn how the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut has been supported both physically and financially by REI in West Hartford. Blair will speak on REI's commitment to such stewardship efforts, and Dave will highlight two recent major projects in which the Chapter AT Committee and REI cooperated: the airlift of materials to Sages Ravine and Riga, and providing animal deterrent food containers at AT campsites.

Title: The Draft of Connecticut's State Water Plan
Speaker: Alicia Charamut, CT River Conservancy
Room: Prince Edward A
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Description: The State Water Plan draft is out for public comment until November 20, 2018. This session is a timely opportunity to learn what’s in that plan and what’s not. You’ll learn from the perspective of the CT River Conservancy what questions should be asked in order to make sure Connecticut “has a more balanced and fair decision making process or at least what needs to be done to continue to work towards that goal.”

Title: Kayak and Whale Watch in Baja Sur, Mexico
Speaker: Dale Geslien, AMC Adventure Travel Leader and former Chapter Chair
Room: Prince Edward B
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Description: Enjoy the photographs and experiences from a magnificent 11-day exploration of Baja California Sur, Mexico – a paradise located on the world’s second most isolated peninsula in the world. Shallow lagoons, playful whales and their calves plus turquoise waters await you. A sea-kayaking adventure, white sands camping and motor visit found coastal arches, naturally carved rock formations, pastel sunsets, and opportunities to swim with a large colony of sea-lions and their pups.

Title: Bee Conservation - Protecting Our Pollinators
Speaker: Paul Larson, Apiarist
Room: Prince Edward C
Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Description: What do you do if you find a colony of bees in a building? Learn about the process of rescuing and relocating these precuious pollinators. This is a very important conservation topic to bring to our membership because our pollinators are dying at an alarming rate. Often the needs of man clash with the needs of nature and unfortunately nature always seems to loose out. But Paul will show you how we can prevent the needless destruction of these important pollinators. His presentation will focus on the task of removing unwanted, wild colonies from buildings (or wherever a swarm might take up residence) and placing them in an apiary hive, to be tended to by the beekeeper. Paul has successfully removed two wild colonies from building wall cavities and established them in his apiary.

Title: Arctic Journey - Spectacular Spitzbergen and Greenland
Speaker: David Roberts, World Adventure Traveler
Room: Prince Edward A
Time: 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Description: From what was described by National Geographic as "A Trip of a Lifetime," world traveler and photographer David Roberts will share photographs and experiences of spectacular Arctic scenery and amazing wildlife. Starting in Spitsbergen, one of the most northerly inhabited islands in the world, David's journey took him across the Greenland Sea to the beautiful fjords of Greenland, and on to the northern coast of Iceland. Highlights will include huge glaciers and ice bergs, hiking on the tundra, land and sea birds, walruses, musk oxen, arctic foxes and hares, and encounters with polar bears.

Title: Wildlife Tracking 101
Speaker: Instructors from LL Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs
Room: Prince Edward B
Time: 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Description: Ever wonder about the story behind that footprint you’ve seen while hiking? From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, experts from LL Bean will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible.

Title: What to Bring When Winter Hiking and Backpacking
Speaker: Keith Spaar, AMC Education Committee Chair
Room: Prince Edward C
Time: 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
Description: Winter in another great season to get outdoors for hiking and backpacking, but the ice, snow and cold brings additional challenges. Attend this session to find out what you should pack for winter outdoor adventures.