Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Inc.

Middletown office:
deKoven House Community Center
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: 860-346-3282
Fax: 860-346-3284

Workshops and Seminars

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District offers natural resource education to municipal staff, land use commissioners, environmental professionals, engineers, farmers, teachers, Realtors, civic groups, and the general public.

Every other year the District offers “Reading the Land: A Practical Workshop for Real Estate Professionals” a 3 CEU credit workshop on land use, tools for reading the land, soils and wetlands, low impact design techniques, and understanding septic systems and water supply wells.

District Staff offer technical training workshops on a variety of topic areas including:

  • Five Easy Pieces of Site Development Plan Review
  • Controlling Erosion and Sedimentation in and around Wetlands and Watercourses
  • Protecting Backyard Water Resources

In addition, the District sponsors environmental seminars presented by local and regional experts. Past sponsored workshops include:

  • Rain Garden Workshop - Dr. Michael Dietz, NEMO stormwater specialist (co-sponsored by the UConn NEMO program)
  • Diversity on a Suburban Lot: Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat - Peter Picone, DEP Wildlife Biologist; Lori Brant, Connecticut Forest & Parks Association Education Coordinator (co-sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society, Ecological Landscaping Network, Project Green Lawn)
  • The Hows and Whys of Organic Lawn Care - Paul Tukey, Editor & Publisher, People, Places & Plants magazine and National Spokesperson for (co-sponsored by Project Green Lawn)
  • Monitoring Ponds & Lakes for Aquatic Invasive Plants - Robert Capers, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Introduction to Stream Restoration (2-days) - Dr. Greg Jennings, PE, North Carolina State University
  • Planning for Nature: Integrating Biodiversity into Local Land Use Decisions - Dr. Michael Klemens, Wildlife Conservation Society (co-sponsored by CT DEP)
  • Planting for Nature: Backyard Landscaping for Homeowners - Heather Crawford, UConn Sea Grant; Dave Gumbart, TNC; Todd Harrington, Harrington OrganiCare; Nancy DuBrule, Natureworks; Denise Ciastko, Natural Attraction Project, Inc


Connecticut Envirothon

The Connecticut Envirothon is a natural resource based education program started in 1992 by the state's Soil and Water Conservation Districts. This high school level program promotes environmental awareness, knowledge, and stewardship through education and team competition.

Throughout the year Envirothon teams work with a teacher/advisor on curriculum materials in the study areas of Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife, Forestry and Current Environmental Issues. Then in May, teams meet for a day-long, fun filled field competition. Teams work together on practical, environmental problem solving and hands-on challenges. In addition, each team prepares a short oral presentation on a real life environmental problem and presents it to a panel of experts. The winning Envirothon team earns the chance to represent our state at the Canon Envirothon, a weeklong summertime event. The Connecticut team competes for scholarships and other prizes against about 60 other teams from the USA and Canada. Visit the Connecticut Envirothon website (Exit CRCCD) to learn about how to “Take the Natural Challenge.”


Internships and Community Service Opportunities

The Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District offers internship opportunities throughout the year. Internships are structured to provide valuable natural resources job experience and/or high school or college course credit. Paid internships may be offered depending on funding availability.

Students looking to fulfill community service hours are encouraged to inquire for opportunities to assist District Staff with watershed management or natural resource protection projects.

Interested in participating? Contact us.

Community Outreach


Project Green Lawn: Healthy Lawns for Healthy Communities

Did you know that lawn care chemicals are harmful to people, pets and our planet? To help spread the word, the District has collaborated with the City of Middletown and other local organizations on an educational campaign about the harmful effects of synthetic pesticides and herbicides: Project Green Lawn.

The centerpiece of the campaign is an educational brochure (download PDF), which explains the risks associated with using lawn care chemicals and includes strategies for maintaining a healthy lawn without harmful chemicals.

Sign the pledge and be part of the campaign!

For more information, including a copy of the brochure and a pledge form, contact Kim O’Rourke, Middletown's Recycling Coordinator, at (860) 638-4855 or

Additional resources:

Grassroots Environmental Education-Lawn Pesticides: An Unacceptable Risk
Grassroots Environmental Education-Questions and Answers About Turf Pesticides
Connecticut Safe Grounds Coalition
Beyond Pesticides (numerous fact sheets available)
NOFA Organic Landcare Program (homeowner resources)

Get Your Lawn Off Drugs!

Learn how to maintain your lawn safely with The Organic Lawn Care Manual by Paul Tukey (more info). Copies are available for sale at our office in Middletown. Proceeds benefit the District's natural resource conservation programs and services.

Diversify Your Yard!

Interested in diversifying habitat in your yard and reducing the size of your lawn? Here are some useful resources:

Ecological Landscaping Network
USDA "Backyard Conservation" booklet and tip sheets
National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat program


Give a Bark for a Clean State Park!

Did you know that your dog’s poop can be a health risk and source of water pollution? In summer 2007, the District initiated an education and outreach campaign about the health and environmental risks associated with dog waste. The campaign has focused on Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, and Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown.  It was developed in collaboration with the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and is funded by DEEP through a US EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 grant.

Educational materials developed as part of the campaign include a brochure and post card

For more information, go to the pet waste page.

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