Nature Conservancy Celebrates Cleanup At Weston Preserve With Open House

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Volunteers organized by Westport resident Bob Fatherley, – including many from the Y’s Men of Westport – contributed more than 100 hours of labor and raised over $6,000 toward the restoration of the Katharine Ordway Preserve in Weston.
Volunteers organized by Westport resident Bob Fatherley, – including many from the Y’s Men of Westport – contributed more than 100 hours of labor and raised over $6,000 toward the restoration of the Katharine Ordway Preserve in Weston. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTON, Conn. - The Nature Conservancy will host an open house for the public at its Katharine Ordway Preserve, located at 165 Goodhill Road in Weston, on Saturday, June 21.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will celebrate the recent cleanup and revitalization of the 62-acre nature preserve. It is free and open to public.

Conservancy Land Steward Mark Mainieri will be on hand to welcome visitors, distribute maps and answer questions about the preserve.

The celebration acknowledges the efforts of a group of volunteers who have worked alongside Conservancy staff since last fall to clear and reopen trails, remove storm debris from the arboretum and plant new trees.

Organized by Westport resident Bob Fatherley, the volunteers – many of whom are members of the Y’s Men of Westport with Fatherley – contributed more than 100 hours of labor and raised over $6,000 toward the restoration.

Named for conservation philanthropist and former Weston resident Katharine Ordway, the preserve has over 3 miles of trails that traverse forest and field and features a specimen arboretum. A quiet respite, the preserve property was originally part of Ordway’s estate.

Ordway also was instrumental in helping to create The Nature Conservancy’s Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston and Redding. At 1,756 acres, Devil’s Den is the conservancy’s largest preserve in Connecticut.

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