Dusk Founder’s Guided Art Walk @ I-Park Tickets
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm
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I-Park is very pleased to welcome the public to our Dusk Founder’s Guided Art Walk on Saturday, September 26th at 7pm. This intimate, ticketed event will feature a moonlit walk along our Art/Nature paths led by I-Park founder, Ralph Crispino, Jr. He will offer tidbits about I-Park’s history as well as our artists, their creation process, and hijinks. Guests are invited to enjoy drinks and light refreshments in the Outdoor Performance Area following the walk. All proceeds will support I-Park’s artists-in-residence programs and reservations in advance are REQUIRED. For additional information, write or call 860-873-2468.

In accordance with the State of Connecticut Reopening Guidelines, our Trail Walk will practice social distancing procedures during check-in and throughout the event to ensure our participants’ safety. Visitors are encouraged to wear a mask if they are not able to maintain 6 feet of distance from other hikers – however, face masks will not be required while hiking on our trails. I-Park is dedicated to everyone’s personal health and is eager to welcome back the public for a safe, relaxing day of hiking!

Due to the fragility of the artwork and the natural features at I-Park, pets are not permitted on the I-Park grounds.

Important: You will be agreeing to our Visitor Code of Conduct when you register for Open Trails.

We look forward to welcoming you to I-Park for a beautiful visit!

Volunteers Day @ I-Park Tickets
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
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I-Park is seeking community-spirited outdoor enthusiasts to help enhance trail safety and aesthetics. I-Park suffered a multi-year assault by gypsy moths that left behind hundreds of dead trees and thousands of fallen limbs. The gardens are also in need of TLC. Volunteers Day will be on Saturday, October 24, from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. This family-friendly event is recommended for anyone age 14 or older and will be held rain or shine.

Volunteers will hone their “happy stick” and debris-pile-maintenance skills while enjoying some quiet/zen time within I-Park’s beautiful natural setting. No technical expertise or feats of strength are required – just a willingness to roll up your sleeves and spend a few hours working alongside like-spirited art and nature lovers. I-Park will provide the tools and safety gear. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants, hiking boots or other sturdy closed-toe shoes, and a hat – and gardeners, please bring your own gloves. In addition, participants should bring water, sunscreen, and light snacks. A complimentary luncheon will be served following the work period. Please note that no pets are allowed.

Reservations are REQUIRED and visitors can register at the Eventbrite link. For additional information, write or call 860-873-2468.
We look forward to welcoming you!

Discovering Antarctica: 1820-2020 @ Mystic Seaport Museum Tickets
Nov 14 2020 – Nov 14 2021 all-day
Discovering Antarctica: 1820-2020 @ Mystic Seaport Museum | Stonington | Connecticut | United States

In 1820, mariners from three nations simultaneously confirmed the presence of a major land mass – a land that had been imagined, theorized, and debated across cultures for more than two thousand years. On November 14, 2020, Mystic Seaport Museum will present the exhibition Discovering Antarctica, marking the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica with the first-ever exhibition to explore the full history of human contact and our engagement with the Earth’s most extreme environment.

Discovering Antarctica retraces how a continent devoid of indigenous human populations became a human realm through individual and collective stories of exploration, science, and occupation. The exhibition will present Antarctica’s history around a central hub of interactive tools and presentations that illustrate the continent’s geological history, physical geography, and biological diversity. Visitors will select their own trajectory through the exhibition, focusing on their own centers of interest while gaining a better understanding of how these various aspects fit into a wider whole.

The exhibition will explore many aspect of human history, including early sealing and discovery in the “Heroic Era,” inland and aerial exploration, colonization and geopolitics, scientific collaboration, and climate change. It will also examine Antarctica’s place in our collective imagination over the course of the last 200 years.

More than 200 loaned artifacts, manuscripts, images, historical and contemporary equipment, vehicles, specimens, instruments, paintings, film clips, media cuttings, and other artifacts will illustrate the exhibition themes. Specific items will include archaeological finds such as pipes and candles; accounts, maps, and documents from the original three voyages; seal fur clothing; artifacts associated with the Byrd Expeditions, including geological specimens and Byrd’s sun compass; and clothing and sledges used in adventure/endurance tourism.

Through interactives, media, incredible stories, and rare artifacts, Discovering Antarctica will help visitors understand human impacts on the continent. What is this land? What are its mysteries? How do people live and work there? What can we learn from studying Antarctica today? And what does it tell us about our future? These guiding questions will help frame the continent’s history as well as its unfolding narrative of climate change.

Discovering Antarctica will be on display November 14, 2020 to October 24, 2021 in the Collins Gallery.