Summer Solstice Paddle

June 13, 2019

Summer Solstice Paddle   Join FirstLight’s Recreation and Environmental Center staff for a peaceful summer solstice paddle on Friday, June 21st from 6:30 until 8:45 p.m. During this evening paddle, we’ll explore the rich history and natural history of Barton Cove.  Ancient waterfalls, historic log drives, dinosaur footprints and nesting bald eagles are unique to […]

Scenic Cruises on the Connecticut River Start June 15th

June 10, 2019

  Scenic Cruises on the Connecticut River Start June 15 The French King Gorge in Massachusetts is one of the most scenic stretches of the beautiful Connecticut River.  Thursdays through Sundays beginning June 15, come join us for a lovely, relaxing 90-minute cruise aboard the Heritage. Fun for all ages – a great activity for […]

14th Annual Free Family Fish Day Coming June 1st

May 17, 2019

Every Spring, FirstLight and its partners host a free day of fishing and other fun activities on the beautiful Connecticut River. Adults and children of all ages are welcome.  Ride the FREE Fish Bus shuttle between sites! At Barton Cove Campground: Barton Cove Road in Gill Free fishing from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm! Fishing […]

Camping on the Connecticut River: Reservations Now Open

May 17, 2019

They’re two of New England’s most beautiful, rustic, riverfront campgrounds for tent camping–and they’re both less than 90 miles from Boston, Hartford, or Providence. Wednesday, April 10, was opening day to make reservations to camp starting on Memorial Day Weekend for the rustic Barton Cove in Gill, Massachusetts, and Munn’s Ferry campground—which is accessible only […]

Eagles Born at Barton Cove!

May 17, 2019

New Eagles born at Barton Cove! It looks as if we had a hatch at the nest at Barton Cove right around April 9th! Dedicated eagle-watcher Bill Dean was kind enough to share this video from this past weekend — remarkable footage taken under difficult overcast conditions. At least one eaglet, maybe more to come. […]

FirstLight Grant Helps Track Bird Migration in Connecticut

February 26, 2019

Earlier this year, FirstLight awarded $9,000 to the Connecticut Audubon Society to install a Motus antenna at Deer Pond in Sherman, CT. The antenna, which is part of an international wildlife tracking system, will help the Connecticut Audubon Society track and record migration patterns of local birds, bats, and other flying wildlife. The data they […]