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    • January 19, 2020
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham
    Register

    DCR Winter Interpretive Programs

    "The Lost Mill Village of the Middlesex Fells"

    Presented by Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox

    Sunday, Jan. 19, 3:00p-4:30p

    Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox discuss their award-winning book The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells, which chronicles the history of mills on Spot Pond Brook, flowing from Spot Pond in Stoneham to the Mystic River in Charlestown. In a series of engaging stories, Heath and Simcox describe how families battled over water rights and dealt with the fast-paced changes occurring in the world.

    Refreshments and hot cocoa will be provided!

    Location:  Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham

    Contact:  Trek Reef, Visitor Services Supervisor, trek.reef@mass.gov

    Things to Know Before You Go:

    • All DCR programs are free and open to the public!
    • All children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request
    • Dress for the weather and include winter gear and sunscreen for exposed skin (yes, you can get a sunburn in the winter!)
    • Only severe weather cancels outdoor programming
    • Parking is free at the Fells.  Please see program details for best parking location.
    • For more information, directions, or accessibility questions please call:  617-727-1199 ext. 1.
    • January 21, 2020
    • 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/


    • January 25, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Oak Grove T Station West, 287 Washington St., Malden, MA 02148
    DCR Winter Interpretive Programs

    Out of the City & Into the Woods Hike

    Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Get out of the city via the Orange Line for a few hours and explore one of Massachusetts' first public reservations!  This 3.7 mile hike traverses rocky outcrops, providing a variety of scenic views.  Wear appropriate hiking shoes and winter gear.  Bring a water bottle and snacks. 

    Rain or shine; meet our Visitor Services Supervisor right at Oak Grove T Station!

    Contact:  Trek Reef, Visitor Services Supervisor, trek.reef@mass.gov

    Things to Know Before You Go:

    • All DCR programs are free and open to the public!
    • All children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request
    • Dress for the weather and include winter gear and sunscreen for exposed skin (yes, you can get a sunburn in the winter!)
    • Only severe weather cancels outdoor programming
    • Parking is free at the Fells.  Please see program details for best parking location.
    • For more information, directions, or accessibility questions please call:  617-727-1199 ext. 1.
    • January 26, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Sheepfold kiosk, Fells Path, Stoneham

    DCR Winter Interpretive Programs

    Three Reservoirs Hike

    Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Looking to spend an afternoon in the woods? Join us for a moderate 5.2 mile guided hike around the North, Middle, and South Reservoirs of the Western Fells! Wear appropriate hiking shoes and winter gear. Bring a bottle of water & a snack. Kids 8+ welcome!

    Rain or shine; meet at Sheepfold kiosk, Fells Path, Stoneham

    Contact:  Trek Reef, Visitor Services Supervisor, trek.reef@mass.gov

    Things to Know Before You Go:

    • All DCR programs are free and open to the public!
    • All children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request
    • Dress for the weather and include winter gear and sunscreen for exposed skin (yes, you can get a sunburn in the winter!)
    • Only severe weather cancels outdoor programming
    • Parking is free at the Fells.  Please see program details for best parking location.
    • For more information, directions, or accessibility questions please call:  617-727-1199 ext. 1.
    • January 28, 2020
    • 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/


    • February 04, 2020
    • 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/


    • February 08, 2020
    • 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 Earthwise Aware 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 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 / What to Wear: Hiking boots. Dress very warm. Consider wearing microspikes or bringing hiking poles.

    ⓘ 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

    • February 11, 2020
    • 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/


    • February 18, 2020
    • 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/


    • February 18, 2020
    • 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/


    • February 19, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Long Pond Parking Lot, Winchester, MA

    The Earthwise Aware Citizen Science group assesses & documents Fells' ecological communities at risk in a fast-changing World. This is an opportunity to get introduced to EwA's community science program and its team. The session is also about work with a focus on listening, observing and recording. You'll probably like it so much that you'll want to join the effort ツ

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Rendezvous: Long Pond is a placeholder location. The location might change depending on needs and conditions and EwA will communicate this via emails to the attendees (you need to register to be updated). 

    ⚠️ Hiking pace: Moderate to fast. The pace is relatively 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.

    ⓘ 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. (If) Change of rendezvous or cancellation due to weather or for any other reasons, this will be communicated via email. Register here » 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

    • February 25, 2020
    • 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/


    • March 03, 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/


    • March 10, 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/


    • March 14, 2020
    • 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 Earthwise Aware 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 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 / What to Wear: Hiking boots. Dress very warm. Consider wearing microspikes or bringing hiking poles.

    ⓘ 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

    • March 18, 2020
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Long Pond Parking Lot, Winchester, MA

    The Earthwise Aware Citizen Science group assesses & documents Fells' ecological communities at risk in a fast-changing World. This is an opportunity to get introduced to EwA's community science program and its team. The session is also about work with a focus on listening, observing and recording. You'll probably like it so much that you'll want to join the effort ツ

    Age: Adults (16+) & Seniors / Rendezvous: Long Pond is a placeholder location. The location might change depending on needs and conditions and EwA will communicate this via emails to the attendees (you need to register to be updated). 

    ⚠️ Hiking pace: Moderate to fast. The pace is relatively 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.

    ⓘ 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. (If) Change of rendezvous or cancellation due to weather or for any other reasons, this will be communicated via email. Register here » 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

    • April 24, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flynn Rink Parking Lot, Medford, MA 02155

    We’re Getting Ready for the 2020 City Biodiversity Challenge!

    Between April 24th and 27th, many cities across the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2020 City Nature Challenge (CNC).

    EwA and the Friends of the Fells are participating in this year’s challenge! This is a great opportunity to learn what you can do to help climate and wildlife science. We'll also show you how to add research value to your observations. On April 24th and 26th, join us and together let’s observe & record what we see!

    ⓘ This is an RSVP / Registration event. Please register if you intend to attend > https://ewa-2020-urban-wildlife-quest-at-the-fells.eventbrite.com

    This is a limited size participant event, and there is an ecological reason for that: it is critical that we do not overwhelm any habitat by having too many people in a single spot at a time. Another reason is that we favor event quality over attendance quantity.

    Directions: We'll meet at the Flynn Rink parking lot in the Fells and wait about 5 minutes for the attendees who registered for the event. Then, we'll get to the area in the Fells that we want to survey that day. Please arrive on time so that we avoid having to repeat instructions and slow down the survey and competition. Thanks!

    Details of this global Challenge & this event particularly » https://www.earthwiseaware.org/2020-city-nature-challenge/

    [Instructions]

    Weather: Event will happen Rain or Shine. If we have to cancel for bad weather, we will email the attendees. 

    What to Upload:

    To simplify the process, and make sure that our sightings will indeed be counted as part of the challenge, we ask the participants to upload the iNat app on their phone, or pair with someone who will have a mobile device. Check our EwA 2020 CNC post for instructions » https://www.earthwiseaware.org/2020-city-nature-challenge/

    What to Wear & Bring: 

    • Make sure to wear long pants, and preferably long shirts (and avoid bites & scratches), and good sturdy shoes.
    • Please bring your own water and snacks. This event is about Nature so that we protect it better. Then naturally we won't provide single-usage bottles of water or anything plastic-wrapped snack.
    • Don't forget your smart device, or bring a camera if you're not using your phone (making sure that the GPS location will be registered for later recording on iNat).

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

    #citizenScience #biodiversity #conservation #UrbanQuest #CityNatureChallenge #CNC2020

    • April 26, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Flynn Rink Parking Lot, Medford, MA 02155

    We’re Getting Ready for the 2020 City Biodiversity Challenge!

    Between April 24th and 27th, many cities across the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2020 City Nature Challenge (CNC).

    EwA and the Friends of the Fells are participating in this year’s challenge! This is a great opportunity to learn what you can do to help climate and wildlife science. We'll also show you how to add research value to your observations. On April 24th and 26th, join us and together let’s observe & record what we see!

    ⓘ This is an RSVP / Registration event. Please register if you intend to attend > https://ewa-2020-urban-wildlife-quest-at-the-fells.eventbrite.com

    This is a limited size participant event, and there is an ecological reason for that: it is critical that we do not overwhelm any habitat by having too many people in a single spot at a time. Another reason is that we favor event quality over attendance quantity.

    Directions: We'll meet at the Flynn Rink parking lot in the Fells and wait about 5 minutes for the attendees who registered for the event. Then, we'll get to the area in the Fells that we want to survey that day. Please arrive on time so that we avoid having to repeat instructions and slow down the survey and competition. Thanks!

    Details of this global Challenge & this event particularly » https://www.earthwiseaware.org/2020-city-nature-challenge/

    [Instructions]

    Weather: Event will happen Rain or Shine. If we have to cancel for bad weather, we will email the attendees. 

    What to Upload:

    To simplify the process, and make sure that our sightings will indeed be counted as part of the challenge, we ask the participants to upload the iNat app on their phone, or pair with someone who will have a mobile device. Check our EwA 2020 CNC post for instructions » https://www.earthwiseaware.org/2020-city-nature-challenge/

    What to Wear & Bring: 

    • Make sure to wear long pants, and preferably long shirts (and avoid bites & scratches), and good sturdy shoes.
    • Please bring your own water and snacks. This event is about Nature so that we protect it better. Then naturally we won't provide single-usage bottles of water or anything plastic-wrapped snack.
    • Don't forget your smart device, or bring a camera if you're not using your phone (making sure that the GPS location will be registered for later recording on iNat).

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

    #citizenScience #biodiversity #conservation #UrbanQuest #CityNatureChallenge #CNC2020

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