Stocking stuffers are available from Norwalk River Watershed Association. Both the map and the book are available through the NRWA website at http://norwalkriver.org/docs.htm.

Proceeds from each purchase go toward funding NRWA efforts to protect the Norwalk River watershed. The map is available in paper for $5 and in water-resistant outdoor quality for $8. One hundred percent of proceeds support NRWA. The book is available for $10. Forty percent of proceeds go to NRWA.

The maps were produced by NRWA and printed with funds from a grant from Norwalk outdoor gear and apparel store Recreational Equipment Inc. The map charts existing and proposed trails from Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk north to Danbury throughout the watershed and surrounding vicinity.

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There is also a kayaking book. It's packed with information on kayaking the Norwalk area. The Norwalk Islands, located one mile off shore, include islands open to the public for camping and exploring, a few being part of the Stewart McKinney Wildlife Refuge. The guidebook, complete with color photos, includes information on three local rivers, complete descriptions of all the islands including local wildlife, history and points of interest such as the Historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse and other Norwalk lighthouses as well as other useful tidbits such as where to launch, coastal and off-shore paddling information and safety guidelines.

The Norwalk River Watershed Association, incorporated in 1996, is a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to improve the water quality and aesthetic value of the 40,000-acre Norwalk River watershed; to encourage recreational use of the existing trails and open space; and to promote research, education, cooperation, and action on the part of the stakeholders in the seven watershed towns (Ridgefield, Redding, Wilton, New Canaan, Weston, and Norwalk) and N.Y. (Lewisboro).

For information on free programs, research, volunteer opportunities and membership, contact www.norwalkriver.org.