Come join us at HCT’s Annual Meeting, held on Tuesday, November 19th, at Volunteer Hall in the Harvard Public Library (4 Pond Road), 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
This year’s guest speaker will be Richard Higgins, author of Thoreau and the Language of Trees. Richard Higgins is a writer, editor, photographer and lecturer in Concord, Massachusetts. He was a staff reporter and editor for The Boston Globe for 20 years, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century, Esquire, and Smithsonian and many other publications. In this presentation drawn from the book, he explores Thoreau’s deep connections to trees through Thoreau’s words, photos of historic trees and his own images of trees today. Mr. Higgins will show how trees inspired Thoreau’s creativity as a writer, work as a naturalist, philosophical thought and spiritual life, and explain why Thoreau’s love of trees and wisdom about them speaks to us today.
The presentation will be followed by light refreshments, including homemade gingerbread, fresh apple cider, and good cheer. Bring a friend!
Fall Forest Bathing Walk with Pam Frederick, Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide
Saturday, 10/12/19 from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
Location: Brown Conservation land at the end of Murray Lane in Harvard.
Let stress and “to do” lists melt away as you relax, unplug and open your senses to the “medicine” of the forest. Research on “bathing” or taking in the atmosphere of the forest shows improved cognitive functioning and increased sense of well-being.
Pam will guide you with invitations designed to create immersive experiences in nature. The walk concludes with a wild collected tea ceremony and snacks
Registration: You must pre-register with Pam to participate in the walk and a minimum of four people is required. Please call or email Pam to register or with questions.
For online registration: www.runforthehills.org
Want to know more about the flora and fauna that surround us?
The Sudbury Valley Trustees are hosting a series of BioBlitz events in the High Ridge area, “a 12-square-mile area in Harvard, Littleton, and Boxborough which is rich with wildlife habitat, abundant native plants, and important sources of drinking water.” During BioBlitzes, volunteers record as many living species within a designated location and time period as possible.
Please click on the links below for information and to register for one or more of these events. And, see also, the link for the “All About Monarchs” presentation on May 29 at the Sargent Memorial Library in Boxborough. Hope to see you soon!
BioBlitz Discovery Day: Plants and Pollinators – May 18 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-plants-and-pollinators
All About Monarchs – May 29 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/all-about-monarchs
BioBlitz Discovery Day: Herps and Aquatics – June 1 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz-discovery-day-herps-and-aquatics
BioBlitz – June 22 – https://www.svtweb.org/calendar/bioblitz
Help us eradicate garlic mustard from the woods at HCT’s Muller conservation area on Littleton County Road (meet at the pull-off between numbers 74 and 82). The Muller land is an area of distinct ecological importance, removing garlic mustard helps to protect soil microbial processes and native plant diversity. Two sessions are planned, Saturday April 27th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and Sunday April 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM; bags and gloves provided. Let us know if you if you plan to join one or both by sending an email to, firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “garlic mustard pull.”
This year’s Tree for All plant is silky dogwood (Cornus amomum). HCT members are invited to pick up a free seedling on Saturday 4/27 at the Transfer Station from 8:00 – 12:00, and Sunday 4/28 at the Town Green across from the General Store from 9:30 – 12:00. Seedlings will also be available for purchase for $5.00 each while supplies last.
A medium-sized shrub of the understory, silky dogwood can grow to be 6 – 10 feet tall, growing a rounded crown and spreading by suckering to form thickets. In the wild it is usually found in or near wetlands and floodplains. It is a great plant for a hedge or border and can also be used as a specimen in naturalized landscapes. Its tiny yellowish-white flowers in flat-topped clusters usually bloom in late spring to early summer. Flowers give way to attractive berry-like fruit that turn a porcelain-like blue as they mature in late summer. Several bird species are attracted to them. While silky dogwood prefers to grow in moist, partially shaded areas, it is quite adaptable and can grow in sunny areas with less than optimal moisture as well.
Photo courtesy of Roland Boutwell.
Saturday March 2, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
We hope you will come out for some community fun and comradery during Winter Fest at Prospect Hill Farm (115 Prospect Hill Road) – guided nature walks, orchard wassailing and more fun activities outside; live music and refreshments inside the heated barn. Free and family friendly. To learn more visit the Lion’s e-clubhouse @ http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/harvardma/page-6.php.
Per tradition, HCT likes to ring in the New Year with a stroll among Harvard’s forests and fields. Nothing sets the tone for the year ahead like a leisurely walk with friends and neighbors in the crisp rejuvenating air of January. This year, in the spirit of cooperation and good company, we will have the walk at Bowers Springs Conservation Land, which straddles the towns of Harvard and Bolton. Meet at the parking lot of the main entrance at the end of Flanagan Road in Bolton (just over the line). From the center of Harvard, pass the schools, stay straight on Bolton Road, cross over into Bolton, and take the second right onto Flanagan Road and follow it to the end. Parking area is on the left. The walk starts at 11:00am, is about 2.5 miles and should take about 1 hour. We will walk though fields and woods and pass a lovely pond. Sorry, but due to the group size, this is a dog-free event. Dress weather appropriate; in the event of hazardous weather, the walk will be cancelled and posted on NextDoor Harvard by 9:00am on the day of the event.
Directions to the parking lot can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yc97bju9