Hike in Boxford State Forest and Bald Hill Conservation Area, North Andover MA/Middleton MA. Meet at 1:00 pm at Sharpner's Pond Road parking area. Hike along the Bay Circuit Trail and other woodland trails ~ 4-5 miles while exploring the ecology and wildlife of this more than 2000 acre conservation area. From 95, take Ext 51 and go west on Endicott St/Middleton Rd and in 0.9 miles turn right on Peabody Street. In 1.2 miles turn right on Liberty Street. In 0.5 miles Liberty St becomes North Liberty St. Follow North Liberty St for 2.1 miles and turn right on Sharpner's Pond Road.
AMC offers COVID conscious opportunities to enjoy the outdoors locally, visit many of our lodges and campgrounds, and join virtual events and activities. Participants of all in-person events should bring and wear face coverings, expect social distancing, and changes to our usual practices. To support contact tracing and hands-free signing of the AMC liability waiver, online registration is required for all in person AMC events.
Let's explore the Meadow Pond Reservation and adjoining Hampshire Woods. This area is also known as "Turtleland" since it is one of the top habitats in Massachusetts for the threatened Blanding's Turtle and salamanders. Meet at 1:00 PM at Meadow Pond Reservation parking area on Uptack Rd. We'll hike 4-5 miles over relatively flat terrain through a wooded area lined with many historical rock walls, and populated with vernal pools providing habitat of rare salamanders and turtles. The area includes the divide between the Parker and Merrimack River watersheds.
Let's enjoy an early autumn hike (~4 miles) in Howe/Echo Reservations and the far west section of Willowdale State Forest (WSF). We'll also wander along a section of the Bay Circuit Trail in Willowdale and return back to Echo Reservation. Hopefully, we'll be rewarded with some nice foliage. Meet at 1:00 pm in the Echo Reservation parking area on Linebrook Road in Ipswich MA. From I-95, take exit 53A Follow Rte 97 1.0 mile and take left onto Linebrook Road continue about 1.4 miles to parking and trailhead on right.
We'll explore the Manchester-Essex Woods Conservation Area that claims more than 2500 acres hiking 4-5 miles. This is a rugged area with rocky outcrops, Red Maple and Cedar swamps and important habitat for many species of wildlife. Along the way, we'll continue to look for Bear's Den (missed on previous hike) and if time allows a sermon at pulpit rock.
A ramble with expert forager Russ Cohen around the edges of Blue Heron Organic farm in Lincoln and into the adjacent woodlands to learn about the comestible virtues of at least eighteen species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Pending favorable weather conditions, several edible mushroom species may be encountered as well. Co-Sponsored with the AMC Local Walks Committee.
Join the AMC Boston Young Members, AMC Conservation Committee, and the Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (BARPCV) as we help out with this annual Charles River clean-up for Earth Day! Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and are welcome to join in a picnic lunch.
Join us with the volunteers from the Spy Pond Environmental Task Group on a trail project on the pathway along the south end of Spy Pond. The trail work will continue the brushing started in 2005 to close side trails to the pond and open up the path. Registration required for first time volunteers - call Leader. Questions, info, and returning volunteer registration - email Leader. See PDF link below for more project information.
The Boston Chapter seeks to take a more active role in local conservation issues and our volunteer conservation committee needs people who are willing to take part in stewardship, awareness raising activities, event planning, and special projects.
Are you interested in climate change? Would you like to meet other people who share your interest in the environment? Come and join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "Chasing Ice" on Wed, March 2 at the AMC Cabot Auditorium.
Join a group of AMC Young Members and Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers as we prune trees and remove invasive species from Herter Park in Boston (see the map below for the location of the park). Those interested can join for an after-volunteering lunch at a nearby restaurant - location TBD. Limited to 10 total volunteers.