Events of Interest

Saturday, December 21 

 Winter Solstice 

The Old Manse, 269 Monument Street, Concord, 

6-7:30 PM 

Warm the spirit on the longest night of the year at the candle and bonfire lit evening on the back lawn of the Old Manse,.  Sing-a-long with Voices for the Earth Chorus and dance to drum rhythms.  Hot cider and the makings of s’mores provided.  Free and open to the public. 


Sunday, December 29 60th Annual Concord Christmas Bird Count; National Audubon’s 120th Winter Bird Count

Midnight to midnight

The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, Christmas Bird Count provides critical data on population trends.  Tens of thousands of participants know that it is also a lot of fun.  Data from over 2000 circles are entered after the count and become available to query under the Data and Research link.Find a count near you and sign up to participate.  Please visit for more information.  For more information re: Acton area (Acton, Littleton, Harvard, and Westford), contact Andy Magee, 978-263-0683,


Wednesday, January 1 

First Day Hike 

9-10 AM 

Fruitlands, 90 Prospect St., Harvard, MA

Kick off a healthy, active, nature filled New Year with this First Day Hike on the trails of Fruitlands Museum!  Museum staff will lead this guided hike on the yellow trail to the Willard Farmhouse archeological site.  Learn about the history of the site as you stroll this 3/4 mile loop on easy going terrain.  Program is recommended for ages 10 and up.  Be sure to dress for the weather!  We will proceed in cold temperatures  Please note that space is limited and pre-registration required.  Members Free, Non member $5.  A second first Day hike will be held in the afternoon at 1 PM.  For more information, cshortliffe@the  

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Sunday, January 12 

Grand Opening Walk at Smith Conservation Land 

1-3 PM 

Smith Conservation land, Littleton 

Now that the trails are blazed, the kiosk is up, and the parking area created, SVT is inviting our conservation partners from the Harvard Conservation Commission and Littleton Conservation Trust to help celebrate this collaboration.  Please join us for a winter walk of the newly opened Smith Conservation and - led by Dan Stimson, Assistant Director of Stewardship. It is important that those planning to attend take a moment to register.  There is not enough parking at the property so we will be shuttling together from a nearby lot.  We need an accurate number and a contact information for those participating. Get more details and register today.  Free.


Wednesday, January 22 

The Health of Our Local Rivers:  The Assabet, Concord and Sudbury 

1-2:30 PM 

Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road, Acton

Is it safe to eat the fish from the Assabet River?  Can I dip my toes in the Concord River?  Our local rivers are natural and historic treasures.  How healthy are they?  Alison Field-Juma, Executive Director of OARS, the watershed organization for the Assabet, Concord and Sudbury Rivers, will present the first-ever River Health Report Card for these three rivers.  The Report Card and its grades were developed through extensive community engagement and aim to reflect local values and issues.  Join us for a fascinating discussion of what the Assabet River’s grades mean for Acton.  Find out how we can raise the grades and build sustainable water resource management.  Organized by the Green Acton Water Committee.


Sunday, January 26, 

Dr. Robert Gegear on Native Plants and Pollinators:  Biodiversity and Climate Resilience 

1 PM 

Bemis Hall, Lincoln

Presentation by Dr. Rob Gegear, Professor at UMass Dartmouth.  Will speak about the important relationships between native plants and pollinators in the larger  ecological context.  Free.  Open to all.


Friday, January 31 

Creature Feature!  Birds of Prey 

6:30 PM 

Acton Recreation Center, 50 Audubon Drive 

$5/person.  This event is for ages 6 - Adult only.  Sorry no children under 6 permitted.  

Snow date, Friday, Feb. 21, 1 PM  Live Show featuring 5 raptors like eagles, hawks, falcons, and owls.




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