Events of Interest



Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20 

Registration Is Open for 2021 Massachusetts and Rhode Island Land Conservation Conference -

Hosted by Massachusetts and Rhode Island Land Land Trust Counsel; discounted registration until March 5

Featuring: 

An inspiring keynote, 29 topical panels and virtual exhibit hall 

Interactive networking and live chat opportunities 

Access to sessión recordings for 90 days after the event,   

Visit the conference website https://www.accelevents.com/e/MARILandConf   to buy tickets and browse sessions that interest you by using tracks and tags to sort them

View speaker bios 

View session details and select the ones you’d like to attend (once you’ve purchased a ticket). 

See the sponsors who so generously make this conference possible 

 

Thursday, Feb. 25

Concord Water Nagog Treatment Plant Public Information Session 

7 PM 

Virtual Meeting          

To participate Remotely: 

From a computer, use the link to join the public meeting:

https://actonma.zoom.us/j/95705820422?pwd=SitKWkF4dlNYUnJCT1BWc0NVaXRodz09

Passcode: 258326

This meeting is to provide background on the spring construction schedule and activities.  The meeting will be held virtually and more details will be made available via the Town of Concord’s project website:  https://concordma.gov/2606/Nagog-Pond 

 

Thursday, Feb. 25 

Land Conservation and Climate Adaptation   

4-5 

Co-hosted by MLTC and the Massachusetts Ecosystem Climate Adaptation Network (Mass ECAN).  This Zoom discussion  offers the opportunity for peer knowledge exchange about land conservation as a climate adaptation strategy.  Advance registration required here.  

 

Thursday, Feb. 25

 Panel Discussion on Plastics: Recycle, Reuse, Refuse

7-8:30: PM

Free, virtual program

The League of Women Voters Acton Area and Green Acton are co-sponsoring a panel discussion to help us clear up confusions and and make decisions about personal habits and wider actions around plastics.  Ben Harvey, President of E.L.Harvey Waste and Recycling Service will explain what happens to Actons recycling when it leaves the transfer station. Eric Hudson, Founder & CEO of Preserve, will talk about innovative ways to reuse plastic.  And Janet S. Domenitz, Executive Director of MassPIRG: Beyond Plastic will talk about how to minimize use of plastic in the first place. Register in advance at:  http://bit.ly/3oSZ0y6

 

Friday, Feb. 26-Sat. Feb. 27 

Full Snow Moon, also known as Hunger Moon.

According to the  Old  Farmer’s Almanac, “It’s known as the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in February.

Because of the scarcity of food during the depths of winter, the Cherokee people called it the bony moon or hungry moon. 

 

Every Saturday, Feb. 27/Sunday, Feb 28 through March 21st 

Frozen Fruitlands for Covid-safe winter fun! 

11-4 PM

Fruitlands Museum, 202 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA

Bring your winter boots, sleds, snowshoes, or cross-country skis to get outside and explore our hills and woodland trails. 

Warm up after  your hike with private Fire Pit bookings.  Fire Pits can be reserved by the hour.  We will provide the fire, wood, and seating.  Bring your own blanket and gather safely with family and friends.  We recommend booking in advance to secure your spot.  Rent a pair of snowshoes to use out on the trails and ground.  A limited selection of Adult and Child sizes available.  Members:  $10, Nonmember:  $15, Register:   https://buy.acmeticketing.com/orders/483/calendar?eventId=5fd7d272bc02c137ea15cc66&cart

Contact 978-228-5193

 

Thursday, March 4 

Mass Open Space Conference

2-3:30 PM and networking session 7 PM - 8 PM 

Virtual 

Week 1: Open Space From Planning to Implementation - Melissa Cryan re: grants; Rebecca Longvall - Conservation Agent for Bolton, MA,

Kristina Madsen, Keystone Cooperator in Southampton, MA.   For more information visit https://massopenspaceconference.wordpress.com/

The Open Space Conference is organized by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, SVT, and three others. 

Contact Kathryn Sutcliffe, massopenspace@gail.com, 978-248-2055 x24.  The Open Space Conference is committed to sharing information through peer-to-peer learning,  Meet other Open Space Committee members and others involved in protecting open space form across the state.  Bring new information back into your communities to keep protecting the land you care about. The conference is free.  

 

Friday, March 5 

SVT:  Imagine 2050 Virtual Gala 

7-7:45 PM

Please join us for SVT’s Imagine 2050 Virtual Gala, where we’ll share our vision for a future filled with natural areas and working farms.  Your support will put us on the path to save our precious open spaces before they are lost forever.  Everyone’s invited to this live-streamed event!  

 Learn more and register

 

Friday, March 5 

Think Globally, Act Locally:  Municipalities Adapt to the Climate Crisis 

10-1 PM 

Online

By definition, the climate crisis is a global problem but its impacts are felt much closer to home.  Join the Climate Adaptation Forum to explore the municipalities in climate adaptation.  Mass Audubon is a forum sponsor. 

Register:  https://web.cvent.com/event/b0e06c57-bd3c-46ba-b5db-98797bf91daa/register

 

Thursday, March 11

Mass Open Space Conference

2-3:30 PM and networking session 7 PM - 8 PM 

Virtual 

Week 2: Protecting and Building Resilience in Local Green Spaces - Jennifer Hughes is the Environmental Program Manager at Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.; Robert O’Connor is the Director of the Division of Conservation Services for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.; Vandana Rao is the Director of Water Policy at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  For more information visit https://massopenspaceconference.wordpress.com/

The Open Space Conference is organized by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, SVT, and three others. 

Contact Kathryn Sutcliffe, massopenspace@gail.com, 978-248-2055 x24.  The Open Space Conference is committed to sharing information through peer-to-peer learning,  Meet other Open Space Committee members and others involved in protecting open space form across the state.  Bring new information back into your communities to keep protecting the land you care about. The conference is free.  

 

Saturday, March 13 

Woodcocks at Meriam’s Corner, Concord

5:30-7:45 PM 

 751 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

American Woodcocks are regular visitors to the fields of Minute Man NHP each spring.  Listen and watch for this unusual bird’s courtship display.  We will walk about 1/4 mlle on boardwalk and wide trail but woodcocks can often be heard and seen from the parking lot.  Families are welcome; children should be able to observe.  Registration is required and attendance is limited.  Sponsored by Brookline Bird Club REGISTER FOR THIS FIELD TRIP

 

 

Sunday, March 14 

Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) Annual Meeting

Zoom

7 PM Brief Business Meeting & Board Elections

7:30 PM Annual Review and Awards Ceremony 

7:45 PM Guest Speaker:  Ken Warchol discusses “The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment"

All ACT Members and others are invited to join us on Sunday, March 14, 7 PM, via Zoom  for a night with Ken Warchol, a veteran beekeeper who will share his knowledge, from a narrated visual presentation.  You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity’s survival on earth.  Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival.    Free and open to the public.  Please join us and bring a friend.  To Register please click on https://forms.gle/WTGbDQiuoXCY7rxH6 , the link to the Google Form.  For more information or questions please contact  info@actonconservationtrust.org

 

Thursday, March 18

Mass Open Space Conference

2-3:30 PM and networking session 7 PM - 8 PM 

Virtual 

Week 3.  How to Build and Maintain Trails and Increase Recreation - Malcolm McGregor chairs the Plymouth Planning Board and is a member of the Plymouth Open Space Committee, Tom Chamberland is the Chair of the Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board

The Open Space Conference is organized by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, SVT, and three others. For more information visit https://massopenspaceconference.wordpress.com/

Contact Kathryn Sutcliffe, massopenspace@gail.com, 978-248-2055 x24.  The Open Space Conference is committed to sharing information through peer-to-peer learning,  Meet other Open Space Committee members and others involved in protecting open space form across the state.  Bring new information back into your communities to keep protecting the land you care about. The conference is free. 

 

Thursday, March 25 

Mass Open Space Conference

2-3:30 PM and networking session 7 PM - 8 PM 

Virtual 

Week 4.  How to Build and Maintain Trails and Increase Recreation - Erika Jerram serves as the City of Framingham’s Planning and Community Development Deputy Director.; Dave Small is president of the 280 member Athol Bird and Nature Club and currently Director of the Millers River Environmental Center.; Colin Novick is an alumnus of the University of Chicago.  Serving as the Executive Director of the Greater Worcester Land Trust, he has pursued conservation for the past two decades.  For more information visit https://massopenspaceconference.wordpress.com/

The Open Space Conference is organized by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, SVT, and three others. 

Contact Kathryn Sutcliffe, massopenspace@gail.com, 978-248-2055 x24.  The Open Space Conference is committed to sharing information through peer-to-peer learning,  Meet other Open Space Committee members and others involved in protecting open space form across the state.  Bring new information back into your communities to keep protecting the land you care about. The conference is free. 

 

 

Ongoing: 

 

February Through May       

Join Central Mass. Goat Rental for a Walk with Goats  

48 West Acres Drive, Lunenberg 

Take to the trails with friendly farm animals at your side.   Anywhere from 6 to 16 goats will go on the hikes.  Goats have a natural instinct to follow the leader, which makes them perfect hiking companions.  The hike is relatively easy, lasting about an hour.  Masks and social distance are required and group size is limited due to Covid-19.  Each hike costs $35 per adult, $10 per child (under the age of 15 years old), and children ages 5 years and under are free.  To book a hike, visit www.centralmagoatrental.com or www.bookyourgoathike.my-event.com and choose the date of your hike.

 

NEW:  AmeriCorps Opportunity at SVT 

SVT has an opening for a Stewardship Technician as part of a specialized Student Conservation Association Massachusetts Conservation Corps-AmeriCorps program   This position is expected to run 30 weeks, from March 29 to October 22, 2021.   

The Stewardship Technician will assist with property maintenance and invasive plant control at SVT reservation.  Read the  complete position description.

 

INTERNSHIP AND PARTNERSIP OPPORTUNITY 

The intern will work with partners to support efforts of the Lowell Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership initiative in the city of Lowell, MA. The Visitor and Community Engagement Internship is 12 weeks May to August 2021. The partnering organizations include the Hispanic Access Foundation Mission who aims to build leadership capacity among Latino communities by building bridges of access between the Latino community and trustworthy, socially responsible partners. Learn more on how you can partner with them.

 

Check out ACT’s Facebook and Instagram pages to see photos from our "Winter Wildlife Tracking Walk" at Nashoba Brook Conservation Land, January 31, led by tracker, Paul Wanta.  You’ll also see other great pictures including river otters playing at the Quabbin Reservoir. 

  “Pocket Guides to Animal Tracks” may be found at https://www.mass.gov/doc/identify-animal-tracks/download

 

Now’s a great time to go tracking wildlife!

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Emerson-Thoreau Amble, Concord, MA 

This Winter Hike is available for groups of 4 or more by reservation only.  Call 978-318-3061 or email visitors@concordma.gov to request your date and time.  Tours leave the Concord Visitor Center located at 58 Main Street Concord, MA, rain or shine.

Adults (13+)  $20

Youth (12 and under) $15

Senior Citizens (65+) $15

Camp Acton is Open 

Pope Road, Acton 

Fee is $25 per site reserved through he Recreation Department. 

Limited to 10 people per site.  Visit http://trails.actonma.gov/ to learn more about Camp Acton. 

Please complete the registration form 48 business hours prior to desired reservation date. 

https://actonma.gov/623/Camp-Acton 

Payments are due upon reservation confirmation 

Portable toilet on site. 

All users must follow social distancing, regulations and posted guidelines.  

Please complete and send camp Acton Permit application via email to recreation@actonma.gov or fax to 978-929-6333. 

Please allow up to two business days to process.

 

 



 













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