Friends of the Middlesex
Fells Reservation
Dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells

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    • November 19, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Long Pond Parking Lot, 524-530 S Border Rd, Winchester.
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • November 20, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Long Pond Parking Lot, Winchester, MA

    We welcome you to take a peep and/or help us gathering science field information relating to plants, birds, and insects at the Fells. In the end, it's likely that you'll love it so much that you'll want to join our group of citizen scientists.

    In the course of 3+ hours, we survey 6 sites (4 plant phenology sites + 2 arthropod monitoring sites). We also monitor bird activity at 2 ponds. We'll record information following nationally standardized phenology and biodiversity protocols (and fed to shared global platforms).

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors.

    ⚠️ Hiking pace between sites: Fast. Between sites, we will hike relatively fast 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 -in tune with our environment- and to discover our urban woodland's biodiversity and cycles while contributing to science.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: This is an RSVP event. Please make sure you only register if you are committed to attending and cancel your ticket if your plans change so as not to limit opportunity for others. We will email you when necessary if there is any change plan due to weather and other reasons. Register here » Thanks!

    ⓘ About our Citizen Science Programs » https://tinyurl.com/ewa-citizen-science

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

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

    • November 25, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Middlesex Fells, Medford High School Parking Lot, Medford

    This is a great community-based conservation initiative for advancing ecosystem and wildlife conservation. The EwA Vernal Pool Awareness & Protection program helps the protection of the vernal pools and wetland habitats of the Middlesex Fells Reservation through science, partnerships, and education.

    This program is about scientific research and wetland conservation efforts paired with a training experience for our guests and new volunteers. The program focuses on the vernal pools of the Middlesex Fells Reservation that are not yet ‘certified’ (following the definition of Vernal Pools as defined by the State of Massachusetts). Working with local herpetologists, our goal is to certify those potential pools so that they get protected under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act regulations. Doing so, we close species migration gaps between the non-certified and certified pools, therefore directly improving the conservation of wetland species, and specifically of the species of the Fells.

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: This is an RSVP event. Please make sure you only register if you are committed to attending and cancel your ticket if your plans change so as not to limit opportunity for others. We will email you when necessary if there is any change plan due to weather and other reasons. Register here today » Thanks! 

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org
    ⓘ About EwA Citizen Science Program » https://tinyurl.com/ewa-citizen-science

    #nature #ecology #biodiversity #herpetology #conservation #citizenScience #science
    • November 26, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Gate 16, 83 Hillcrest Parkway, Winchester
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • December 03, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Upper Sheepfold Parking Lot, Route 28, Stoneham
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • December 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Bear Hill parking lot, a little before 100 Fallon Road in Stoneham. It's just past the underpass for 93 on the left.
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • December 14, 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flynn Rink Parking Lot, Medford, MA 02155

    Join Laura & Claire for a lovely Biodiversity walk in the Fells exploring how seasons pass affect 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 our effort to study biodiversity and 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.

    If we pass by our study sites in that area, we'll also record information following nationally standardized phenology protocols (and fed to shared global platforms).

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors.

    ⓘ Details & Registration: This is an RSVP event. If you intend to come, we ask that you let us know, so that we can communicate with you about what to wear and what to bring, as well as to be able to inform you if there is any change plan due to weather and other reasons. Register here today » Thanks!

    ✉ For any question, you can contact Claire at citizenscience@earthwiseaware.org
    ⓘ About EwA Citizen Science Programs » https://tinyurl.com/ewa-citizen-science

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

    • December 17, 2019
    • 9:15 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Bellevue Pond, South Border Road Parking Lot, Medford MA


    Celebrate the Solstice at Bellevue Pond

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019
    9:15 AM - 11:30 AM

    Leader:  Boot Boutwell

    The Winter Solstice approaches.  We are nearing the beginning of winter and the shortest day of the year.  We’ll take a stroll through the Bellevue Pond area and take a walk up Pine Hill to Wright’s Tower to get a good look at the sun. We’ll talk about the winter solstice and what it means using poetry, lore and science.  And as usual, we’ll also focus on plant ID as well as fun and interesting natural history about the plants which we see. 

    Meet at the Bellevue Pond parking lot on South Border Rd. in Medford. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels.

    Contact:  Boot (781-729-4712)

    • December 17, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Flynn Rink, 300 Elm St, Medford
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • December 31, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180
    Register

    Babes in the Woods | Hike ‘n’ SeekHike and Seek Program

    Hike and Seek is a nature-themed scavenger hunt for young hikers (toddler through school-aged kids) and their caregivers. For caregivers with children young enough to carry on a conventional, adult-paced hike, please join us for Babes in the Woods at 11:00am! 

    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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Costumes are encouraged, but not required, on this special Hike 'n' Seek!

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 
    https://www.facebook.com/BabesinWoodsFells/


    • December 31, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    • Greenwood Park Parking Lot 176 Pond St Stoneham, MA 02180
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • January 07, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Bellevue Pond, 68 South Border Rd, Medford
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


    • January 14, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham
    Register

    Babes in the Woods Program

    Since 1999, Babes in the Woods is the Friends of the Fells’ 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. 

    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 if it is raining or snowing.

    Check our Facebook page for the latest details: 

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


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