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.

Hike with Malcolm
Oct
9
10:00 am10:00

Hike with Malcolm

  • Willow Brook Farm

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. 

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. 

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Trailbalzers @ Community Garden
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Trailbalzers @ 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 neccesary - come one, come all!

Registration is appreciated.

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. 

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.

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

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. 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


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.

Trail Run
Sep
24
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 3 to 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. There will be access to restrooms and light refreshments will be provided post-run.

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Kayak & Hike with Malcolm
Sep
11
10:00 am10:00

Kayak & Hike with Malcolm

  • Halfway Pond Conservation Area

Spend the morning on the serene and contemplative Halfway Pond for a gentle paddle around the island and beyond. Bring a lunch for a picnic on the pond’s edge, and afterwards join us for an optional 2 mile hike around Gramp’s Loop at Halfway Pond Conservation Area. Two Wildlands Trust staff members will lead you on this paddle and hike: Malcolm MacGregor, our Trail Guy, and Rachel Calderara, our Program Coordinator and Educator. Bring your own kayak or canoe, and be sure to have a PFD or life jacket (it is MA state law that you have one for each person).

Don’t have a kayak? We have a few to spare. To inquire, email Rachel at rcalderara@wildlandstrust.org.

While this event is free, registration is required.

Trailblazers
Sep
10
10:00 am10:00

Trailblazers

  • Emery Preserve East

TRAILBLAZE with Wildlands Trust!

We are seeking individuals who would like to work with hand tools (pruners, saws, rakes, and drills) to help finish our newly restored trail at Emery Preserve East in Plymouth. We will spend the morning doing some trail maintenance, installing benches and signage, installing steps on a steep section of trail, and removing trash. No prior trail work experience necessary! 

The trail is over a mile long, winding through a variety of habitat types before looping down to a clearing at Cotton Pond. Restoring the trail and trail head allows access for the public to seek refuge in nature and enjoy a beautiful water feature.

Come get your hands dirty with us!

While this event is free, registration is required. 

Trail Run
Aug
27
8:30 am08:30

Trail Run

  • Wildlands Trust

Join Wildlands Trust Property Manager Erik Boyer for our monthly trail run! Runners will be guided on a 4-5 mile run on trails through Wildlands Trust's Halfway Pond Conservation Area. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome.   There will be access to restrooms and light refreshments will be provided post- run.  While this event is free, registration is required.

Make a Fresh-Herb Wreath
Aug
23
6:30 pm18:30

Make a Fresh-Herb Wreath

  • Wildlands Trust

Back by popular demand, local horticulturalist Susanne Lucas will show you how to make a wreath using fresh, locally grown herbs on dried grape vine. Each participant will make his/her own fresh herb wreath to bring home.  Cost is $20/member, $25/non-member and includes all materials.

Hike with Malcolm
Aug
14
10:00 am10:00

Hike with Malcolm

  • Center Hill Preserve, Plymouth

Join us for a great summertime hike as we explore Plymouth's Center Hill Preserve.  Enjoy a hike through the woods first, see the cranberry bogs and then explore the beach where there is an opportunity to see seals and various shorebirds.  Please bring a picnic lunch if you like and we can sit and enjoy it on the beach after the hike!  While this event is free, registration is required.

Photo Composition Workshop
Jul
31
1:00 pm13:00

Photo Composition Workshop

  • Wildlands Trust, Inc.

Join Wildlands Trust, and local photographer Diane Collins, for a new workshop series in photo composition. 

Learn the basic rules and strategies for creating striking photos, how to handle different types of subjects, and get creative!  We will start with a presentation at Wildlands Trust, and then walk across the street to the Emery Preserve to test out these skills.  Camera’s with “Manual Mode” are recommended.

While this event is free, registration is required

Trailblazers at Brockton Audubon
Jul
30
9:00 am09:00

Trailblazers at Brockton Audubon

  • Brockton Audubon Preserve

TRAILBLAZE with Wildlands Trust!  

We are seeking individuals who would like to work with hand tools (pruners, saws, rakes and drills) to help refurbish old trails and build boardwalks on the Brockton Audubon Preserve in Brockton. Our plan is to open up a connector trail to connect the existing loop trail to the neighborhoods and other conservation lands to the south.

In all, over 1.5-miles of trails will then be accessible to the general public, schools and adjacent neighborhoods for a nature hike into one of the few Open Spaces in Brockton!

Come get your hands dirty with us!

While this event is free, registration is required.  Children over the age of 12 are welcome with an adult.

Senior Stroll
Jul
28
9:00 am09:00

Senior Stroll

  • Wildlands Trust Inc.

Meet at the Wildlands Trust Headquarters to hike across the street at the Wildlands Trust Emery Preserve. 

Learn about the Trust, meet other seniors, and spend an enjoyable morning exploring part of the 230 acres that comprise the Davis-Douglas Farm Conservation Area in Plymouth. 

This walk is co-sponsored with the Plymouth Council on Aging. 

All seniors are welcome to attend!

Please note:  Participants should be able to walk 2-3 miles over hilly terrain. We will hold this walk in light rain, but will postpone for adverse weather.  Notification will be posted here if the walk is postponed.

Halfway Pond Preserve Trail Run
Jul
23
8:30 am08:30

Halfway Pond Preserve Trail Run

  • Wildlands Trust, Inc.

Join Wildlands Trust Property Manager,  Erik Boyer for a morning trail run through our Halfway Pond Preserve.

Meet at Wildlands Trust headquarters, 675 Long Pond Road in Plymouth. We will run from there to The Halfway Pond Preserve.  We will run anywhere from 3-7 miles throughout the Preserve.

Those of all experience levels are welcome to join.

While this event is free, registration is required

Exposure Workshop and Photowalk
Jul
17
1:00 pm13:00

Exposure Workshop and Photowalk

  • Wildlands Trust, Inc.

Back by popular demand, join local photographer Diane Collins for this workshop all about light exposure.  Learn how different settings capture light in new ways and how to get creative with exposure techniques.  Afterwards we will be walking the Emery Preserve for a chance to practice these new skills.

The workshop portion will be held at Wildlands Trust and we will walk across the street to the Emery Preserve.  Camera’s with “Manual Mode” are strongly recommended.

While this event is free registration is required

Hike With Malcolm - Rescheduled
Jul
17
12:30 pm12:30

Hike With Malcolm - Rescheduled

  • Myles Standish State Park

New Date! Sunday, July 17th

Hike the beautiful Bentley Loop with Trail Guy, Malcolm MacGregor! Pass by three ponds on this lovely five mile hike through the fields and forest of Myles Standish State Forest. Participants should be in good physical shape and be able to walk 5 miles over slight inclines. The hike is suitable for children 12 and up.

Meet at Myles Standish State Forest parking lot off of Long Pond Road.

WHILE THIS EVENT IS FREE, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Dragonfly and Butterfly Walk with Nick Block
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

Dragonfly and Butterfly Walk with Nick Block

  • Great River Preserve

Join Stonehill College Biology Professor, Nick Block for a guided tour of the butterflies and dragonflies at Great River Preserve.

Learn more about these inspiring insects and enjoy the morning among the open meadows and field nesting birds.
 
Please wear long pants and socks to prevent tick bites.  This walk is appropriate for all ages.

While this event is free, registration is required

Ask A Master Gardener
Jul
14
5:00 pm17:00

Ask A Master Gardener

  • Wildlands Trust Inc.

Do your tomatoes have yellowish leaves? Do you wonder about how best to keep the soil of your garden healthy? Well, swing by the Wildlands Trust Community Garden and ask a Master Gardener!

A Master Gardener from the Master Gardener Association will be on hand to answer all of your pressing questions.

No reservations necessary - just stop on by . . .

 

TRAILBLAZERS
Jun
25
9:00 am09:00

TRAILBLAZERS

  • Hoyt Hall Preserve

TRAILBLAZE with us!!!!  

We are seeking individuals who would like to work with hand tools (pruners, saws, rakes and drills) to help refurbish old and clear new trails and build bog bridges on the Hoyt Hall Preserve in Marshfield. Our plan is to open up a Neighborhood Trail System in all over 1.75-miles long that will be accessible to the general public and adjacent neighborhoods for a nature hike into one of our most beautiful Preserves!  Come get your hands dirty with us!

While this event is free, registration is REQUIRED

NATURE PHOTO CLUB WITH ROB MACDONALD
Jun
20
4:00 pm16:00

NATURE PHOTO CLUB WITH ROB MACDONALD

  • Striar Conservancy

It’s the first day of Summer and what better way to ring in the new season then to get outside? 

Grab your cameras, iPhones, Go-Pros or anything else you may use and join local photographer and Wildlands Trust volunteer Rob MacDonald as he guides us around our cameras and the Striar Conservancy in Halifax.

The Striar Conservancy offers views of vernal pools, wooded wetlands, bog bridges, and ferns galore. 

Please wear long pants and socks to prevent tick bites.

While this event is free, registration is REQUIRED

TRAILBLAZERS
Jun
9
9:00 am09:00

TRAILBLAZERS

  • Hoyt Hall Preserve

We are seeking individuals who would like to work with hand tools (pruners, saws, rakes and drills) to help refurbish old and clear new trails and build bog bridges on the Hoyt Hall Preserve in Marshfield.

Our plan is to open up a Neighborhood Trail System in all over 1.75-miles long that will be accessible to the general public and adjacent neighborhoods for a nature hike into one of our most beautiful Preserves!

Parking is available at the turnout along Careswell Street just before the Historic Winslow House

Come get your hands dirty with us!

While this is a free event - registration is required

Children over the age of 14 are welcome with an adult

EXPOSURE WORKSHOP AND PHOTO WALK
Jun
5
2:00 pm14:00

EXPOSURE WORKSHOP AND PHOTO WALK

  • Wildlands Trust, Inc.

Join Wildlands Trust and local photographer Diane Collins for our first photography workshop.  Diane will teach us all about different exposure techniques and the tricks to capturing the right light using manual mode.  We will then get the chance to try out these techniques around the Halfway Pond Conservation Area.  The workshop portion will be held at Wildlands Trust (675 Long Pond Road, Plymouth) and we will carpool over to Halfway Pond for the walk.  DSLRs or cameras with “Manual Mode” are recommended.

While this event is free, registration is REQUIRED

 

NATIONAL TRAIL DAY HIKE WITH MALCOLM
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

NATIONAL TRAIL DAY HIKE WITH MALCOLM

  • Myles Standish State Forest

The hike will begin at 10:00 AM at the intersection of Halfway Pond Road and Circle Drive in Myles Standish State Forest. Plenty of parking is available.

The hike to Redbrook will take about 2 hours. Redbrook is celebrating National Trails Day with food and a number of events. We will stay no more than 2 hours then begin our 2 hour hike back by another route.

Those interested can meet for breakfast at Panera Bread at the Shops at Five (south on exit 5 off Rte 3) at 8am. After breakfast, around 9:15, we will meet at the main entrance to Myles Standish State Forest on Long Pond Rd for those needing help to the starting point. We will caravan for the main parking area at 9:30.

This hike is approximately 9 miles with varying degrees of difficulty so please plan accordingly.

While this is a free event, registration is REQUIRED

TRAILBLAZERS
Jun
2
10:00 am10:00

TRAILBLAZERS

  • Willow Brook Preserve

The Canopy Tower at Willow Brook Preserve is in need of a fresh coat of paint.  Lend a hand to spruce it up for the season.  Wear clothes that can withstand a bit of paint.  This activity may not be suitable for young children due to height of tower and the removal of some lewd graffiti. 

While this event is free, registration is REQUIRED for supply purposes.

Landscape Drawing With Eileen Holzman
May
22
10:30 am10:30

Landscape Drawing With Eileen Holzman

  • Wildlands Trust, Inc.

Local artist Eileen Holzman will lead a Landscape Drawing class featuring the Davis-Douglas Farm.

Highlights will include the capture of fore/middle/background, general 3D perspective, texture, and shading. 

Bring your own favorite sketching /color materials or sample our supply.   All ages welcome.

Class to be held rain or shine. Photographs will used is bad weather prevents outdoor sketching.

While this event is free registration is REQUIRED

TRAILBLAZERS
May
19
9:00 am09:00

TRAILBLAZERS

  • Hoyt Hall Preserve

TRAILBLAZE with us!!!!  

We are seeking individuals who would like to work with hand tools (pruners, saws, rakes and drills) to help refurbish old and clear new trails and build bog bridges on the Hoyt Hall Preserve in Marshfield.

Our plan is to open up a Neighborhood Trail System in all over 1.75-miles long that will be accessible to the general public and adjacent neighborhoods for a nature hike into one of our most beautiful Preserves!

Parking is available at the turnout along Careswell Street just before the Historic Winslow House

Come get your hands dirty with us!

While this is a free event - registration is required

Children over the age of 14 are welcome with an adult

Hike With Malcolm
May
15
12:30 pm12:30

Hike With Malcolm

  • Wildlands Trust, Inc.

Join us for a hiking adventure with our trail guy, Dr. Malcolm MacGregor, and Wildlands Trust Director of Land Protection, Scott MacFaden, as they take you on a 7 mile hike from land to shore. 

Participants will start at Wildlands Trust headquarters at Davis-Douglas Farm, end at Ellisville State Park in Plymouth, and then be shuttled back to Davis-Douglas Farm. 

While this event is free, advance registration is REQUIRED due to van space.  No same-day registration allowed.  Ages 12 and up only. 

Please note:  this is an advanced hike and requires participants to be in good physical condition to manage steep slopes and hilly terrain. 

A Walk in the Woods with Naturalist Jerry Flaherty
May
14
9:00 am09:00

A Walk in the Woods with Naturalist Jerry Flaherty

  • Wildlands Trust Inc.

Join Naturalist and teacher Jerry Flaherty for a 2-3 mile hike to explore the Emery Preserve and Beech Tree Trail in Plymouth.

We will stop along the way to explore and learn about the flora and fauna in the beautiful area.

While this event is free, registration is REQUIRED

NATURE PHOTO CLUB WITH JEANNE LESPERANCE
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

NATURE PHOTO CLUB WITH JEANNE LESPERANCE

  • Great River Preserve

Grab your cameras, iPhones, Go-Pros or anything else you may use and join local photographer and Wildlands Trust member Jeanne Lesperance as she guides us around our cameras and the Great River Preserve in Bridgewater. The Great River Preserve offers views of open fields and wildflowers, the Great River, and wooded trails.

While this is a free event,  registration is required.

Please wear long pants and socks to prevent tick bites.

Parking: Continue traveling about ½ mile to Trailhead Parking area on right. A kiosk is located ahead, just past the private farm and residence. Please respect private property- No Public Access.

TRAILBLAZERS
May
7
10:00 am10:00

TRAILBLAZERS

  • Gramps Loop/Halfway Pond

Our “Trailblazers” program works to maintain and improve trails on our numerous properties within southeastern Massachusetts.

Join us at on Gramps Loop at the Halfway Pond Preserve in Plymouth as we widen trails on this beautiful property.

While this event is free, registration is requested

Park at the MAST ROAD PARKING AREA

Directions to parking area: Rt. 3 to Exit 3 heading southwest on Clark Road. Turn right onto Long Pond Road, continue about 1.5 miles, passing Plymouth schools. Turn left onto Mast Road, across from the golf course. Follow Mast Road about 2 miles to trailhead parking on right before Halfway Pond.

ADOPT A PRESERVE
May
1
1:00 pm13:00

ADOPT A PRESERVE

We are looking for motivated people to help Wildlands Trust by becoming stewards of our public properties!

Assist Wildlands Trust by helping us to monitor our most visited properties. Once you go through our training program, you will be able to monitor your adopted property on your own schedule and submit property reports electronically.  For this volunteer position, we request a commitment of at least 3 hours per month. 

Join us for our Adopt-a-Preserve training meeting to get involved.

While this event is free, registration is required

INVASIVE PLANT ID WORKSHOP
Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

INVASIVE PLANT ID WORKSHOP

  • Wildlands Trust Inc.

Russ Norton of the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension will lead a presentation about how to identify and manage invasive plants.

While this event is free, registration is required