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2021 is the year that many people made Machimoodus and Sunrise State Parks their destination for outings with family, exercise, and exploring the natural wonders that can found in these open spaces.

We’re overjoyed to hear from a number of people that the parks are a place for them to recharge during what has been a challenging year. Your visits and support have kept the Friends of Machimoodus and Sunrise State Parks (Friends of MachSun) energized in advocating for these beautiful spaces.

We’re ready for a productive rest of the year and to hit the ground running in 2022, but we need your help! On this Giving Tuesday, we humbly ask you to make a $10 donation to the Friends of MachSun. Your monetary support to our all-volunteer group goes 100% into our projects.

Here’s some of the ways your donations help: We are able to buy supplies to continue growing Ginger’s Garden for all to visit and purchase a long-term garden sign that can withstand the elements. On top of that, we can host more outdoor recreation and family-friendly events for you and the entire community to take part in. Also, we can print more trail maps that have been much appreciated by new visitors and people looking to try out different trails.

Please make a $10 donation in support of the Friends of MachSun today.
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Mailing Address:
Friends of Machimoodus-Sunrise P.O. Box 23 Hadlyme, CT 06439-0023

Thanks to the friends of the parks like you, a great deal has been accomplished in 2021:

  • “Broke Ground” on Ginger’s Garden: We held summer and fall work parties to start planting in the pollinator pathway named in memory of our co-founder. We’re thankful to those who are sponsoring or have adopted a garden bed, and to the Middletown Press for their feature on the garden
  • Hosting Events for People of All Ages: It was great to meet new friends and see old ones during our several outdoor events including a plant walk, paddle on the Salmon River, and the welcome return of Professor Gencarella for the Tales of the Trails Halloween hike
  • Keeping the Parks Safe for All: We aided Stella Marsh in installing a poster informing equestrians on how to spot plants that are toxic to horses and a trail sign that reminds people walking, biking, or on horseback to be respectful of one another on the trails
  • Trails and River Area are Kept Clean: The parks overlook the scenic Salmon River and we did our part by holding a Source to Sea Cleanup to help remove trash along the river area. Earlier this year, we facilitated our friends at the CT Trail Rides Association, Lower CT Valley Horsemen's Club, and the Bridle Conservancy in helping clear invasive plants and trim trees. Thank you to all for your much appreciated work
With your support, we can keep the parks open as a space for community gathering, wellness, and preserving the natural wonders that we are lucky to have in our area. Please consider donating $10 to the Friends of MachSun to sustain our volunteer-efforts on behalf of Machimoodus and Sunrise State Parks.
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Hadlyme, CT 06439-0023

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