Events of Interest


Wednesday, October 2


 7:00 p. m.

Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St., Acton, MA

Historians have spoken often of the Americas as a “New World” without ever delving into what that meant to 17th century explorers and settlers from Europe. National Park Service Ranger John McNiff relates how the expectations of the earliest “New” England explorers and settlers – about the climate, landscape, and even the appearance of the indigenous people – abruptly confronted a much harsher reality. Acton Memorial Library; free.


Thursday, October 3


  7:00 p.m.

Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St., Acton, MA

Native Americans have lived and prospered for close to 10,000 years in our area. Tonya Largy, Past President of the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and Wayland resident, will discuss several interesting archaeological projects carried out in our locality.  She will discuss how archaeologists learn from several lines of evidence, including stone tools, ceramics, and the remains of animals and plants found during excavations, and how dates are obtained from these materials. Acton Memorial Library; free.


Friday, October 4

Exploring Plant and Animal Habitats at Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard, MA

10:11:30 AM

Horse Meadows Knoll, Harvard, MA

The recently protected Horse Meadows Knoll has a fascinating variety of habitats for all sorts of wildlife.  SVT Land Steward Kristin O’Brien will explain the differences in habitat types - wetlands, upland forest, vernal pools, and rocky outcrops - and highlight the plants and animals that call them home.  SVT members:  Free, Non-Members:  $10 REGISTRATION REQUIRED at


Saturday, October 5

Discover Oak Hill and Tophet Chasm

10 am-noon

Oak Hill, Littleton, MA

Hike up Oak Hill with Bill Brown of the Littleton Conservation Trust (LCT).  See the geologically significant Tophet Chasm, where glacial Lake Nashua drained and cut a deep chasm.  Visit the highest point in Littleton and enjoy the vista at Lookout Rock.  The walk is 2.5 miles and ascends 400’.  Co-Sponsored by LCT.  Free.  REGISTRATION REQUIRED at


Saturday, October 5

Grand Opening:  Boroughs Loop Trail  

9 AM

Algonquin Regional High School, Northborough 

SVT has collaborated with residents of Marlborough, Southborough, Westborough, and Northborough as they have connected their trail networks into a regional trail.  The new 33 mile Boroughs Loop Trail links walking trails, bike paths, aqueduct trails, and sidewalks to encourage everyone to explore the Boroughs’ beauty.  Come to the Grand Opening and enjoy a guided hike on part of the trail.  Additional guided hikes will take place on all parts of the loop throughout October.  More details at REQUIRED at


Saturday, October 5

2019 Iron Work Farm Annual Meeting and Open Tap Room

4-8 PM

Jones Tavern, 128 Main Street

Opening reception of the Iron Work Farm Annual Meeting   to order, when the members will choose officers and directors, and name the IWF Volunteer of the Year.

At 4:15 the old Jones Tavern taproom will open for our yearly fundraiser, with  selection of craft-brewed beer from True West Brewery, and fresh-pressed cider by Pony Sck Cider.  $25 adult admission to the Tap Room includes three drink tickets.  Tickets are limited, and reservations for the Open Tap Room are recommended, through ironwork


Wednesday, October 9


 7:00 p. m.

Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St., Acton, MA

In his vivid travelogue through prehistory, author Craig Childs traces the arrivals at least twenty thousand years ago of North America’s first peoples and the artifacts that tell of their lives and fates. Part adventurer, part archaeologist, Childs visits various sites and connects what has been found at each to theories about how people first arrived there. Copies of the book will be available for loan at the library in September. Acton Memorial Library; free.


Thursday, October 10


 7:00 p. m

Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St., Acton, MA

David DeMello, Museum Director, Robbins Museum of Archaeology, speaks about the journey of the First People in the Northeast as interpreted from the archaeological record. We follow them as they adapt their lifestyles to the changing environment, starting with the last glaciation and continuing to the contact period. Acton Memorial Library; free.


Sunday, October 13

Breakfast at Fort Pond

8-11 AM

8 Kaleva Road, Littleton (on the Acton line), off Central Street

Choice of eggs/homefries or pancakes with sausage or bacon, plus Finnish sweet bread (nisu) beverages.  Second Sunday of each month through November.  Sponsor:  Finnish Knights and Ladies of Kaleva.


Sunday, October 13, 2019  (Rain Date, Saturday, November 2)

Oxen Logging Demonstration at Wetherbee Woods (Acton)  - followed by Bird/Nature Walk of Wetherbee Conservation Land.

1-3 PM

Park on Wetherbee Street near the Wetherbee Conservation Land sign - carpooling encouraged

Join the Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) and landowners of the Wetherbee Woods for an old fashioned logging demonstration using their heritage breed oxen.   You will meet Natalie and Norm, and their team, “Phil" & “Kent”, learn about Randall Oxen, how to train and care for them, their special yokes, and why they are the “green” way to help manage a forest.


Afterward we will enjoy an Autumn Birding and Nature Walk of the Wetherbee Conservation Land in Acton, led by local birder, Al Sgroi; we will begin at the wooded edge of the farm field next to Rt. 2.

The Wetherbee Conservation Land is a 73 acre conservation area in East Acton.  Enjoy the agricultural vista while Al introduces us to late season swallows, American tree sparrows, Carolina Wrens, Cedar Waxwings, Dark-Eyed Juncos, and Eastern Bluebirds, and possibly some raptors.  We will also take some time to appreciate the the scenic Route 2 Farmland placed in Article 97 Protection in 2009, preventing its sale for development.  Together, these lands create the Agricultural Gateway to Acton.  This was made possible by the joint efforts of SVT, Towns officials  of Concord and Acton, and ACT.

We will loop back to the beginning for refreshments! Please bring binoculars and come dressed for ticks and sprayed for mosquitos.   Please RSVP to ACT President, Susan Mitchell-Hardt at or phone 978-369-9264.


Wednesday, October 16


 7:00 p.m.

Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main St., Acton, MA

Eric Johnson, Lecturer in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst Anthropology Department, provides a retrospective on the 1980 laboratory analysis and results from the excavation of this remarkable site in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He discusses the identification of animals now or recently extinct in Massachusetts, how the site was used as a winter home 4,000 years ago, and how people lived through New England winters without the modern conveniences we know.  Acton Memorial Library; free




1-3 PM

Wright Hill Conservation Restriction at the top of Wright Terrace, West Acton;

Park on the grass to the right of the driveway marked with stone pillars, head in, tail out, as close together as possible.

 Join the Acton Conservation Trust Community Service project to remove the bittersweet vines that are strangling some of the good trees on the Wright Hill Conservation Land.  We will pull or cut away the most harmful vines and collect them for removal. Depending on turnout, we may also install some trail signs.  Light refreshments will follow.

Wear boots or sturdy shoes, as the terrain is very weedy and uneven, and long sleeves and pants.  There is likely to be some poison ivy.  Spray for ticks and mosquitos. 

Bring work gloves and clippers or loppers if you own them.  We will supply some similar tools.

For details and to sign up, please contact Linda McElroy at; or Jim Salem,;  or Susan Mitchell-Hardt,


Sunday, October 20

Fascinating Fall Fungi

1:30-3:30 PM

Walkup-Robinson property, GPS address approximately 400 Friberg Parkway, Westborough.  

Discover mushrooms and other fall fungi with mycologist Larry Millman, author of “Fascinating Fungi of New England”, the first-ever guidebook devoted exclusively to New England species.  He will focus on mushroom ecology and mushroom identification rather than on edibility.   Slow walk on woodland trails with mild hills.  Space is limited to 18, Registration Required, email 

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Saturday, October 26

Glacial Features Walk   

9:30 AM - noon

Gray Reservation, Sudbury

Learn about the geophysical events that shaped SVT’s Gray Reservation and the Town of Sudbury Haynes Meadow Conservation Land, and see where the passage of glaciers left marks on these properties  Led by Bruce Porter, SVT volunteer, physicist, and Science Olympiad Coach for the Glaciers Competition.  Free. REGISTRATION REQUIRED at


Tuesday, October 29

Nature Connection Annual Meeting,

6-7;30 PM

The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Main Gallery, 40 Stow St., Concord, MA

Refreshments served; Remarks begin at 6:30 PM.  Guest Speaker, Michelle, Behr, Life Enrichment Director, Rivercrest Rehab and Nursing at Newbury Court. Please RSVP to Jennifer Reilly, Marketing and Communications Manager,, 978-369-2585. 



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