Newtown Forest Association

  • New Trees Offer ‘A Place Of Quiet Reflection’

    A path worn by many passing feet leads to a large stone. Take a left.

    From there, rows of newly planted native crab apple trees reach across Nettleton Preserve — a Newtown Forest Association (NFA) property. They stand amid remnants of an existing orchard chocked by invasives and overgrowth.

  • NFA Hosts A Successful Sunset Wine Tasting

    As daylight faded on Saturday, guests of the Newtown Forest Association Sunset Wine Tasting crowded beneath tents filled with soft light. In brighter areas, servers prepared trays of food for the 300 guests attending the second annual fundraiser.

  • Volunteers Needed For Wine Tasting Event

    Residents who would like to volunteer for the upcoming Newtown Forest Association (NFA) wine tasting event on September 12 are invited to a meeting Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm at the Holcombe Hill offices at 65 Great Hill Road.

    The NFA board members are reaching out to residents to help put on this year’s 2nd Annual Sunset Wine Tasting. The NFA, Inc. is a local non-profit  private land trust and is dependent upon volunteers  from the community.

  • NFA Wine Tasting Tickets On Sale

    NOTE: This story has been updated to include details about a volunteer meeting scheduled for August 6.

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    Newtown Forest Association has announced its 2nd Annual Sunset Wine Tasting will take place Saturday, September 12. The event will continue NFA's celebration of 91 years of privately preserving open space and Newtown's rural character.

    The celebration will take place at Holcombe Hill Preserve, 65 Great Hill Road. It will take place, rain or shine, from 4 to 8 pm.

  • Discussion To Focus On Wild Spaces For Wild Species

    Its glistening dark eyes stared back at resident Robert Eckenrode as he took a photo of his backyard guest. A barred owl — named “Hootie” or “Daniel,” depending on who in the family is talking — that he first noticed in mid-June sat with its wings at rest, perched on a porch rail.

  • Interns Help NFA Restore Preserve’s Beauty, Health

    Wednesday afternoon, June 24, was calm and bright with cotton clouds stretching across a crisp blue sky. The scene was easy to see for the group of interns working at Nettleton Preserve off Castle Hill Road — one of Newtown’s most photographed and most scenic points.

  • Bob-o-link Paradise

    To the Editor:

    What is it about birds that we find so fascinating and awe-inspiring? Is it their ability to break the bonds of gravity and freely move in any direction, their ability to navigate across countries or even continents, their songs which capture our imaginations, or their visibility which keeps us so connected to nature?

  • Guided Hike Saturday With NFA

    A guided hike at Holcombe Hill Preserve will be a National Trails Day event. 

  • Series Of NFA Snowshoe Hikes Begin This Weekend

    Newtown Forest Association (NFA) Hike Leader Aaron Coopersmith is encouraging everyone to grab a pair of snowshoes and “dress for success,” for a series of upcoming snowshoe hikes on NFA-owned preserves.

    Upcoming dates for the hikes, open to the public, are Saturday, February 28 at  Holcombe Hill, 65 Great Hill Road, at 12:30 pm; Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 pm, for a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike; Saturday, March 7, at 12:30 pm, at Brunot Preserve, 124 Taunton Hill Road; and then back at Holcombe Hill on Saturday, March 21, at 12:30 pm.

  • 'Something Special' Caught On Film at Holcombe Hill

    His message began: “Take a minute to watch something special…” Newtown Forest Association (NFA) President Robert Eckenrode was referring to a video submitted to him by “two young aspiring artists,” he said in a recent e-mail.