Headquarters & Facilities
The center of operations will be CREC Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, 337 E River Dr., East Hartford, CT 06108, which will be open and available to scientists for the entire 24 hours of the event. The Great Hall at the middle school (located on the ground) floor, will be the main gathering place for scientists and exhibitors.
You may arrive as early as 1PM on Friday to start setting up. You are encouraged to bring your collected specimens here for identification if ID in the field is impossible or impractical. There will be tables, chairs, electricity and internet available. Space will be assigned. Lighting will be good but sometimes having your own desk lamps and illuminators is helpful. There are classrooms that can be committed for extra space if needed. Some dissecting and compound microscopes will be available, but feel free to bring your own.
The Two Rivers Middle School is adjacent to the Connecticut and Hockanaum Rivers with some habitat quite close to the center of operations. But we recommend scientists check out some of the many other prime areas within the 5 mile radius around the school that is fair game for the event. See the Bioblitz Area Map and staging document for descriptions of these other areas.
From the East (Storrs, Boston, NH) – from I84 take use 2nd lane from the left to take exit 57 for CT-15 S toward I-91 S/Charter Oak Bridge/N.Y.City; then after 0.7mi take exit 90 for E. River Dr. towards Rt. 5; take a left on E. River Drive and another left onto Riverview Square.
From the South (New Haven, NYC, Philadelphia) – from I91 take exit 25-26 to merge onto CT-3 N toward Glastonbury; use the left lane to merge onto CT-2 W toward E Hartford; take exit 4 for E River Dr toward US-5/CT-15/I-91 S; follow E River Drive Extension, E River Dr and Riverview Square to the school. Coming from 84 is also a good option (via exit 53 for Rt. 44, then follow signs for E. River Dr.).
From the North (Springfield, Amherst) – from I91 take the left-hand exit 30 to I84; take exit 53 for US-44 E/Conn. Blvd toward E Hartford; keep right, follow signs for E. River Drive; turn right on E. River Dr., right onto Riverview Square.
By 1-1:30pm on Friday, school buses will have departed and you’ll be welcome to start setting up. Signs will indicate where you can load and unload your car – conveniently at the entrance to the gymnasium. Afterwards, there are two options for parking. The closer one is the parking lot directly east of the building. However, space is limited there. Your best bet, especially if arriving later or on Saturday, is the much larger overflow lot northwest of the school. It is still a short, easy walk to the school building, less than 1000ft.
Food and coffee will be available throughout the event only to registered participants in the school’s cafeteria. If you are bringing any unregistered taxonomists or volunteers with you, let us know immediately so we can adjust our food order. Similarly, if you are not planning to attend some of the meals (dinner, breakfast, lunch), let us know as soon as possible. IF YOU DID NOT INDICATE YOU WANT THE SIT-DOWN DINNER AT 7:30, YOU CAN STILL HAVE PIZZA AFTERWARDS. However, the catered dinner is only available to those who RSVP’d.
Multiple classrooms at the school will be available as sleeping quarters for registered scientists – please bring a sleeping mat and sleeping bag if you plan to sleep at the school. There are excellent bathroom facilities and a locker room for showering. We do not recommend camping outside the school for safety reasons.