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Special PL ACES for members and supporters of the trustees of reservations

spring 2012 volume 20 no.1

Voices of Conservation SPRING 2012 | i

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the trustees of reservations We are more than 100,000 people like you from every corner of Massachusetts. We love the outdoors. We love the distinctive charms of New England. And we believe in celebrating and protecting them – for ourselves, for our children, and for generations to come. With more than 100 special places across the state, we invite you to find your place. Kathy Abbott Interim President

from the chair like so many people in massachusetts, I first came to Boston for an education and then pursued a career here. After marrying and starting a family, my commitment to my adopted home deepened, especially as we spent time together as a family experiencing Massachusetts’ wonderful outdoor spaces. I’d long been committed to conservation and to saving land, having been involved with both national and regional conservation organizations, when I first met Andy Kendall shortly after he became The Trustees’ president. Andy’s leadership skills and his own deep commitment to conservation impressed me. But what ultimately set Andy and The Trustees apart was that they were not focused on protecting vast tracts of wilderness far away from the nearest human being. The Trustees were instead focused on conservation and land for people. They recognized that, in a place like Massachusetts, where traces of human history can be found everywhere, people and the land are inseparable – and that the experiences that people have on our remarkable natural and cultural landscapes inspire them to speak up and act for conservation in their own communities. When it came time to develop The Trustees’ next strategic plan in 2007, via a task force that I had the honor of chairing, that idea was at the core of our work. Five years later, we remain as committed as ever to those ideals.

But how we reach them has evolved as we’ve explored new ways of getting our work done, including whom we’re doing it with. Today we know that by maintaining excellent standards of care and management of our properties, by looking strategically at where and how we protect our next reservation, by becoming a model for carbon-neutrality, and by engaging more partners in our work, we can reach more people in more places and deepen our collective impact. Andy’s own impact on The Trustees has been profound. Although he would be the first to say that he didn’t accomplish so much on his own, he skillfully led our passionate staff, our dedicated volunteers, our donors and our members to shape an organization that is uniquely poised to make a real difference for the people and places of Massachusetts in the 21st century. As we recognize Andy’s tremendous contributions in this issue of Special Places, I thank him for his dedicated leadership of The Trustees over the past decade, and I thank all of you for your vision and your commitment to the work that we are moving forward, together.

John McCrae Vice President Finance & Administration/CFO Kate Saunders Vice President, Advancement Valerie Burns President, Boston Natural Areas Network Vice President, The Trustees of Reservations Lisa Vernegaard Vice President, Sustainability Wes Ward Vice President, Land & Community Conservation

regional & center directors David Beardsley Director, Ipswich Center for Engagement & Enterprise Jocelyn Forbush Regional Director, Serving the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, & Central MA Leigh Rae Director, Doyle Community Park & Center Steve Sloan Greater Boston Regional Director John Vasconcellos Southeast Regional Director editorial Laurie O’Reilly Director of Marketing & Membership Jeanne O’Rourke Associate Director of Marketing Communications design Paul Dahm Senior Designer Elizabeth McCormack Production Coordinator

We invite your articles, photographs, letters, and suggestions. Please send them to: Special Places | Moose Hill Farm 396 Moose Hill Street n Sharon, MA 02067 tel 781.784.0567 n fax 781.784.4796 email For information about becoming a member please contact us at 978.921.1944 x8801, email us at, or visit our website at www.

David Croll Chair, Board of Directors

Special Places, Spring 2012. Volume 20, Issue Number 1. Special Places (ISSN 1087-5026) is published quarterly and distributed to members and donors of The Trustees of Reservations. Copyright © 2012. All rights reserved. Printed on recycled paper.

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special places spring 2012 vol. 20 no. 1

2 People, Places, & Progress As Andy Kendall closes out his tenure as President of The Trustees, we reflect on 12+ years of leadership and legacy.

8 Kendall’s Corner We talk with Andy about going green, the power of partnerships, the allure of local food, and more.

10 The Next Generation in Action In between swimming, kayaking, and hiking, campers at SummerQuest on the Crane Estate are learning that even a 13-year-old can affect big change in the world.

12 Culture of Change Gary Hirshberg, former CE-Yo of Stonyfield, shares the dirt on local food, local farms, and going organic.

13 calendar of events 20 Find your place

on the cover: SummerQuest campers get an up-close look at the nature of the Crane Estate. © ttor

left: Long Hill, Beverly © t.kates


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People, Places & Progress This month, Andy Kendall steps down as president of The Trustees of Reservations after 12 years of extraordinary leadership. As we looked back at his legacy, we found it a challenge to sum up so many years’ worth of accomplishments and successes in just a few pages. So we asked some friends, colleagues, and volunteers for a hand. We hope you’ll agree that the highlights that follow reflect our growth, our strength, our relevance, and our effectiveness at what we have accomplished, together, under Andy’s leadership. More than a comment on the past, though, these successes have laid a strong foundation for our future. We thank Andy for his passion, his commitment, and his inspiration.

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2000 : The Trustees welcome Andy Kendall as our third President in our 109-year history.

2002 : Through collaboration with critical partners, the 13,600-acre

Traditional conservation techniques and innovations developed in

Southeastern Massachusetts

recent years will need to be invigorated by talented, energetic, and

Bioreserve is established as one of the

creative people. Andy Kendall is the perfect person to lead The

largest protected tracts in the state.

Trustees through these challenges. He has a lifelong commitment to environmental causes, a strong business background, and extensive experience in forging creative alliances.

Andy has taken an organization with a fantastic legacy of conservation and then accelerated it into some

–E  lliot M. Surkin, Chair of the Standing Committee, in Special Places, Spring 2000

completely new and uncharted territory. The Trustees are not just our national leader because of their age, but because they’re setting the pace on cutting-edge issues. – Rand Wentworth, President, Land Trust Alliance

2001 : Westport Land Conservation Partnership launched with a goal to protect 2,000 acres in 10 years. We felt there was a good cultural match between the Westport Land Conservation Trust and The Trustees. They have a respect for the landowners, and they believe in making protected land

2002 : Appleton Farms opens as The Trustees’ first

available for public use.

community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

– Peggy Stevens, Executive Director, Westport Land Conservation Trust

Andy’s leadership took the organization from a focus of conservation to one of sustainable community. The Trustees are now rooted in the deep conviction that people must be part of the equation if they are going to come to understand sustainability and if they are to be good stewards of the land over time. – Patricia Brandes, President, the Barr Foundation

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2004 : LEED-Certified Doyle Conservation Center opens to the public as The Trustees’ first “green” building. 2003 : A new governance structure is approved. One terrifically fun thing that we did was that the changes in governance became a case study at Harvard Business School. Andy and I attended the classes and it was absolutely invigorating to go and listen to these students discuss and learn from the very challenges and

A really bold move on the national level for the land trust movement was that Andy was out front on climate change. Andy has devoted his time, his research, his leadership to speaking out for the connection between land conservation and the climate. – Rand Wentworth, President, Land Trust Alliance

opportunities that we had just worked through ourselves. – Syd Smithers, Former Chair, Board of Directors

2006 : Historic $100 million capital campaign comes to a close. 2004 : Education officially added to The Trustees’ charter.

Andy was absolutely instrumental to

The thrust had to become how do we invite more people

the success of the capital campaign.

to our work. We knew that we had to use our reservations

But he also recognized with gratitude

as platforms to get people engaged in conservation. Then

and appreciation the hard work of so

everything else will follow.

many volunteers who helped to make

– David Croll,

this tremendous achievement possible.

Current Chair, Board of Directors

– Syd Smithers, Former Chair, Board of Directors

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2007 : The Trustees and Boston Natural Areas Network form an affiliation. It was really Andy’s vision that an affiliation with Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) would be good for The Trustees, because it would have been hard to start freshly in Boston and then compete with an existing effort. He was able to persuade The Trustees’ Board that this

2008 : Cormier Woods, our 100th

was the right move, and then persuade BNAN. I’m glad now that The

reservation, opens to the public.

Trustees have a presence in Boston and I hope it will become more potent over time.

The idea of relevance is absolutely at the heart of the transformation of The

– Genie Beal, Co-founder & former Board Chair, Boston Natural Areas Network

Trustees from being Massachusetts’ best-kept secret with a membership of 25,000 to now welcoming 40,000+ people from across the state. – Syd Smithers, Former Chair, Board of Directors

2007 : Trustees 2017, our 10-year strategic plan, is introduced. Andy is a knowledgeable, proactive, thoughtful, and heartfelt leader. With our strategic plan, we’ve become much more proactive and strategic in thinking about where we protect land – land near people is the metric. Now we need to activate

2011 : The Trustees play a supporting role in the

more people to our cause.

creation and opening of Fitchburg’s Gateway Park.

– David Croll, Current Chair, Board of Directors

Andy was able to take the objective of making an organization not only larger but more diverse and turn it into reality. He was the unique individual who found ways to go into new neighborhoods and look at potential constituencies that had not been reached in the past. – Andy Falender, Former President, Appalachian Mountain Club

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2011 : The Trustees achieve accreditation and launch the Land Trust Acceleration Program. It’s hard enough to run an organization, save land, accomplish your mission – Andy had an understanding

2011 : The Trustees launch three more CSAs and

that The Trustees as a statewide organization also had

complete two more “green” renovations.

a mission to assist and support the success of other

Andy recognized that the things that The Trustees

conservation groups throughout the state. – Rand Wentworth, President, Land Trust Alliance

do really need to resonate with people – land conservation, yes, but also sustainable energy and locally grown food. And these will continue to be significant drivers for The Trustees in the future. – David Croll, Current Chair, Board of Directors

2011 : The Trustees announce affiliation with Hilltown Land Trust and partner with the Appalachian Mountain Club to manage the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway. The Trustees have succeeded in attracting a much greater audience than those who already are conservation converts. When you have the Bay Circuit Trail almost in your backyard, it’s more accessible for so many more people. As people start enjoying these experiences and places nearby, they get to appreciate them more and more. That turns them into outdoor advocates and conservationists. – Andy Falender, Former President, Appalachian Mountain Club

2012 : The Trustees complete Phase 3 of the historic renovation of the Grand Allée on Castle Hill on the Crane Estate. Andy helped to breathe new life into the long-anticipated project to help restore the Castle Hill Allée. Messers. Crane, Olmsted, Shurcliff, and Crockett would all be so pleased to see the wonderful results. – Nathan Hayward III, President, Board of Trustees, Longwood Gardens, and member, Trustees Board of Directors

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Kendall’s Cor REFLECTIONS ON 12 years with The Twelve years ago, The Trustees were

And, we moved our staff from one office

partners that are taking up the mantle

considered the “best-kept secret” in

in Beverly to three, with the opening of

of this work themselves. But when it

Massachusetts. How did that change?

offices in Leominster and Sharon, which

works – and we’ve seen it work over and

When I started, there was a strong

has helped to make us more active and

over again – the impact can be so much

desire among our staff and volunteers

visible members of those communities.

broader and more rewarding.

we were going to truly accelerate the

You talked about needing to accelerate

One theme of the past 12 years seems to

pace of conservation in Massachusetts,

the pace of conservation – how has that

be affiliations and partnerships. Why is

we couldn’t do it alone. We needed

idea evolved?

this so critical?

more members, more volunteers, more

We recognized that we needed to do

We’d always recognized the strong

partners. Being the “best-kept secret”

more than protect acres – we needed to

and important role that The Trustees

wasn’t going to get us where we

get more people involved our work, so

play in assisting communities and other

needed to be.

that they would be motivated to speak

organizations to meet their goals, rather

to raise our profile. We knew that if

We had such a strong presence on the

up and act for the special places at risk in

than always being out in front on every

North Shore that many people associated

their own community. That has provoked

project. But in the past decade we’ve

us only with that region, even though

our focus on engagement in recent years.

really been able to see that, when working

we had spectacular properties in the

We realized that our reservations didn’t

together, we’re able to accomplish so

Berkshires, around Boston, and in Central

need to be the ends in themselves, but

much more, more effectively.

Massachusetts. So we looked at other

they could instead serve as the beginning

parts of the state to see how we could

of a conversation with individuals,

The Trustees have emerged as a leader

become more active and raise visibility

communities, volunteers, and partners.

in sustainability, particularly through our

for our name and our work. We stepped

It’s a longer-term proposition, because,

“green” buildings. What prompted that

up our work with partners and in cities

rather than us doing the work, we’re


so that we could broaden our footprint.

fostering communities of people and

The Trustees are known for preserving and protecting buildings – we don’t build them. But in 2002, we were presented with the amazing opportunity,

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orner Trustees.

them into public spaces that are uniquely

we invest in a place, our commitment to

“green” and sustainable.

that community is permanent, long term.

Twelve years ago, we determined that

How have food and farming emerged as

about half of Massachusetts’ population

a core part of our work?

lived within ten miles of one of our

The Trustees had long played a role in

reservations. That was an important

protecting farmland in Massachusetts. But

achievement. But what about the other

to actively manage and cultivate farmland

half? In looking at that map, we realized

was new for us. It’s been wonderful to

that almost all of the people we were

realize the power of food – whether at a

missing lived in metropolitan areas

suburban farm or an urban community

and cities – places where we had not

garden – to connect people to the land,

historically been active.

to each other, and to their community.

People have rallied around these farms

gaps, working directly or through

and gardens because they understand the

partners to protect places that are

value they bring to their neighborhood,

accessible, visible, engaging, inspiring

their town, and their city. It’s introduced

– and above all, welcoming – to more

us to so many new volunteers and

people in more places. And we want

partners, too, outside of the traditional

those places to reflect the diverse cultural

conservation world, allowing us to reach

and natural identity of our communities.

into new communities in new ways.

We’ve made progress, but there’s much

So we have been trying to fill those

more to do. There is no alternative – we What are the biggest challenges facing

need more people to care and to see

The Trustees as we move forward in the

themselves as a welcome part of this

21st century?


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BY Sherri Miles

The Next Generation in Action This summer, across the gardens, orchards and rolling meadows of the Crane Estate in Ipswich, along its white sand beaches and uninhabited islands, SummerQuest campers will discover sea creatures at the edge of the world, solve a mystery on Castle Hill, survive as shipwrecked castaways, and fall under a wizard’s spell that turns the Estate into a giant playground. SummerQuest is entering its fifth season as a place-based, experiential learning day camp at the 2,200-acre Crane Estate, having grown from one program and 117 kids in its first year to 350 kids today, with four different programs aimed at ages 5 to 17. “Our goal has been to create a scaffolding,” say camp director Garry Dow, who joined The Trustees two years ago, “so that kids could enter the camp at a very young age and grow with the program year after year, right up through their teens.” The program is strongly rooted in place, but also in meaningful, interactive experiences targeted to the growth and development of the individual child. A scholarship program ensures that those experiences are open to children of all 10 | the trustees of Reservations

backgrounds, awarding 100 full scholarships – nearly 30 percent of total enrollment – so that children who might not normally get to go to a summer camp can attend one of SummerQuest’s four programs: Periwinkles, for grades K–2, focus on wonder, with young campers building an emotional relationship with the world. Questers, grades 2–6, set out to explore the world around them. Stewards, grades 7–8, work together on conservation projects designed to inspire action in their own lives. Finally, for grades 9–10, Educators in Training go beyond action to the idea of service and giving back to the community. The Stewards and Educators programs are important areas of growth for SummerQuest.

Says Dow, “We wanted to build the next step of the scaffold and now challenge these young adults to work together, to find common ground, to seek out compromise, to think critically, to look beyond themselves, and to follow their curiosity to where it might lead.” Martin Hedberg, 13, has done all of that and more in his two summers as a Steward. Last year, he helped construct a new working flower garden on the Crane Estate, and the year before, he and his fellow campers built a raft out of reeds and driftwood found on the beach. For Owen Vadala, 12, one of his most memorable experiences as a Steward was the day spent crafting a full-scale model of the Crane Estate out of stones, pinecones and

The whole world opens up in front of them as they make connections between seemingly disparate things … Far from being observers of the world, they become participants who are asked to have a stake in the world. Even on a small scale, they know they have affected change. – garry dow

Owen Vadala, 12, helped craft a full-scale model of the Crane Estate out of stone, pinecones, and sticks.

sticks gathered from the property. Then there was “this gigantic walk, ‘The Great Walk of Awesomeness’,” he says, adding the “awesome” moniker himself because it was an entire day of walking the mainland and island terrain. Other Stewards have built bluebird nesting boxes for the marsh, or stood knee-deep in Ipswich mud trying to understand what a clam represents in the world. “The whole world opens up in front of them as they make connections between seemingly disparate things,” says Dow. “Far from being observers of the world, they become participants who are asked to have a stake in the world. Even on a small scale, they know they have affected change, and small differences when you’re 13 add up to big differences later.” “They’re given the power to speak their mind and they become part of what goes on in

the environment,” says Martin’s mother Gail Hedberg. “Martin feels he has made an impact somehow, whether it’s helping to clean up the beach, or learning about tide pools or the history of the Crane Estate. It’s not just a day playing baseball.” The impact of those experiences lasts long after Labor Day, says Erin Vadala, Owen’s mother. At the end of each session, she says, parents are invited to a presentation and awards ceremony. “On his first Friday presentation, the staff awarded Owen the Water Wizard, because all he wanted to do was swim, and they couldn’t get him out of the water,” she says. “That award sat in our kitchen on a shelf for the whole year! He loves the camp – it really brought out being in nature for him.” “Parents know that they can send their kid to a camp that’s just a lot of fun,” says Dow. “But it really matters to them that their kids are at a camp that’s a lot of fun and has a lot of substance lurking right beneath the surface.” That substance is part of every activity, every day. “We swim, we fish, we kayak. It doesn’t

get any more active than a day at camp,” says Dow. Underlying all of this activity, campers are acquiring critical skills for success in the 21st century. “We empower these young adults to consider the implications of their actions,” continues Dow. “We ask them to envision the kind of world they want to live in, and then we encourage them to go out and make it happen. These are fundamental skills that we all must master if we want to make a positive difference in the world.” “That is, perhaps, the most valuable lesson of all,” says Dow. “While we are alive, we are all Stewards.” Learn more at SummerQuest is made possible thanks to the generous support of New England Biolabs and the Crane Funds for Widows & Children. Sherri Miles is a freelance writer and editor living in the South Coast region of Massachusetts.

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BY Jeanne O’Rourke

A Culture of Change Gary Hirshberg helped launch a fledgling organic yogurt

enterprise with just seven cows and a vision for a new way of doing business. Now, after nearly three decades at the helm of Stonyfield, Hirshberg is leaving his post as “CE-Yo” to make a difference in advocating for change in national food and agriculture policies. This month, Gary headlined the annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference, which is convened by The Trustees’ Putnam Conservation Institute and the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition. We sat down with Gary to chew the fat on saving local farms, buying organic, and the Stonyfield–Trustees connection.

Stonyfield has been a big family farm supporter. Did it start out that way? What we started with – besides the

cows – was really just a hypothesis. We asked ourselves: Is it possible to create a business that’s a win-win-win? And we have proven that hypothesis: Our farmers, shareholders, and retailers make more money, our consumers get healthier food, and farmland gets improved. Does eating organic help local farms? Yes! There are 1,000 reasons to eat organic food, and I often joke I have yet to meet the consumer who says, “Yes, give me the yogurt with the synthetic growth hormone!” The health benefits are obvious, of course, but eating organic is also about food transparency and saving our local farms. When you eat local, you know exactly where your food comes from. The organic market has grown right through the recession – and it’s an extremely exciting trend because organic farmers make more money per square foot. Happily, it’s the most profitable way to farm. How so? When a farmer uses organic growing methods, the data

shows dramatically improved yields by the third or fourth year. They are boosting soil fertility by boosting the nutrient value of the soil every year, as well as the porosity for water and for aeration. Instead of stripping the land, these farms are adding to it; in essence, they improve the “tilth” of the soil, which boosts productivity. It’s that simple. Buying organic costs more. Any advice for people on a budget? This is important: You don’t have to change your entire

diet. If you replace an item here and there with an organic choice, it makes a difference. Whether it’s milk or meat that’s free of synthetic hormones, or fruits and vegetables free of persistent persticides, every purchase helps 12 | the trustees of Reservations

farmers and the planet. Also, people who can afford to buy organic should. That way, the demand will go up, organic production goes up, and the prices will come down. What trends do you see in farm conservation? There are

a number of things that concern me, especially genetically modified food, and how [its production] is ultimately presenting more problems than benefits, which can put small farmers especially in jeopardy – a subject I tackled at the Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference in March. But the good news is that consumer interest in where our food comes from – and how it’s grown – is at an all-time high. And that interest helps fuel and finance farmland conservation efforts. In thinking about how we can preserve land for future generations, we have to have a proven economic model – something that stands on its own without reliance on charity – and we have done that. We [at Stonyfield] have proven that investing in the planet is indeed good business. We are a perfect complement to The Trustees in that way – we do it on the for-profit side, and you guys do it on the nonprofit side. How can your members get involved? This is a time, now more than ever, for Americans to be participating in the decision-making process in Washington, and in our own communities. What’s the best part of your job? Making a difference for farmers. I can’t begin to tell you how many farmers have said to me, “if it weren’t for Stonyfield, our family would have been out of business.” That’s absolutely the most satisfying part of what we do every day. With every purchase of our yogurt, consumers are helping to save local farms. Jeanne O’Rourke is the Associate Director for Marketing Communications with The Trustees of Reservations.

VOLUNTEER When you volunteer with The Trustees, you’re not only helping us care for special places across the state, you’re making a difference to your community and to your neighbors. So get out and get involved.

Spring Events MARCH – MAY 2012

For details on all of our events and volunteer opportunities – and to sign up for our monthly e-mail – visit

Berkshires Garden Stewards Daily, based on your schedule | 10am–3pm Ashintully Gardens, Mission House & Naumkeag, Stockbridge and Tyringham 413.298.3239 x3007

Cobble Eco-Volunteers Thursdays | 9am–12noon Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600

Arbor Day Volunteers Celebration

BERKSHIRES house & garden tours Please check for a full list of tours.

A House, A View & Seven Gardens Daily, starting May 26 | 10am–5pm Naumkeag, Stockbridge 413.298.3239 x3013 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $15; Child (12 and under) FREE.

Stargazing & Planet Spotting with Arunah Hill Sunday, May 12 | 6–11pm Notchview, Windsor 413.532.1631 x10 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Mother’s Day with Wildflowers: Guided Walk Sunday, May 13 | 10am–12noon Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600 Members: Adult/Child $4; Family $10. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6; Family $15.

Peony Preview Weekend at Naumkeag Vernal Pool Certification Workshop Saturday, April 14 | 10am–1pm Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600 Members & Nonmembers: $20 (children are welcome and are FREE). Proceeds to benefit floodplain restoration efforts at the Cobble and amphibian conservation through Berkshires Environmental Action Team.

Life in a Vernal Pool Saturday, April 21 | 10am–12noon Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600 Members: Adult/Child $4; Family $10. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6; Family $15.

Our Amazing Spring Wildflowers: Guided Walk Saturday, April 28 | 10am–12noon Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600 Members: Adult/Child $4; Family $10. Nonmembers: Adult/Child $6; Family $15.

Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20 | 10am–5pm Naumkeag, Stockbridge 413.298.8138 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $15; Child (18 and under) FREE.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth: Memorial Day Canoe Trip Monday, May 28 | 9am–12noon Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600 Members: Adult $24; Child (10–16) $10. Nonmembers: Adult $30; Child (10–16) $15.

Birds & Bird Songs Saturday, June 2 | 6–10am Notchview, Windsor 413.532.1631 x10 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Friday, April 27 | 1–3pm Mission House, Stockbridge 413.298.3239 x3007

Love Your Landmark: Annual Workday Saturday, May 5 | 9am–12noon Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield 413.229.8600

Big Clean: Mission House Wednesday, May 9 | 10am–3pm Mission House, Stockbridge 413.298.3239 x3013

Big Clean: Naumkeag Thursday, May 10 | 10am–4pm Naumkeag, Stockbridge 413.298.3239 x3013

We Need Grassland Bird Monitors! Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield and nearby communities 413.532.1631 x12

Central REGION Tully Lake Campground Prep Day Saturday, April 28 | 9am–2pm Tully Lake Campground, Royalston 978.248.9455

Wednesday Work Days Wednesdays, starting in May | 9:30am–12noon Doyle Community Park & Center, Leominster 978.840.4446 x1935. Please call for details.

Fern, Wildflower & Tree Hike Saturday, June 16 | 10am–1pm Notchview, Windsor 413.532.1631 x13 Members & Windsor Residents: FREE. Nonmembers: Small donation requested.

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PIO NEER VALLEY Lights Out! Earth Hour Star Gazing Celebration Saturday, March 31 | 7–10pm Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield 413.628.4485 x102 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Haiku Poetry & Spring! Sunday, June 3 | 4–6pm (workshop), 7–8pm (reading) William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington 413.532.1631 x10 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Birding Bear Swamp Sunday, June 10 | 7–9:30am Bear Swamp, Ashfield 413.532.1631 x10 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Introduction to Rock Climbing with the Appalachian Mountain Club Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22 Chapel Brook, Ashfield 413.527.4384 Trustees & AMC Members: $60. Nonmembers: $75.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth: Ashfield Trails Yoga Hike Sunday, May 20 | 10am–1pm DAR State Forest & Chapel Brook, Ashfield 413.542.1631 x10 Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20.

Searching for Holyoke’s Butterflies Friday, May 25 | 10:30am Dinosaur Footprints & Little Tom Mountain, Holyoke 413.532.1631 x12 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth: Mount Warner Yoga Hike Sunday, June 3 | 10am–1pm Mount Warner, Hadley 413.542.1631 x10 Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20.

CENTRAL REGION Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference Saturday, March 24 | 8am–4pm Worcester Technical High School, Worcester 978.840.4446 Visit for details.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Earth: Rock House Yoga Hike Sunday, May 6 | 10am–1pm Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield 413.532.1631 x10 Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20.

Camp at Tully Lake Opening Day: Friday, May 18 Make your reservations now! Tully Lake Campground, Royalston 978.249.4957

GREATER BOSTON Including Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN)

Learn as You Sow: Introduction to Seed Starting (Part 1) Saturday, March 31 | 9–11am Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

37th Annual Gardeners Gathering Saturday, March 31 | 11am–4pm Boston Natural Areas Network 617.542.7696 Northeastern University, Curry Student Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Growing at Home: Starting a Vegetable Garden Saturday, April 7 | 9–11am Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members: $5. Nonmembers: $8.

Spring Weekend Open House Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 | 1–4pm Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Patriot’s Day Open House Saturday & Monday, April 14 & 16 | 8am–5pm Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

April Vacation Farm Camp (Age 5–8) Tuesday–Thursday, April 17–19 | 9am–12noon Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233 Members: $85. Nonmembers: $108.

Gardeners’ Exchange Workshop Series Grow better, together! Join your friends, neighbors, and guest experts in sharing gardening’s joys and challenges, as well as tips and ideas, in the experimental kitchen gardens of the historic Bullitt Reservation farmstead. Third Thursdays of every month: April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20 | 6pm Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield 413.628.4485 x1 Visit for more details.

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April Vacation Farm Camp (Age 9–12) Tuesday–Thursday, April 17–19 | 1–4pm Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233 Members: $85. Nonmembers: $108.

April Vacation Open Barnyard Friday, April 20 | 10am–2pm Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Sustainable Agriculture at the Old Manse & in Concord, 1750–1850 Sunday, April 22 | 3pm Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $8.

Spring Family Outings

Why Local Food? Discussion

Five Tuesdays: May 1–29 | 10–11:30am World’s End, Weir River Farm, and Norris Reservation, Hingham & Norwell 781.740.4796 Five sessions: Members: $48. Nonmembers: $60.

Saturday, June 9 | 12noon–2pm Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Ecosplorations Afterschool Program Five Wednesdays: May 2–30 | 3:30–5pm Weir River Farm & World’s End, Hingham 781.740.7233 Five sessions: Members: $48. Nonmembers: $60.

Celebration of Spring Event Saturday, May 5 | 10am–2pm Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3.

South End Garden Tour Saturday, June 16 | 10am–4pm Self-guided tours start at Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street, Boston 617.334.5598 In advance: $20. Day of tour: $25.

Community Lunch: Farm-Fresh Meal & Discussion Saturday, June 16 | 12noon–2pm Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members: $8. Nonmembers: $10.

Open Barnyard at Weir River Farm Saturdays, starting May 12 | 10am–2pm Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.4796 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3.

Building a Compost System for Your Backyard

World’s End Summer Solstice Thursday, June 21 | 6–8:30pm World’s End, Hingham 781.740.7233 Members: Adult $5; Child (12 and under) FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child (12 and under) FREE.

Saturday, May 19 | 9–11am Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members: $8. Nonmembers: $10.

Saturday, April 14 | 1–4pm (steady rain cancels) Saturday, May 19 | 1–4pm (rain date: May 20, 9am–1pm) Little Tom Mountain, Holyoke 413.532.1631 x21 Please pre-register.

Trail Work & Play with AMC at Chapel Brook Saturday, April 14 | 9am–1pm Chapel Brook, Ashfield 413.532.1631 x10

Invasive Garlic Mustard Workday, Lunch & Tour Saturday, May 19 | 9am–1pm William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington 413.532.1631 x10

Learn as You Sow: Introduction to Seed Starting (Part 2)

Greater Boston

quest fests Eleanor’s Quest for a Special Place Thursday, April 19 | 11am–2pm Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Over the Bridge & Through the Years Quest

Saturday, June 2 | 9am–3pm Rocky Woods, Medfield 508.785.0339 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Thursday, April 19 | 11am–2pm Bird Park, East Walpole 508.668.6136 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Outdoor Story Hour

Agassiz Rocks! Quest

Wednesdays, starting June 6 | 10–11am Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.4796 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $3.

Sigelman Memorial Workdays

Saturday, April 21 | 9am–1pm Peaked Mountain, Monson 413.532.1631 x21 Please pre-register.

Sunday, May 20 | 3pm Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909 Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $8.

National Trails Day: Rocky Woods

Bullitt Reservation, Ashfield and nearby communities 413.532.1631 x12

Peaked Mountain Earth Day Work Day

Tour a 3,000 Year Old Cultural Landscape: Symbol, Function, and Memory at the Old Manse

Saturday, June 2 | 10am–12noon Norris Reservation, Norwell 781.740.7233 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

We Need Grassland Bird Monitors!

Sunday, April 15 | 9am–12noon Dinosaur Footprints, Holyoke 413.532.1631 x21

Saturday, May 19 | 10am–3pm Powisset Farm, Dover 508.785.0339 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

National Trails Day at Norris Reservation with REI

Pioneer Valley

Garlic Mustard Pull

Powisset Farm Spring Festival

Saturday, May 26 | 9am–12noon Bradley Estate, Canton 617.259.7836 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.


Teen Tuesdays on the Farm Tuesdays, through June 12 Weir River Farm, Hingham 781.740.7233

Bird Park Spring Clean-Up Day Saturday, April 14 | 9am Bird Park, East Walpole 508.668.6136

Become an Old Manse Docent All Season The Old Manse, Concord 978.369.3909

Saturday, April 28 | 1–3pm Agassiz Rock, Manchester 978.281.8400 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

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Wild Coastal Edibles Workshop

Essex, Gloucester, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead & Rockport

Long Hill


Sunday, May 13 | 9:30am–12:30pm Crowninshield Island, Marblehead Members: $17. Nonmembers: $24.

Beverly Please pre-register for workshops at www., 978.921.1944 x1825, EVENTS

Daffodil Day

Creature Feature: Salamanders & Frogs Saturday, March 24 | 6–8pm Ravenswood Park, Gloucester Members: Adult $8; Child FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child FREE.

Wilderness to Special Place Walk: Ravenswood through the Centuries

Sunday, April 29 | 10–11:30am Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Sundays, April 8, May 13, June 10 | 1–3pm Ravenswood Park, Gloucester Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5. Mothers FREE on May 13.

21st Annual Long Hill Plant Sale Saturday, May 19 Members-Only Preview | 9–10am Public Welcome | 10am–2pm Entry is FREE.

Vernal Pool Exploration/ Certification Workshop


Learn As You Sow at the Flower Fields Saturday, March 31 | 10–11:30am Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Saturday, April 14 | 1–3pm Agassiz Rock, Manchester-by-the-Sea Members: Adult $8; Child FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child FREE.

Spring Birding Basics

Sustainable Lawn Care Basics and Compost Tea Workshop

Sundays, April 15, May 20, June 17 | 8–10am Halibut Point Reservation, Rockport Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Saturday, May 5 | 10–11:30am Members: $10. Nonmembers: $14.

Hermit’s Tales on the Trails

Summer Pruning Workshop

Friday, April 20 | 1–3pm Ravenswood Park, Gloucester Members: $5. Nonmembers: $8.

Wednesday, June 27 | 5–7pm Members: $28. Nonmembers: $35. FOR YOUTH & FAMILIES

Curiosity Companions: Young Families Club

Children’s Garden Opening Day Wednesday, May 23 | 3:30–5pm (Rain date: May 24) Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5 per family.

Afternoons in the Children’s Garden Wednesdays, starting June 20 | 3:30–4:30pm Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5 per family.

Five Thursdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 11am–12noon Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea Five sessions: Members: $20. Nonmembers $30. Per Day: Members & Nonmembers: $5. Price includes adult and child.

Lady’s Slipper – Beauty & Botany Thursday, May 24 | 6:30–8pm Ravenswood Park, Gloucester Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5.

Saving the Sweetbay Magnolia Saturday, June 2 | 1–3pm Ravenswood Park, Gloucester Members: Adult $8. Nonmembers: Adult $10.

the crane estate IPSWICH 978.356.4351 For information regarding tours, events, and programs at Castle Hill, Crane Beach, or Crane Wildlife Refuge, please visit or call 978.356.4351 and press 6. House & Landscape Tours

Great House Tours at Castle Hill Starting May 23; 1-hour tours Wednesdays & Thursdays | 10am–4pm (every half hour; last tour at 3PM) Fridays & Saturdays | 10am–2pm (every half hour; last tour at 1pm) Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $12; Child (12 and under) FREE. Combined Great House & Estate tour ticket: Nonmembers $15.

Castle Hill Estate Tours Starting May 24; 1.25-hour tours Thursdays & Saturdays | 11am Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $10; Child (12 and under) FREE. Combined Great House & Estate tour ticket: Nonmembers $15.

Young Conservationist: My Square Woods Afterschool Program (Age 9–11) Five Thursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 4–5:30pm Coolidge Reservation, Misery Islands, and Ravenswood Park, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester Five sessions: Members: $65. Nonmembers: $75.

Discovery Center at Ravenswood Park 481 Western Avenue, Gloucester 978.281.8400 Stop in and explore our investigation station, discovery desk, and hands-on activities. Then borrow a Discovery Detective Pack – complete with your very own nature notebook – and head out and explore Ravenswood. Fun for the whole family! Weekends & holiday Mondays | 10am–3pm

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SummerQuest Camp Open House Sunday, May 6 | 11am – 4pm Castle Hill, Ipswich 978.380.8360 Registration now open!

Resurrecting the English Country House: A Lecture by Sir Simon Jenkins In partnership with the Royal Oak Foundation Monday, April 16, 6pm. Reception to follow. Castle Hill 978.356.4351 Please pre-register. Members: $30. Nonmembers $40. Sir Simon Jenkins, National Trust Chairman and noted British journalist, will discuss the importance of engaging visitors with the history and life of iconic historic houses, with a particular focus on the Trust’s new program “Bringing Places to Life.”

VOLUNTEER Northeast REGION Cape Ann Quest Monitor Halibut Point Reservation, Ravenswood Park, Agassiz Rock, Rockport, Gloucester, and Manchester-by-the-Sea 978.281.8400

Hot & Cold Tours: Behind-the-Scenes of the Great House

appleton farms

Starting May 30; 1.5-hour tours Every other Wednesday | 5pm Castle Hill 978.356.4351 x4049 Pre-register online or by phone. Members: $15. Nonmembers: $20.

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Flower Field Volunteer Hours


Thursdays, starting in March | 9–11am Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x1825

events & programs

Seaside Wedding Show Sunday, April 22 | 12noon–3pm Castle Hill 978.356.4351 x4025 In advance: Members: $5; Nonmembers: $10. At the door: Members & Nonmembers: $15.

Spring Open House Sunday, May 6 | 11am–4pm Castle Hill Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Teaching the Coastal Landscape Saturday & Sunday, May 12 & 13 | 9am–3pm Castle Hill, Crane Beach & Crane Wildlife Refuge 978.356.4351 x4062 Members & Nonmembers: $100.

Choate Island Field Trip Thursdays, May 17 & June 14 | 2–5pm Crane Beach & Crane Wildlife Refuge 978.380.4319 Members: $10. Nonmembers: $15.

Children’s Treasure Hunt at the Great House (Age 4–8) Fridays, starting in June | 10:15–11am Castle Hill 978.356.4351 x4049 RSVP online or by phone. Members: Adult & one child: $8. Nonmembers: Adult & one child: $10. Additional child: $5.

Horseshoe Crab Kayak Paddle Friday, June 1 | 2–4pm Crane Beach & Crane Wildlife Refuge Members: $40. Nonmembers: $50.

Guided Kayak Paddle Saturdays & Sundays, starting in June | 2–4pm Crane Beach & Crane Wildlife Refuge Members: $40. Nonmembers: $50.

Ipswich & Hamilton

Tuesday, March 20 | 3:30–4:30pm Mondays, April 23, May 21 | 3:30–4:30pm Members: Adult $4; Child $4. Nonmembers: Adult $5; Child $5.

Farmstead & Old House Tour Sundays, April 29, May 20, June 10 | 3–5pm Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5.

Wednesday Workdays! Wednesdays, starting April 4 | 9am–12noon Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover 978.682.3580

Crane Estate Crewhands for Teens

Young Farmers

Tuesday–Friday, April 17–20 | 10am–2pm Castle Hill, Crane Beach & Crane Wildlife Refuge, Ipswich 978.356.4351 x4062

Five Tuesdays: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 4–5:30pm Five sessions: Members: $72. Nonmembers: $90.


Farm Fiddleheads

Tuesday–Friday, April 17–20 | 9am–12noon Appleton Farms, Ipswich 978.356.5728 x18

Five Thursdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 10–11:30am Five sessions: Members: $70. Nonmembers: $85. Fee includes adult and child.

Evening Birding Ramble Thursday, May 10 | 5–7pm Appleton Farms Grass Rides, Hamilton Pre-register with Joppa Flatts 978.462.9998 Members: $12. Nonmembers: $14.

greenwood farm

Cape Ann Conservation Crewhands (Age 14–16) Thursday–Saturday, April 19–21 | 9am–12noon Coolidge Reservation, Ravenswood Park, Agassiz Rock, Halibut Point Reservation, Manchester-bythe-Sea, Gloucester and Rockport 978.281.8400

Earth Day Coastal Clean Up Saturday, April 21 | 10am–12noon Coolidge Reservation, Halibut Point Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea and Rockport 978.281.8400

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Life on a Saltwater Farm: Paine House Tours for 17th-Century Saturdays First Saturdays, starting in June | 11am–3pm Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult $8; Child (12 and under) FREE. Special: FREE to all on first Saturday in June.

Cape Ann Adult Work Crew Last Saturdays, starting April 28 | 9am–12noon Coolidge Reservation, Manchester-by-the-Sea 978.281.8400

Volunteer Beach Educators Weekdays & Weekends, Starting in June | 9am–5pm Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Ipswich 978.380.4319

The Flower Field Program for Teens Weekly, starting in June Long Hill, Beverly 978.921.1944 x1825

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Big Walk Strap on your hiking boots and experience the vastness of the unbroken forest on a walk that spans the 13,600-acre Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve.

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Woodcock Wanderings Saturday, March 31 | 7pm Copicut Road, Fall River Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Saturday, May 5 | 9am–4pm Freetown/Fall River State Forest Headquarters, Slab Bridge Road, Assonet 508.636.4693 x13 Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

New Bedford Earth Day Parade Thursday, April 12 | 5pm Custom House Square, 33 William Street, New Bedford Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Cape Poge Natural History Tour


Planning Your Home Garden Saturday, April 21 | 10am–12noon Westport Town Farm, Westport Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Daily, starting Memorial Day weekend Please call or visit for schedule. Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge Members: Adults $25. Nonmembers: Adult $35. All Children (15 and under): $18.


Birding in the Bioreserve


Fishing Discovery Tour

Saturday, May 12 | 7am Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, Fall River Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Natural History Tour

Please call or visit for schedule. Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge Members: Adult $60; Child (10–15) $25.

Daily, starting Memorial Day | 9:30am & 1:30pm (tour duration: 2.5 hours) Members: Adult $30; Child (12 and under) $15. Nonmembers: Adult $40; Child (12 and under) $15.

History of Blossom Barn Saturday, May 19 | 9–11am Watuppa Reservation Headquarters, Fall River Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Kayak Tour Please call or visit for schedule. Long Point Wildlife Refuge 508.693.7392 Members: Adult $20. Nonmembers: Adult $25. All Children (15 and under) $12.

Surfcasting Adventures Mornings & evenings throughout the week Please call for details. Members & Nonmembers: Adult $75; Child (10–12) $30.

Community Garden Kick-Off Saturday, May 26 | 9am–12noon Westport Town Farm, Westport Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Self-Guided Poucha Pond Kayak Tour Daily, starting June 15 | 9am–4pm Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge & Wasque Available first come, first serve. Members only. Single person boat: $20 for first hour. Tandem boat: $30 for first hour. Each additional hour: $10.

martha’s vineyard

Landscape Drawing

Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Mytoi, Menemsha Hills, Norton Point, Wasque

Saturday, June 2 | 10am–12noon Westport Town Farm, Westport Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

Wildlife Discovery Kayak Tour


East Over Bird Walk

Daily, starting June 15 Please call or visit for schedule. Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge Members: Adult $30. Nonmembers: Adult $40. All Children (15 and under): $18.

Cape Poge Lighthouse Tour

Saturday, June 9 | 7am East Over Reservation, Rochester Members & Nonmembers: FREE.

© jumping rocks

Daily, starting Memorial Day weekend Please call or visit for schedule. Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge Members: Adult $20. Nonmembers: Adult $25. All Children (15 and under): $12.

Plan Your Summer Getaway Escape to the mountains or the sea with a stay at one of our elegant inns. Get active, enjoy the pleasures of art galleries and antique stores, or simply relax and enjoy the view. The Inn at Castle Hill on The crane estate (pictured)

280 Argilla Road, Ipswich


tel 978.412.2555


The Guest House at Field Farm

554 Sloan Road, Williamstown


tel 413.458.3135


All proceeds from your stay benefit our conservation work at Field Farm and the Crane Estate. 18 | the trustees of Reservations

VOLUNTEER southeast Stone Wall Building Volunteer Day Saturday, March 24 | 10am–12noon Copicut Woods, Fall River 508.636.4693 x13

Learn something new and enjoy your favorite Trustees reservation at the same time on these special REI Outdoor School programs. For more information, visit

New Bedford Earth Day Parade Thursday, April 12 | 5pm Custom House Square, 33 William Street New Bedford 508.636.4693 x13

Introduction to Mountain Biking

Essential Camping Skills Class

REI Members: $65. Nonmembers: $85. Saturdays, May 26, June 23 | 9am–3pm Rocky Woods, Medfield

REI Members: $40. Nonmembers: $60. Saturdays, April 28, May 5, June 9 | 10am–2pm Rocky Woods, Medfield

Introduction to GPS Navigation Class

Learn to Kayak

REI Members: $60. Nonmembers:$80. Saturdays, April 21, May 26, June 16 | 9am–3pm Rocky Woods, Medfield

REI Members: $60. Nonmembers: $80. Saturday, May 26 | 9am–12noon & 1–4pm World’s End, Hingham

Introduction to Map & Compass Class

Learn to Kayak with Tour

REI Members: $60. Nonmembers: $80. Saturdays, April 14, May 19, June 9 | 9am–3pm Rocky Woods, Medfield Saturday, May 5 | 9am–3pm Whitney & Thayer Woods, Hingham Meet at Turkey Hill parking area.

REI Members: $95. Nonmembers: $115. Sunday, June 3 | 1–6pm Crane Wildlife Refuge, Ipswich

Saturday, May 26 | 9am–12noon Westport Town Farm, Westport 508.636.4693 x13

Introduction to Coastal Kayaking

Flower Planting

Introduction to Geocaching Class REI Members: $60. Nonmembers: $80. Saturday, April 21 | 9am–3pm Weir River Farm, Hingham

Family Hike REI Members: $10. Nonmembers: $30. Saturday, April 14 | 10am–2pm, Appleton Farms, Ipswich Saturday, May 12 | 10am–2pm World’s End, Hingham Saturday, June 2 | 10am–2pm Weir River Farm, Hingham Sunday, June 17 | 10am–2pm Appleton Farms, Ipswich

REI Members: $95. Nonmembers: $115. Saturday, June 2 | 9am–3pm World’s End, Hingham Sunday, June 24 | 10am–4pm Crane Wildlife Refuge, Ipswich Saturday, June 30 | 9am–3pm Charles River Peninsula, Needham

Atlantic White Cedar Planting Saturday, April 28 | 9am–12noon Copicut Woods, Fall River 508.636.4693 x13

East Over Reservation Hales Brook Tract Volunteer Day Saturday, May 12 | 10am–12noon East Over South, Marion 508.636.4693 x13

Community Garden Kick-Off

Sunday, June 3 | 1–3pm Cornell Farm, South Dartmouth 508.636.4693 x13

Westport Town Farm Community Garden Volunteer Days

Crane Wildlife Refuge Day Tour

Hours and times vary Westport Town Farm, Westport 508.636.4693 x13

REI Members: $120. Nonmembers: $150. Saturday, June 16 | 9am–3pm Crane Wildlife Refuge, Ipswich

Cape Cod & The Islands Annual Beach Clean-Up Saturday, March 17 | 9am–12noon (Rain date: March 24) Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket 508.228.5646

Historic Hikes in New England

Norton Point Beach Clean-Up

REI Members: $15. Nonmembers: $35. Sunday, April 22 | 9–11am World’s End, Hingham

Saturday, March 31 | 9–11am Meet at Left Fork, Edgartown 508.627.3599

Digital Photography Field Class

Mytoi Spring Clean-Up

REI Members: $65. Nonmembers: $85. Saturday, April 21 | 9am–3pm Rocky Woods, Medfield Saturday, May 19 | 9am–3pm World’s End, Hingham

Saturday, March 5 | 9am–12noon Mytoi Garden, Chappaquiddick 508.627.3599 EVENTS | 19

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FIND YOUR PLACE Lawrence Brook, Royalston © norm eggert photography SPRING 2012 | 21


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Not the Norm Three years ago, professional photographer Norm Eggert answered an ad on The Trustees’ website for a volunteer photographer. Since then, with camera in hand, he’s chronicled many of our major events in western Massachusetts, including the “green” transformation of the Bullitt Reservation farmhouse. Norm’s favorite season: spring. “Spring is really just inspiring because of the new-ness of it. There’s a lot of new life and new growth. It’s exciting to witness.” Learn more about Norm and take a look at his stunning work, featured on the previous two pages and at


Together with our neighbors, we protect the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to special places. Our passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures we care for.

Special Places | Spring 2012  

Special Places | Spring 2012 The quarterly magazine of The Trustees of Reservations in Massachusetts

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