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Learn About Agricultural Preservation Restrictions--CANCELLED

October 19, 2019 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Schartner Farms, Bolton

Price:

Free

Program Has Been Cancelled

If you have questions about farmland preservation, please contact Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection: [email protected]

We apologize for the inconvenience. We also invite you to check our program calendar for other events that might interest you.

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Join us on a visit to Schartner Farms in Bolton to learn more about how APR's are implemented. Agricultural Preservation Restrictions (APR's) are conservation alternatives for farm owners, geared specifically to keep land in agricultural use.

Interested land owners from all towns are welcome.

Sponsored by the Bolton Agricultural Commission, Bolton Conservation Commission, Bolton Conservation Trust, and Sudbury Valley Trustees. 

 

ArtVenture Watercolor Workshop Series

October 22, 2019 10:15am to November 26, 2019 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 full: Registration closed. 

Glacial Features Walk

October 26, 2019 9:30am to 12:00pm

Location:

Gray Reservation, Sudbury

Leader:

Bruce Porter, SVT Volunteer

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.

Program Full: Register to be added to the wait list. 

 

Forest Bathing

October 26, 2019 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location:

Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard

Leader:

Pam Frederick, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide

Price:

$30 ($20 for SVT members)

Join Pam Frederick, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, on this restful and restorative experience, “bathing” in the atmosphere of the forest. Pam will facilitate connections between participants and the landscape. Research shows decreased stress and increased cognitive functioning and immunity from being mindful in nature. The walk concludes with a wild-crafted tea ceremony and snacks.

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

 

Introducing the Boroughs Loop Trail - Westborough

October 27, 2019 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Location:

Sawink Farm, Westborough

Leader:

Matt Morris, SVT Land Stewardship Coordinator

Price:

Free

The Boroughs Loop Trail (BLT) is a new 33-mile trail network connecting the hiking paths of Marlborough,Northborough, Southborough and Westborough, encouraging the exploration, enjoyment, and protection of the Boroughs’ natural resources.

This walk will highlight the section of the BLT which passes through Westborough, starting at SVT’s Sawink Farm property, following the Charm Bracelet/BLT to the connector trail, over state land, to SVT's Cedar Hill. 

Co-sponsored by Westborough Community Land Trust

 

Natural History Walk to the Witches Caves

November 3, 2019 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location:

Ashland Town Forest and Cowassock Woods

Leader:

Rob St. Germain, SVT Volunteer

Price:

Free

Program date changed from November 2 to November 3

Rob St. Germain, a volunteer steward for both SVT and the Ashland Town Forest Committee, leads a fascinating walk through these neighboring properties. Native Americans were known to live here, as were families escpaing the Salem Witch Trials. You will also learn about current forest management strategies for this landscape.

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

All About Monarchs Presentation

November 6, 2019 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Westborough Public Library, Westborough

Leader:

Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship

Price:

Free

Monarch butterflies are popular seasonal visitors with a fascinating story. Join us to see their incredible transformation from egg to butterfly, and learn how this prepares them to undertake the journey to their winter home in Mexico. Learn about the challenges they are facing, how conservation efforts are attempting to strengthen their numbers, and how you can make a difference in your own backyard. Presented by Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship. 

Co-sponsored by the Westborough Conservation Land Trust (WCLT)

Geology Tour of the Nashoba Woodlands

November 9, 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm

Location:

George and Lucy Yapp Conservation Area and the Nashoba Woodlands

Leader:

Bill Vales, SVT Volunteer

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Explore the Yapp property and beyond to identify the various bedrock exposures and boulders. Walk through the northeast-southwest elongated hills of the Nashoba Woodlands and ponder theories of what formed them. Discover the lay of the land from the perspective of the rock cycle, plate tectonics and glaciation. 

 

Gossamer Wing Butterfly Presentation

November 13, 2019 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Greg Dysart, SVT Volunteer

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Gossamer wings are tiny, iridescent butterflies. There are 27 species of this group in Massachusetts, some are rare, though others may be seen with relative ease. Unising his beautiful, detailed photos of wild and free butterflies, Greg Dysart of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will present an introduction to these creates and will discuss how to find them.

Bronze copper, photographed by Greg Dysart

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

November 29, 2019 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Mainstone Farm, Wayland

Leader:

Lisa Vernegaard, SVT Executive Director

Price:

Free

The tradition continues – “opt-outside” with SVT on Black Friday! Join SVT Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard for a fast-paced walk the Friday after Thanksgiving. This is a special opportunity to connect with nature during the season of gratitude.

Say thank you with a donation of your choice to SVT’s Giving Tuesday campaign at www.svtweb.org/givingtuesday in November.

Note: The wrong date was listed in our printed calendar. This program is on Friday, November 29, the day after Thanksgving. 

Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk

December 20, 2019 7:00am to 8:00am

Location:

Half Moon Meadow Brook, Boxborough

Leader:

George Krusen, SVT Volunteer

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 magnificent viewing.

Note: There was a typo in the print calendar - this program is on Friday, December 20.