New! SVT Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston

Events & Calendar

Join SVT staff and volunteers in exploring our watershed in a variety of locations through a variety of land and water-based activities

Registration is required for all outings unless noted. Please click on the title of an event to register online. Click here for a listing of community events, not sponsored by SVT, that may interest our members. To learn more about outdoor-oriented activities west of Boston, sponsored by a variety of organizations, join Outdoors This Week.

If you have already registered for an event, but have not paid, then you may make an on-line payment.

AD HOC WINTER EVENTS SIGN-UP.  If you'd like to be on the list for some ad hoc winter events such as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or tracking walks, please click here to sign up.  As conditions look favorable, we'll schedule such events and let you know.

LIONS AND TIGERS AND BEARS, OH MY! SPOTLIGHT ON PROTECTING FLORA AND FAUNA IN EASTERN WORCESTER COUNTY

Date: Wednesday, October 29, Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: 
Tower Hill Botanic Garden- Theatre, Boylston
Leader/Speaker: Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director
While Eastern Worcester County is not the land of Dorothy's Oz, it is nevertheless home to a great diversity of wildlife. Using a stunning collection of photographs, Lisa Vernegaard, Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, will introduce you to the many animals and plants that call this part of Massachusetts home. Come learn about their conservation status, and what we can do to help our wild neighbors. Make an evening of it by coming early to have dinner at Tower Hill's Twigs Cafe and enjoying a great view of the spectacular fall foliage surrounding Wachusett Resevoir.
 
This presentation is free with $12.00 admission to Tower Hill, admission fee will be waived for members of SVT.
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GLACIAL FEATURES EXPLORATION

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014, Time: 9:00-11:00am
Location: 
Gray Reservation, Sudbury  
Leader/Speaker: Bruce Porter, Volunteer, Physicist, & Science Olympiad coach for the Glaciers Competition
Join Bruce at SVT’s Gray Reservation and learn about the geophysical events that shaped this land and see where the passage of glaciers left marks on this landscape.  A striking 40-foot high ice-contact face rises just south of Hop Brook, eskers wind through these properties, and kettleholes pit the plain.  Learn more about the grand history of this unique SVT property.   
Rain date: Sunday, November 9
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Trail Walk- Memorial Forest, Sudbury

Date: Saturday, November 15, Time: 10:00 am
Location: 
Memorial Forest, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Alicia Coleman, SVT Regional Conservation Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps member
Join Alicia for a one-hour walk through Memorial Forest. As development continues to urbanize the remaining open space in Sudbury and Marlborough and neighboring towns of Hudson and Stow, this natural area only increases in local and regional significance. Come explore unique pine and oak habitat that provide a rich diversity of wildlife, as well as learn about the important of fire to maintaining a healthy forest. 


Click here for Google Map directions from your home. This event is free, but please register.
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THE RETURN OF BALD EAGLES TO MASSACHUSETTS

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014, Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Andrew Vitz, Ph.D., State Ornithologist, Mass. Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Come and hear this interesting presentation on the success of restoring Bald Eagles to our state.  After being extirpated from Massachusetts in the early 1900s, Bald Eagles were reintroduced to the state in 1982.  This reintroduction involved “hacking” juvenile birds from artificial nests along the shores of the Quabbin Reservoir.  This effort was successful, and the first nesting eagles were documented in 1989.  Today eagle populations continue to grow and have expanded their range to include nearly the entire state of Massachusetts. 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Trail Walk-Ralph Hill, Billerica

Date: Thursday November 20, Time: 9:00 am
Location: 
 Ralph Hill, Billerica
Leader/Speaker: Alicia Coleman, SVT Regional Conservation Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps member
Come explore the northern part of our watershed at Ralph Hill in Billerica! The conservation area is comprised of the area extending from the beaver pond eastward to Route 3, as well as the entire area south of the dirt access road that bisects Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Park, exclusive of the new soccer field and parking lot. This area of the Concord River is part of the federally designated Wild and Scenic Corridor, and also offers varied topography and wetlands (even two vernal pools!)
Click here for Google Map directions from your home. This walk is free, but please register.
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Trail Walk- Cowassock Woods, Framingham

Date: Tuesday, November 25, Time: 10:00 am
Location: 
Cowassock Woods, Framingham
Leader/Speaker: Alicia Coleman, SVT Regional Conservation Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps member
Cowassock Woods and Ashland Town Forest are composed of a mosaic of mixed hardwood forest types, wetlands, vernal pools and stream corridors. Sixty to eighty year old mixed hardwood forests – mixed oak and oak/hickory forest types - are the dominant natural communities that we will see on this walk. This creates a rich corridor of red maple, highbush blueberry, skunk cabbage and a large diversity of sedges and wildflowers (that will be more noticeable come springtime!)
Click here for Google Map directions from your home. This event is free, but please register.

 

 
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THANKSGIVING DAY WALK AT MT. PISGAH

Date: Thursday, November 27, 2014, Time: 10:00am-12:00 noon
Location: 
Northborough
Leader/Speaker:  Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director
Give thanks for the land!  Work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving feast! Join Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard for a moderate-paced hike, exploring much of the three-mile trail network of the Mt. Pisgah Conservation Area.  Meet at the parking lot on Smith Road, Northborough. 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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WINTER SOLSTICE SUNRISE

Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014, Time: 7:00-8:00am
Location: 
Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough
Leader/Speaker: George Krusen, SVT Member
If you’re an early riser, or even if you’re not, this is an outing not to miss. On the shortest day of the year, view the winter solstice sunrise through the stone structures (allegedly Native American ceremonial stone structures) at Half Moon Meadow Brook. The sunlight bores through the stones for a magnificent viewing. It’s a beautiful way to start the winter. 
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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HOOTING FOR OWLS

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015, Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury    
Leader/Speaker: Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Agent
Join Michele, Town of Weston’s Conservation Agent and SVT volunteer, on a night hike behind SVT’s headquarters listening for owls.  Michele will begin her presentation indoors, introducing the three most common owls in Massachusetts as well as discussing the nocturnal adaptations they possess to survive.  This will be a slow paced 1– 1.5 hour hike. Owl observations are not guaranteed but leader promises this will be an evening not to be missed.  Children 9 and older welcome.  Participants must dress warmly (warm boots, warm coat, mittens, hat, etc. as temperatures may be in the 20’s or 30’s). Head lamp recommended although we will try not to use them unless we need to. 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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