Spring Meeting – Monday 5/3/2021 @ 6:00p

Date:   Monday, May 3rd
Time:   6:00p   Come earlier to sign up for work dates
Location:  Welles-Shipman-Ward House Tobacco Shed
                  972 Main St. So. Glastonbury, CT
Topic:  National Parks presented by Dr. Richard Benfield 

This meeting and presentation are open to the public.

Please come to the GPIP Spring meeting on Monday, May 3rd @ 6:00p at Welles Shipman Ward House Tobacco Shed. Our speaker, Dr. Richard W. Benfield, CCSU Professor of Geography Emeritus, will speak about National Parks. Dr. Benfield teaches courses in Human Geography, the history and management of the National Parks, Plants, Predators and Parks, Russia, the European Union and many of the courses in the department’s tourism track. This presentation will trace the history of the US National Parks and the evolution of the major causal factors that drove the establishment of America’s and the world’s parks. This will range from a need to finance railways, the need to provide work opportunities during the Great Depression, establishment of new tourism destinations in a growing post World War economy, to today’s stress on floral and faunal conservation and protection. The presentation will detail work involved in National Park Management by looking at Banff National Park, Canada, the world’s second national park and conclude with an evaluation of how our parks system, once called America’s Greatest Idea, will evolve, and develop over the next fifty years.

A brief business meeting will be held prior to the presentation.

There will be some free seed packets for those that want them. Jennifer Sherman, one of our members, was able to obtain free seeds for us. We cannot use them all, so please pick up a few when you come to the meeting. A small stack of gardening books will be available for sale also. These books were donated to GPIP by several of our members.

Covid guidelines will apply. Seating limited to the first 40 people.

GPIP is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides beautification, education, and environmental work on the public lands of Glastonbury through funds obtained from membership, donations and grants. For more information:  call Pam @ 860.659.3482  or GPIP.orginformation@gpip.org    Facebook 
Donations can be mailed to: GPIP PO Box 378 So. Glastonbury, CT 06073 or electronically via PayPal.