Holiday Wreath Making Workshop
Dec
4
10:00 am10:00

Holiday Wreath Making Workshop

  • Wildlands Trust Conservation Barn

Get creative and festive and make your own holiday wreath! In this workshop, led by local horticulturist Susanne Lucas, you will make and take home a beautiful all-natural wreath for the holidays. There will be an optional "collecting" walk held from 9:15 - 10:00 am to gather materials beforehand. Enjoy delicious seasonal treats while crafting. Space is limited, so get your tickets before we sell out! Ages 12 and up.

$35 members / $45 nonmembers

Potluck in the Barn with Karen Grey
Dec
7
6:00 pm18:00

Potluck in the Barn with Karen Grey

  • Wildlands Trust

Come and learn about the work of Wildlands Trust!  Bring a dish to share and join us for a potluck dinner hosted at Wildlands Trust new Conservation Barn at Davis-Douglas Farm in Plymouth.  The speaker for the evening will be Wildlands Trust President, Karen Grey.

Registration is required.

Trailblazers at Cotton Pond
Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Trailblazers at Cotton Pond

  • Emery East Preserve

Join us for our monthly Trailblazers volunteer work day! This month we'll be heading back to Emery East Preserve in Plymouth to finish up some work on the Cotton Pond Trail. The natural staircase, along with a hand railing, that Trailblazers started in September will get finished, debris needs to be removed, and the parking area could use some definition! Have fun on a Saturday morning getting your hands dirty with like minded people out on the trail!

Registration is required.

Hoyt-Hall Hike II
Dec
11
10:00 am10:00

Hoyt-Hall Hike II

  • Hoyt-Hall Preserve

Due to high demand and interest in our newest trail system, we are offering another hike at Hoyt-Hall Preserve. Join Trail Guy Malcolm MacGregor and Program Coordinator and Educator Rachel Calderara on a walk through the beautiful new trail system at Hoyt-Hall Preserve in Marshfield.  Hike around Long Tom Pond with its many opportunities for wildlife viewing and enjoy the unique landscapes at this one-of-a-kind preserve.  

Participants should be in good physical condition and able to walk 3-4 miles over hilly terrain.

If you would like to ride in the Trust van from Plymouth, please choose that option when registering.  Space is limited.

While this event is free, registration is required.

Trail Run
Dec
17
8:30 am08:30

Trail Run

  • Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust Property Manager Erik Boyer for our monthly trail run! This scenic run will be about 5 miles long, winding through our Halfway Pond Conservation Area in Plymouth. This is not a race, just a group of people running together, averaging 7 - 10 minute miles. Meet at the Wildlands Trust headquarters, where there will be access to restrooms and light refreshments available post-run. 

While this event is free, registration is required.

Solstice Hike with Malcolm and Rachel
Dec
21
2:30 pm14:30

Solstice Hike with Malcolm and Rachel

  • Wildlands Trust

Join Malcolm and Rachel for a guided hike through the trails of Halfway Pond Conservation Area on the Winter Solstice. Watch the sunset over Halfway Pond on the shortest day of the year, and finish the hike at dusk. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee or cocoa afterwards as we celebrate the increase in daylight thereafter. Bring a flashlight for the return hike.

Meet at the Wildlands Trust Headquarters. From here we'll carpool to the small parking area at Gallow's Pond. Ages 12 and up. 

While this event is free, registration is required.

Hatha and Hike
Jan
4
9:00 am09:00

Hatha and Hike

  • Wildlands Trust

Join Hatha Yoga instructor Maureen Francis in the Community Conservation Barn for an hour of relaxing yoga, followed by a light hike led by Wildlands Trust's Rachel Calderara. No experience necessary. Please bring a yoga mat, small blanket, and dress comfortably.

Hatha yoga, the most widely practice form of yoga in America, concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures, breathing techniques, and meditation with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind. The postures we will practice work to stretch and align the body, promoting balance, flexibility, and circulation

$5 members / $7 nonmembers at the door.  

Home Brewing 101 with Indie Ferm
Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

Home Brewing 101 with Indie Ferm

  • Wildlands Trust

With craft brewing on the rise, more and more people are trying their hand at home brewing! If you've ever been interested in making your own brew, or are just curious about the fermentation process, join Paul Nixon, Brewer and owner of Independent Fermentations Brewing in Plymouth, in the Wildlands Trust Conservation Barn for Home Brewing 101. You'll learn about the brewing process from recipe building to fermenting, and get to taste samples of IndieFerm and home brewed beers. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

IndieFerm stands out among local brewers for their extensive use of locally grown ingredients in their beers and the welcoming environment at their new tap room on Camelot Drive. Check out their website and visit the taproom Thursdays - Sundays.

$12 members / $15 nonmembers

Photography Workshop: Exposure Basics
Jan
29
1:00 pm13:00

Photography Workshop: Exposure Basics

  • Wildlands Trust

Join local photographer Diane Collins for another great photography workshop at Wildlands Trust! Would you like to increase your chances of getting a good exposure when photographing scenery? Are you having trouble with your photos coming out too light or too dark? Do you want to learn how to creatively change your camera settings to get the look you want?  Then this class is for you.

Diane will show you how to get the best exposure and creative choices for creating a shallow depth of field, motion blur, freezing action and other creative option.  There will be some exercises in the workshop and a walk around Davis-Douglas Farm to put into action what you have learned.

Requirement: Knowledge and capability to change Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO exposure setting with your DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Bring your camera fully charged and with room on your memory card.

$5 members / $7 nonmembers


Post Feast Waddle
Nov
25
10:00 am10:00

Post Feast Waddle

  • Wildlands Trust

It's our Second Annual Post Thanksgiving Feast Waddle! Start at the Trust headquarters and walk to the Beech Tree at Emery Preserve. There will be several options from here to make your hike back to the Trust longer or shorter, but all participants will walk at least 1.5 miles in total. After the hike you'll be welcomed into the newly open Community Conservation Barn at Wildlands Trust for festive refreshments! We'll provide blaze orange for you to wear, or feel free to bring your own.

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Holiday Card Making Workshop
Nov
20
1:00 pm13:00

Holiday Card Making Workshop

  • Wildlands Trust

Come on down to the Community Conservation Barn at Wildlands Trust to create your own holiday cards and gift tags! Botanical artist and Middleborough Conservation Agent Tricia Cassady will guide you in using a variety of mediums to create nature inspired cards to share with friends and family. Light refreshments and music will be provided to keep the festive spirits high! An optional walk to gather materials for inspiration will be offered from 12:30 - 1:00 pm. 

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Trail Run
Nov
19
8:00 am08:00

Trail Run

  • Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust Property Manager Erik Boyer for our monthly trail run! This scenic run will be about 5 miles long, winding through our Halfway Pond Conservation Area in Plymouth. This is not a race, just a group of people running together, averaging 7 - 10 minute miles. Meet at the Wildlands Trust headquarters, where there will be access to restrooms and light refreshments available post-run. 

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Trailblazer Thursday
Nov
17
10:00 am10:00

Trailblazer Thursday

  • Willow Brook Farm

Join us for another great morning of trail work! This month, we're cutting back trails on Town of Pembroke conservation land. Pembroke's Misty Meadows Conservation Area is adjacent to Wildlands Trust's Willow Brook Farm, with a connecting trail system that allows users to access the Herring Brook. Cutting back these trails will improve access to the brook for users of Willow Brook and Misty Meadows!

Meet at the Willow Brook parking lot, near 99 Barker St. (rt. 14) in Pembroke. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a water bottle and be prepared to walk at least 2 miles.

Registration Required

Hoyt-Hall Opening Hike
Nov
13
1:00 pm13:00

Hoyt-Hall Opening Hike

  • Historic Winslow House

Join us for the opening of a long awaited trail system in Marshfield! Sixteen years after it was first purchased by the Trust, this 123-acre property has finally become the showcase preserve that it was envisioned to be. We've established a new trail system and enhanced public access to expand passive recreation opportunities at this hidden gem. Read more about Hoyt-Hall in our latest newsletter

Join Trail Guy Malcolm, Community Stewardship Program Manager Ryan Krapp, and Program Coordinator and Educator Rachel Calderara for a hike around Long Tom Pond and beyond, with many opportunities for wildlife viewings and unique landscapes to observe. Enjoy a warming station with hot beverages at the Historic Winslow House at the end of the walk.

While this event is free, registration is required.

Wings over the Water - with Wayne Petersen
Oct
30
8:00 am08:00

Wings over the Water - with Wayne Petersen

  • Wildlands Trust

Join ornithologist Wayne Petersen for a waterfowl filed trip in Plymouth and Duxbury. Every autumn thousands of sea ducks and other waterbirds migrate south along the Massachusetts coast on their way to their wintering grounds. Participants in this outing will receive an overview of the migratory routes and destinations of these birds, along with a description of the factors that influence their migratory behavior. In addition to providing an exhilarating day afield at a lovely time of year, this outing will offer insights into observing, identifying, and better understanding migratory waterbird behavior in Massachusetts. 

Meet at Wildlands Trust Headquarters at 7:45 am. Field Trip Locations: Manomet Point, the Plymouth/Duxbury Bay Important Bird Area, and several nearby freshwater ponds.

$10 members / $12 non members

Wayne Petersen is the author of the National Audubon Society's Pocket Guide to Songbirds and Familiar Backyard Birds (East), co-author of Birds of Massachusetts and Birds of New England, and more. Learn more about Wayne here

Trailblazers @ Community Garden
Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Trailblazers @ Community Garden

  • Wildlands Trust

Spend the morning with us as we prepare our community garden for the winter. We'll be cleaning out beds, seeding winter cover crop, laying down wood chips, making fence repairs, and more! No experience necessary - come one, come all!

Registration is required.

COASTSWEEP Beach Cleanup
Oct
29
9:00 am09:00

COASTSWEEP Beach Cleanup

  • White Horse Beach

Ocean and waterway trash ranks as one of the most serious pollution problems chocking our planet. A rising tide of marine debris threatens human health, wildlife, communities, and economies around the world. Our beaches on the South Shore are no exception! Please join us as White Horse Beach in Manomet for COASTSWEEP, an annual state-wide beach cleanup and data collection effort organized by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. This cleanup will also be a part of the town-wide beach cleanup day in Plymouth. Volunteers will work in small teams to collect and record trash found on the shoreline. This data is then used to develop education and policy initiatives to help reduce marine debris. 

A registration table will be at the public entrance to White Horse Beach on Taylor Ave. Everything you need is provided - gloves, bags, data sheets, and pencils. We do ask that you keep your shoes on, so boots or sneakers are recommended. Learn more about COASTSWEEP here

Check here for cancellation in case of inclement weather. 

While walk-ins are welcome, registration in advance is appreciated!

Hike with Malcolm
Oct
16
10:00 am10:00

Hike with Malcolm

  • Willow Brook Farm

Please note the date change of this event from October 9 to October 16. 

Join us at the peak of Autumn for our monthly Hike with Malcolm MacGregor, Trail Guy. We'll be venturing to Willow Brook Farm in Pembroke to walk through the many habitats of this brook-side preserve. Experience the Red Maple swamp, boardwalk through a mixed hardwood forest, rare open grassland, giant ant mounds, and more. Towards the end of our hike, we'll climb the lookout tower to catch a glimpse of the Atlantic White Cedar stand and maybe a soaring eagle or hawk. This is a preserve you will want to visit again and again! The hike is relatively flat, and will be about 3 miles in total.

If you would like to carpool from our office in Plymouth, please choose that option when registering. 

While this event is free, registration is required.

Trail Run
Oct
15
8:30 am08:30

Trail Run

  • Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust Property Manager Erik Boyer for our monthly trail run! This scenic run will be about 5 miles long, winding through our Halfway Pond Conservation Area in Plymouth. This is not a race, just a group of people running together, averaging about 7 - 10 minute miles. Meet at the Wildlands Trust Headquarters, where there will be access to restrooms and light refreshments available post-run. We thank Plymouth Rock Racing for providing refreshments for this month's run.

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Indian Head River Hike
Oct
2
1:00 pm13:00

Indian Head River Hike

  • Luddam's Ford Park

Join Hanover and Hanson Town Open Space Committees and Wildlands Trust for a walk to explore the trails along the Indian Head River.  Participants will begin at the historic site of Luddam’s Ford in Hanover, named after guide James Luddam, who, in 1632, carried Governor Winthrop across the river to get to Weymouth.  We'll head north along the rail bed next to the river where old hobo markings can be seen, and return via the Hanson/Pembroke side of the Indian Head River through Wildlands Trust Tucker Preserve.

The walk is approximately 4.5 miles round trip.  Park at Luddam's Ford Park on Elm Street in Hanover. Registration is not required for this hike.  In case of inclement weather, please check here for updates.

Fall Foliage Journaling with Tricia Cassady
Sep
25
1:00 pm13:00

Fall Foliage Journaling with Tricia Cassady

  • Great River Preserve

Join Middleboro Conservation Agent and talented botanical artist Tricia Cassady for a walk at Great River Preserve in Bridgewater to experience New England’s famous fall foliage. We’ll hike around this beautiful preserve on the Taunton River, enjoy a watercolor demonstration on capturing fall foliage, and settle down with our journals to give it a shot! Please bring your sketch book and a portable chair if you have them. Watercolor paper and other materials will be provided.

While this event is free, registration is required.

If you live closer to our headquarters in Plymouth than to Bridgewater, you’re welcome to meet us at Davis Douglas Farm, 675 Long Pond Rd., at noon for a free ride. If you would like a ride from Plymouth with us, please select that option when registering. The shuttle is limited to 7 participants.

Nature Photo Club iPhone-ography
Sep
24
9:00 am09:00

Nature Photo Club iPhone-ography

  • Tucker Preserve

Do you love using your smart phone to take and share pictures? Then you're invited to join photographer Amy Davies along the shores of the Indian Head River for iPhone-ography! While you can use any smart phone to take pictures at our beautiful Tucker Preserve, Amy's specialty is the iPhone, and she will provide insight on getting the right shot and using your iPhone editing features. This event is free and part of our monthly photo club at Wildlands Trust. All ages and skill levels are welcome to join!

While this event is free, registration is required.