Events of Interest

Please Note:  Before attending events not listed as cancelled; please check event websites, Facebook pages, and contact information for updates. 

Many organizations including ACT, are adjusting their activities calendar as the coronavirus situation evolves.

 

Tuesday, March 3 through April 30

An Eye for Trees" Exhibit 

Acton Memorial Library, Main, Street, Acton “

 Images Inspired by Thoreau’s way of seeing trees’ by Richard Higgins, photographer and author of “Thoreau and the Language of Trees”

Trees in Concord and surrounding towns including Acton, sometimes the same tree in different seasons. 


Sunday, March 15 - CANCELLED  

The Condor and the Eagle - award winning documentary screening 

3-5 PM 

Littleton HS. Performing Arts Center

 Four indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian plains to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of Climate Justice.  Screening and Fundraiser to benefit UU Indigenous Solidarity ministries, and historic Nashoba Praying Indians Strawberry Moon Unity Powwow in Littleton 6/20/20.  Coordinated by the Environmental Action Group at the First Parish Unitarian Church Littleton.

 

Sunday, March 15 

The Ice Industry in Acton and New England -CANCELLED - to be re-scheduled 

 4 PM 

Acton Historical Society, 300 Main Street. 

Come join Acton historians Bill Klauer and Larry Kerpelman to hear the story of ice harvesting in Acton and New England during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The presentation will feature vintage photos, a film clip, and original ice harvesting tools.  The talk will cover the history of ice cutting technologies and markets, the local Acton ice harvests, the international trade created by the Boston “Ice King” Frederic Tudor, and the demise of the ice trade following electric refrigeration.  All are welcome for this free presentation. 

 

Sunday, March 15  CANCELLED - Award Ceremony and Honeybee presentation to be rescheduled

Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) Annual Meeting

Acton Town Hall, 472 Main street, acton; Faulkner Room 204 

7 PM Brief Business Meeting & Board Elections

7:30 PM Annual Review and Awards Ceremony 

7:45 PM Guest Speaker:  Ken Warchol discusses “The Role of the Honeybee in Our Environment"

All ACT Members and others are invited to join us on Sunday, March 15, 7 PM, at Acton Town Hall, Room 204,  for a night with Ken Warchol, a veteran beekeeper who will share his knowledge, from a narrated visual presentation.  You will travel right inside a beehive to better understand the mysterious social insect and the role that it plays in humanity’s survival on earth.  Learn about the challenges honeybees face in our environment and find out how we can help this insect that is essential to our own survival.  Ken brings samples of a variety of honey for everyone to taste.  Free and open to the public.  Please join us and bring a friend.  Refreshments.  Please RSVP to ACT President, Susan Mitchell-Hardt, info@ActonConservationTrust.org or call 978-369-9264. 

 

Monday, March 23 - CANCELLED  - to be re-scheduled

Learning to be an Ally, Co-Conspirator and Accomplice to Indigenous People in Massachusetts 

7-8:30 PM 

Union Hall, First Religious Society of Carlisle, 27 School Street, Carlisle, MA 

Claudia Fox Tree, of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness, will be leading an interactive public discussion with the intent to deepen understanding of history and culture and introduce opportunities for partnership with indigenous people here in Massachusetts.  ACT members and friends who are interested in the relationship between first peoples and the land will find food for thought in this event.  A voluntary $5 donation to defray costs would be appreciated. 

 

Tuesday, March 24

What's Growing in Concord:  10 years on - a film screening and discussion

 7 pm

 Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Concord, MA 

Join the Concord Agricultural Committee for a screening of the short 2009 film “What’s Growing in Concord” followed by a panel discussion with local farmers about what has changed in the past 10 years and what has stayed the same. 

For more info, visit:  www.ConcordAgDay.com 

 

Wednesday, March 25 

12th Annual OARS Wild and Scenic  Film Festival   POSTPONED

7-10 PM; Doors open at 6 PM

 Maynard Fine Arts Theater Place, 19 Summer St., Maynard 

OARS hosts an evening of films from the nation's largest environmental film festival.   These engaging films inspire activism and transport audiences to the farthest reaches of the globe.  Enjoy fabulous film making, gorgeous cinematography, and wonderful storytelling during an evening that offers films about nature, communities, wildlife, environmental justice and indigenous cultures. Tickets are $15, $30 NEW membership to OARS + Admission. .  For more information, call 978-369-3956, visit www.oars3rivers.org or email office@oars3rivers.org. Order tickets  (advance purchase strongly recommended).   Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4072045

 

Thursday, March 26 - CANCELLED - to be re-scheduled in the Fall

Boxborough Conservation Trust’s Annual Meeting 

Keynote:  Dr. Robert J. Gegear, Conservation Ecologist on “The People-Pollinator-Biodiversity Connection"

6:30 PM 

Sargent Memorial Library, 427 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough 

Dr. Robert J. Gegear, Conservation Ecologist:  “The People-Pollinator-Biodiversity Connection"

A brief business meeting will precede the program.  Members of the public are welcome.  Refreshments provided.     

 

Saturday, March 28 

MLTC Conference CANCELLED

The annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference will be held on Saturday, March 28th in Worcester.  Hundreds of conservation practitioners attend this conference each year, energizing themselves with new connections and knowledge to apply to their work.  Over 30 workshops will cover topics ranging from conservation techniques to communications to climate resilience strategies.  We’ll be joined by keynote speaker Jad Daley, President and CEO of American Forests   He will talk about “How Land Conservation can unlock Forest-Climate Solutions”.   Click here    for details and a link to online registration.

 

Friday, April 3  

4th Annual Land and Water Legislative Breakfast 

8 AM   to 10 AM 

Stow Community Center, 511 Great Road, Stow 

Please join us for a discussion of conservation priorities with State Legislators from the SuAsCo watershed region.  This year’s breakfast will feature small group discussions on urgent topics such as carbon and the climate emergency, invasives and pollinators, PFAS and water pollution, regional stewardship priorities and the CPA and Article 97 land.  RSVP by March 27:  www.svtweb.org/breakfast.

 

Monday, April 6 

Acton Annual Town Meeting 

7 PM 

ABRHS Auditorium, 36 Charter Road, Acton, MA 

 

 

Tuesday, April 7

Acton’s Annual Town Meeting (continued) 

7 PM 

ABRHS Auditorium, 36 Charter Road, Acton, MA

 

Thursday, April 9 

Woodcock Walk at Morrison Farm

6:30-7:30 PM

Morrison Farm, 116 Concord Road, Acton; between Woodlawn Cemetery and Ice House Pond; Parking:  There is limited space by the barn so please use the Ice House Pond or the Soccer Field lots.  Carpool if possible. 

  Join the Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) to listen to and watch for the incredible American Woodcock sky dance.  The male’s display is a series of peents, twitters, and chirps as he prances on the ground, then spirals rapidly upward, circles and drifts down, whistling as he goes.  Since this is "crepuscular” or twilight-active bird, we will meet at sunset.

It’s hard to believe that the Town voted to buy the 32 acre historic Morrison Farm property in an override election back on May 13, 1997, 23 years ago!!! 

Since then it has become one of the Town’s favorite places to recreate - renting plots in the Community Garden, enjoying the Pam Resor apple orchard, birding down at the water along the Nashoba Brook riverine ecosystem, walking the fields and wooded trails, field training dogs, and much more.

 This walk will be led by  local birder and President of the Boxborough Conservation Trust, Rita Grossman.  She will introduce us to the fascinating courtship ritual.   Bring a flashlight 

for our 5 minute trail walk from meadow back to our cars.  Please also bring binoculars and come dressed for ticks and sprayed for mosquitos.  Please RSVP to ACT President, Susan Mitchell-Hardt, info@actonconservationtrust.org or phone 978-369-9264.

 

Sunday April 26 

Who’s Hiding in Vernal Pools?

1 PM 

Mall at Lincoln Station (145 Lincoln Rd) 

LLCT and Walden Woods Project are pleased to welcome Matt Burne back to Lincoln for his famous Vernal Pool Exploration!d  This popular program is family-friendly and fun for all  Free, but space is limited as we want to minimize our impact on the sensitive ecology of the vernal pool.  Please visit www.walden.org/events to register.

 

 

 

Guide to Acton Conservation Lands 

This wonderful 56 page guide was produced by the Land Stewardship Committee of Acton.  The aim of this field guide is to facilitate an accessible and enjoyable experience for Acton’s

 residents on the more than 1,650 acres of conservation land the Town now owns.  

The booklet can be purchased for $10 (cash or check) at the Acton Recreation Department, 50 Audubon Drive during business hours. 

 

 

 

 

 






 













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