Mill River Wetland Committee celebrates 50 years

Events emphasize environmental education

Come see how a Revolution got started on Friday, June 2, at 1 p.m, at Mill Hollow Park, Sturges and Old Mill Roads. 

The Mill River Wetland Committee (MRWC) is a nonprofit organization that provides the award-winning River-Lab program. The Mill River Wetland Committee was started by Joy Shaw, resident of the Mill on Perry’s Mill Pond. They are celebrating 50 years of service to the community this year.

Fifty years ago, Joy stood in front of a backhoe that was altering the floodplain of the Mill Hollow and that evening MRWC was formed. Joy formed MRWC to get more people involved and help document the life that would be affected. Out of that research evolved the first River-Lab program at Mill Hill school, a study in the productivity and life in the watershed. It quickly was adopted by all Fairfield public and parochial schools and we have developed into the provider of the hands-on component of Environmental Education curriculum for third through sixth grades.

Upcoming events:

  • June 2 — Zen Ride Spin-raiser, 6:30 p.m., Zen Ride, 869 Post Road
  • June 3 — Hometown Hike, 10 a.m., Perry’s Mill Open Space, 751 Sturges Road
  • June 6 —Stewardship Project: Invasive Plant Pull, 10:30 a.m., Perry’s Mill Open Spac, 751 Sturges Road
  • CANCELLED — Friday, June 9 Backhoe Reenactment; fall date to be announced.
  • June 17 — Fairfield Clam Clinic, 10:30 a.m., Sasco Beach, 1401 Sasco Hill Road
  • June 21 — Trivia Night, 7 p.m., Bear & Grill, 2000 Black Rock Turnpike
  • Nov. 8 — 50th Anniversary Gala, 7-10 p.m., Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Road

For more information, visit, or call 203-259-1847.

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