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    • June 22, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Flynn Rink, 300 Elm St, Medford
    • 8
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ free popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers carrying babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk.

    We recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots.

    Location changes weekly. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    We'll be splitting into two groups for this hike. The first group can hike maskless. The second group will keep masks on.

    Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. 

    For our participants' comfort, we don't allow dogs to hike with us.

    Our walks are cancelled only in case of bad weather: too hot, too cold, or too rainy. 

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • June 26, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sana Access Rd (GPS location in Registration)

    Join brothers and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists, Joe and Bill MacIndewar, for a casual walk focusing on observing and recording the incredible biodiversity of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. With these walks and through the EwA photo documentation using the iNaturalist platform, we contribute to biodiversity science while enjoying together the outdoors in this beautiful urban park.

    No expertise required / beginners welcome! You can prepare for the walk by downloading the iNaturalist app and creating a free account. Check out the 'EwA at the Fells' iNaturalist project to see 2000+ species that we documented so far in the park. Send us your iNaturalist username, and you'll get the change to have your observations count in our studies! There is always something new to discover and add to this growing list!

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Difficulty: Moderate 

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Masks are mandatory. Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our fall group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • June 26, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Medford HS Parking Lot, 489 Winthrop St, Medford, MA
    • 10
    Register

    History Hike the 90mm Meadow with Kyle McGrath

    Saturday, June 26, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

    Medford HS Parking Lot, 489 Winthrop St, Medford, MA

    Leader: Kyle McGrath

    Join Kyle McGrath for a hike to the historic 90mm Meadow, home to a disused Korean War anti-aircraft site.

    We will showcase the findings of recent research, discuss the military base and the historical context to which it belongs, and highlight the meadow's ongoing importance to conservation.

    Meet at the northeast corner of the Medford High School parking lot (489 Winthrop St, Medford, MA), near to the Mustang Loop trailhead.  Participants will hike approx. 2/3 of a mile (a 15-20 minute easy-moderate walk) from the trailhead to the 90mm site.

    Heavy rain cancels.

    Contact:  friends@fells.org

    Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our 2021 group events (no on-site registrations will be permitted). 

    IMPORTANT:  PLEASE DO NOT BE A NO-SHOW!!! Our free offerings are frequently waitlisted, so if you cannot attend, PLEASE CONTACT US so we can give your spot to another person who wants to participate. 

    THANK YOU!

    • June 29, 2021
    • 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Copland House, 1 Woodland Road, Stoneham MA
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Summer Wildflowers at Virginia Wood with Boot Boutwell

    Tuesday, June 29, 9:15 am - 11:30 am

    1 Woodland Road, Stoneham, just south of the Pond Street rotary.

    Leader: Boot Boutwell

    Summer is here. Celebrate the season with a wildflower walk through Virginia Wood. The walk will focus on plant ID as well as fun and interesting natural history.

    Meet in the driveway of #1 Woodland Rd at the intersection of Woodland Rd and Pond St in Stoneham.

    Steady rain cancels.  

    Contact:  Boot Boutwell (781-729-4712), or friends@fells.org

    Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our 2021 group events (no on-site registrations will be permitted). 

    IMPORTANT:  PLEASE DO NOT BE A NO-SHOW!!! Our free offerings are frequently waitlisted, so if you cannot attend, PLEASE CONTACT US so we can give your spot to another person who wants to participate. 

    THANK YOU!

    • June 29, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Long Pond Parking Lot, 524-530 S Border Rd, Winchester.
    • 11
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ free popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers carrying babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk.

    We recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots.

    Location changes weekly. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    We'll be splitting into two groups for this hike. The first group can hike maskless. The second group will keep masks on.

    Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. 

    For our participants' comfort, we don't allow dogs to hike with us.

    Our walks are cancelled only in case of bad weather: too hot, too cold, or too rainy. 

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • July 06, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Upper Sheepfold Parking Lot, Route 28, Stoneham
    • 14
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ free popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers carrying babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk.

    We recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots.

    Location changes weekly. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    We'll be splitting into two groups for this hike. The first group can hike maskless. The second group will keep masks on.

    Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. 

    For our participants' comfort, we don't allow dogs to hike with us.

    Our walks are cancelled only in case of bad weather: too hot, too cold, or too rainy. 

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • July 07, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Long Pond Parking Lot

    The Earthwise Aware's naturalist team introduces how to document the Fells' ecological communities at risk in a fast-changing world. Join us!

    This is an opportunity to get introduced to their community science program and team. You will help the team record bird movement, observe seasonal phases on fauna and flora, monitor bio-pollution, and map habitat fragmentation. It's also a chance to learn new skills and join the team & effort ツ 

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration are required for all of our group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    Hiking pace: Moderate-to-fast when possible–yet very quietly–on the lookout for any kind of signs. Wear long pants and sturdy boots. This is a great opportunity to learn how to be alert and in tune with our environment and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles while contributing to science.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors.

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • July 10, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot, 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180

    Join Claire O'Neill & Kathy McGlathery for a lovely Biodiversity walk in the Fells exploring how seasons pass and shape our plants and wildlife in our beautiful urban forest. We'll enjoy, observe and record the flora and fauna in various locations of the woods, starting from the Flynn Rink parking lot.

    This is part of Earthwise Aware's biodiversity and phenology studies that collect data about the impact of climate change on the synchronicity of fauna and flora phenophases (i.e., observable stages or phases in the annual life cycle of a plant or animal that can be defined by a start and endpoint). This is a great way opportunity to learn how to be alert and in tune with our environment, and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy, etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our fall group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • July 13, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180
    • 14
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ free popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers carrying babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk.

    We recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots.

    Location changes weekly. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    We'll be splitting into two groups for this hike. The first group can hike maskless. The second group will keep masks on.

    Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. 

    For our participants' comfort, we don't allow dogs to hike with us.

    Our walks are cancelled only in case of bad weather: too hot, too cold, or too rainy. 

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • July 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180
    • 14
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ free popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers carrying babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk.

    We recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots.

    Location changes weekly. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    We'll be splitting into two groups for this hike. The first group can hike maskless. The second group will keep masks on.

    Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. 

    For our participants' comfort, we don't allow dogs to hike with us.

    Our walks are cancelled only in case of bad weather: too hot, too cold, or too rainy. 

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • July 24, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sana Access Rd (GPS location in Registration)

    Join brothers and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists, Joe and Bill MacIndewar, for a casual walk focusing on observing and recording the incredible biodiversity of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. With these walks and through the EwA photo documentation using the iNaturalist platform, we contribute to biodiversity science while enjoying together the outdoors in this beautiful urban park.

    No expertise required / beginners welcome! You can prepare for the walk by downloading the iNaturalist app and creating a free account. Check out the 'EwA at the Fells' iNaturalist project to see 2500+ species that we documented so far in the park. Send us your iNaturalist username, and you'll get the change to have your observations count in our studies! There is always something new to discover and add to this growing list!

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Difficulty: Easy. 

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our fall group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

     Why limit the number of attendees? EwA caps the attendance size of its events so that they remain low impact and ethical for the wildlife and habitats that we document. 

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • July 27, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham
    • 14
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ free popular weekday family hiking program. Caregivers carrying babies are welcome on these fun guided hikes through the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Babes in the Woods is an adult-paced hike designed for parents who carry their children. These hikes are not recommended for young children who walk.

    We recommend that you bring along snacks and drinks, and make sure to dress for the weather—depending on the season, some trails may be muddy or icy in spots.

    Location changes weekly. 

    Pre-registration is required.

    We'll be splitting into two groups for this hike. The first group can hike maskless. The second group will keep masks on.

    Please note that hikes are not accessible for strollers. 

    For our participants' comfort, we don't allow dogs to hike with us.

    Our walks are cancelled only in case of bad weather: too hot, too cold, or too rainy. 

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • August 11, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Long Pond Parking Lot

    The Earthwise Aware's naturalist team introduces how to document the Fells' ecological communities at risk in a fast-changing world. Join us!

    This is an opportunity to get introduced to their community science program and team. You will help the team record bird movement, observe seasonal phases on fauna and flora, monitor bio-pollution, and map habitat fragmentation. It's also a chance to learn new skills and join the team & effort ツ 

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration are required for all of our group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    Hiking pace: Moderate-to-fast when possible–yet very quietly–on the lookout for any kind of signs. Wear long pants and sturdy boots. This is a great opportunity to learn how to be alert and in tune with our environment and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles while contributing to science.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors.

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • August 14, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot, 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180

    Join Claire O'Neill & Kathy McGlathery for a lovely Biodiversity walk in the Fells exploring how seasons pass and shape our plants and wildlife in our beautiful urban forest. We'll enjoy, observe and record the flora and fauna in various locations of the woods, starting from the Flynn Rink parking lot.

    This is part of Earthwise Aware's biodiversity and phenology studies that collect data about the impact of climate change on the synchronicity of fauna and flora phenophases (i.e., observable stages or phases in the annual life cycle of a plant or animal that can be defined by a start and endpoint). This is a great way opportunity to learn how to be alert and in tune with our environment, and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy, etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our fall group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • August 28, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sana Access Rd (GPS location in Registration)

    Join brothers and Earthwise Aware (EwA) citizen scientists, Joe and Bill MacIndewar, for a casual walk focusing on observing and recording the incredible biodiversity of the Middlesex Fells Reservation. With these walks and through the EwA photo documentation using the iNaturalist platform, we contribute to biodiversity science while enjoying together the outdoors in this beautiful urban park.

    No expertise required / beginners welcome! You can prepare for the walk by downloading the iNaturalist app and creating a free account. Check out the 'EwA at the Fells' iNaturalist project to see 2500+ species that we documented so far in the park. Send us your iNaturalist username, and you'll get the change to have your observations count in our studies! There is always something new to discover and add to this growing list!

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Difficulty: Easy. 

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our fall group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

     Why limit the number of attendees? EwA caps the attendance size of its events so that they remain low impact and ethical for the wildlife and habitats that we document. 

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • September 08, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Long Pond Parking Lot

    The Earthwise Aware's naturalist team introduces how to document the Fells' ecological communities at risk in a fast-changing world. Join us!

    This is an opportunity to get introduced to their community science program and team. You will help the team record bird movement, observe seasonal phases on fauna and flora, monitor bio-pollution, and map habitat fragmentation. It's also a chance to learn new skills and join the team & effort ツ 

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration are required for all of our group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    Hiking pace: Moderate-to-fast when possible–yet very quietly–on the lookout for any kind of signs. Wear long pants and sturdy boots. This is a great opportunity to learn how to be alert and in tune with our environment and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles while contributing to science.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors.

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

    • September 11, 2021
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot, 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180

    Join Claire O'Neill & Kathy McGlathery for a lovely Biodiversity walk in the Fells exploring how seasons pass and shape our plants and wildlife in our beautiful urban forest. We'll enjoy, observe and record the flora and fauna in various locations of the woods, starting from the Flynn Rink parking lot.

    This is part of Earthwise Aware's biodiversity and phenology studies that collect data about the impact of climate change on the synchronicity of fauna and flora phenophases (i.e., observable stages or phases in the annual life cycle of a plant or animal that can be defined by a start and endpoint). This is a great way opportunity to learn how to be alert and in tune with our environment, and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Difficulty: Easy to Moderate 

    ◇ What to Wear & Bring: Although these will be slow-paced hikes, please dress appropriately and consider wearing long pants (for the possibility of ticks, poison ivy, etc.) and sturdy hiking shoes. Bring water. Also, know that there is no bathroom in the forest.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: Please note that space is strictly limited, and pre-registration will be required for all of our fall group events ⚠ no on-site registrations will be permitted. Register here today » Thanks!

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org

    ⓘ EwA Citizen Science Programs » www.earthwiseaware.org/citizen-science/

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #phenology #conservation #citizenScience #science

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