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We hope to see you at one of our informational and fun events such as, bird watching tours, catch-and-release fishing competitions, scavenger hunts, park maintenance gatherings, assembling picnic tables for Pachaug Forest, kayaking outings, scenic drone parties, tips tricks and lessons in organic gardening, fun and game events, and horseback riding tours, and other educational programs.

If you have experience or a hobby regarding Pachaug Forest, please share your expertise. We invite you to join us in creating a lecture, activity, or adventure! Email to get started!

 Upcoming Events

What: Kayak/Paddling Lesson

When: Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:  Hopeville Pond State Park, We Will Meet at the Beach Parking Area

Who:  Friends of Pachaug Forest - Robert Raufeisen, kayak enthusiast

FOPF member Robert Raufeisen will lead us in a gateway course to the sport of kayaking.  This lesson will give you the essential kayaking and safety skills you’ll need as a beginner paddler. We will begin by learning proper entering, exiting and launching, pre-paddle checklist, boat nomenclature and refining essential paddling strokes to maneuver your boat. We’ll embark on a short paddle to practice newly acquired skills.

The course will be taught in calm, protected water and by day’s end you’ll feel ready to head out on your own excursion.

Bring your kayak, sunscreen and snacks.  All participants are invited to bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy a day paddling and honing your skills, following lunch we will enjoy a longer paddle upstream to the Pachaug Pond Dam.

**It is mandatory all participants wear an approved Life Vest.  Life Vests must be Type I, II, III, V or V-Hybrid.**  Attach a whistle to your life jacket  The sound of a whistle will travel farther than your voice and attract attention. Connecticut and federal laws require a sound producing device onboard all vessels.  

Registration is required: To register or for more information contact Sue at:

Program is free to members.  Suggested Donation $10 for non-members.



Previous Events

What: TLGV Earth Month Clean Ups

When:  Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 9:00 am- 12:00 pm

Where: Hopeville Pond State Park Pavilion, Route 201, Griswold, CT

Who: Friends of Pachaug Forest, Inc.  
               and Community Volunteers

Join Friends of Pachaug Forest, Inc. as we team up with community volunteers to clean up the hiking trails in and around Hopeville State Park and the Pachaug State Forest. Strong winds combined with freezing rain and wet snow over the past winter dropped many trees and branches on trails and there is considerable brush as well as trash from litterbugs to be removed. We will be removing trash in and around the park on trails, local roadways and from the water. A limited amount of hand tools including rakes and brush cutters will be available, but you’re encouraged to bring your own. Make sure to bring work gloves, (nitrile gloves and trash bags will be provided for trash pickup) wear heavy boots and bring tick repellent.

Following cleanup, we will meet back at the Hopeville Pavilion to relax and enjoy lunch with “friends” and members of our community as we discuss the successes of our day!

*~*~Live music will be provided by local musician and songwriter Jonny Debit!

**Attention Scouts: Badges will be provided to members of scouting troops who participate in our cleanup event. Scouting Troops/Members please RSVP as soon as possible to: to ensure we have the proper number of badges available.

Volunteers are requested to RSVP to:

Sponsored by Friends of Pachaug Forest, Inc. and The Last Green Valley.


Friends of Pachaug Forest is a newly formed (501) (c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to sponsor and/or participate in events and activities that promote educational opportunities about Pachaug Forests resources; and to preserve and protect the unique quality and character of Pachaug Forest.