Calendar of Programs and Events

 Summer 2015

Summer Evening Walks at Great Meadows NWR/Concord
Sunday, June 21, 6:30 pm   Monthly walk
Sunday, July 19, 6:30 pm   Monthly walk
Sunday, August 16, 6:30 pm   Monthly walk
Wednesday, July 1, 6:45 pm   Full Moon/Venus-Jupiter convergence walk 
Rescheduled to Tuesday, June 30, 6:45 pm due to Wed. forecast
Friday, July 31, 6:45   Blue Moon walk

All walks run about 1.75 hours

Warm summer nights and full moon light...join me for a series of six evening walks to explore the refuge on the edge of a long summer's day.  Birds and beavers stir and settle, herons feed, and great egrets fly to their roosts.  Hawk moths come out to feed on evening primrose blossoms and lotuses glow in the moonlight.  The air is heavy with floral scents and rainbows may appear as storms pass along the horizon.  It's a magical time to be out together.

Open to all ages.  No pre-registration required.

Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Co-sponsored with Friends of the Assabet River NWR

Please note:  Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks.  However, I encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.

Meet at the information kiosk at Great Meadows NWR in Concord.  Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd.  Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right.  Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end.

For questions or to be added to the emailing list for notice of these and impromptu evening walks, contact Cherrie at or 978-760-1933.

Estabrook Woods Spring Flora
Sponsored by New England Wild Flower Society
Saturday, May 9, 1-4 pm

Join me to explore the northwestern corner of Estabrook Woods in Concord during the height of early spring blooming.  We will explore the Concord Land Conservation Trusts' Chamberlain Woods, the cliffs and woodlands around Bateman's Pond, and include a loop to the historic lime quarries. Calcareous deposits and numerous forest seeps and freshets nourish an array of rare wild flora.  Register through NEWFS at
$28/members, $35 for non-members

 Lincoln Land Conservation Trust - Annual Meeting
Tuesday, May 26, 7:30 pm - Bemis Hall

Behold, Our Homelands:  Following a Path of Wonder through Familiar Places
Cherrie Corey, keynote speaker

Gowing's Swamp/Thoreau's Bog Walk
Sponsored by Sudbury Valley Trustees
Sunday, May 31, 1:30-3:30 pm

This beautiful 9-acre bog was one of Thoreau's most beloved Concord wetlands.  Nestled in beautifully glaciated, the bog's sphagnum mat supports an unusually complete community of acid-loving plants, a healthy stand of black spruce and tamarack, and many rare lichens.  We'll view the bog from its shoreline and forest ridge trails and learn the 160 year history of those who've studied it.  Along the way we'll visit the newly created Ripley Nature Playscape on the bog's eastern border.

Please register through SVT, at
FREE/members, $10/non-members

Discovery Day for Seniors 
June 8, 10 am - noon
The Playscape at Ripley - a nature park for all ages and abilities
120 Meriam Road, Concord (behind the Ripley Building)
  • Join in a nature-based art activity with Musketaquid Arts & Environment
  • Enjoy the Playscape plantings and hear how they reflect Concord's landscape
  • Learn the natural history of nearby Gowing's Swamp/Thoreau's Bog from naturalist Cherrie Corey
  • Find out about Concord bird life from CCHS junior and naturalist, Cole Winstanley
  • And help plant seedlings in the Playscape's new raised gardening beds
Refreshments provided.

 For more information:  978-369-6790 or see

Thoreau Society Annual Gathering 
Thoreau's Sense of Place
July 9-12, 2015 
Masonic Lodge, Monument Green
Concord, MA

On Friday, July 10 from 9-10:30 am, don't miss my slide presentation, exploring sense of place in Concord with Thoreau as my prescient companion, In Wonderland with Henry - Opening to the Spirit of Place.  Masonic Lodge, basement banquet room.  General admission for individual programs, including this one, $30 at the door.

Full Conference Agenda/Registration page

Sense of Place and the Art of Walking
DeCordova Sculpture Park, Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA
Thursday, July 23, 6:30 pm

Join me for a summer evening walk through the sculpture park where we will attune our senses to the communion between the resident artworks and the deCordova's unique landscape.  As we stroll, we'll open to the light, liveliness, form and pattern, sound and scents, and personal inspirations that come together as a unique reflection of the season, place, and time of day.  Admission to Sculpture Park and walk are free.  For more information, see

Monthly Concord Conservation Coffees
First Tuesday @ month, 7:30 am from September - May
141 Keyes Rd., Concord, 1st Fl Meeting Rm.

Flora and fauna at Sleepy Hollow
Informal gathering and information exchange between town natural resources and other interested staff and board members and local environmental leaders, organizations, naturalists, and interested citizens.  Meeting usually lasts about an hour.  Bring your coffee mug.


Check back for additional programs as they are added...

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