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Buckthorn Pull at Memorial Forest in Sudbury

September 23, 2017 9:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Memorial Forest, Sudbury

Leader:

Paige Dolci and Kristin O'Brien, Stewardship

Price:

Free

Help us combat invasive buckthorn! Invasive plants crowd out native species, reducing the biodiversity a healthy forest needs. Bring work gloves if you have them. 

Questions? Contact Paige Dolci at 978-443-5588 or pdolci@svtweb.org.

 

Bike Tour of the Western Watershed- Program Full - Registration Closed

September 23, 2017 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Northborough, Berlin, Boylston, Clinton and Bolton

Leader:

Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director and Laura Mattei, SVT Stewardship Director

Price:

Free

Cycle the beautiful hills of SVT’s western service area with scenic views of farmland and forests with SVT Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard and SVT Stewardhip Director Laura Mattei. This hilly 24 mile-mile loop winds through the back roads of Northborough, Berlin, Boylston, Clinton and Bolton. Ride at an intermediate pace (11 - 13 mph) with brief stops at several conservation sites of interest. This is a casual sightseeing tour for experienced riders.

Optional lunch with group at end of ride at Tougas Farm (cost of lunch not included)

Program Full- Registration closed

Yoga in the Barn at Wolbach Farm

September 23, 2017 9:00am to 10:15am

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Marge Bacon, Yoga Instructor

Price:

Free

Join Marge Bacon for an All-Level Vinyasa Flow class in the barn at SVT's Wolbach Farm. We will have the doors open so the breeze can blow through and we can hear the sounds of nature.

Please bring a mat (Marge has some if you do not have one), towel, insect repellent. Straps and blocks will be provided.  She will provide modifications for all poses.

This class is appropriate for adults who have some experience doing yoga and are familiar with some basic poses. No first timers, please. Marge can be reached at 508-397-3116 with questions.

Class limit 12. 

Mile-A-Minute Workday at Cowassock Woods in Framingham

September 23, 2017 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location:

Cowassock Woods, Framingham

Leader:

Paige Dolci and Kristin O'Brien, Stewardship

Price:

Free

Help us control the Mile-A-Minute vine! On this work day, we will be manually pulling this fast-spreading, invasive Asian species, also known as devil's tail. Learn more about the Cowassock Woods property, off Salem End Road in Framingham. Work gloves required.

Questions? Contact Paige Dolci at 978-443-5588 or pdolci@svtweb.org

 

Tie Dying with Vegetables- Cancelled

September 23, 2017 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location:

Stearns Farm, Framingham

Leader:

Katy Riley, Tree House Farms, Millis

Price:

$15 ($5 for SVT members)

This program has been cancelled

Have you ever opened your CSA bag and admired the beautiful colors of all your veggies? Now you can capture some of those colors and wear them around town. Come learn how to use plants grown on the farm to tie dye using natural dyes!

Bring a clean white shirt made from natural fibers (cotton, silk, wool, linen) and we will work together to create unique designs and transform your white fabric into wearable art. Dying materials and equipment will be provided. Please come dressed in clothes that can get stained!

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.

Instructor Katy Riley of Tree House Farms in Millis MA frequently teaches fiber art and natural craft workshops on her farm and abroad. 

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. 

Walk from Whitney to Whitehall and Back

September 24, 2017 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location:

Whitney Conservation Area, Upton

Leader:

Marcella Stasa, Chair, Upton Land Stewardship Committee and Bill Taylor, President of the Friends of Upton State Forest

Price:

Free

Walk round trip from the lovely Whitney Conservation Area in Upton, through the Upton State Forest, to SVT’s new conservation land, Whitehall Woods in Hopkinton. This walk is 3.5 miles long and for fit walkers accustomed to long trail walks. Co-sponsored by Friends of Upton State Forest and the Upton Land Stewardship Committee.

Lives of Beavers Presentation

September 25, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Beavers are increasingly making use of our local wetlands, and while this can lead to conflicts with homeowners, there are many reasons to appreciate them as our neighbors. Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship, will present on the history of beavers and how their role in shaping their habitat is important to many local wildlife species.

Yoga in the Barn at Wolbach Farm

September 30, 2017 9:00am to 10:15am

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Marge Bacon, Yoga Instructor

Price:

Free

Join Marge Bacon for an All-Level Vinyasa Flow class in the barn at SVT's Wolbach Farm. We will have the doors open so the breeze can blow through and we can hear the sounds of nature.

Please bring a mat (Marge has some if you do not have one), towel, insect repellent. Straps and blocks will be provided.  She will provide modifications for all poses.

This class is appropriate for adults who have some experience doing yoga and are familiar with some basic poses. No first timers, please. Marge can be reached at 508-397-3116 with questions.

Class limit 12. 

Botany Walk at Horse Meadows Knoll

October 1, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am

Location:

Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard

Leader:

Ted Elliman, botanist

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join Ted Elliman, New England Wildflower Society botanist and author of “Wildflowers in New England,” for a botany walk. This property boasts a beautiful beech forest, a historic reservoir, wetlands, and plants that thrive at various elevations on the knoll. SVT and the Harvard Conservation Trust (HCT) have embarked on a joint venture to preserve these 45 ecologically important acres.

Co-sponsored by Harvard Conservation Trust. Co-sponsored by Harvard Conservation Trust. Program fee waived for members of HCT (select "yes" for member when registering)

Overnight Paddle to Scout Island, Sudbury River

October 14, 2017 10:00am

Location:

Sudbury River, Concord and Wayland

Leader:

Bill Fadden

Price:

Free

Paddle the Sudbury River and camp out overnight at Scout Island in Fairhaven Bay. Enjoy paddling the rivers, leaf peeping and star gazing, with a flexible end time Sunday TBD by participants. 

Meet at 10:00 am Saturday to spot cars at Wright Woods in Concord, a short paddle from the campsite. Takeout will be at Lowell Road on the Concord River (about 4 miles). Bring food, cooking, and camping equipment. We will supply fire pit, s’mores, and sanitary facilities.

Join us for paddling either day at 10:00 am or for camping only (water taxi to campsite will be available). If you do not want to attend the entire overnight, please note in the Comments section.

Led by Bill Fadden. Contact Bill with questions at faddenwn@aol.com, 508-397-0078. Limit: 10 people

Co-sponsored by AMC, OARS, SVT and the Concord Land Conservation Trust (CLCT)

 

Fall Wildflower Walk

October 14, 2017 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land, Littleton

Leader:

Neela de Zoysa, Botanist

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Enjoy a mid-morning walk with an emphasis on plants nestled among the picturesque countryside of rolling upland forests and fields, and wooded wetlands. Observe fall blooming wild flowers, pollinators, fruits and seeds and fall foliage. Led by Neela de Zoysa, Botanist and instructor at New England Wild Flower Society.

History of the Witches Caves

October 14, 2017 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Cowassock Woods, Framingham & Ashland Town Forest, Ashland

Leader:

Cliff Wilson, Ashland Historical Society

Price:

Free

Learn more about the dark history shared by the Towns of Ashland and Framingham with Cliff Wilson of the Ashland Historical Society. Salem residents fleeing persecution during the infamous Salem Witch Trials settled a small village, Salem’s End, on the Ashland-Framingham border. Legend has it that the Witch Cliffs and Witch Caves in the local woods were hiding places for the accused. You can see these rock formations when walking the trails of this peaceful conservation land of Ashland Town Forest and SVT’s Cowassock Woods. Co-sponsored by the Ashland Historical Society

Fall Foraging

October 15, 2017 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location:

Whitney Conservation Area, Upton

Leader:

Rachel Goclawski, Foraging Expert

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join foraging expert Rachel Goclawski of Cooking with Mrs. G. 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.

Family-Friendly Walk at Memorial Forest

October 15, 2017 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location:

Memorial Forest, Sudbury

Leader:

Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship

Price:

Free

Join SVT's Director of Stewardship, Laura Mattei, for a fall foliage walk at the Memorial Forest in Sudbury. You will have the opportunity to view beautiful stream, marsh, and woodland habitat as well as explore and learn about the pitch pine-scrub oak barrens habitat restoration project. Younger attendees will be able to enjoy a scavenger hunt along the way.  

Co-Sponsored by the Assabet Village Food Cooperative (AVFCO)

Photo by Raj Das

Wednesday Walks: Carlisle

October 18, 2017 9:30am to 11:00am

Location:

Elliott Concord River Preserve, Carlisle

Price:

Free

This month’s walk will take you to a pretty trail loop in Carlisle. Enjoy water views and a walk to the bank of the Concord River.

Beer in the Barn: Fall Edition

October 21, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Price:

$0 (free for SVT members)

Our Spring event was so successful, we're having an encore!

SVT members are invited to a Member-Guest beer tasting at the barn at Wolbach Farm. Enjoy a sampling of beers from local breweries, including Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton. 

Admission price: Members must bring a non-member guest to attend. Encourage others to join SVT! 

Please register by October 18. Please register the name of your guest(s)

Exploring Forty Caves

October 22, 2017 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Forty Caves, Clinton and Berlin

Leader:

Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Visit the newly expanded conservation land spanning Clinton and Berlin. With the addition of the 63-acre Ciesluk Forest this summer, Forty Caves and Garfield Woods combine to one conservation area, now known as Forty Caves. Learn more about the ecological significance of this land, the wildlife that thrive there, and how linking contiguous conservation land is key to resilience of our natural spaces.

Glacial Features Walk

October 28, 2017 9:30am to 11:30am

Location:

Gray Reservation, Sudbury

Leader:

Bruce Porter

Price:

Free

Join Bruce Porter, SVT Volunteer, Physicist, and Science Olympiad Coach for the Glaciers Competition, at SVT’s Gray Reservation and the Town of Sudbury Haynes Meadow Conservation Land. Learn about the geophysical events that shaped this land and see where the passage of glaciers left marks on this unique SVT property.

Bruce designed the Glacial Features Walk installed at SVT's Gray Reservation, a self- guided walk with audio and text descriptions. 

ArtVenture Watercolor Workshop Series: Session 2

October 31, 2017 10:15am to December 5, 2017 12:15pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Cecilia Sharma

Price:

$130 ($90 for SVT members)

Learn techniques to make your paintings come alive! This six-week workshop introduces you to materials, and explores how to lay a wash, mix colors, create textures and highlights, build glazes and design a palette. Materials not included. 

**Starting date change** Program runs 6 weeks, Tuesdays, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm, October 31- December 5. Space is limited; advance registration required.
  
Instructor Cecilia Sharma is an award-winning designer and artist and conducts art workshops on Landscape, Floral, and Still-life. She inspires, motivates and teaches the fundamental principals of painting and allows students to develop their own personal style.

Great Oak Farm Walk

November 4, 2017 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Great Oak Farm, Berlin

Leader:

Steen and Carla Bentzen, Landowners

Price:

Free

SVT and the Town of Berlin are working to preserve Great Oak Farm and make its trails open to the public. Join us for a walk on the trails followed by refreshments. Hosted by landowners Steen and Carla Bentzen, SVT, and the Berlin Conservation Commission.

Discovering the Coldwater Streams at Forty Caves

November 5, 2017 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location:

Forty Caves, Clinton and Berlin

Leader:

Bruce Osterling and Paul Bakstran, SVT Board Members and Trout Unlimited

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Walk this beautiful ecological gem with members of Trout Unlmited to learn more about coldwater streams and native brook trout habitat. Forty Caves, a newly expanded conservation area, is home to North Brook, a Certified Coldwater Fisheries Resource. The native brook trout has been on the decline due to shrinking habitat and poor water quality. Co-sponsored by Trout Unlimited.

Fair Trade Night to Benefit SVT

November 8, 2017 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Carol Fassino, Founder of FairTrade Caravans

Price:

Free

What is "fair trade"? Does buying "fair trade really make a difference? Carol Fassino, founder of FairTrade Caravans, will give an interactive presentation about the fair trade industry and its impact on the developing countries that produce products we consume every day. You will sample high-quality, fairly traded goods offered by FairTrade Caravans, including coffee, tea, and chocolate.

You will also have the opportunity to purchase fair trade items, with 25% of each sale supporting SVT. 

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Massachusetts

November 9, 2017 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Greg Dysart

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Dragonflies, and closely related damselflies are common in Massachusetts. Greg Dysart offers an introduction to common species of both suborders with close up photographs of live, wild and free individuals. Learn about the life cycles and distinct features of dragonflies and damselflies that are likely near your home.

Photo by Greg Dysart.

Wednesday Walks: Mainstone Farm

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

Location:

Mainstone Farm, Wayland

Price:

Free

Enjoy the sweeping views and the lush woodlands of Mainstone Farm, a 200-acre gem in the heart of Wayland.

The History of Hassanamesit Woods

November 19, 2017 10:00am to 11:30am

Location:

Hassanamesit Woods, Grafton

Leader:

Rob Aberg, Grafton Historical Society and Grafton Land Trust

Price:

Free

Learn about the rich history of local conservation land by walking the trails with Rob Aberg of the Grafton Historical Society and Grafton Land Trust. Known for matriarchal land ownership and the Sarah Boston (Nipmuc Indian) homestead, there are several active archaeological sites nearby. This open space is part of an expanse of Town and Grafton Land Trust properties providing over 600 protected acres for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive. Co-sponsored by Grafton Land Trust.

SVT’s Annual “Give Thanks for the Land” Walk

November 23, 2017 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Cedar Hill , Northborough and Westborough

Leader:

Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director

Price:

Free

Join SVT Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard for a fast-paced walk up Cedar Hill to work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving Feast. A special SVT tradition! Say thank you with a donation of your choice to SVT’s Giving Tuesday campaign in November at www.svtweb.org.

Full Moon Walk

December 3, 2017 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location:

Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland

Leader:

Rabbi Katy Allen, One Earth Collaborative

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Come out as twilight falls to walk through the woods, across the fields, and down to the Sudbury River, with the moon lighting our way. Bring your favorite story, song, or poem about the moon. All ages are welcome. Led by Rabbi Katy Allen of the One Earth Collaborative, a project of Open Spirit in Framingham.

Wednesday Walks: Williams Woods

December 13, 2017 9:30am to 11:30am

Location:

Williams Woods, Grafton

Price:

Free

This month enjoy a walk through the wide, winding trails at Williams Woods, a property of the Grafton Land Trust. SVT helped install a storybook trail along this trail last spring.

Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk

December 21, 2017 7:00am to 8:30am

Location:

Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough

Leader:

George Krusen

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

View the winter solstice sunrise through the stone structures at Half Moon Meadow Brook, and hear the legends of their origins from leader George Krusen. The sunlight bores through the stones for a magnificient viewing.