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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.

ART VENTURE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Date: Tuesdays, September 2 - October 7, 2014, Time: 10:15am - 12:15pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker:  Cecilia Sharma, Museum School Instructor
Art Venture Watercolor Workshop:  capturing the beauty of landscape and still life in watercolor.
Come and enjoy individual hands-on instruction with an emphasis on developing textures, washes, shapes, and creating the illusion of light.  This workshop will include painting demonstrations that will teach you how to explore your own personal painting style.  Beginners are welcome!  Fee does not include materials. Class limit: 12 people.
 
Member Fee: $80 | Non-Member Fee: $100

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EDIBLE WILD PLANTS WALK AT STEARNS FARM

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014, Time: 4:30-7:00pm
Location: 
Stearns Farm, Framingham   
Leader/Speaker: Russ Cohen, Mass. Dept. of Fish & Game Riverways Program, foraging expert & author of “Wild Plants I Have Known… and Eaten.”
Stearns Farm and its adjacent woodlands are home to more than 30 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ on a late afternoon/evening ramble through the farm (and, if time permits, the adjoining woods) to learn about at least eighteen species of edible wild plants. Pending favorable weather conditions, several edible mushroom species may be encountered as well. Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with information on edible portions, seasons of availability, and preparation methods, as well as guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.
This is a free event for Stearns Farm members, in addition to SVT members.  Stearns Farm members, please check the SVT member box when registering for this program.     
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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BIKE TOUR OF SVT CONSERVATION LAND

Date: Saturday, September 13, 1014, Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker:  Dick Williamson, Sudbury resident and long-time SVT member
Avid biker and SVT member Dick Williamson leads this casual 15-20-mile bike tour. Beginning at Wolbach Farm, attendees will cycle to numerous SVT properties in Sudbury and Wayland where they will be led on short walks.  Bring a lunch for a noontime stop at Round Hill.  Helmets are required.  This program is open to riders of all abilities including families with appropriate child carriers (seat or trailer).   
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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CONCORD RIVER PADDLE & WALK

Date:  Saturday, September 27, 2014, Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: 
Carlisle to Ralph Hill                                       
Leader/Speaker: Susan Crane and Mark Roberts, SVT Volunteers
Susan and Mark will lead this paddle of approximately 3.5 miles from the Route 225 boat launch in Carlisle down river to Ralph Hill in Billerica, arriving at about noon.  We’ll spend an hour enjoying lunch and a walk at Ralph Hill, followed by a return paddle up river  (against a mild current) of approximately two hours, returning to the cars about 3:00pm.  This event is for experienced, strong paddlers only, with their own boats.  Rain date, Sunday, September 28.
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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SVT ANNUAL MEETING

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014, Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Keynote speaker: Wesley Ward, Senior Advisor, The Trustees of Reservations
6:30-7:30pm Social Hour
7:30-9:00pm Business Meeting
 Join us at SVT's Annual Meeting and celebrate 61 years of conservation.
Free Event

PADDLE TO FAIRHAVEN BAY

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014, Time: 9:00am-1:00pm
Location: 
 Wayland to Concord       
Leader/Speaker: Jim Lagerbom and Simon Vos, SVT members
Join Jim and Simon for this paddle to one of the most historic locations along the Sudbury River.  Fairhaven Bay has been written about and visited by Henry David Thoreau.  Similar to Walden Pond, Fairhaven Bay is a deep glacial kettlehole; however, Fairhaven Bay is part of the Sudbury River.  Early autumn will likely bring out some beautiful colors along the river.  Beginning at Sherman Bridge Road, Wayland, and ending at Lowell Road, Concord, this is a paddle not to be missed.  A car shuttle will take place in advance of the paddle.
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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WALK AT SUMMER STAR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014, Time: 10:00am-12:00 noon
Location: 
Boylston
Leader/Speaker: Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship
Over the past several years, Sudbury Valley Trustees has partnered with Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary to find a location for the Sanctuary, create a management plan, perform surveys of the resident wildlife, and construct a nature trail that invites the public to explore this wonderful piece of forest that was once slated for development. Join us for an easy walk along the new trail, through white pine-oak forest, a red maple swamp, and to the rocky banks of Wrack Meadow Brook. We’ll tour the beautiful new Trailhead House and learn more about the Sanctuary and surrounding conservation lands. We’ll also discuss an exciting conservation project, the Tri-Town Landscape Protection Partnership, that SVT and the local towns are working on.  Free event, but registration is required.
 
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WALK AT PANTRY BROOK

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: 
Pantry Brook, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship.
Please join us to visit one of the most scenic areas in Sudbury.  Pantry Brook Farm was recently protected by the Town of Sudbury, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and the Wolfe family.  The farm is only open to the public on these pre-scheduled walks.  You will have the opportunity to view historic buildings, farm fields, rock walks, and Pantry Brook, and learn about the history of the farm. 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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FALL EXPLORERS CLUB

Date: Wednesdays, 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19 & 12/10 , Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Location: 
 Wolbach Farm, Sudbury  
Leader/Speaker: Jess Lerner, naturalist/artist with Musketaquid Arts & Environment
Enroll your children grades 3-5 for this great after-school program on early-release Wednesdays this fall.  Students will learn the skills and techniques of working with natural materials to make art both in studio and in natural spaces.  Taking full advantage of fall colors and mild weather, students will have the opportunity to explore SVT land, learn some outdoor safety skills, practice naturalist journaling with pencil and water colors, and create weekly nature galleries along SVT trails.   Each student receives (with an option to purchase) an Explorer Backpack, with naturalist and artist materials, such as magnifying glass, drawing journal, water colors, collecting jar, etc.  Co-sponsored with Musketaquid Arts & Environment.  Class requires a minimum of 6; advance registration is required by October 1.  SVT Members:  $110,  Non-Members:  $125 (for six sessions)
Member Fee: $110 | Non-Member Fee: $125

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ART VENTURE WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Date:  Tuesdays, October 14 - November 18, 2014, Time: 10:15am-12:15pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker:  Cecilia Sharma, Museum School Instructor
Art Venture Watercolor Workshop:  Capturing the beauty of landscape and still life in watercolor.
Come and enjoy individual hands-on instruction with an emphasis on developing textures, washes, shapes, and creating the illusion of light.  This workshop will include painting demonstrations that will teach you how to explore your own personal painting style.  Beginners are welcome!  Fee does not include materials. Class limit: 12 people.
Member Fee: $80 | Non-Member Fee: $100

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PUMPKIN PATCH

Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014, Time: noon-4:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: 
A fall family festival not to be missed!  
With music, games, and activities for kids of all ages, a great way to celebrate fall! 
Members:  Free, Non-Members:  $2.00/person ($10.00/family maximum)
Watch for more details this fall on our website at www.svtweb.org/pumpkinpatch
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $2

FALL HIKE AT MT. PISGAH

Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014, Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: 
Northborough
Leader/Speaker: Christa Collins, SVT’s Director of Land Protection.
Join Christa for a fall hike of Mt. Pisgah, and learn about SVT's newest and most ambitious land protection effort in the area: the Tri-Town Landscape Partnership Project. Our hike will start at the Smith Road parking lot in Northborough and will cover 3 to 3 1/2 miles at the south end of the Mt. Pisgah complex. Hikers should be up for a moderate to brisk pace.
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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AWARENESS OF NATURAL FORMS, OR LET'S COLOR!

Date: Saturday, October 25, Time: Noon-2:30pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury 
Leader/Speaker: Ron McAdow, former SVT Executive Director
Bring a lunch and follow Ron into the woods for a close look at natural forms and patterns. Participants will choose a small natural form, such as a leaf or a lichen, and respond to what they see and feel with speech, crayons, and writing. No artistic experience required!  The emphasis is observation and reflection. This program is for grownups, including grownup teenagers.  Limited to 15 participants.  Co-sponsored with Musketaquid Arts & Environment.  Members: Free, Non-Members: $10   
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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MUSHROOM WALK

Date:  Sunday, October 26, 2014, Time: 1:30-4:00pm
Location: 
Memorial Forest, Sudbury      
Leader/Speaker: Doug Brown, Boston Mycological Club
The Boston Mycological Club, founded in 1895, is the oldest mushroom club in the United States.  Participants will collect and then sort their collections for identification.  "Informal" ID sessions will be held at the walk.  Walking the trail in groups of mixed experience, attendees will collect representative samples of mushrooms and related fungi.  There is usually lots of informal discussion about mushrooms, fungus ecology, identification techniques, books, and which wild mushrooms taste the best.  After the collection, gather together, sort the collection by type, and then participate in a detailed identification talk where BMC's Identification Committee will explain what the mushrooms are and offer tips for mushroom ID.  This is an open discussion session where all mushroom questions are welcome.  No experience necessary, just dress for the weather and a walk in the woods.  SVT/BMC Members: Free, Non-Mmebers: $10.
This area comprises 900 acres of public and private conservation lands. The Desert Natural Area includes the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Massachusetts’ Memorial Forest, Marlborough State Forest, the southern unit of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, and conservation lands owned by the town of Sudbury (Hop Brook Conservation Area) and the city of Marlborough. 
 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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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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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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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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