Rochester Hike Day
Apr
22
9:30 AM09:30

Rochester Hike Day

Celebrate Earth Day with a day of hiking at three Wildlands Trust Preserves in Rochester, MA: Rounseville II, Delano, and Lincoln Holmes Preserves. All three hikes will be around an hour long and will cover a variety of terrain and habitat types. All are welcome to join us for all one hike, two hikes, or all three hikes, as well as an optional lunch at 12:30 at Matt's Blackboard.

Participants must register in advance.

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Southern Pine Beetle Info Session
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Southern Pine Beetle Info Session

Join us for an informational session on the Southern Pine Beetle, a bark beetle recently found in Southern MA that infests pine trees. In New York, the pine beetle has infested most of Long Island and over 8,000 trees have been cut in suppression efforts since 2014. DCR Forest Health Program Forester Nicole Keleher will talk about her findings on the Southern Pine Beetle, including preventative measures and management techniques. .

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Growing Organically
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

Growing Organically

All this talk about growing our gardens and lawns without chemicals . . . why? The Six Ponds Association and the Wildlands Trust invite you to join us for a special presentation in the Community Conservation Barn as Stan Ingram of the Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership and Caro Roszell of the New England Organic Farming Association describe how and why – and how easy it really is! – to maintain your gardens and lawns without chemicals.

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iNaturalist Hike - City Nature Challenge
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

iNaturalist Hike - City Nature Challenge

With the iNaturalist app, you can become a citizen scientist with just a few taps of your phone! Participate in the Boston Area City Nature Challenge with a guided iNaturalist hike at Willow Brook Preserve to help us record as many species as possible. Volunteer Brian Vigorito will teach us how to use the iNaturalist app to record our findings for the challenge. 

Space is limited. Registration required.

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Eyes on Owls: Live Owl Program
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Eyes on Owls: Live Owl Program

Explore the world of owls with talented naturalists Marcia and Mark Wilson and six lively owls, whose pursuits both near and far make this interactive program fun and educational! Join one of two special programs in the Wildlands Trust Community Conservation Barn - 1:00 pm: A 45-minute program suitable for families with young children OR  3:00 pm: A 75-minute program suitable for ages 12+.

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Evening Trail Run
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Evening Trail Run

Join Stewardship Manager Erik Boyer for an evening trail run around Halfway Pond ending at sunset. 3 or 6 miles route options for runners of any pace or skill level! The physical and mental benefits of trail running are well documented. Meet other runners in your community and explore the beautiful conservation lands around Halfway Pond.

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An Evening with Our Emergency Planners
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Our Emergency Planners

The Six Ponds Improvement Association and Wildlands Trust are pleased to co-host An Evening with Our Emergency Planners. James Mannion, Regional Manager for Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Henry Lipe, Emergency Preparedness Director for the Town of Plymouth, and John Viveiros, MEMA Lead Nuclear Planner for Pilgrim, will speak about the plans in place should there be a radiological emergency that requires evacuation, followed by a Q&A session.

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Birding Day Trip
May
12
7:00 AM07:00

Birding Day Trip

Spring is here, and that means our feathered friends are returning from their wintering grounds! Join us for a full-day birding adventure around the South Shore with birder and naturalist Jim Sweeney to catch a glimpse of some of the fascinating bird species the use our area as their breeding grounds or as a resting point on their way north. 

Tickets must be purchased in advance - space is limited. 
$15 members / $25 nonmembers

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Morning Trail Run
May
12
7:30 AM07:30

Morning Trail Run

Join Stewardship Manager Erik Boyer for a Saturday morning trail run around Halfway Pond. 3 or 6 miles route options for runners of any pace or skill level! The physical and mental benefits of trail running are well documented. Meet other runners in your community and explore the beautiful conservation lands around Halfway Pond.

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Post-Brunch Hike with Malcolm
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Post-Brunch Hike with Malcolm

Join us this Mother's Day for a lovely 4-mile hike around Halfway Pond in Plymouth. Trail Guy Malcolm MacGregor will lead us on a full circumnavigation of Halfway Pond. The hike has some hills but is otherwise flat. Enjoyed varied landscapes and open vista. Possible wildlife sightings include Bald Eagles, which nest on the island at Halfway Pond. Ages 8+, dogs must be leashed.

Please register in advance.

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Mindful Meditation
May
16
9:00 AM09:00

Mindful Meditation

Join instructor Betsy Hall for a mindful meditation workshop. We'll use the beautiful Community Conservation Barn for indoor space and our 10-acre headquarters and miles of trail across the street for walking meditation. Our workshop is for both beginning and experienced meditators, and is a great opportunity to restart or continue your practice!

$5 members / $10 nonmembers due upon arrival

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Tick Talk
May
17
6:30 PM18:30

Tick Talk

Join Plymouth County Entomologist Educator Blake Dinius for an informational talk about local ticks and disease prevention, including a variety of prevention methods to help those who are concerned about ticks to feel more prepared going outside at this time of year. You can also join the Tick Walk on May 20 for hands-on prevention methods with Blake. 

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Creatures of the Night Hike
May
18
8:30 PM20:30

Creatures of the Night Hike

Search Willow Brook Farm Preserve for the sights and sounds of creatures that get up when the sun goes down. Call for Barred Owls and listen for Spring Peepers atop the lookout tower. Walk over boardwalks and through fields and forests when the preserve is closed to other visitors. This hike will be led by birder and Wildlands Trust volunteer Brian Vigorito with assistance from AmeriCorps member Tommy Blanchard.

Space is limited - Please register in advance.

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Tick Walk
May
20
1:00 PM13:00

Tick Walk

Join Plymouth County Entomologist Educator Blake Dinius on a tick prevention walk at Eel River Preserve. Blake will demonstrate proper tick prevention techniques to use when engaging in outdoor activities, especially during the warm weather months!  The walk pairs with the informational Tick Talk on May 17, but participants are welcome to attend both or either event.  

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Sights and Sounds of Wetlands and Wildlife
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Sights and Sounds of Wetlands and Wildlife

Join this family-friendly program to learn about those wet areas in your neighborhood and find out what is making all that noise every spring! First, enjoy "The Sights and Sounds of Wetlands and Wildlife” presentation at the Middleboro 4-H clubhouse with MassDEP Environmental Analyst Carlos Fragata. Then Carlos will lead an exploration of the vernal pools at Wildlands Trust's Striar Conservancy just down the road in Halifax.

This program is free and open for all ages, but please register in advance as space is limited. 

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