This Summer, Wachusett Greenways will be presenting a special series of walks in collaboration area land trusts to highlight land that they protect and give residents an opportunity to experience other jewels in and around Central Massachusetts.
Wachusett Greenways is a grass roots team of volunteers working to expand a network of trails and open spaces linking our communities. The volunteers regularly meet to build and maintain trails, improve open spaces, and reach out to the six towns we serve to promote sustainable and environmentally-sensitive use of green spaces.
To learn more about Wachusett Greenways and the Mass Central Rail Trail, visit their website at www.wachusettgreenways.org/
Thursday, May 24, 1 PM -3 PM
Flowering and Flying Beauties at Moore State Park
Paxton Land Trust is a private, nonprofit volunteer organization founded in 1996. PLT’s mission is to encourage the preservation of the rural and agricultural landscapes for the benefit of present and future generations with the goals of conserving the natural landscape, protecting the quality of drinking water, providing opportunities for outdoor recreation, and preserving wildlife habitats. These goals are accomplished by working with other land trusts, property owners, state agencies and conservation partners, assisting private property owners in obtaining voluntary conservation restrictions, and obtaining land by purchase, donation or bequest so it will remain undeveloped forever.
Moore State Park is in its prime this time of year. Christy Barnes will guide us along the Have a Heart trail from the parking lot, towards the Enchanta Bridge. We will briefly stop by the bat house, and walk down the road towards the large field near the park entrance, where Elise Barry will help us see and Identify butterflies of the day. Bring binoculars, insect repellent, your favorite field guides and a snack. Contact Christy to sign up: 508-755-6321, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, May 27, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Wilds of Wile Forest
Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) is a private, nonprofit organization created by Westborough residents in 1997 as a response to the increasing development pressures that are rapidly restricting the town’s ability to protect essential natural resources, preserve open space for future generations, and meet recreational needs. WCLT achieves its mission through the acquisition and stewardship of land, through educational activities, and through vigilance over our waterways and water supplies.
Scott Shumway, Professor of Biology at Wheaton College, leads this nature hike to explore one of the wildest places in Westborough. This large tract connects with the Libbey Reservation to create an extensive 200-acre wildlife corridor. We will see traces of historic logging and vernal pools, plus abundant ferns as we walk through lush forests of maple, oak and pine. Perhaps the song of the elusive ovenbird or wood peewee will catch our ears. Meet at end of Carroll Drive (off of West Main/Kendall/Frances Dr.) for this 1- to 2-mile hike moderate hike. Bring binoculars and wear sturdy shoes to cross small brooks on stepping stones. Meet at the end of Carol Drive. Contact: email@example.com
Thursday, May 31, 6:30 PM -8 PM
Masses of Mountain Laurel at Porcupine Hill
White Oak Land Conservation Society was founded in 1978 to preserve open space in Holden and surrounding towns. White Oak currently owns or holds Conservation Restrictions on 475 acres.
Come join the White Oak Land Conservation Society for a an easy, one mile walk at Porcupine Hill and see the Mountain Laurel in full bloom. Porcupine Hill parking area located off Paxton Road (Route 31-south) approximately 1,000 feet south of the Paxton- Holden Town line. Bring insect repellent and water. Call: Scott Morrison (508) 856-7090 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ed Yagloo 978-355-2539