Annual Environmental Symposium Taking Place March 26

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Planting for Pollinators to Support Farms and Mitigate Climate Change

When: Thursday, March 26, 8:30 – 12:30

What: 2020 Rockfall Symposium: The Birds and The Bees – What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You. Landscape Practices for a Sustainable Future.

Where: deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington Street, Middletown, CT

Cost: $45 / $15 students


MIDDLETOWN, CT -- The Rockfall Foundation and Connecticut Sea Grant will present “The Birds and The Bees – What Your Mother Didn’t Tell You” on March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The symposium delves into the why and the how for landscape practices that support pollinators. It is being held at deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington Street, Middletown. The program provides pertinent information for land use planners, landscape architects, gardeners, land trusts, conservation commissions, birders and butterfly enthusiasts, horticulturalists, engineers, beekeepers and all concerned with plant selection for a sustainable future. Registration is $45, or $15 for students. Optional lunch following the program is available with pre-registration for $15, or $5 for Rockfall Foundation members.

Landscape choices, whether for a commercial site plan or a backyard garden, and what we plant for pollinators, can influence the viability of our farms and help mitigate climate change impacts. Topics will include the importance of creating a friendly place for nesting and migratory birds, the importance and benefits of bees and of public and private land rich with native plants and nutrition, landscape practices that encourage sustainable habitats of all types, and the role of Citizen Scientists. The featured speakers are Patrick Comins, Executive Director, Connecticut Audubon Society, Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, Judy Preston, Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator, CT Sea Grant, and Mary Ellen Mateleska, Director, Education & Conservation, Mystic Aquarium.

Since 1986 The Rockfall Foundation has sponsored symposia on topics relating to balancing development and environmental conservation. Rockfall Symposia seek to help identify and explore emerging issues related to environmental sustainability and growth, inspire dialogue and creative collaboration among attendees, and present options and strategies for developing and implementing effective policies. To register for the 2020 symposium on March 26, please visit

Founded in 1935 by Middletown philanthropist Clarence S. Wadsworth, The Rockfall Foundation is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental organizations. The Foundation supports environmental education, conservation and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River Valley through public programs and grants.  In addition, The Rockfall Foundation operates the historic deKoven House Community Center, which offers meeting rooms and office space for non-profit organizations.

For additional information about The Rockfall Foundation and the symposia, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit or call 860-347-0340.



Amanda Kenyon
Grants & Communications Coordinato
The Rockfall Foundation


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