The Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a 501 (c)3 domestic not-for-profit corporation based in Washington, Connecticut. Since its founding in 1971, the Council’s mission has been to be an advocate for and provide leadership in maintaining, protecting and enhancing the environmental quality of the Town of Washington and the surrounding area.

WEC organizes and supports a wide range of community services, including the Earth Day roadside cleanup, Climate Change Awareness Day, Household Hazardous Waste Day, the Harwood Environmental Lecture Series, Environmental Programs for Local Schools, College Scholarships for Environmental Studies and many other one time environmental events. It is also an active environmental steward and intervenes early in situations that threaten to degrade the environment. Our goal is to keep Washington and the surrounding area the very special and beautiful place that it is for the enjoyment of present and future generations.


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Join us for our first annual Earth Day 5k! The event is chip timed and is one of the prettiest 5k's in CT! The relatively flat up and back course winds its way along a dirt road in the preserve. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Shepaug River and Steep Rock. Stick around for fresh baked cookies and treats. To celebrate Earth Day there will also be a roadside cleanup. If you have some extra time and energy please join us for that event!
Event details and schedule

WEC Earth Day 5k Race Information:Start Time: 4/22/17 at 9 a.m. Rain or Shine!Same Day Registration and Bib Pick Up: 7:45 am - 8:45 am on Race DayCourse Info: Mostly flat, dirt road course, with 2 small hills. Arrival info: Parking in main parking lots and horse ring area.What to bring: This is an eco-friendly event. Please carpool and bring your own water bottle, if possible! Bring warm clothes and gloves if you are staying for the roadside clean up. THANK YOU to the local businesses who have supported our Earth Day events!AVERILL APPLE ORCHARDWASHINGTON VOLUNTEER AMBULANCERIDE INDOOR CYCLING BARNWOODBRIDGE RUNNINGHICKORY STICK BOOKSTOREHIDDEN VALLEY EATERYMARTY'S CAFEASPETUCK GARDENS more