Events of Interest November 26, 2021

Dear Acton Conservation Trust Members and Other Friends,

The following  news and events may be of interest:

Oxyporus Fungi in Camp Acton

Tuesday November 30, Boston Area Gleaners, Giving  Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global day of charitable giving, falling on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. As we enter the holiday season and approach winter, your Giving Tuesday donations will help fill two of our trucks with healthy produce for families and communities in need of food access.  One donation of $25 provides enough food to support a family of 4 for a week.  Donate before or on Tuesday, November 30th to help reach our goal.  Make a #Giving Tuesday gift today!

Tuesday, November 30, The  Walden Woods Project,  Giving Tuesday  
On Giving Tuesday Walden Woods will be raising money to bring school groups to Walden Woods. Transportation costs are one of the biggest limiting factors for schools when planning their field trips. As we reopen our in-person school group visits to Walden Pond, Walden Woods, and The Walden Woods Project Farm, we want to ensure that funding does not prevent students from visiting and participating in our education programs. You can make a Giving Tuesday donation towards transportation funding here:

Sunday, December 5
All Ages Hike at Town Forest sponsored by Groton Conservation Trust 
1:00 PM 
Groton Town Forest along the Nashua River 
Trustee Brian Bettencourt will lead an all ages hike at Groton Town Forest along the Nashua River.  This is an ideal event for families, Groton newcomers, or anyone just interested in enjoying a beautiful early winter walk. Hikers will enjoy a flat, easy path suitable for walkers of all ages.This event is free for all, but registration is required.

Tuesday December 7 
Public Forum to Discuss the Proposed Archaeology Bylaw
7 PM
Online Meeting, advance registration required.
An Archaeology Bylaw will allow an archaeological study to be done on any large parcel of undeveloped land (3+ acres) as part of the Town’s permitting process.  This bylaw is being formulated by a subcommittee of the Acton Historical Commission.

Landowner Webinar Series: Plan for Your Land
2nd Thursday of each month, November 2021 – April 2022, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Hosted by UMass MassWoods
This six-part webinar series for landowners will feature relevant professionals to provide information and help answer questions. Sign up for individual webinars or the entire series. Learn more and register.

  • December 9 – What’s my land worth financially and ecologically?
  • January 13 – Who will own my land next?
  • February 10 – How can I reduce my property taxes?
  • March 10 – How can I conserve my land? 
  • April 14 – What are the financial benefits of land 

Sunday, March 13 
Preview of ACT Annual Meeting:  New Conservation Strategies for the 21st Century – presented by Claudia Thompson
6:15PM Business Meeting; 7 PM – Presentation
Acton Town Hall, 472 Main Street, Room 204,  and/or Virtual 
Fight Climate Change with the following Nature Based Solution: Climate change and loss of biodiversity are the critical ecological challenges of our time.  To address these crises, conservation efforts must become much broader and more inclusive than has been the norm, so that they engage virtually all citizens throughout our communities.  The extent of our current human impact, and the fragmentation of our landscapes over the past one hundred years, clarify the need – every piece of land, large or small, public or private, deserves careful stewardship so that it becomes part of the solution instead of contributing to the problem.  Using her garden as a case study, Claudia will discuss valuable lessons learned over several decades as she transformed her small urban property into a landscape rich with habitat for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife.  Much can be achieved.  Indeed, the significant challenges before us are motivating many people to action.  The growing native plant movement, with its focus on landscapes as ecological systems, instead of gardens as adornments, is an essential component of 21st century conservation strategies.


Nature Walk video with Tom Tidman and Clare Seaton at Ice House Pond and Morrison Farm (35 min)

Ecosystem Services:  What Nature Does for Us and How We can Talk About It”- presented by SVT’s Christa Collins

Monarchs and Milkweed Recap – from Lincoln Land Conservation Trust’s program of August 11 about Monarch Butterflies. Dr. Martha Gach joined LLCT on a room call with about 30 participants to speak about these charismatic creatures!  Martha is the Education Manager at Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, and the president of the  Massachusetts Butterfly Club.

Harvard Conservation Trust presents Prof. Robert Thorson’s discussion of New England’s stone walls during HCT’s Speaker Series:  Harvard’s Stone Walls Mysteries Solved. The Harvard Conservation Trust hopes that you will enjoy this video.  Please consider supporting their efforts to preserve Harvard’s landscape and natural beauty.  Visit their website to join.

How to Preserve Pollination Systems Webinar focuses on how to create Public Display Native Pollination Preservation Gardens.  A recording of the webinar and links to all the resources discussed in the presentations are now available on the MCA Native Pollination Systems Task Force webpage.

 SVT’s Backyard Invasives from Kristin O’Brien’s talk on Tuesday, 9/14, and other resources. 

Bats, Behavior, and Wind Farms webinar from Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

Water Chestnut (Trapa natans) video provides a quick overview of this aquatic invasive plant. Created by Concord Land Conservation Trust’s  former Executive Director, Laney Widener Wilder. Visit to learn more about Concord Land Conservation Trust and their activities.


From Boston Area Gleaners:  The farming seasons is ending, but our volunteer projects will continue, and we could use your help!  While there may be fewer harvesting opportunities at this time of year, we plan on continuing to sort and pack food at Stonefield Farm every week.  This includes our ‘Just Eats’ grocery box packs every Wednesday and  Thursday, where we work together to fill family-sized boxes with produce and grocer staples.  Volunteer with the Gleaners!  Register here. We are also always looking for more ways to connect with more communities and new volunteers.  If you are part of a community that may be interested in working with the Gleaners, or have suggestions for volunteer outreach, please email us at

Associate Land Stewardship Committee member needed for Acton Canoe Launch and the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail. Duties are occasional summer mowing, periodic cutting of invasive knotweed, trimming overgrowth, walking the trail, picking up litter. Average time required, 1-2 hours per week year ‘round.

Seeking stewards to assist with Great Hill Conservation Land and Nashoba Brook Conservation Land. Please email Bettina Abe for more information or call 978-929-6634. 

Support Acton Conservation Trust while you make purchases on AmazonSmile!  ACT will receive a small payment, and these add up! From your desktop or laptop computer, AmazonSmile is available at at on your Web browser. Bookmark it for easy use! AmazonSmile is available from your mobile phone as well. To activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app, simply tap on “AmazonSmile” within the Programs & Features menu or Settings and follow the on-screen instructions.  


Walden Pond in Concord 7 am-4 pm 915 Walden;   978-369-3254, bridal paths, and farm roads.  Boat ramp Sunday – Saturday: 5 AM – 5:30 PM.Parking:  MA resident $8; Non-MA resident:  $30  Annual and senior passes NOT sold in park, use link to purchase a pass:

Emerson-Thoreau Amble, Concord, MA This Winter Hike is available for groups of 4 or more by reservation only.  Call 978-318-3061 or email to request your date and time.  Tours leave the Concord Visitor Center located at 58 Main Street Concord, MA, rain or shine.Adults (13+)  $20Youth (12 and under) $15Senior Citizens (65+) $15

Camp Acton is Open! Pope Road, Acton Fee is $25 per site reserved through he Recreation Department. Limited to 10 people per site.  Visit to learn more about Camp Acton. Please complete the registration form 48 business hours prior to desired reservation date. Payments are due upon reservation confirmation. Portable toilet on site. All users must follow social distancing, regulations and posted guidelines.  Please complete and send camp Acton Permit application via email to or fax to 978-929-6333. Please allow up to two business days to process.

Boxborough Birders is a local, all-volunteer group of bird watchers with varying levels of experience. Local walks in Boxborough, Acton, Harvard, Stow, Bolton, Littleton, are organized during spring and fall migration and occasionally beyond.   Our walks are free of charge and most are scheduled on weekends. (Due to Covid-19 pandemic, all scheduled walks for 2021 will be limited in size, masks will be worn, no shared equipment and social distancing required). Visit their website: for links to local birding spots, photos, and more.   You can sign up there to be on our mailing list and get all the information you need. We hope you will join us out on the trail soon.

Birding Kits available for curbside pick up
Acton Memorial Library, Main Street, Acton
The library has two Birding Kits available for loan to Acton residents. Each kit includes a canvas field bag with Eagle Optics 8 by 42 binoculars with case, Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Birding for the Curious, Town of Acton Guide to Conservation Lands and a laminated copy of Sibley’s Backyard Birds of the Northeast, a quick reference card. The kits circulate for two weeks. Acton residents may place a hold on a Birding Kit by contacting the Reference Desk, 978-929-6543 or email  Give your card number and phone number and the Circulation Department will call you when it is ready for curbside pickup.


Susan Mitchell-Hardt President, Acton Conservation Trust

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