Calendar

ArtVenture Watercolor Series: Spring Session 2 - Program Full

May 22, 2018 10:15am to June 26, 2018 12:15pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Cecilia Sharma

Price:

$175 ($125 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. 

Program runs 6 weeks, Tuesdays, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm, May 22 - June 26 (Note date changes from print calendar) 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.

Program full - Registration closed. 

Book Talk and Signing - New date!

May 22, 2018 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Elizabeth Fideler, Author

Price:

Free

Join us in the barn for a presentation by local author Elizabeth Fideler on her biography of Margaret Welch, a “proper Bostonian” who summered on Edmands Road in Framingham. This fascinating individual was known as an activist, pacifist, and preservationist. Welch donated land now owned by SVT and farmed as a CSA.

Co-sponsored by Stearns Farm CSA. 

Evening Beaver and Bat Walk

May 23, 2018 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Location:

Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard

Leader:

Dan Stimson, Assistant Director of Stewardship

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Horse Meadows Knoll boasts a beautiful beech forest, a historic reservoir, and wetlands, and it is home to several endangered species. Join us for a walk to Horse Meadows Reservoir to learn about the history of beavers in our region, their adaptations that make them successful, and how their impact on the landscape benefits many other wildlife species.

During this evening walk, beavers are likely to be active in Horse Meadows Reservoir and bats should be feeding on insects overhead. 

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

Learn more about Horse Meadows Knoll

Whip-poor-will Walk - Full

May 29, 2018 7:15pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area

Leader:

Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join SVT Director of Stewardship Laura Mattei on an evening walk to listen for whip-poor-wills. These rare birds are more likely to be active under the light of the full moon.

Program Full - Please register to be added to the wait list.

Birds at Memorial Forest

June 1, 2018 7:00am to 9:00am

Location:

Memorial Forest and the Desert Natural Area

Leader:

Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship and Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Administrator

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Look and listen for birds in the “desert” and the woodlands. Learn about the unique pitch pine-scrub oak barrens and the birds that rely on this habitat, such as prairie warblers and eastern towhees. Leaders Laura Mattei, SVT Director of Stewardship and Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Administrator are great guides for exploring bird habitats! 

Trail Fest 2018

June 2, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Land, Littleton

Price:

$10 ($5 for SVT members)

TRUE PRICING:

SVT and LCT members, Littleton residents: $5.00 per person, $15 maximum for families.  Non-member non-resident: $10 per person, $25 maximum for family.  

Join SVT for our annual celebration of local trails on National Trails Day

Trail Fest 2018

SVT is hosting Trail Fest 2018 in partnership with:

Littleton Conservation Trust
Town of Littleton

Make plans to join us for a day of exercise and camaraderie!

9:30:  Stretching, yoga, wellness exercises
10:00: Guided trail walks of 2 or 4 miles begin; staggered start times
12:00 - 2:00: The grill is on! Live music. Children's activities (including McDonny's Traveling Farm's Petting Zoo)

Trail Fest is a day of hiking, food, music, and fun. In the morning, we offer guided trail walks for all ages. At noon we gather to enjoy food and festivities.

More details at

svtweb.org/TrailFest

 

Spring Botany Walk at Horse Meadows Knoll

June 3, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard

Leader:

Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join SVT Director of Land Protection Christa Collins to explore the flora of Horse Meadows Knoll. The protection of these ecologically important acres is underway! This property boasts a beautiful beech forest, a historic reservoir, wetlands, and plants that thrive at various elevations on the knoll. Learn more about the rich plant life along the trails.

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

Learn more about Horse Meadows Knoll

Visit to the Heron Rookery

June 3, 2018 10:00am to 11:30am

Location:

Lyons-Cutler Reservation and Landham Brook Marsh

Leader:

Norman Levey

Price:

Free

Walk the wooded trail out to view the heron rookery. This time of year, fledglings can often be seen in the nests! Bring along binoculars for best viewing. Led by birder and nature videographer Norman Levey.

Program Full - Please register to join the waitlist

Nature Observation Through Sketching

June 8, 2018 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Looking to improve your plant ID skills? Close observation and sketching can help imprint plant characteristics into your memory. Learn about local flora and their botanical characteristics outside at Wolbach Farm with SVT’s Director of Land Protection Christa Collins. Bring a sketch pad and pencil. 

Optional: Bring a bag lunch to enjoy after at the picnic tables. 

Visit to the Heron Rookery

June 9, 2018 10:00am to 11:30am

Location:

Lyons-Cutler Reservation and Landham Brook Marsh

Leader:

Norman Levey

Price:

Free

Walk the wooded trail out to view the heron rookery. This time of year, fledglings can often be seen in the nests! Bring along binoculars for best viewing. Led by birder and nature videographer Norman Levey.

This program is full. Please register to join the wait list. 

 

Riverfest Sunset Paddle on the Sudbury

June 16, 2018 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Sudbury River

Leader:

Susan Crane and Laura Mattei

Price:

Free

Riverfest is an annual celebration of our local rivers. Enjoy an evening paddle along a peaceful stretch of the Wild and Scenic portion of the Sudbury River. Paddle will begin and end at River Road in Sudbury. Participants must provide own canoe or kayak. PFDs required.

Visit the complete schedule for all Riverfest 2018 events this spring.

Explore the Smith Land: Beaver Pond Walk

June 19, 2018 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Smith Property, Littleton

Leader:

Ashley Davies, SVT Sr. Land Protection Specialist

Price:

Free

Tour the site of a new SVT conservation project in Littleton. Great habitat—we may even see signs of beaver activity.

The Flora of Cedar Hill

June 23, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Cedar Hill Reservation, Northborough

Leader:

Kristin O'Brien, SVT Land Steward

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

A beautiful walk up Cedar Hill. Walk to both upland and wet meadows. Observe the plant habitats and learn about the restoration that is keeping the flora diverse and healthy. This walk includes a relatively steep climb over a rocky trail. 

Strawberry Full Moon Walk

June 27, 2018 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland

Leader:

Katy Allen, One Earth Facilitator

Price:

Free

Enjoy a summer evening walk through the woods and fields and along the Sudbury River as twilight falls and the moon rises. We'll pause to share readings, songs, and reflections about rivers, full moons, and summer evenings, so feel free to bring something along. All ages are welcome. This walk is co-sponsored by the One Earth Collaborative, and will be led by Katy Allen, One Earth Facilitator.

Summer Yoga Series in the Barn

July 10, 2018 6:30pm to August 7, 2018 7:45pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Marge Bacon

Price:

$40 ($20 for SVT members)

A four-week series of an all-level Vinyasa flow class. Feel the breeze through the open barn doors and hear the sounds of nature while you practice. Taught by Marge Bacon.

Tuesdays, 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

July 10, 17, 24 and August 7 (No class July 31)

Foraging at Stearns Farm

July 11, 2018 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Stearns Farm, Northwest Framingham

Leader:

Rachel Goclawski, Cooking with Mrs. G.

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join foraging expert Rachel Goclawski on a foraging walk to collect wild plants and learn about how to identify, prepare and preserve them. Learn foraging safety, sustainable foraging, nutritional and medicinal value, and cooking and preservation tip. We emphasize sustainable foraging- collecting highly invasive and renewable plants. You will touch, smell, taste, and collect wild plants.

Space is limited; registration required. Stearns Farm members, 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. 

The Botany of Schunder Meadow and Woods

July 14, 2018 9:00am to 10:30am

Location:

Schunder CR, Northborough

Leader:

Ashley Davies, SVT Sr. Land Protection Specialist and Kristin O'Brien, SVT Land Steward

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

A beautiful area with open meadows and hilly forest. Learn about the variety of plants here and how the land was conserved. Part of this landscape is protected, but not open to the public. We are visiting by permission of the owners. 

Family Mushroom Walk

July 18, 2018 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area, Wayland

Leader:

David Babik, Boston Mycological Club

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

David Babick, of the ID committee of the Boston Mycological Club, leads this all-ages introduction to common edible mushrooms. Learn how to identify safe mushrooms and how to sustainably harvest them.

Summer Star Watch at Wolbach Farm

July 21, 2018 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Stow Astronomical Society

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

The Skylight Astronomical Society of Stow returns to share their technology and knowledge of the night sky. Peer through a variety of telescopes set up in the field. We have seen the rings of Saturn, the red glow of Mars, and distant galaxies! Light refreshments served in the barn.

Full Moon Paddle on Lake Whitehall

July 27, 2018 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location:

Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton

Leader:

Simon Vos and Jim Lagerbom

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Paddle this clean, serene lake, and explore the small islands by the light of the full moon. Bring your own canoe or kayak. PFDs required. Since this is a night-time paddle, experienced paddlers only. 

Explore the Smith Land: Black Pond Walk

August 4, 2018 10:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Smith Property, Littleton

Leader:

Ashley Davies, SVT Sr. Land Protection Specialist

Price:

Free

Walk by interesting rock formations that form small caves, and enjoy a view of Black Pond from a steep cliff overlook. See and learn more about the beautiful landscape SVT is working to protect. 

Celebrating New Trails at Mount Pisgah - New Date!

August 7, 2018 9:30am to 11:30am

Location:

Mount Pisgah, Berlin

Leader:

Ashley Davies, SVT Sr. Land Protection Specialist and Dan Stimson, Asst. Director of Stewardship

Price:

Free

Grand Opening: New Trail! Come hike a new portion of the trails at Mount Pisgah on land that was recently protected by SVT and the Town of Berlin. New signage too!

This program was rescheduled from June 9

Cut Flowers at Stearns Farm

August 8, 2018 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location:

Stearns Farm, Northwest Framingham

Leader:

Melanie Hardy, Stearns Farm Farmer

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join Stearns Farm farmer Melanie Hardy for a tour of Stearns's pick-your-own flower patch.  Melanie will highlight favorite varieties and demonstrate proper harvesting techniques. Each participant will make (and take home!) a large garden-style bouquet with fresh, pre-harvested flowers and greenery grown right at Stearns Farm.

Space is limited; registration required. Stearns Farm members, 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. 

New Moon Paddle

August 11, 2018 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Location:

Lake Whitehall, Hopkinton

Leader:

Simon Vos and Jim Lagerbom

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Paddling the still Lake Whitehall during the new moon will make the stars and constellations pop. Bring your own canoe or kayak. PFDs required. Since this is a night-time paddle, experienced paddlers only.