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SVT Winter Outings Sign Up

December 22, 2017 10:35am to March 1, 2018 10:45am

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

During the winter, when snow and weather conditions are favorable, such as after a snowfall, SVT may offer impromptu snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or tracking outings with a day or two notice. 

Most programs will be free for SVT members, and $10 for non-members. Join SVT now!

If you would like to be notified by email when we schedule such a program, please sign up here. 

If you are interested in leading a winter program, please contact Debbie Pullen at [email protected] or 978-443-5588 X123

Winter Wildlife Tracking

March 3, 2018 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

David Brown, tracker and naturalist

Price:

$15 ($5 for SVT members)

Join tracker-naturalist David Brown to learn to look for the tracks, trails and signs of mammals and birds found in New England during the winter season. Many charismatic species are covered including bears, bobcats, foxes and coyotes. This two-part program will use a slide presentation and castings to introduce some of the basics of track and sign identification. After the presentation, the group will head out onto the trails to look for wildlife evidence and practice ID skills. Dress for about two hours in the woods with warm clothes and snow-proof boots. This program is suitable for reasonably fit adults and teens. 

Forest Jubilee

March 10, 2018 6:00pm

Location:

Sheraton Framingham Hotel

Leader:

SVT Benefit Committee

Price:

$150 ($150 for SVT members)

For more information, go to SVT's Forest Jubilee web page.

Each guest has a choice of one of the following entrees:

  • Chicken with vodka sauce;
  • Swordfish with tomato and leek ragout;
  • Vegetable lasagna

When purchasing tickets online, please indicate your meal choice in the Comments section. Thank you.

Lives of Beavers at Horse Meadows Knoll

March 12, 2018 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Harvard Public Library

Leader:

Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship

Price:

Free

SVT's Assistant Director of Stewardship Dan Stimson will present a slideshow on the history of beavers in Massachusetts and will explain how beaver dams play an important role in creating habitat for other local wildlife. Horse Meadows Knoll, a new conservation project in Harvard, is a great example of this!

Gossamer Wing Butterflies of Massachusetts

March 25, 2018 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location:

Visitor Center, Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury

Leader:

Greg Dysart, Massachusetts Butterfly Club

Price:

Free

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. Using his beautiful, detailed photos of wild and free butterflies, Greg Dysart of the Massachusetts Butterfly Club will present an introduction to these creatures and will discuss how to find them. One species to be highlighted will be the Eastern Pine Elfin. This distinctive, dramatically patterned butterfly is a common resident of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Butterfly season is just about to begin, so come and learn about these fascinating treasures of our natural world. 

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (FARNWR)

ArtVenture Watercolor Series: Spring Session 1

March 27, 2018 10:15am to May 1, 2018 12:15pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Cecilia Sharma, Artist

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, March 27 - May 1. 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.

Exploring the Rock Formations of Forty Caves

April 7, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Forty Caves

Leader:

Lizzy Cook and Kristin O'Brien

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Visit the stunning Forty Caves with environmental educator Lizzy Cook and SVT Land Steward Kristin O'Brien. Tumbled boulders, rock slabs, rocky outcroppings and glacial features are some of the highlights you'll enjoy. 

No dogs, please. 

The History of Hassanemesit Woods

April 7, 2018 10:00am to 11:30pm

Location:

Hassanemesit 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 homestead, there are several active archaeological sites nearby. The Nipmuc Nation once lived here. 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.

No dogs, please.

Walk to the Witches Caves and the History of Salem End

April 14, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm

Location:

Cowassock Woods, Framingham; Ashland Town Forest, Ashland

Leader:

Cliff Wilson, Ashland Historical Society, and Rob St. Germain, Ashland Town Forest Committee

Price:

Free

Learn more about the dark history shared by the Towns of Ashland and Framingham with Cliff Wilson of the Ashland Historical Society and Rob St. Germain of the Ashland Town Forest Committee. Salem residents fleeing persecution during the infamous Salem Witch Trials settled a small village, Salem’s End, on the Ashland-Framingham border. You can see the rock formations of the witches caves 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 and the Ashland Town Forest Committee

No dogs, please.

Woodcock Walk

April 18, 2018 6:45pm to 8:00pm

Location:

Greenways Conservation Area, Wayland

Leader:

Michele Gzenda, Weston Conservation Administrator

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Enjoy the sunset while listening for the American woodcock and watching the incredible flight pattern of the males' springtime courtship ritual. SVT maintains a meadow at Greenways that provides the perfect habitat for these unusual birds during mating season. Led by Michele Grzenda, Weston Conservation Administrator.

Birding at Mainstone Farm

April 23, 2018 7:00am to 9:00am

Location:

Mainstone Farm, Wayland

Leader:

Dan Stimson, SVT and Brian Harris, Wayland Conservation Commission

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join Dan Stimson, SVT Assistant Director of Stewardship, and Brian Harris, Wayland Conservation Commission Land Manager, for a walk through the woodlands of Mainstone Farm. This area will be teeming with birds returning from their winter migration. New birders welcome! 

Co-sponsored by the Wayland Conservation Commission

Spring Botany Walk at Horse Meadows Knoll

April 29, 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)

Annual Garlic Mustard Pull

May 2, 2018 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

SVT Stewardship Team

Price:

Free

Help us eradicate garlic mustard from the woods at Wolbach Farm. Learn about invasives while getting your hands dirty. Garlic mustard is particularly noxious because it disrupts soil microbial processes and displaces native plants.

Tools provided. 

Paddle to Cedar Swamp Pond

May 5, 2018 9:00am to 11:00am

Location:

Fruit Street, Hopkinton

Leader:

Jim Lagerbom and Simon Vos, Avid Paddlers and SVT Volunteers

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Enjoy this paddle to where the Sudbury River begins. Twist and turn through the narrow stretches of the Sudbury River, leading you to the breathtaking headwaters. An SVT spring tradition!

For experienced paddlers only. Participants must bring their own boats, proper paddling equipment and PFDs. Smaller boats are recommended for maneuverability.

 

 

Explore Wayside Forest

May 6, 2018 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location:

Wayside Forest, Framingham

Leader:

Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection and Rob McArthur, Framingham Conservation Agent

Price:

Free

Tour the beautiful Wayside Forest in Framingham, which SVT is working to conserve. Enjoy this diverse landscape of hemlock groves, hardwood forest, and wetlands. Led by SVT Director of Land Protection Christa Collins and Framingham Conservation Agent Rob McArthur.

Garlic Mustard Foraging and Tasting

May 8, 2018 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location:

Edwards Hall, Open Spirit, Framingham

Leader:

Katy Allen, One Earth Facilitator, and Paige Dolci, SVT Stewardship

Price:

$5 ($5 for SVT members)

Garlic mustard, an invasive threat to ecosystems, is also tasty and nutritious! Participants will get their hands dirty foraging and then come together to prepare simple and flavorful recipes and discuss the spirituality of eating invasive plants. Fee is to cover the cost of ingredients. 

Co-sponsored by One Earth Collaborative

Morning Bird Walk at Horse Meadows Knoll

May 11, 2018 7:00am to 9:00am

Location:

Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard

Leader:

Andy Magee, SVT Board President and Birder

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join avid birder and SVT Board President Andy Magee for an early morning walk to look and listen for birds when they are most active.  Horse Meadows Knoll is a current conservation project that offers fabulous habitat, from wetland and reservoir to woodland forest. New birders welcome!

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

Spring Wildflower Walk at Wolbach Farm

May 12, 2018 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Neela de Zoysa, Botanist

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Spring is a special time in New England when wildflowers grace our woods with delicate and ephemeral splashes of color and beauty. Enjoy a walk at Wolbach Farm with Neela de Zoysa, a botanist, popular instructor at New England Wildflower Society, and SVT member.  You will get to know spring wild flowers, their habitats, and pollinators. 

Optional: Participants are invited to bring a magnifying glass or handlens and Wildflowers of New England (book) by Ted Elliman. 
 
If you would like to picnic before, bring along a bagged lunch and meet at 12.30 pm at the picnic tables at Wolbach. 

Book Talk and Signing

May 15, 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. 

Bird Walk at Wayside Forest

May 17, 2018 7:00am to 9:00am

Location:

Wayside Forest, Framingham

Leader:

Jeff Collins, Mass Audubon and Lisa Vernegaard, SVT

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Join Mass Audubon's Director of Conservation Science Jeff Collins and SVT's Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard and  as they look for avian residents and migrants. The diversity of habitat types in this forest—from mature hardwood uplands, to hemlock groves, to low-elevation wetlands—should yield a great species list! SVT is currently working to conserve the beautiful property and valuable habitat. 

Eco-Detective Walk in the Woods

May 20, 2018 2:15pm to 3:45pm

Location:

Wolbach Farm, Sudbury

Leader:

Richard Forman, Harvard ecologist and SVT Board Member

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Harvard ecologist and SVT Board member Richard Forman will explain how rocks, cliffs, trees, flowers, moss, and wildlife provide fascinating clues about how a landscape was used in the past and also offer hints about how the land will look in the future. Explore Wolbach Farm and look for answers to the questions: How have people changed the place? How do the woods fit in the broad SVT landscape?

Walking with Richard Forman, who is regarded as the father of landscape ecology, is guaranteed to be interesting and informative!

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)

Whip-poor-will Walk

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.

Summer Program Online Registration Coming Soon!

June 1, 2018 12:00pm

Price:

$10 (free for SVT members)

Registration for programs in June, July and August will be posted shortly!