The Trustees of Reservations mission

"To preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts."

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TRUSTEES OF RESERVATIONS SPRING EVENTS
March 30 - June 30, 2007

Berkshires Region

Late March/Early April TBA | 8-10pm
Salamander Migration Night
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
The first "warm", rainy nights of spring trigger salamanders and frogs to begin their seasonal journey to breed in vernal pools. We will try to find them. Bring a flashlight and rain gear. Please pre-register. Space is limited. Members: $5. Nonmembers: $6.

Saturday, April 7 | 10am-12:30pm
Vernal Pool Certification with Tom Tyning - Family Workshop
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Vernal pools are crucial for the survival of wood frogs, fairy shrimp, spotted salamanders and many other
  
species. Unfortunately, they are not protected unless formally recognized. We'll visit a vernal pool at the Cobble and learn what it takes to certify and protect these special places. Bring rubber boots.
Please pre-register. Members: Adult/Child $5. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6.

Saturdays, April 14 & 21 | 10am-12noon
Life in a Vernal Pool - Family Workshop
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Explore life in our spring ponds. We'll look for egg masses of wood frogs and salamanders, search for fairy shrimp and fingernail clams, and learn about the ecology of these complex natural communities. Come prepared to get wet and muddy. Please pre-register. Members: Adult/Child $4; Family $10. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6; Family $15.

Saturday, April 21 | 9:30-11:30am
Signs of Spring
Dry Hill Reservation, New Marlborough 413.268.8219
It's spring, and many critters have already hit the pool! Join Ecologist Julie Richburg to learn how important vernal pools are, as well as how to identify the pools and their inhabitants. FREE.

Daily, April - December | sunrise to sunset
Rocks, Roads, and Revolution Quest
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Follow the clues on this self-guided journey back through time to the days of the Mohicans and the earliest European settlers. Fun for Families. Quest clues and map available at Bartholomew's Cobble Visitor Center. FREE.

Every Thursday, mid-April - October |
9-11:30am
Volunteer Work Days
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Join friends and neighbors as we pull, clip, lop, and chop to rid the Cobble of some noxious weeds. Better than a morning at the gym. Call for more information. FREE.

Saturday, April 28 | 9am-1pm (rain or shine)
Volunteer Work Day
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Help spruce up the Cobble for the coming season! We'll work on trail maintenance and general spring clean up. Bring a lunch; refreshments and snacks provided. Please let us know you are coming - we need to plan! FREE.

Sunday, April 22; Sunday, April 29; Saturday, May 5; Mother's Day, May 13 10:30am-12noon
Spring Wildflowers
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
In spring, the Cobble is awash in woodland wildflowers - Hepatica, Spring Beauty, Dutchman's Breeches, Cut-leaved Toothwort, Red and White Trillium. You'll learn how these spring ephemerals are specially adapted to complete their life cycle before the trees leaf out. Please pre-register. Members: Adult/Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6.

Sundays, April 22 - May 27 | 8-10am
Bird Walk - Spring Migration
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Explore various avian habitats as spring migrants arrive. Birders of all levels are welcome. Bring binoculars. Please pre-register. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $5; Child $3.

Sunday, May 6 | 1-3pm
Wildflower Walk at Field Farm - Family Hike
Field Farm, Williamstown 413.298.3239
Join Pam Weatherbee on this leisurely hike through the rich woodlands of Field Farm to enjoy a diversity of spring flora. Meet at the Field Farm parking area off Sloan Road, Williamstown. Wear good footwear. FREE.

Thursday, May 17 | 9am-12noon
Garlic Mustard Jamboree
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Join friends and neighbors as we battle one of Bartholomew's Cobbles biggest threats. One big concerted effort will set the stage for our invasive species control season. Bring a lunch; refreshments and snacks provided. Call for details. FREE to all.

Saturday, May 19 | 11am-1:30pm
Wild Edibles - Family Workshop
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
You'll learn how to identify dozens of wild plants you can eat, collect them in the wild, and incorporate them into your own cuisine. Please pre-register. Members: Adult $6; Child $3. Nonmembers: Adult $8; Child $4.

Memorial Day, May 28 | 9am-12noon
Saturdays, June 2 & June 9 | 8:30-11:30am
Sundays, June 10 & June 17 (father's day) | 8:30-11:30am
Housatonic Paddle - Guided Canoe Trip
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Paddle the winding Housatonic with us and explore the rich and varied habitats of the river. Look for bald eagles, great blue herons, kingfishers and bank swallows. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and binoculars. All other equipment is provided. Please pre-register. Members: Adult $15; Child (10-16) $10. Nonmembers: Adult $25; Child (10-16) $15.

Saturday, June 23 & 30 | 10am-12noon
Incredible Insects - Family Hike  
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
A fun-filled search for beetles, antlions, dragonflies, butterflies and other amazing insects. Strictly catch and release! Wear long pants and socks. Please pre-register. Members: Adult/Child $4; Family $10. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6; Family $15.

Saturday, June 30 | 9-10:30pm
Full Moon Hike
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Come explore the sights and sounds of our forests and fields by moonlight. Please pre-register. Members/Nonmembers: Adult $5; Family $10.

Saturday, June 16 | 1-3:30pm
Quest Fest! - Family Activity
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Come on a treasure hunt that will take you back through time to the days of the Mohicans and the earliest European settlers. Learn about the "sport" of questing and make your own rubber stamp for the book where the treasure hides. Please pre-register. Members/Nonmembers: $3 materials cost.

Sunday, June 24 | 9am-2pm
Sheffield Covered Bridge to the Cobble - Guided Canoe Trip
Bartholomew's Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600
Explore an extraordinarily scenic 9-mile stretch of the Housatonic River, rich with wildlife and local history with a naturalist/guide. Bring a picnic lunch. Call for more information. Please pre-register. Members: Adult $25; Child (10-16) $15. Nonmembers: Adult $35; Child (10-16) $20.

HISTORIC HOUSE MUSEUMS

Daily, May 26 - Columbus Day | 10am-5pm
Naumkeag
Stockbridge 413.298.3239 x3000
Berkshire country estate in spectacular setting with delightful gardens by celebrated landscape architect Fletcher Steele. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $3. Family discovery pack, "Look Closely with Kipper," $5 rental fee.

Daily, May 26 - Columbus Day | 10am-5pm
The Mission House
Stockbridge 413.298.3239 x3000
18th century home of the first missionary
to the Stockbridge Mohicans. Fine collection of furniture and ceramics. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $6, Child $3.

Open Saturdays & Sundays, May 26 - Columbus Day | 10am-5pm
The Colonel John Ashley House
Sheffield 413.298.3239 x3000
Home of Mum Bett, an enslaved African woman who successfully sued for her freedom in 1781. An anchor site on the newly created African American Heritage Trail. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $5, Child $3.

Saturdays, June 23 - October 6 | 12noon-5pm
The Folly at Field Farm
Field Farm,Williamstown 413.298.3239 x3012
Modern architectural gem by Ulrich Franzen, built in 1966. Open daily for self-guided tours of modern sculpture in the gardens. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $5, Child $3.

Cape Cod & the Islands

Sunday, April 1 | 1-2:30pm
Tisbury Pond Club Walk - Guided Hike
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Martha'sVineyard, Winter Side (Deep Bottom Road) 508.693.7662
Hear the tale of a special hunt club whose members yearned to keep Long Point open and wild, and visit our newly constructed wildlife viewing blind. FREE.

Sunday, April 15 | 1-2:30pm
12,000 Years of Open Space - Guided Hike
Wasque Reservation, Martha's Vineyard 508.693.7662
Walk timeless pathways and learn about the fascinating community effort to preserve one of the Vineyard's rarest habitats. Meet at Fisherman's parking lot. FREE.

Sunday, April 22 | 1-3pm
Earth Day Celebration!  
Norton Point Beach, Edgartown 508.693.7662
Join friends and neighbors at Norton Point Beach as we clear marine debris and provide a clean place for nesting shorebirds to raise a family! Meet at left fork. FREE.

Sunday, April 29 | 1-3pm
Cedars Beach Hike
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.693.7662
Walk the sands from East Beach to the Cape Poge Cedars. We'll have refreshments at the end of your trek, and our oversand vehicles will take you back. Pre-registration required, space is limited. Strenuous activity: not suitable for all. 1.25 miles. Members: Adult $7, Child $3. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5.

Saturday, May 5 | 9am-12noon
Mytoi Spring Clean Up and Picnic  
Mytoi, Chappaquiddick 508.693.7662
Spend a morning with friends and neighbors caring for the Island's premier Japanese-style garden. Bring work gloves, rakes and shovels. Lunch is on us! Meet at Mytoi on Chappaquiddick. Please pre-register.

Thursday, June 28 | 6:30-8:30pm
Paddle into the Night - Guided Canoe Trip
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.693.7662
Discover the beauty of Cape Poge Bay paddling its waters at twilight. Weather permitting.
Pre-registration required, space is very limited. Members: Adult $40, Nonmembers: Adult $47.

Islands Region Natural History Tours

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day | 9am & 2pm (tour duration: 2.5 hours)
Cape Poge Natural History Tour*
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.693.7662
Travel by oversand vehicle across barrier beaches and through rare maritime forests to enjoy birding, beachcombing, and a visit to the Cape Poge Lighthouse. Members: Adult $30, Child (under 16) $15. Nonmembers: Adult $35, Child (under 16) $18.

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day | 8:30am & 1:30pm (tour duration: 4 hours)
Fishing Discovery Tour*
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.627.3599
Our expert fishing guide will transport you by oversand vehicle to enjoy surfcasting from the legendary fishing beaches of Wasque and Cape Poge. Includes instruction. Members only:
Adult $60, Child (under 16) $25. Not a member? You can join when you make a reservation.

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day | 9am, 12noon & 2pm (tour duration: 1.5 hours)
Cape Poge Lighthouse Tour*
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.627.3599
Take a journey through Cape Poge by oversand vehicle to enjoy breathtaking views from atop the lighthouse. Members: Adult $15, Child (15 and under) $10. Nonmembers: Adult $20, Child (15 and under) $12.

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day |
9am & 2pm (tour duration: 2.5 hours)
Wildlife of Cape Poge - Guided Kayak Tour*
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.693.7662
Join our naturalist for a guided paddle through the beautiful marine habitats of Chappaquiddick. Members: Adult $30, Child (15 and under) $15. Nonmembers: Adult $35, Child (15 and under) $18.

Daily, June 15 - September 15 | 8:30am, 11am, & 1:30pm (tour lasts 1.5 hours)
Wildlife of Long Point - Guided Kayak Tour
Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Martha's Vineyard 508.693.7392
Join our naturalist for a kayak adventure through Tisbury Great Pond. Leaves from special tours-only parking area, off-season entrance gate located at the end of Deep Bottom Road. Members: Adults $15. Nonmembers: Adult $20, Child (15 and under) $10.

Daily, June - October | 9:30am & 1:30pm (tour duration: 2.5 hours)
Natural History of Coskata-Coatue - Guided Oversand Vehicle Tour  
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket 508.228.6799
Naturalist guided tour through Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket's most expansive salt marsh. Members: Adult $30, Child (12 and under) $15. Nonmembers: Adult $40, Child (12 and under) $15.

Daily, June - October | 1-2pm
Open Lighthouse
Great Point Lighthouse, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket 508.228.6799
Climb to the top of Great Point Lighthouse and enjoy the view, while learning about this historic structure. Transportation to Great Point is not provided. Members only. FREE.

Islands Region Self-Guided Tours

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day | 9am-5pm (duration 4 or 8 hours)
Kayak Poucha Pond - Self-guided Kayak Tour
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.627.3599
With a trail map in hand, paddle through the salt waters of Poucha Pond at your own pace! Members only: 4 hours for $25 or 8 hours for $35 (per canoe or kayak). Special membership offer available.

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day | 9am-5pm (quest duration: 3 hours)
Cape Poge Quest
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick 508.627.3599
Drive your 4X4 vehicle through 516 acres of Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge on a treasure hunt for the Quest box! Cape Poge and Wasque Oversand Vehicle Permit required. Quest clues and map available at Chappaquiddick Gatehouse.

Daily, April - December | sunrise to sunset (quest duration: 3 hours)
Menemsha Hills Quest
Menemsha Hills Reservation, Chilmark 508.693.7662
Discover the treasures that Menemsha Hills has to offer during this fun self-guided family treasure hunt! Quest clues and map available at Menemsha Hills entrance bulletin board. FREE.

Daily, Memorial Day - Columbus Day | 9am-5pm (quest duration: 1.5 hours)
Coskata Woods Quest  
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket 508.228.0006
Discover the enchanting Coskata Woods as seen through the eyes of the students of The Nantucket Lighthouse School. Coskata-Coatue oversand vehicle permit required for vehicle access. Walkers welcome. Quest clues and map available at the Wauwinet Gatehouse.

* Transportation from the Chappy side of the Edgartown Ferry is available with registration.

Central Events

Saturday, April 28 | 9am-1pm
Arbor Day Tree Planting Party!
Peaked Mountain, Monson, 978.840.4446
Celebrate Arbor Day with friends and family. Help us plant trees and shrubs at Peaked Mountain. Bring your gloves, shovel and a smile! FREE.

Saturday, May 5 (Rain Date: May 12) | 10am-3:30pm
Want to earn a site?
Tully Lake Campground, Royalston 978.249.4957
Help us ready the campground for the season and spend the night on us as a reward. Reservations required. FREE.

Saturday, May 12 | 10am-2pm
Rock House Spring Cleaning
The Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield 978.840.4446
Help us get the Rock House ready for the summer. Join us as we do some trail maintenance, prepare the butterfly garden and put down some mulch. FREE.

Saturday, May 19 | 10am-2pm
Drumlin Day - Family Event  
Dexter Drumlin, Lancaster 978.840.4446
Bring a kite and a picnic lunch to celebrate the arrival of spring. FREE.

Saturday, June 2 | 3:30pm
Wildflower Walk
Peaked Mountain, Monson, 978.840.4446
Enjoy some of the lesser known trails of the reservation. See a variety of wildflowers, walk along Temple Brook and explore some of the adjacent Monson Conservation Lands. Meet
at the Miller Forest Tract. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adults $4, Child $2.

Greater Boston including Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)

Saturday, March 31 | 11am-5pm
32nd Annual Gardeners Gathering Boston Natural Areas Network
Curry Student Center, Northeastern University 617.542.7696
Join community and backyard gardeners for workshops, plenary sessions, information gallery, community garden awards, and much more. Walk-in registration. FREE.

Sunday, April 1 | 10am-12noon
Bring Back the Blues
Powisset Farm, Dover 508.785.0339
Build a bluebird house to encourage nesting at Powisset Farm and in your own backyard! Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. FREE. To build and take home a house of your own: Members $8; Nonmembers $16.

Open April 13 - October 31
Mondays - Saturdays | 10am-5pm (except holidays)
Sundays & Holidays | 12noon-5pm (last tour at 4:30pm)
Guided Tours of The Old Manse
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
This famous house on the Concord River was the centerpiece of Concord's political, social, and literary revolutions and inspiration for its famous inhabitants, Emerson and Hawthorne. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $8; Senior/Student $7; Child $5.

Monday, April 16 | 7:30pm
6th Annual Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
A backdrop of 500 luminaries sets the stage for this program of patriotic music and remembrance held by the North Bridge. Bring a flashlight and your voice. FREE.

Monday, April 16 | 7:30-11am & 11am-5pm
Patriot's Day Parade
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
Celebrate the original New England patriots! Purchase morning refreshments at The Trustees' tent on Concord's famous parade route. Guided tours of The Manse from 11am-5pm. Last tour
by 4:30pm. House tours: Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $8, Senior/Student $7, Child $5.

Thursday, April 19 | 6am
Dawn Salute
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
Join the 202-year-old Concord Independent Battery, the oldest horse-drawn artillery unit in America, for its traditional cannon salute in honor of the events that started the American Revolution. FREE.
 
Saturday, April 21 | 10-11:30am
Hot Beds & Cold Frames - Extending Your Growing Season (BNAN)
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan 617.542.7696
While other gardeners are waiting for the soil to thaw, you'll learn when to plant hardy plants and how to protect tender ones using cold frames and hot beds. FREE.
 
Vegetable Seed Starting Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)
Start vegetables indoors and pot them on as they grow. Learn when and how to harden off seedlings before planting them in the garden and how to protect tender seedlings from harsh weather. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $20.
Multi-session Workshop
Tuesday, May 1 | 6:30-8pm
(BNAN office, 62 Summer Street, Boston 617.542.7696)

Tuesday, May 15 | 6:30-8pm
(City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan)

Tuesday, May 29 | 6:30-8pm
(City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan)

Saturday, May 5 | 10am-12noon
Plant Invaders: Garlic
Mustard Control (BNAN)
Nira Rock Urban Wild, 20 Nira Avenue, Jamaica Plain 617.542.7696
Learn to identify and remove this noxious weed from your own landscape while helping us to restore the ecology of Nira Rock Urban Wild. Dress for the weather and light work. FREE.

Saturday, May 5 | 9:30-11am
Spring Trees of Bird Park
Francis William Bird Park, Walpole 508.668.6136
Kathleen Watson of Norfolk County Agricultural School will teach you to unravel the mysteries of spring tree identification using clues such as bark, leaves and tree shape. Space is limited. Please pre-register. FREE.

May 5 or June 2 (date tbd) | 10am-3pm
The British are HERE! - Historical Reenactment
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
On April 19, 1775 the Manse's grounds swarmed with British soldiers. For this event, Revolutionary War re-enactors introduce you to military life on the "other side." FREE.

Saturday, May 19 | 10am-2pm
Spring Planting Festival & Perennial Divide (BNAN)
City Natives, 30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan 617.542.7696
Plant swap, children's activities, live music and
a gardener's market. At 1pm, watch a demonstration on bee-keeping. Select native plants for sale. FREE.

Saturday, May 19 | 10am-5pm (last tour at 4:30pm)
Remembering our Armed Forces - House Tour
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
From the American Revolution through World War I, residents of the Manse have a long
history of service to our nation. We welcome current and former military for guided tours. FREE to those presenting military I.D

Saturday, May 19 | 8am-12noon
Decoration Day Geranium and Plant Sale
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
The New England tradition of planting geraniums for Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day) continues! Plants courtesy of Colonial Gardens of Concord. Proceeds benefit educational programming and preservation of The Old Manse.

Wednesdays, May & June | 6-7am
Elevate
Bradley Estate, Canton 781.821.2996
Elevate your heart rate and your senses with a brisk walk around this 96-acre estate and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature as spring turns to summer. Walks leave at 6am sharp from the main parking lot. FREE.

Tuesdays, May 29, June 5, June 12 & Saturday, June 16 | 9:30am
House and Garden Tour
Bradley Estate, Canton 781.821.2996
Visit the Estate's main house and gardens and learn about the past, present and future of the grounds, including the sunken camellia house and walled kitchen garden. Please pre-register. FREE.

Saturday, June 2 | 10am-12noon
Get Ready to Garden [Grow] - Family Workshop
Bradley Estate, Canton 781.821.2996
Bring family for fun-filled morning of vegetable garden preparation and planting in the Bradley Estate's greenhouse and walled kitchen garden. Children learn the basics of a successful garden and leave with seeds to plant at home. Space is limited. Please pre-register. Members: FREE Nonmembers: Family $5.

Saturday, June 9 | 10am-1:30pm
The "Garden Variety" - Community Garden Tour (BNAN)
Join us for this delightful tour of community gardens in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. We'll carpool in small groups with a "talking guide" in each car. Snacks and beverages provided. FREE.

Saturday, June 9 | 10am-12:30pm
Paddling Back in Time - Guided Canoe Trip
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
Join us for a guided trip down the Concord River to The Old Manse, and experience the landscape that inspired Emerson, Thoreau, and Hawthorne. Bring your own boat, or rent one on site. Reservations and pre-payment required. Members: Adult $8, Child (age 12 and under) $5. Nonmembers: Adult $16, Child (age 12 and under) $10. This program will be offered monthly through October.

Saturday, June 16 | time tbd
Sunday, June 17 | time tbd
Riverfest
The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909
Learn about the history of Concord's river recreation in a family-friendly partnership program with the Sudbury Valley Trustees. Details will be available at www.oldmanse.org and www.svtweb.org. FREE.

Sunday, June 17
Fun, Farm, Father's Day
Bradley Estate, Canton 781.821.2996
Bring Dad, bring a picnic, explore a country estate. A chance for families to meet the
animals, stroll the gardens, meander the trails or just relax. FREE.

Northeast Events

Saturday, March 31 | 10am-12noon
Pruning, Pruning, and Pruning - Adult Workshop
Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x8815
Join our expert horticultural staff for this
popular hands-on workshop. Learn proper techniques and skills to make your plants look their best! Reservations required. Members: $28. Nonmembers: $35.

Sunday, April 1 | 1-3pm
Wildlife Walk - Discovery Hike
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
A variety of habitats make the Crane Estate a natural treasure and the perfect place to discover nature's secrets. Reservations required. Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age is 10 (16 without adult).

Saturday April 7, May 5, or June 2 | 1-3pm
Pinnacle to Pinnacle Stroll - Discovery Hike
Appleton Grass Rides, Ipswich/Hamilton 978.921.1944 x8815
Enjoy landscapes created by the Appleton family. See forests, pastures, and family memorials once adorning Harvard's halls! Reservations required. Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age is 10 (16 without adult).

Sunday, April 8, May 13, or June 10 | 3-5pm
Farmstead Tour - Discovery Hike
Appleton Grass Rides, Ipswich/Hamilton 978.921.1944 x8815
Learn the story of Appleton Farms - a working farm since 1636. Enjoy beautiful meadows, grazing cattle, historic buildings, and our working dairy. Reservations required. Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age is 10 (16 without adult).

Saturday, April 14 | 10am-12noon
Spring Peeper Walk - Discovery Hike
Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x8815
Explore Long Hill's forest trails, with vernal pools, beautiful native plants, wildlife, and spectacular spring scenery. Reservations required. Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age is 10 (16 without adult).

Tuesday, April 17 | 3-4:30pm
Meet the Cows - Family Workshop
Appleton Grass Rides, Ipswich/Hamilton 978.921.1944 x8815
Welcome our spring calves and meet the cows in the dairy barn during milking.
Reservations required. Members: Adults $8, Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5. Minimum age is 6 years old (16 without adult).

Saturday, April 21 | 10am-12noon
Dune Detectives - Family Workshop
Crane Beach at the Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
Search for animal signs with activities that
will enhance your naturalist skills. Reservations required. Members: Adults $8, Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5. Minimum age is 6 years old (16 without adult).

Saturday, May 5 | 10am-12noon
Spring Fever Walk - Discovery Hike
Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x8815
Experience beautiful gardens in bloom, see carpets of spring bulbs, and take home ideas for your own garden. Reservations required. Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age
is 10 (16 without adult).

Sunday, May 6 | 1-3pm
Ramble Through Time - Discovery Hike
Ravenswood Park, Gloucester978.921.1944 x8815
Journey through 600 million years of New England's prehistoric past from ancient volcanoes to ice ages long ago. Reservations required. Members: $4. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age is 10 (16 without adult).

May 7, May 14, & May 21 (3 consecutive Mondays) | 4-5:30pm
Young Farmers - (3-5 Graders)
Appleton Grass Rides, Ipswich/Hamilton 978.921.1944 x8815
Children become first-hand farm-hands as they dig in the dirt, compare compost, plant seeds, help care for cows, and more! Reservations required. Members: $40. Nonmembers: $50.

Friday, May 11 | 4-8pm
Plant Sale Preview - Members Only
Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover 978.682.3580
Trustees members enjoy refreshments and first choice of plants on Friday evening. Highlights include trillium, peonies, bearded iris, old-fashioned roses, and ferns. Members only. FREE. Not a member? Come and join the evening of the event.

Saturday, May 12 | 10am-2pm
Stevens-Coolidge Plant Sale - For general public
Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover 978.682.3580
Public sale of choice and hard-to-find perennials, plus tours of the gardens and Stevens-Coolidge historic house. Preview begins at 9am, sale at 10am. Gardening experts on hand. Refreshments available. FREE.

Saturday, May 12 | 1-3pm
Tidepool Exploration - Family Workshop
Crane Beach at Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
Explore Crane Beach's rocky outcrops, where low tide exposes many marine organisms. Reservations required. Members: Adults $8, Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5. Minimum age is 6 years old (16 without adult).

Sunday, May 13 | 1 or 3pm
Mother's Day Tea & Tour at
Castle Hill at The Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
Make Mom queen for a day! Stroll the grounds, relax with tea and sumptuous teacakes from Capers Catering, then take a fabulous mansion tour. Reservations required. Members: $32. Nonmembers: $40.

Saturday May 19 | 8-10pm
What's Up? - Family Workshop
Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea 978.921.1944 x8815
Explore the night sky with powerful telescopes to search for planets, galaxies, and more with the Gloucester Astronomy Club. Reservations required. Members: Adults $8, Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5. Minimum age is 6 years old (16 without adult).

Saturday, June 2 | 10am-2pm
Long Hill Plant Sale - For general public
Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x8815
The Long Hill plant sale is back with a great selection of unusual plants and old favorites including golden rain tree, Japanese snowbell, silk tree, Stewartia, and more! Enjoy a stroll through the Sedgewick Gardens, which will be in peak bloom. Horticultural experts will be on hand. FREE.

Saturday, June 9 | 10am-12noon
Plant a Seed with your Children - Family Workshop
Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x8815
Get your children excited about gardening! Plant some seeds, explore the children's garden, and bring home ideas for your own backyard. Reservations required. Members: Adult $8, Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5. Minimum age is 6 years old (16 without adult).

HISTORIC HOUSE and Landscape TOURS in the northeast region

Saturdays & Sundays, June 2 - October 7 | 1-4pm
Paine House
Greenwood Farm, Ipswich, 978.921.1944 x8815
A 1694 house on its original saltwater farm location. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $8, Child $5. Minimum age: 8 years old (16 without adult). Last tour starts at 3pm. Grounds FREE to all, 8am-sunset.

Saturdays & Sundays, June 2 - October 7 | 1-4pm
The Stevens-Coolidge Place
Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover 978.921.1944 x8815
Step back in time at this elegant Colonial Revival estate with its spectacular gardens. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $8, Child $5. Minimum age: 8 years old (16 without adult). Last tour starts a 3pm. Grounds FREE to all, 8am-sunset.

Thursdays, 10am-4pm; Fridays & Saturdays, 10am-1pm
May 31 - October 6
Great House at Castle Hill
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
Overlooking Crane Beach and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, the 59-room mansion offers
a glimpse of a by-gone era. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $5. Minimum age: 8 years old (16 without adult). Last tour starts at 12noon.

Saturdays, June 2 - October 6 | 11am (tour lasts 90 minutes)
Historic Landscape Tours of Castle Hill
The Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
Tour the grounds of this grand, seaside estate designed by Boston landscape architects Olmsted Bros. and Arthur Shurcliff. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5. Minimum age: 8 years old (16 without adult). Bring comfortable footwear and water bottle.

Saturday, June 9 | 6-8pm
Beach Bloomers - Discovery Hike
Crane Beach at Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.921.1944 x8815
Discover the amazing adaptations and survival tricks of woolly beachheather, prickly pear, and more. Reservations required. Members: $4. Non-members: $5. Minimum age is 10 (16 without adult).

Saturday, June 23 | 10am-12noon
Native Shrubs for the Home Landscape - Adult Workshop
Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x8815
This workshop focuses on native shrubs to use in your garden designs. Topics include growth habits, season of bloom, soil requirements and more. Reservations required. Members: $28. Nonmembers: $35.

Pioneer Valley

Daily, March & April
Ski Notchview
Notchview, Windsor 413.684.0148
March and April are often a great time of the year to Nordic ski. Members: FREE weekdays, half-price weekends. Nonmembers: Adult $10, Child $3.

April, Date TBD | 9am-1pm (rain or shine)
Annual Chapel Brook Workday
Chapel Brook, Ashfield 413.684.0148
Join members of the AMC Climbing group as we continue to improve the trail up the mountain. Bring a picnic and watch the climbing afterwards. FREE.

Sunday, April 22 | 1-3pm
Woodland Pool Frolic - Family Hike
Little Tom Mountain, Holyoke 413.532.1631 x13
Moderate hike to Little Tom's magical vernal pool where we'll look for fairy shrimp and the egg masses of wood frogs and salamanders. Wear sturdy shoes and prepare to get wet! Co-sponsored by DCR. Please pre-register. Recommended for ages 8 and up (1-1.5 miles roundtrip). FREE.

Saturday, April 28 | 10am-1pm
Life in a Vernal Pool
Little Tom Mountain, Holyoke 413.532.1631 x13
Vernal (spring) pools are crucial for the survival of many woodland species. Learn the complex ecology of these special natural communities with Trustees Ecologist Julie Richburg. Come prepared for a short hike and to get wet and muddy. Please pre-register. Recommended for ages 13 and up. FREE.

William Cullen Bryant Homestead
Open Friday - Sunday, June 22 - Labor Day | 1-5pm
cummington 413.634.2244
Boyhood home of one of America's foremost 19th-century poets, and a National Historic Landmark. Guided House Tours: Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $5. Child $2.50.

Special Exhibit
Hale & Hearty: William Cullen Bryant and 19th Century Health & Fitness
Health and fitness were a lifelong passion for Bryant. On view are his exercise equipment, health journals, medications and account of his daily regimen, which included pole vaulting over his bed. FREE to all.

I Spy! (ages 3-9)  
Discover the Homestead's secrets as you and your child enjoy a self-guided walk
using a hands-on "SPY PACK." Pack rental: Members: Child $4. Nonmembers: Child $6. Special family rate. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sunday, June 24 | 2-4pm
Poetry in the Country
Lounge in the bucolic surroundings that inspired William Cullen Bryant's poetry, and
listen while the Florence Poetry Society members read from their original poems. Refreshments available. FREE to all.

Saturday, May 12 | 10am-12noon
Making Your Woods Wildlife Friendly - Adult Workshop
Notchview, Windsor 413.268.8219
Cutting trees to benefit wildlife?? Strange, but true! Learn how we manage the Notchview forest for wildlife, and how timber-harvesting could attract more creatures to your own property. FREE.

Sunday, May 13 | 1:30-4:30pm
Spring Wildflowers of Field and Forest - Family Hike
Little Tom Mountain, Holyoke 413.532.1631 x13
Mother's Day and May flowers only happen once a year. Come to Little Tom to search for and learn about common spring ephemerals on this easy to moderate, two-mile hike.
Please pre-register. FREE.

Weekdays in May | call for dates
Garlic Mustard Control
Bryant Homestead, Cummington 413.684.0148
Notchview, Windsor 413.684.0148
Annual offensive to route out this noxious weed from the Homestead and Notchview. Learn about the importance of this project with respect to the rare Mustard White butterfly. FREE. Sense of accomplishment: priceless.

Sunday, May 27 | 8-9:30am
Birding by Ear - Guided Hike
Notchview, Windsor 413.684.0148
Learn how to bird by ear with naturalist John Green as we scout the spring woods for bird song. Bring binoculars and bug spray. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5.

Southeast Events

Fridays through Spring | 9:30am
Walk World's End  
World's End, Hingham 781.740.6665
Rain or shine, bring a friend along for a weekly walk of World's End. FREE admission for all ages.

Early April, Date TBA | 9-10pm
Salamander Soirée
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
Vernal pools might not look like much, but for a few nights each spring these big puddles are teeming with the mating frenzy of wood frogs and spotted salamanders. Exact date dependent on weather conditions. Please pre-register. FREE.

Saturday, April 7 | 9am-12noon
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
Expert mason Chris Tracey will teach you the lost art of dry stack stonewall building as we restore the 150 year-old stone walls of the Miller Homestead. Please pre-register. FREE.

Thursday, April 12 | 6:30-8:30pm
Children's Summer Program Registration
Hingham Recreation Center, Hingham 781.740.4796
First chance to sign up your child for Farm Hands and Young Ecologists. For more information please call 781.740.7233 or visit our website www.thetrustees.org.

Saturday, April 14 | 10am-2pm
Paddle the Charles River Gateway
CHARLES RIVER, MEDFIELD 781.784.0567 X7001
Experience spring on a quiet section of the Charles graced with many shoreline land parcels permanently protected by The Trustees, The Commonwealth, and other conservation actors. Head ashore with trip leader Bob Costello for a short hike up to King Philip's Lookout. BYO lunch. Limited to 10 kayaks/canoes (please bring your own boat and life jackets). Call to pre-register or email acostello84@comcast.net. FREE.

Monday, April 16 & Friday, April 20 | 12noon-3pm
April Vacation - Special Barnyard Hours
Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.749.7233
You don't need to travel far for vacation! Bring your family and a picnic then enjoy a hike and visit with our animals. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3 per person.

Tuesday, April 17 - Thursday, April 19 | 9am-12noon
April Vacation Nature Program (ages 6-10)
World's End, Hingham; Whitney/Thayer Woods, Hingham/CohasseT; Norris Reservation, Norwell 781.740.4796
Vacation adventures are waiting for you! From the tiniest mosquito larvae to salamander egg masses we will look for signs of spring in a saltmarsh, vernal pool and pond. Space limited. Please pre-register. Members: $75. Nonmembers: $90.

Monday, April 16 or Friday, April 20 | 10-11:30am
Family Farm Hands
Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233
The whole family is invited to pitch in as we spruce up the barnyard for its spring debut! Bring a picnic to enjoy afterward. Please pre-register. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5 per family.

Saturday, April 28 | 1-3pm
Fish Migrations
Lyman Reserve, Bourne 508.679.2115
Red Brook provides habitat for herring and rare sea-run brook trout that move between fresh and salt water. Warren Winders of Trout Unlimited will illuminate these hidden migrations and show you how you can help restore Red Brook. Please pre-register. FREE.

Saturday, April 28 | 12noon-3pm
Celebration of Spring
Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233
Spring on the farm is a time to get ready for the growing season. Join our community as we shear the sheep and prepare for another exciting year. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3 per person.

Spring Family Outings
World's End, Hingham; Norris
Reservation, Norwell; Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.4796
Spring is a beautiful time to connect to your children while they connect to these "special" places. Please pre-register. Five sessions: Members: $40. Nonmembers: $55 (price for one adult and one child).

(Age 2-3) Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10-11:30am

(Age 4-5) Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10-11:30am

Spring Ecosplorations Afterschool Program
World's End, Hingham, Weir River Farm,
Hingham, Turkey Hill, Hingham/Cohasset 781.740.4796
Spring is the season for squishing in the mud, searching the woods for signs of life and seeking out adventures during this unique afterschool experience. Please pre-register. Five sessions: Members: $40. Nonmembers: $55.

(Age 5-6) Tuesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 3:30-5pm

(Age 7-10) Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 3:30-5pm

Saturdays starting May 5 | 12noon-3pm
Open Barnyard at Weir River Farm
Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233
One hundred years ago, family farms were a common sight in Hingham. Meet our sheep, chickens, horses and goats, and enjoy the ambiance of one of the last examples in town. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3 per person.

Saturday, May 5 | 6-9am
Birding in the Bioreserve
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
Large unfragmented areas like the Bioreserve support an array of warblers and other interior forest birds. Join Fred Thurber of the Paskamansett Bird Club at the height of the spring migration. Bring binoculars. Please pre-register. FREE.

Saturday, May 12 | 9am
The Big Walk
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
Lace up your hiking boots and experience the vastness of the unbroken forest on a walk spanning the full length of the 13,600-acre Bioreserve. Please pre-register. FREE.

Sunday, May 20 | 1-3pm
Wildflower Walk
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
The well-drained, acid soils of the Bioreserve are ideal for late spring wildflowers, including Pink Lady's Slipper and Birdfoot Violet. Join naturalist Anne Wagner to see what's blooming in the Miller Brook Conservation Area. Please pre-register. FREE.

Saturday, June 2 | 1-3pm
Biodiversity Day
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
Protecting biodiversity is a main objective of the Bioreserve. Help us create a list of plants and animals of the Bioreserve during statewide Biodiversity Week. Please pre-register. FREE.

Sunday, June 3 | 9-11am
World's End Rocks!
World's End, Hingham
If you think you know the history of World's End, step back in time with geologist Lester Tyrala for a look at ancient volcanic and sedimentary bedrock of the Boston Basin. Sturdy footwear required. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Admission to World's End.

Wednesdays starting June 6 | 10-11am
Outdoor Story Hour
Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233
Barnyard stories come to life when you get to meet the main characters! Geared towards preschoolers, but open to all. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3 per person.  

Sunday, June 10 | 7am
East Over Bird Walk
East Over Reservation, Rochester 508.679.2115
Bill Gill of the Paskamansett Bird Club leads a walk through the forests and fields in search of Orioles, Bobolinks and Bluebirds. Please pre-register. FREE.

Saturday, June 16 | 9-11am
Westport Town Farm Tour
Westport Town Farm, Westport 508.679.2115
For over a century this farm sheltered the town's paupers and infirm. As part of our conservation efforts in Westport, we plan to revitalize and provide public access to this scenic landmark. Please pre-register. FREE.

Thursday, June 21 | 6-8:30pm
Summer Solstice Celebration
World's End Reservation, Hingham 781.740.6665
Almost 40 years ago the people of Hingham generously raised funds to protect World's End forever. Bring your family and a picnic and share in our annual "Thank you" celebration complete with music, drinks, dessert and a breathtaking sunset! Members: Adult $5. Nonmembers: Adult $10. Children under 12: FREE.

Friday, June 22 | 7-9pm
Summer Solstice by Candlelight
Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, Fall River 508.679.2115
Celebrate the arrival of summer and enjoy the quiet beauty of Copicut Woods at twilight with a candlelit walk down Miller Lane. Please pre-register. FREE.

 

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