The New Canaan Land Trust invites you to an Arbor Day Celebration on Sunday, April 28th at the Silvermine-Fowler Preserve. Running from 1pm to 4pm, the family-friendly event will feature a native plant workshop and planting, guided tours of the Preserve and a scavenger hunt developed by Treasure Hunt Tours. Designed to showcase the importance of native plants and shrubs, the afternoon offers activities, education and fun for people of all ages. Free and open to the public, the event will take place at the Silvermine Fowler Preserve, and participants should park at the base of the driveway for 765 Silvermine Road. For the detailed schedule, visit New Canaan Land Trust’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/2007217286044168/
Jim Fowler describes himself as the type of person who promotes the natural world as important. An award-winning zoologist and New Canaanite for more than three decades, Fowler doesn’t mean saving animals alone by that, but also preserving open space and wilderness. “We need, in a community like this, to stay connected with the natural world,” Fowler said on a warm, sunny Saturday afternoon, seated in a foldout camping chair in the middle of the woods off of Silvermine Road as more than 200 locals gathered on the 6.35-acre property he purchased in 1984, arriving by shuttle bus or by way of leafy footpaths he knows intimately. “And that is why it gives me great pleasure. Look at this original forest around here.