Events of Interest


Happy Holidays  Acton Conservation Trust Members and Other Friends!

Friday, December 21 
 Winter Solstice 
The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, 
6-7:30 PM 
Warm the spirit on the longest night of the year at the candle and bonfire lit evening on the back lawn of the Old Manse,.  Sing-a-long with Voices for the Earth Chorus and dance to drum rhythms.  Hot cider and the makings of s’mores provided.  Free and open to the public. 

Saturday, December 21 
Winter Walking at Walden 
1-2 PM 
Walden Pond State Reservation,  Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Concord. 
Meet at the Walden Pond Visitor Center for a moderate one hour guided ramble on one of Walden’s paths.  Learn about Henry David Thoreau’s life and the history of the reservation.  Appropriate for children 8 and over accompanied by an adult.  Wear winter boots and dress in layers.  People who have them should bring hiking sticks.  Cost:  Free.  Parking fees apply.  For information:  978-369-3254

Sunday, December 23 and 30 
The Beavers are Back! 
1-2 PM 
Walden Pond State Reservation, Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Concord. 
Meet at the Walden Pond Visitor Center for a moderate one mile round trip walk with an interpreter to secluded Heywood Meadow to learn about one of the area’s indigenous mammals.  Meet inside the Visitor Center.  Cost:  Free.  Parking fees apply.  For information:  978-369-3254

Sunday, December 23 
Winter Solstice Walk:  A Farewell to Fall 
2:30-4:30 PM. 
Fresh Pond Reservation, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. 
Ranger Tim will lead a guided loop walk around Fresh Pond (2.25 miles) as the group explores and takes part in the solstice traditions of nature and culture along the way.  The event will take place rain or shine; attendees s should dress for the weather at hand. Cost:  free  

Thursday, December 27 
Family Animal Tracking 
Walden Pond State Reservation,  Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Concord.  
Meet inside the Visitor Center. 
You will learn about mammal that make their homes there.  The group will explore the woods around Walden Pond to practice seeing the natural world from the perspective of the animals.  Dress for the weather and wear good footwear.  The program will be held indoors if there is heavy rain. 

Saturday, December 30 59th Annual Concord Christmas Bird Count; National Audubon’s 119th Winter Bird Count
Midnight to midnight
The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends.  Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun.  Data from over 2000 circles are entered after the count and become available to query under the Data and Research link.Find a count near you and sign up to participate.  Please visit for more information.  For more information re: Acton area, contact Andy Magee, 978-263-0683AMagee@EpsilonAssociates

Tuesday, January 1, 2019 
Annual New Year’s Day hike in Stow 
Stow Town Forest.  Park and meet at the parking lot at the end of Bradley Lane. 
‘Start 2019 with an outdoor exploration and join the Stow Conservation Commission for its Annual New Year’s Day hike.  In the event of inclement weather, please check either the Conservation Department Facebook page or the  Conservation Commission Page of the town website. for updates.  Well-behaved dogs may attend so long as they are kept on a short leash for the duration of the hike.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
13th Annual New Year’s Day Walk at Prospect Hill Park to Boston Rock, Waltham
12:30 PM from Starbucks at 1265 Main Street or 
1 PM from  South Gate of Prospect Hill Park, near 186 Prospect Hill Road off Main St. 
Start off the New Year with a trek up Prospect Hill to Boston Rock to enjoy the expansive view into Boston.  Once at our destination, we’ll enjoy snacks, hot chocolate, and magnificent view of Waltham and the Boston skyline.  Bring your cameras and binoculars.  The climb is short but steep; Folks wanting a longer hike along the Mass Central Rail Trail and paths in Berry Park should leave from Starbucks.  Those seeking a shorter hike either along the paved (not plowed) occasionally steep service road or via the Wood and Boston Rock trails in the park should depart from the South Gate.  Please wear appropriate footwear. For more information contact the WLTL office at  782-893-3355 .

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