Storybook Trail: Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Save the Date:  Harvard Conservation Trust Storybook Trail, September 10-30

Introduce your children to the wonders of spending time in the woods with Harvard Conservation Trust’s Storybook Trail, featuring Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D. B. Johnson.

What: Storybook Trail walk
When: September 10 – September 30. Drop in at your convenience (open
dawn until dusk)
Where: Muller Trail (parking lot just past 74 Littleton County Road)

Destination:Nature Juried Art Show

Harvard Conservation Trust is partnering with Fivesparks to celebrate art and nature with the Destination:Nature Juried Art Show.  Regional artists are invited to submit works inspired by Harvard’s conservation land.   Artists – both those who create in plein air environments as well as studio artists and all artists who are inspired by nature are encouraged to participate. Art selected by juror Sarah Montross, senior curator at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, will be exhibited at Fivesparks between November 1 and December 17.

Details are available at www.destination-nature.org.

The Destination:Nature art show is the first in a series of events celebrating HCT’s 50th anniversary.  We hope you will join us  – your donations and volunteer efforts have made our land conservation possible!

A big shout out to Bearwalk Cinema for producing this beautiful video! 

Harvard Conservation Trust Annual Meeting

Guest Speaker Lindsay Randall, Expert on Local Indigenous Peoples

Harvard, MA and the broader Nashoba Valley have a deep and rich indigenous history that spans over 15,000 years to the present day.  HCT is pleased to announce that Lindsay Randall, Curator of Education and Outreach at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology at Phillips Academy, is the keynote speaker for the Harvard Conservation Trust’s annual meeting this November.  A passionate archaeologist and educator, Lindsay uses material objects to bring historic cultures to life. She will explore the fascinating history of Native Americans in and around Harvard, focusing on how the geographical landscape shaped their way of life. Throughout the evening, the audience will have an opportunity to examine real and reproduction artifacts.

We will also highlight the success of the HCT-Bromfield Community Service Collaboration, featuring the great work of the Bromfield stewards-in-training for Harvard’s trails.

This is an in-person event for HCT members and parents of Bromfield students only. Please register using the link below.  We ask that attendees be vaccinated and require everyone to wear a mask.  Not a member yet and want to attend? Visit harvardconservationtrust.org/join.

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 17, at 7 pm
Place: Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, Harvard, MA

Please register at bit.ly/HCTannualmeeting by November 15th.

 

Video: Mysteries of Harvard’s Stone Walls Solved

Watch Prof. Robert Thorson’s Presentation On Stone Walls.

The Harvard Conservation Trust is excited to share the video of last week’s Speaker Series: Mysteries of Harvard’s Stone Walls Solved.  Prof. Robert Thorson helped us understand why New England is only place in the US you find over stone walls. We have over 240,000 miles of stone walls.  This video will help you further understand the archeologic, historic and folk art importance of the stone walls to Harvard’s history, and the important steps that our community can take to preserve them.

Here is what some participants had to say:

“Thanks to everybody on the Outreach committee for pulling together tonight’s event! It was excellent. Packed in more than I could possibly digest but got me excited to learn more!”

“Great lecture on stone walls last night….great offering by the Harvard Conservation Trust.  Cheers!”

The Harvard Conservation Trust hopes that you will enjoy this video.  Please consider supporting our efforts to preserve Harvard’s landscape and natural beauty.  It is your support that makes it possible for HCT to bring presentations like this to you.  Visit www.harvardconservationtrust.org/join to become a member.

Hike the Storybook Trail at Burgess-Brown Land

 

 

Introduce your children to the wonders of spending time in the woods with HCT’s inaugural storybook trail, featuring Owl Moon, the children’s book by Jane Yolen. Now open from March 15th – April 2nd, you’ll find the start of the walk at the Brown-Burgess Land trailhead entrance at the end of Murray Lane in Harvard, MA. Ideal for young readers of all skill levels, the storybook trail offers an opportunity to experience Owl Moon while wandering along a ½ mile path through the woods. Each station contains two pages of this children’s book, chosen to help build connection between your children and the natural world around them.

About Owl Moon

Owl Moon is a gentle and poetic story about the companionship of a young child and her father as well as our relationship as humans with the natural world. The 1988 Caldecott Medal winner for John Schoenherr’s stunning illustrations, the book has been translated into nine languages, been an ALA Notable Book, a Reading Rainbow book, a Junior Literary Guild selection, and on dozens of state award lists.

Walking The Burgess-Brown Trail

The walking loop at Brown Burgess land (http://www.harvard-trails.com/brown.html) is an enchanting one for hikers of all ages, offering new discoveries around every corner. The trail begins by crossing a meadow with vestiges of old apple trees and a small pond. You then enter piney woods and pass by a spectacular glacial erratic rock structure which triggers the imagination of young ones. Mysterious stone piles and stone walls along the walk remind us how this forest was once farmed land.

Tell Us About Your Experience

 We hope that the story book trail offers a new adventure and way to experience our beautiful town for you and your little ones! Please share your feedback and photos by emailing us at sights@harvardconservationtrust.org.

New Year’s Day 2021 Poetry Walk

This year our traditional HCT New Year’s Day Walk will be modified in keeping with best practices for safety during the pandemic. We are hosting a Poetry Walk on the Burgess-Brown land, and participants are advised to walk alone or in small groups that maintain appropriate social distance.  A favorite HCT trail traverses this landscape and scattered along the path you will discover, among the trees, poems about winter and new beginnings. We hope that the self guided and reflective nature of this activity helps us all to confidently step into a bright and hopeful new year, when we can breathe a little easier and look forward to positive changes.

To access this wonderful piece of property for your first steps into the New Year, park at the turnaround at the end of Murray Lane. The poetry walk will be well marked. Happy New Year!

Review: 2020 Annual Meeting

For those who may have missed it, the 2020 Annual Meeting was one of the best attended anyone can remember. Nearly 70 individuals joined our Zoom meeting, and all learned something new about how mycorrhizal relationships work, how trees share, and how fungal species establish relationships with plants while avoiding other fungus. We also learned how all of the preceding three statements are all referencing the same wood-wide web! Dr. Susan Goldhor, of the Boston Mycological Club has left us all with a better understanding and appreciation of the many ecological processes taking place right under our feet that we cannot see. Dr. Goldhor recommended two books for those who are interested in learning more: The Hidden Forest and Mycorrhizal Planet. For younger audiences, our Executive Director Brian Colleran also recommends the Trees installment of the Science Comics series. In the meantime however, please enjoy a favorite Ted Talk of Dr. Goldhor’s, or Dr. Goldgor herself in the videos below.

Thank you for making the 2020 Annual Meeting a success!

 

 

Sudbury Valley Trustees and the Bolton Conservation Commission holding agricultural workshop in Bolton, 2/19/20 @ 7:30 PM

 
 

Open Space Residential Design Bylaw Workshop

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:
https://www.harvard.ma.us/planning-board/pages/open-space-residential-design-osrd-bylaw

Tom Denney Nature Camp

 
 
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: