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Stories from Memorial Forest

May 25, 2017 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location:

Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area, Sudbury

Leader:

Tom McGowan, SVT Preserve Steward

Price:

Free

Explore the trails of SVT's Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area with Property Steward Tom McGowan as he shares interesting (and surprising!) stories of the property and its unusual uses before it became conservation land. Attendees will also learn about current restoration efforts and the future of the wildlife habitat.

Thoreau's Bog

June 3, 2017 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Location:

Gowing's Swamp, Concord

Leader:

Cherrie Corey, Naturalist

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

To celebrate the year of Henry David Thoreau’s Bicentennial, visit Gowing’s Swamp, a rare bog in Concord that was beloved and deeply observed by the author. Local naturalist, Cherrie Corey will begin with an introduction to the landscape’s ecology and history. Along the trail, she will share highlights of the topography and its wild inhabitants and interpret the bog from several vantage points, including little-known vistas of ”Thoreau’s Bog,” the open sphagnum mat within the larger bog where Thoreau focused his studies.  (Photo by Cherrie Corey)
 

Habitat Walk at Greenways: Birds, Bees & More

June 8, 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Location:

Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland

Leader:

Lisa Long. Land Stewardship Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Member

Price:

Free

Greenways Conservation Area was conserved by SVT and the Town of Wayland in 1995. Tour the property and learn more about land management strategies, including restoring a pollinator meadow, that SVT employs to keep the land healthy and alive with wildlife!

Photo by Terri Ackerman

Buckthorn Bagging and Pull at Gowings Swamp, Concord

June 9, 2017 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Gowing's Swamp, Concord

Leader:

Lisa Long. Land Stewardship Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Member

Price:

Free

Invasive plants take over and crowd out native species, diminishing the diversity of plant life needed for a heathy forest and wildlife population. We have a multi-pronged 3-year project to control invasive species at Gowing's Swamp.

Be part of the solution and help combat the glossy buckthorn at Gowing's Swamp. Hand tools will be provided. 

Trail Fest

June 10, 2017 8:00am to 2:00pm

Location:

Northwest Framingham, Framingham Friends Meetinghouse, Edmands Road

Price:

$15 ($5 for SVT members)

The 2017 Trail Fest will be held on trails in Northwest Framingham. Home base for all activities will be the Framingham Friends Meetinghouse at 841 Edmands Road. All trail walks will begin and end at the Meetinghouse, where we will also enjoy a cookout and music in the afternoon. Baby farm animals to pet and lots of fun for all ages. Group rates for families!

Learn more about the event and register at www.svtweb.org/programs/trail-fest

New Date: Deer Ecology in the Suburbs

June 13, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Susan McCarthy, Wildlife Biologist, Massachusetts Division of Fish and Wildlife

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Wildlife biologist Susan McCarthy discusses deer in our suburban woodlands and their impacts on the health of the forest.

Susan has a conflict on the date orginally scheduled, June 6, so she will be presenting on Tuesday, June 13.

Foraging at Stearns Farm

June 14, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Stearns Farm, Framingham

Leader:

Rachel Goclawski

Price:

$15 ($5 for SVT members)

Join foraging expert Rachel Goclawski on a walk to collect wild plants and learn how to prepare and preserve them. Rachel will also focus on how to forage safely and sustainably. Registration required.

Space is limited; registration required. Discounted fee of $5 for Stearns Farm sharers and SVT members. Stearns Farm sharers, choose "YES" for "I am an SVT Member" and include "Stearns Farm" in the comments to receive member rate.

Co-sponsored by Stearns Farm CSA. 

Stearns Farm CSA is a sustainable all natural farm providing locally grown food in Framingham. Offering both summer and winter shares. Stearns Farm is located on conservation land donated to Sudbury Valley Trustees in 1975. 

Weekday Walk at O'Brien Farm in Westford

June 15, 2017 9:30am to 11:00am

Location:

O'Brien Farm, Westford

Leader:

Chelsea Polevy, Regional Conservation Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Member

Price:

Free

O’Brien Farm is a step back into history with an 18th century barn, classic rock walls, and a streetscape reminiscent of the 1880s.  Located on “Scenic” Vose Road, it hosts a variety of habitats, including open meadows, forested uplands, a wooded swamp, marshlands, and perennial Pond Brook. This property was permanently conserved by SVT and the Town of Westford.

SVT's Weekday Walks are a series of free guided walks at SVT properties throughout the region. Weekday Walks are held on Thursdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. 

A Literary Paddle Along the Concord River

June 18, 2017 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Location:

Concord River

Leader:

Ron McAdow, Author and Former SVT Executive Director

Price:

Free

As part of the Thoreau Bicentennial and the annual RiverFest celebration, participate in a marvelous experience led by author Ron McAdow. At some of the Concord River’s most famous landmarks, paddlers will pause to hear Ron read excerpts from the remarkably rich literature the river has inspired. Bring your own boat (kayak or canoe) and PFD (required). Boat launches will begin at 3:30 pm so that we can begin the program at 4:00 pm. The group will return to the landing at about 6:00.

Ron McAdow is the former Executive Director of Sudbury Valley Trustees, and author of the book "The Concord Sudbury and Assabet Rivers: A Guide to Canoeing, Wildlife and History."

Weekday Walk at Whitehall Woods in Hopkinton

June 22, 2017 9:30am to 11:00am

Location:

Whitehall Woods, Hopkinton

Leader:

Lisa Long. Land Stewardship Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Member

Price:

Free

SVT's newest reservation is nestled between Whitehall State Park and Upton State Forest. Conserving this land provides an important habitat "buffer" to the many wildlife that live in this area. SVT and the Hopkinton Area Land Trust (HALT) have improved the trail system so come out and enjoy the new trails! 

Leashed, friendly dogs welcome. Please let us know in the comments if you are bringing along your four-legged friend.

SVT's Weekday Walks are a series of free guided walks at SVT properties throughout the region. Weekday Walks are held on Thursdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. 

Habitat Walk at Wolbach: Birds, Bees & More

June 24, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Emily Anderson, Community Engagement Coordinator and AmeriCorps Member

Price:

Free

Tour the trails and gardens of Wolbach Farm and learn about the new pollinator garden, bee hotel, and other efforts underway to support pollinator migration along the Sudbury River. All ages welcome!

Fermentation

June 24, 2017 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Melanie Hardy, Stearns Farm CSA Farmer

Price:

$15 ($5 for SVT members)

Stearns farmer Melanie Hardy has been fermenting vegetables for as long as she's been farming! Fermenting vegetables is a good way to extend their life and add to their nutritional value. Come learn about the basic science of fermentation and then use some fresh make your own jar of fermented goodies to take home. We will also make a community batch of "spicy ginger kraut" to divide and take home. 

 Please bring two quart sized jars, a knife that is appropriate for chopping vegetables, and a cutting board. Vegetables and other ingredients and materials will be provided. This program will be held in the kitchen at Wolbach Farm and outside, weather permitting.

Discounted fee of $5 for Stearns Farm sharers and SVT members. Stearns Farm sharers, choose "YES" for "I am an SVT Member" and include "Stearns Farm" in the comments to receive member rate.

Space is limited to 10 participants; registration required.

Co-sponsored by Stearns Farm CSA

Full Moon Paddle

July 8, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location:

Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton

Leader:

Simon Vos and Jim Lagerbom, SVT Volunteers

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Whitehall Reservoir in Hopkinton is a very clean and serene lake, shallow and easy to maneuver. Paddle around and explore some of the many small islands found in the lake by the light of the full moon. The area teems with wildlife! Since this is a night-time paddle, experienced paddlers only. BYOB (Bring your own boat) PFDs required. 

Weekday Walk at Whitney Field and Kennedy Bowers, Stow

July 13, 2017 9:30am to 11:00am

Location:

Whitney Field & Kennedy Bowers CR, Stow

Leader:

Chelsea Polevy, Regional Conservation Coordinator, MassLIFT AmeriCorps Member

Price:

Free

Mowed fields surrounded by stone walls provide open field habitat, and those fields left to grow feature a variety of native grasses and wildflowers. These properties help extend conservation land in the region, linking up with protected land in Acton, Boxborough and Stow.

SVT's Weekday Walks are a series of free guided walks at SVT properties throughout the region. Weekday Walks are held on Thursdays from 9:30 am - 11:00 am. 

Bees, Birds, & Butterflies in the Garden

July 19, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

McAuliffe Branch Library, Framingham

Leader:

Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director

Price:

Free

Learn more about attracting pollinators to your garden with Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director. Using a stunning collection of photographs, Lisa will introduce some of the many winged creatures that benefit from nature-based gardening, and she will provide tips for increasing wildlife sightings.

Co-sponsored by Stearns Farm CSA.

Stearns Farm CSA is a sustainable all natural farm providing locally grown food in Framingham. Offering both summer and winter shares. Stearns Farm is located on conservation land donated to Sudbury Valley Trustees in 1975. 

Cut Flower Basics

August 19, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location:

Stearns Farm, Framingham

Leader:

Melanie Hardy, Stearns Farmer

Price:

$15 ($5 for SVT members)

Flower and vegetable farmer Melanie Hardy will lead a tour through the Stearns Farm pick-your-own flower field, and share her favorite annual cut flower varieties. Learn the basics of flower cutting and proper harvesting methods. Participants will also make a large “farm style” bouquet to take home. Dress in "gardening" clothes and bring clippers and a large jar or vase for transporting flowers.

Space is limited; registration required. Discounted fee of $5 for Stearns Farm sharers and SVT members. Stearns Farm sharers, choose "YES" for "I am an SVT Member" and include "Stearns Farm" in the comments to receive member rate.

Co-sponsored by Stearns Farm CSA. 

Stearns Farm CSA is a sustainable all natural farm providing locally grown food in Framingham. Offering both summer and winter shares. Stearns Farm is located on conservation land donated to Sudbury Valley Trustees in 1975.