Meriden Land Trust Lecture series
May 9, 2002. State Geologist Roger Lewis at the first of the
MLT and Augusta Curtis Cultural Center's presentations.
May 6, 2003.  State Archeologist Dr.
Nicholas Bellantoni at the MLT and Augusta
Curtis Cultural Center's presentation on the
archeology of central Connecticut.
May 11, 2004. Meriden City Planner Dominick Caruso speaks at the MLT
and the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center's third annual presentation.
On May 10, 2005, the MLT and the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center presented Hartford
Courant Outdoor reporter and author
Steve Grant in his talk on hiking the Appalachian
Over eighty people joined us on May 9, 2006 at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center as local
photographer and former Conservation Commissioner
Bob Pagini shared his digital
photographs of some of the most beautful parts of Meriden. It was an evening of great
photographic art combined with a renewed appreciation of the stunningly beautiful hills and
dales of Meriden.
Coyotes in Our Midst: Local Coyote expert Tom Pepe spoke on the coyotes of our
area on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at the Augusta Curtis Cultural  Center.  This was
our sixth annual presentation with the ACCC.   Over one hundred people attended this
standing room only talk. We hope you enjoyed it!
Read Dan Champagne's Record-Journal article about Tom
On Tuesday April 8, 2008, we presented Robert Rocks of the Connecticut Department of Environmental
Protections speaking on
"Connecticut's Changing Landscape: Challenges Past, Present and
" Rocks, the DEP Service forester for New Haven, Middlesex and Hartford counties, covered the
evolution of our Connecticut Landscape with a focus on the past (going back 13,000 years), present and
future challenges to forest stewardship. Among the current challenges he addressed are the invasion of
non-native species, the rising deer population and climate change, and how to address these challenges.
Wildlife is My Passion: Local Author and Wildlife Biologist Peter Picone shared his expertise with us at his October 6, 2009 presentation at the Curtis Center.  He
delivered a powerpoint slide show about his lifetime experiences and insights about wildlife in Connecticut. He shared excerpts from his book
Wildlife Is My
Passion. Mr. Picone grew up enjoying the outdoors and nature found in the Quinnipiac River watershed including Southington, Cheshire and Meriden. He works as
a professional wildlife biologist for the Connecticut DEP.

For more information about Mr. Picone's background and published works, please go to
On April 27, 2010, the Meriden Land Trust presented local historian Dan DeLuca,   author of  The Old Leather Man: Historical Accounts of a
Connecticut and New York Legend.  Over 60 people attended our annual lecture at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center. You can see pictures
from this event at our
Flickr site.
Joe Zajac, chair of the Meriden Linear Trail, spoke to us about Phase two of the trail on April 27,
2011's annual meeting. When finished, the Hanover Pond section will provide several scenic
viewing areas of Hanover Pond and the adjacent wetlands, along with views of H. C. Wilcox
Technical High School and Platt High School.