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Town Green
Branford, CT

GENEROUS SUPPORT from the Watershed Fund: Regional Water Authority, the David Bermant Foundation, and the Town of Branford


“The Sound’s beauty attracts visitors from around the U.S., yet it is located in one of the most densely populated regions of the country. Through pollution, run-off, natural disasters and more, our natural and public water resources are threatened. As a coastal town, water plays a big role in the lives of many Branford residents. Our goal is to elevate public awareness of the value of our water resources, and to teach about preservation of this resource for future generations.”

- Joy Wulke


water wondersWATER WONDERS, a family day of water education and activities on Saturday, October 9, 2010 With events at the Blackstone Memorial Library and on the Branford Green, this free day-long event includes activities for families, story telling, a film series, and a variety of hands-on education programs presented by close to two dozen participating organizations.

WATER WONDERS was inspired by the unique diversity of Long Island Sound—from its tidal wetlands and coastal grasslands to inland forests—and the growing need to focus on conservation of this vital natural resource.

WATER WONDERS culminates at 7:00 p.m. with LUMINAQUA, a celebration of light and water on the Branford Green. The luminary sculpture made of water bottles, was created by Branford High School students, and was ceremoniously illuminated by Jamie Burnett of Luminous Environments with sound score by Istvan Peter B’Racz. Directed by Madelyn Paskiewicz.


Other participants included the Branford Land Trust, Branford River Project, Project Limulus, Coast Guard Sea Partners, the Fishway Program, the Osprey Program, Walsh Intermediate School and Branford High School Green Scene, the Limu, our Hydro Hero and horseshoe crab costumed mascot and a sea star roamed the green. Thanks to Mystic Aquarium for the cool costumes. Activities included touch tanks from Mystic Aquarium, Coastguard Auxiliary Sea Partners, boat building with Eli Whitney Museum, water cycle travel with the DEP Kellogg Environmental Center, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Otto Schaefer-sturgeon biologist, Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, Regional Water Authority, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Branford Flotilla 24-01, Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Schooner, Inc., and more.

Creation Team

Joy Wulke, Concept/Director
Robin Comey, Concept/Director
Jamie Burnett, Luminous Environments LCC, Lighting Design
Istvan Peter B’Racz, Sound Score

Special Thanks

Special Thanks to Bob Perron for aerial photography, Branford Chamber of Commerce, Words by Jen, Kathy Crockett for poster design.

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