Open Space Residential Design Workshop with Randall Arendt: An Event to Provide Information About the Open Space and Conservation Design Development Concept
Who:The Town of Harvard in conjunction with Mass Audubon and the Mass Smart Growth Alliance. Author and Planner Randall Arendt will be the keynote speaker.
What: A workshop that includes speakers talking about Open Space Residential Design from multiple perspectives, a design exercise, and a discussion of Harvard’s proposed new Open Space Residential Design Bylaw.
Where: The Town of Harvard Bromfield School Auditorium.
When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
For more info and to sign up:
Registration for the Bolton Conservation Trust Tom Denney Nature Camp Summer 2020 program opens February 1 at tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org.
The camp is for students entering Kindergarten through High School. It is a unique camp experience that offers five weekly sessions of fun and learning in the beautiful natural setting of Bolton’s Bowers Springs conservation area. See further info below:
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.”