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.

WOODCOCK WALK #2

Date: April 23, 2014, Time: 6:30-8:15pm
Location: 
Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland
Leader/Speaker: Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Agent
Enjoy a beautiful spring sunset while listening and watching for the incredible woodcock flight at Greenways Reservation. Male woodcocks fly in an upward spiral and make a distinctive call to attract females. Don’t let this wonderful spring experience pass you by.
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Letterboxing with AMC at Wolbach Farm

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury 
Leader/Speaker: Libby Stockwell Deegar, AMC Youth and Family Outdoor Community Coordinator
Join the Appalachian Mountain Club at Wolbach Farm to learn how to letterbox, a pastime that kids will love.  Letterboxing is an outdoor “treasure hunt”  to find hidden handmade stamps.  First, you’ll design your own stamp, then we’ll take a short hike to search for Wolbach’s letterbox.  Bring a small blank notebook so you can record your find!
Free Event

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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: April 24, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Wiley Woods, Hopkinton
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

VOLUNTEER AFTERNOON: GARLIC MUSTARD PULL

Date: April 30 , 2014, Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship
Please come help us eradicate garlic mustard from the woods at Wolbach Farm. This invasive plant is particularly noxious because it disrupts soil microbial processes, in addition to displacing native plants. We have been making great progress. You are welcome to attend all or part of this afternoon. Please register in advance with Laura Mattei at lmattei@svtweb.org.
Free Event

Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: May 1, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

Paddle to Cedar Swamp Pond

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2014, Time: 9:00-1:00pm
Location: 
Cedar Swamp Pond, beginning at Fruit Street, Hopkinton 
Leader/Speaker: SVT members Simon Vos and Jim Lagerbom
Enjoy this paddle to where the Sudbury River begins - Cedar Swamp Pond.  Twist and turn through the narrow stretches of the Sudbury, leading you to the breathtaking headwaters.  Participants must bring their own boat and proper paddling equipment.  Smaller boats are recommended.  This program is for experienced paddlers only
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Art Venture Watercolor Workshop: Capturing the Beauty of Landscape & Still Life in Watercolor

Date: Tuesdays, May 6 - June 10, 2014, Time: 10:15am - 12:15pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Museum School Instructor Cecilia Sharma
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!  Class limit: 12 people
Member Fee: $80 | Non-Member Fee: $100

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CHILDREN’S STORY WALK at Wolbach Farm

Date: May 6, 2014, Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Deborah Costine, Artist, Storyteller, Puppeteer, Author and Amateur Naturalist
Deborah will lead a fun nature exploration walk for children on Wolbach Farm’s Lewis Trail with a story that progresses along the path.  Descriptions will help children look for the setting where the next scene in the story happens.  It could be a rotting stump, or a hole in the base of a tree, or a log beside the trail.  Appropriate for children four and up and their grown-up. Limited to 6 children and their grown-ups, so please register early. Free event, but registration is required.
Free Event

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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: May 8, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Ralph Hill, Billerica
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

DISCOVERY WALK & TALK at Upper Mill Brook

Date: May 10, 2014, Time: 10:00am - noon
Location: 

Peace Lutheran Church & Upper Mill Brook Reservation, Wayland

Leader/Speaker:  Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director and Karen Riggert, Naturalist

Join us to celebrate spring with a discovery walk and talk at Upper Mill Brook. During this two-hour program, the presenters will offer a brief, 30-minute presentation that takes participants on a journey to explore the region’s rich conservation history. Following this talk, naturalists will lead a walk through SVT’s Upper Mill Brook, where visitors can enjoy some of this conservation area’s many benefits, from flowering spring plants to a diversity of migrating warblers. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars. Caution! Feet may get damp on this walk! All ages are welcomed; no dogs please. Refreshments will be served. This program is brought to you as part of Wayland’s year long 375th celebration and the 50th anniversary of Peace Lutheran Church. Free event, but registration is required.
Co-sponsored with Peace Lutheran Church and Wayland 375.

Free Event

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WHIP-POOR-WILL WALK

Date: May 14, 2014, Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: 
Desert Natural Area, Memorial Forest, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship
Join us on an evening walk to hear whip-poor-wills at Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area.  These rare birds are more likely to be heard with the light of a full moon.  You will also have the opportunity to learn about the habitat and ecology of pitch pine-scrub oak barrens.  Limited to 15 participants. SVT's Memorial Forest contains 220 acres of pine-oak forest, marsh, and swamp along the Hop Brook in Sudbury.  It is part of the Desert Natural Area, comprised of 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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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: May 15, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Donald Land, Acton
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

GOWING’S SWAMP WALK

Date: May 18, 2014, Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Location: 
Gowing’s Swamp, Concord
Leader/Speaker: Cherrie Corey, Educator, Naturalist, Photographer
Gowing's Swamp is an enchanting, level bog complex set within a dramatically glaciated landscape, including a deep kettlehold bog in the southern end. Join our spring walk along the verdant shorelines, fields, and ridges that encircle Gowing's Swamp, enjoy its many beautiful vistas, seasonal flowers and fragrances, learn more about the bog's ecology, and discover the rich history of this very special Concord landscape. The walk will begin with an introduction to the Playscape at Ripley, a unique nature park that will serve as an accessible outdoor experience for all ages and abilities. We'll meet in the Ripley Playscape gathering circle behind the Ripley School at the end of Meriam Road in Concord, MA. 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: May 22, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Gowing's Swamp, Concord
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: May 29, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Cowassock Woods, Framingham
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: June 5, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Greenways, Wayland
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

THIRD ANNUAL SVT TRAIL-A-THON

Date: June 7, 2014, Time: 
Location: 
Framingham
Leader/Speaker: N/A
Get Outdoors, Get Healthy, Support SVT, Celebrate National Trails Day Please join SVT for our 3rd annual “Trail-a-Thon” on Saturday, June 7 in northwest Framingham. This year’s Trail-a-Thon promises to be a day of fun for all. Walk or run a 10K trail or enjoy a family-friendly 3K loop with children’s activities along the way. Food and beverages supplied by local sponsors and entertainment provided by area performers. Explore the trails of Framingham’s scenic northwest corner where SVT’s properties intertwine with Callahan State Park. Invite your friends and neighbors to join you and get outdoors on National Trails Day to celebrate local trails and to demonstrate your support of SVT.  Further details are posted on SVT's NTD Trail-a-Thon page.
Registration for one person can be done here.  Additional family members, please register here.  
Member Fee: $5 | Non-Member Fee: $25

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WHOLE FOODS MARKETS FIVE PERCENT DAY

Date: June 10, 2014, Time: 8:00am-9:00pm
Location: 
WHOLE FOODS MARKETS, WAYLAND & FRAMINGHAM
Leader/Speaker: 
SVT is honored to be the recipient of a fundraiser at the Whole Foods Markets in Wayland and Framingham.  Five percent of all purchases at these stores on this day will be donated to SVT.  Whole Foods Market is a local natural food community market.  To the Whole Foods Team Members, WFM means many things!  It’s a place where food is loved, and so are the suppliers who provide it.  It’s a place that allows the Team Members to embrace and support the community and makes them feel good about the world they are leaving to future generations.  Supporting SVT’s mission as "a regional land trust that conserves land and protects wildlife habitat in the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury river basin for the benefit of present and future generations," is a natural fit for Whole Foods Market.
Free Event

FORAGING WALK in Wayland

Date: June 12, 2014, Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: 
Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland
Leader/Speaker: Russ Cohen, Mass. Dept. of Fish & Game Riverways Program
The Sudbury Valley region is home to more than 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, foraging expert and author of "Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten," on a ramble in and around Greenways Conservation Area to learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants. 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. Co-sponsored with Wayland Walks. Free event but registration is required.
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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: June 12, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Peppergrass Brook, Bedford
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

FULL MOON PADDLES AT LAKE WHITEHALL #1

Date: June 14, 2014, Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: 
Hopkinton State Park
Leader/Speaker: Simon Vos, SVT Member
Lake Whitehall, located in beautiful Hopkinton State Park, is a very clean and serene lake, shallow and easy to maneuver. We will paddle around and explore some of the many small islands found in the lake. The area teems with wildlife; there is a good chance of seeing a beaver lodge. Since this is a night-time paddle, experienced paddlers only! BYOB (bring your own boat).
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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OFF THE BEATEN PATH AT MOUNT PISGAH

Date: June 14, 2014, Time: 10:00am - noon
Location: 

Mount Pisgah, Berlin

Leader/Speaker: Don Burn, SVT Volunteer

Come explore some of the less traveled parts of Mount Pisgah, some of which are described for the first time in the new SVT Trail Guide.  We will hike on little used paths near SVT’s Devine Conservation Restriction land.  From the Devine land we will climb up to the north view, and then follow the ridgeline back to our cars.  This is an easy 3 mile hike with an elevation gain of roughly 400 feet. Meet at 10:00am at the pull-off on Linden Street in Berlin (about 1/10 of a mile west of Lyman Street).

Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: June 19, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Round Hill, Wayland
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

RIVERFEST

Date: Weekend of June 21-22, Time: 
Location: 
Various
Leader/Speaker: N/A
Come to a weekend-long celebration of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers!  We are fortunate in having these three beautiful rivers in our area.  Riverfest events are all free and include paddles, fishing, birding, lectures, music, art, and more, in over ten different communities in the watershed.  Details on this year's programs will be available later this spring at www.sudbury-assabet-concord.org
Free Event

Riverfest Art Show: Bridges on the Rivers

Date: June 22-23, 2014, Time: Noon-5:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: N/A
Students of local artist and instructor Cecilia Sharma will exhibit their watercolor paintings from their collection  "Bridges of the Rivers".  The students worked from photographs by local photographers, and the photos will be displayed alongside the paintings.  Be inspired by these lovely depictions of our local rivers.  Free Riverfest event.
Free Event

Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: June 26, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Walkup and Robinson, Westborough
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

Open house for Drumlin Farm Summer Camps at Wolbach Farm

Date: Friday, June 27, Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Location: 
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: 
MassAudubon's Drumlin Farm will hold a series of summer-camp sessions again this year in July and August at Wolbach Farm.  Come see the barn and meet the staff on June 27, 3:00-6:00pm.  Camp programs range from three to five days in length and are geared to a variety of age groups, from pre-K to grade 3.  You may download a camp brochure at Drumlin Farm's website:  http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/drumlin-farm/camp
Free Event

Bike tour of Mt. Pisgah

Date: June 29, Time: 9:00-11:30am
Location: 
Mt. Pisgah - Northborough, Berlin, and Bolton
Leader/Speaker: Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship and Bill Coder, SVT Property Steward
Join Laura and Bill for a spin around SVT's "western frontier".  Along the way, we'll pass SVT properties, land protection projects that are currently under way, and some of the many properties we hope to protect.  This challenging 24-mile loop winds through the hilly back roads of Northborough, Berlin, and Bolton.  We will be going at an intermediate pace and stopping briefly at several conservation sites of interest.  Experienced riders only, please!  Riders must wear a helmet and have a bicycle in good working condition.  Co-sponsored with AMC (www.amcboston.org/bicycle). 
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: July 3, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Beals Preserve, Southborough
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: July 10, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Francis Hill, Westford
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

FULL MOON PADDLES AT LAKE WHITEHALL #2

Date: July 12, 2014, Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: 
Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton
Leader/Speaker: Simon Vos, SVT Member
Lake Whitehall, located in beautiful Hopkinton State Park, is a very clean and serene lake, shallow and easy to maneuver. We will paddle around and explore some of the many small islands found in the lake. The area teems with wildlife; there is a good chance of seeing a beaver lodge. Since this is a night-time paddle, experienced paddlers only! BYOB (bring your own boat).
Member Fee: Free | Non-Member Fee: $10

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Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: July 17, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Pantry Brook, Sudbury
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event

Trail Guide Thursday Walk

Date: July 24, 2014, Time: 7:30 - 8:30am
Location: 
Whitney Field, Stow
Leader/Speaker: Nick Olson, AmeriCorps Regional Conservation Coordinator
Join Nick for a weekly series of walks, utilizing most of the trails in SVT's "Trail Guide: 40 Walks West of Boston." The walks will give you the opportunity to learn more about the flora, fauna and history of our properties. Walks will be easy to moderate and will range from 1.5 to 2 miles. It is not necessary to own the trail guide to participate; however, we hope that you will consider picking up your own copy. The schedule for the walks, as well as a link for the Trail Guide, are listed on our website. Walks are free, but please register in advance with Nick at nolson@svtweb.org
Free Event