Events of Interest April 11, 2024

Dear Friends and Acton Conservation Trust Members,

Bucolic scene from 32 Parker Street, Cucurbit Farm, Acton
Sunday, April 14 | Patriots’ Day Spirit at the Faulkner Homestead – read announcement below

The following events may be of interest:

Thursday, April 11 at 7pm 
Outsider: My Boyhood with Thoreau — A Book Talk with Lawrence Millman
$5 to attend at Thoreau Farm Register 
Free to attend online Register
A memoir about finding in Thoreau a kindred spirit, far outside of mainstream social, sporting, and educational expectations. 
Millman will be interviewed by Eric Miller — a kindred Thoreauvian.  
Presented by The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm. 
Register to join IN-PERSON at Thoreau Farm

Sunday, April 14 
Patriots’ Day Spirit at the Faulkner Homestead
1-3:30 PM and 5-6:30 PM
Faulkner Homestead, 5 High Street 
Travel back in time from 1 – 3:30 PM to learn why we celebrate Patriots’ Day in Acton as the start of both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.   At the home of Col. Francis Faulkner in 1775 and of Col. Winthrop E. Faulkner in 1861, come talk to re-enactors from both time periods. Then return at 5:00 PM for the arrival of the Acton Minutemen and the alarm rider bringing news of the British marching on Concord on April 19, 1775.
Iron Work Farm |  Parking is available on nearby commuter lots

Sunday, April 14 
Robbins Ride Acton 
Approximately 5 PM 
Start at the soccer fields at the bottom of Concord Road
We hold ceremonies and fire musket volley at each of the four stops, and at the Faulkner Homestead in South Acton.  Faulkner himself 
stumbles out in his nightclothes and manages to fire his musket 3 times to spread the alarm to his troops whereupon the volley is echoed by another musket volley some distance away, followed by yet another further off, demonstrating how the alarm was spread across town. 
5 PM at the Robbins Homesite – soccer fields at bottom of Concord Rd. 
5:20 at the Isaac Davis Homestead – 39 Hayward Road 
5:40 at the Faulkner Homestead, 5 High St. in S. Acton (corner of Rte 27) 
5:55 at the Liberty Tree Farm, 24 Liberty St., also in S. Acton

Monday, April 15, 2024
Isaac Davis March to Concord
6:00 am
Isaac Davis Homestead, 37 Hayward Road, Acton. 
The Acton Minutemen will make their annual march to the North Bridge in Concord, arriving at 9:00 am, where they will lead the fight against the British regulars across the Old North Bridge.  Contact:

Monday, April 15th
Volunteer to Plant Habitat for Wood Turtles 
1-4 PM
Veterans Field, 655 Main St., Acton
The Acton Conservation Division and Zoo New England are looking for 5-8 volunteers to join us to help plant natives for Wood Turtles.…  Read on

Wednesdays, April 17-June 5
I Hiked Acton’s Trails Challenge
2:30 pm-4:00 pm
Location sent out the Sunday before each hike. 
Walk (or wheelchair) trails in Acton’s conservation areas with the goal of earning a sticker and a sew-on patch! This weekly set of walks is a joint effort between Acton Conservation Department and Acton Conservation Trust. We hope to complete 9 of 22 conservation land walks and may continue the challenge next fall. 
All ages are welcome!, Register for one hike or all nine!   All children must be accompanied by an adult.
REGISTER HERE! For more information or questions, please contact Jody Harris at or Ian Bergemann at

Wednesday, April 17
OARS Wild & Scenic Film Festival
7-9:30 pm
Maynard Fine Arts Theaters

Wednesday, April 17-Friday, April 26 
Birding at Mt. Auburn Cemetery w Brookline Bird Club
6:30 AM
Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 536 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA
Special Note for Mount Auburn Cemetery Visits: Trip leaders at MAC must be able to park. Trip participants are kindly asked to leave the first parking space in front of the medical office building free for the leader. Just west of the cemetery is free on-street parking on side streets (e.g. Francis Street) in Watertown, a short walk or ride on the bus 71 or 73 to the cemetery gate. The BBC does not endorse use of the nearby Star Market parking lot; towing is possible. Other options worth checking include Fresh Pond Lane off Brattle Street. Check daily listings for starting times. Very large groups may be split.

BBC field trips are open to all participants. Unless otherwise stated, all trips are free to attend and do not need preregistration. You do not need to be a club member to attend, though we hope you will join. See the Field Trip FAQ for answers to general questions. Contact leaders for more details about specific trips.

We follow all policies of field trip location property owners and co-sponsoring organizations. These may include ongoing public health measures. Some participants may choose to wear a face mask for health purposes. We support their right to do so.

Friday, April 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28 
Silent Sky
8 PM
Theatre III, 250 Central Street, West Acton 
After the eclipse, reach for the STARS this April & Celebrate STEAM (Science Technology Engineering ART & Math) with AB PIP STEM at Theatre III. Join us for AB STEAM night at the Theatre III **Sat, April 27** 8pm production of Silent Sky

Special $20/ Group Tix (quantity limited, reserve by 4/15) To reserve 4/27 group tickets, please email BY 4/15 with subject ‘Silent Sky’ along with name, email, mobile and # of $20 group tickets (4/27 date) OR you can purchase Silent Sky tickets for any performance at

Production by Lauren Gunderson. Theatre III highlights: When Henrietta Leavitt joins the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900’s as a ‘computer’ charting the stars for an astronomer, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. A true story with local STEM connections.

Sunday, April 21
Concord Wetland Wildlife: Close Looks at the Animals of Thoreau’s Favorite Swamp
2-3:30 PM
Main Library, 129 Main St.,  Concord, MA
Lincoln resident and frequent program leader for LLCT, Ron McAdow, will be giving a slide presentation in Concord. The presentation will feature videos and photos of wildlife from Well Meadow, a wetland off of Fairhaven Bay. McAdow monitors the wildlife activity across a beaver dam in the swamp. Learn more and register here.
Learn more and register here.

Monday April 22 – 28 
Town-wide Acton Clean Up Week – sponsored by Green Acton!
Stay tuned for details 

Tuesday, April 23
Full Pink Moon
7:49 PM peak illumination 
The term “pink Moon” refers to the first full Moon following the spring equinox and its moniker actually has nothing to do with the appearance of the Moon and everything to do with the vibrant pink flowers, known as wild ground phlox (Phlox subulata), that bloom in abundance beneath it.
See the Farmer’s Almanac for details.

Wednesday, April 24
“A Part of Nature, Not Apart from Nature”
Acton Town Hall, Room 204, and virtually
Join Trevor Smith for this talk about how to garden and manage landscapes for resilience. How can we keep soils intact and vigorous? What plant species are most adaptable? And which species are key for maintaining the biodiversity on which our land depends? Trevor is the Design and Education Manager for Weston Nurseries, but he also has long experience in regenerative land care, from addressing urban heat islands with greening projects to designing rain gardens and managing stormwater runoff.
This event is FREE and in-person, but when registering, you can indicate whether you plan to attend in person or whether you need a zoom link. Register HERE.
Co-sponsored by, the Acton Conservation Trust, and the Acton Garden Club Shirley Towle Fund. 

Saturday, April 27
PlugIN Tour: Clean Energy Home of the Month – April Focus on Dual Fuel & Solar
Two sessions: 11am and 1pm
North Acton address sent with registration.
Energize Acton continues its series on how energy use matters for the natural world with an April home tour that features a multi-systems house. The homeowners have moved one step at a time, from insulation to including an air source heat pump for part of their energy load. Most recently, when their tree canopy changed, they installed rooftop solar. Come and hear about their journey to decrease the carbon footprint of their home. Coffee, munchies, and tax credit/rebate resources included. There will be two free sessions, one at 11am and one at 1pm. The address will be sent upon registration. For info and registration, click HERE.

Tuesday, April 30 
Acton Town Elections 
RJ Grey Jr. High School Gymnasium, 16 Charter Road 
Polls open 7 AM to 8 PM 
Additional election information can be found on the Elections & Voting Page

Tuesday, April 30 2024 
“Rodent Control: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” Gary Menin, presenting

7:00-8:30 PM
The Groton Center, 163 West Main St., Groton
A newly formed citizen activist group, Save Nashoba Valley Wildlife, is hosting.  The purpose is to educate the public about the dangers of rat poisons (SGARS)  and to provide alternatives.  Please join us to learn more. 
The following is a brief example:
Did you know that in 2020, 100% of every red-tailed hawk tested by Tufts Veterinary Clinic proved positive for anticoagulant rodenticides?  Since 2021, there have been four documented SGARs-related eagle deaths in the Commonwealth. Additionally, 90% of dead hawks and owls at Tufts have tested positive for SGARs. 

Thursday, May 9
Acton: 4000 to 7000 Years Ago  by local archaeologist Kimberley Connors 
7-8:30 PM
Acton Memorial Library
Extending a popular talk Ms. Connors gave last year, 4000 to 7000 Years Ago focuses specifically on Acton’s archeological sites from the Middle Archaic period (4000-7000 years before present). The most well-known of these is the Pine Hawk site in South Acton, but there are several other sites along the Assabet River and its tributaries.
This program brings our local landscape alive by looking at why indigenous people were so attracted to this region. Through the artifacts and excavations of local archaeological sites, people can look beyond the glare of the modern to the contours of the land and understand more about Indigenous people and how they thrived here for millennia. Ms. Connors will lead a walk through the Trail through Time a short time later on May 18, so people can see firsthand some of the landscape and sites described in this lecture.
Register HERE to attend in person or via Zoom.

Thursday, May 9, 
Coyote, America’s Songdog
7:00 PM  
Free Zoom Program 
Geri Vistein, a conservation biologist, will take us on a journey to discover Coyote, an important and resilient carnivore. Vistein will center on perceptions and relationships within a coyote family, and between coyotes and Indigenous People, European Americans, other wildlife, and the
wider ecosystem.
Hosted by Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and Lincoln Conservation Department

Saturday, May 18
Spring Archaeology Walk
Noon-2 PM in North Acton
Local archaeologist Kimberley Connors will lead a two-mile hike focusing on Native American features along the Trail Though Time in North Acton. Registrants will receive an email with details a few days before the walk. Limited to the first 20 people to sign up, ages 15 and up. (Rain Date, Sunday, May 19, noon-2PM).
Register HERE to walk.


THE ACTON EXCHANGE, Acton’s new online newspaper, will have a professionally-designed website that will be hitting the Internet the second week of April.  At that time, tune in at for current articles of interest to all of the Town.

Recent Recordings

More than 100 people tuned in for the Lincoln Garden Club’s public meeting. Alexis Doshas, Nursery Manager at Nasami Farm/Native Plant Trust, spoke about lawn alternatives and native groundcovers. The recording is now available here.  The recording is now available here.

At the April Conservation Coffee Michele Grzenda gave a presentation on vernal pools, followed by recent stewardship news from LLCT and Town Conservation. Watch the recording here. Watch the recording here.

Call for Community Planning Process Volunteers – Paid Role
The Town of Acton is looking for up to 5 community members to join a climate resilience planning process! Volunteers will receive a stipend of $2,400 during the 9-month process.  For more information, visit Official Website | Acton MA

Town of Acton Now Hiring:  Conservation Agent 
Are you passionate about the environment?  Looking to make a difference the community?  Town of Acton is seeking a Conservation Agent to join our Conservation Team.  For more information and how to apply, please visit  (From



Susan Mitchell-Hardt 
President, Acton Conservation Trust

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