Events of Interest


Now through November 15, 2018 
Exhibit:  Nature photography by Barbara Peskin on display
Map room at Lincoln’s Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA 
Lincoln’s Bemis Hall, Lincoln, MA (Bemis Hall info)

Saturday, November 3 
Natural History Walk at Smith in Littleton 
Smith, Littleton 
Join SVT Land Steward and Ashley Davies to explore the varied historical uses of this land by examining existing plants, stone walls, cart paths, rock formations, and other clues.  Past uses include agriculture, tree farms, a small quarry, and areas of woods relatively untouched (an uncommon occurrence).  Free.  
 Registration required: or call 978-443-5588, ext. 123. 

Saturday, November 3 
Thoreau’s Journeys in the Maine Woods 
1-2:30 PM 
Walden Pond Visitor Center, 915 Walden Street, Concord, MA
Thoreau went on three life-changing journeys to Maine - Katahdin (Set. 1846), Chesuncook (Sept. 1853) and the Allegash and East Branch (July-August 1857).  Join Paul Johnson, a member of Maine Woods Forever and a retired Maine fisheries biologist, in the Walden Pond Visitor Center for a talk on the Maine Woods and waters visited by Thoreau.  Attendees will learn about the trail created in 2007 to honor Thoreau and his guide.  Explore the trail that inspired Thoreau’s writing. 

Sunday, November 4 
Natural History Walk at Ashland Town Forest and Cowassock Woods 
10-12:30 PM 
Ashland Town Forest, Ashland; Cowassock Woods, Framingham 
Rob St. Germain, an SVT volunteer preserve steward, leads a fascinating walk through this landscape whose known history includes both Native American and Salem Witch Trial references.  Also learn about current forest management strategies for this lovely property.  Registration required: or call 978-443-5588, ext. 123.  Free.  

Monday, November 5 
Hiking the Bay Circuit Circuit Trail:  A Video Journal 
7 PM - 8:30 PM
Wolbalch Farm, Sudbury 
Alan French, founder of the Bay Circuit Alliance, and Dan and Marilyn Brielmann will present a multimedia tour of the Bay Circuit Trail, a 200-mile natural wonder that arcs around the city of Boston from Newburyport to Kingston.    Registration required: or call 978-443-5588, ext. 123.  Free.FREE

Tuesday, November 6 

Thursday, November 8 
The Benefits of Trees:  To our Planet and Ourselves 
7:30-9 pm 
19 Carter, Berlin 
This talk was inspired by Peter Wohlleben’s “The Hidden Life of Trees.”  Most of us appreciate trees for the aesthetic benefits, or for the shade they provide on a hot day.  But there’s more to know about the incredible extent of the impact trees have on our climate, our economy, and our psyches.  She will delve into the many reasons trees - in both urban, suburban and wilderness settings - are important for the well-being of our planet and our species, and also explore some of the fascinating strategies healthy trees and forests use to survive and thrive. Registration required: or call 978-443-5588, ext. 123.  Free.

Wednesday, November 7 
Concord Area Humanists, “Saving Massachusetts Forests for Climate, Nature, and People” 
7 PM 
Parish Hall, First Parish, 100 Lexington Road 
Forests are vital in storing carbon to fight climate change; providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife; preserving historic and sacred sites; and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation.  Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to resource extraction.  We must protect our forests.  Michael Kellett is cofounder and executive director of “RESTORE:  The North Woods,’ a Massachusetts-based conservation organization.  Having over 30 years of experience working to create national parks and wilderness, save forests, and protect wildlife, he will review our challenges and strategies for solving them.  Questions?  Email Pamela Dritt, and Franklin Davis,

Thursday, November 15 
Public Forum to Share Ideas about Creating an Acton Agricultural Commission and Becoming a Right to Farm Community
7 PM 
Acton Town Hall, Faulkner Room 204 
The goal is to bring two motions to Acton Town Meeting in April 2019.  Another public forum will be offered in January 2019.  Questions?  Please contact Natural Resources, 978-929-6634

Friday, November 16 
 Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing given in absentia to Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Mary Oliver in absentia
6 PM    
Chapel, Concord Academy, 166 Main Street Concord. 
Accepting on behalf of Mary Oliver will be Diane Ackerman, best-selling poet, novelist, and non-fiction writer, recipient of the 2015 Henry David Thoreau Prize and Pulitzer Prize Finalist.  Ms. Ackerman will speak about her own work as a nature writer before discussing Mary Oliver’s splendid work and reading from her poetry.

 Tuesday, November 20 
 Concord's Sustainability Division - One Year 
 7:30 AM-9 AM 
Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Clocktower Room, Concord, MA
The presenter at this coffee will be Kate Hanley, Concord’s Director of Sustainability, who has now been in her job for a year.  This job was originally created by the Town’s Energy Futures Task Force (EFTF) and made official after a vote of the Concord Town Meeting in the spring of 2017.  Kate came to Concord after working with the Environmental Defense Fund managing their graduate fellowship program, the EDF Climate Corps.  Come early and enjoy hot beverages and tasty local breakfast goodies at the “Climate Cafe."

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