Events of Interest April 29, 2022

Dear Friends and Acton Conservation Trust Members: 

Earth Day walk at Pratt’s Brook

ACT celebrated Earth Day last week with a beautiful walk of Pratt’s Brook Conservation Land.   Dogs were invited!  We were treated to this stately stand of old white pines,  blueberry “barrens”, two brooks, skunk cabbages, two big ant hills, and more – see the ACT Instagram page 

The following news and events may be of interest:

Now – September 5
New Exhibit:  Alive with Birds:  William Brewster in Concord 
Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 PM, Walk ins welcome!
Concord Museum, 53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 
Visit this special exhibition to discover the beauty of birds.  William Brewster (1851-1919) was Mass Audubon’s first President  He dedicated over thirty years of his life to the study of birds in Concord at his property, which he called October Farm. Drawn to Concord for its natural beauty and abundant bird life, Brewster made October Farm his experimental field laboratory and documented its wildlife for scientific study and public enlightenment.  In 2019, Mass Audubon received a 143  acre parcel of land which was once part of October Farm, which has been renamed Brewster’s Woods Wildlife Sanctuary.    For more information visit their website.
Members free; Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children (6 to 17) $8 

Friday, April 29 2022
Annual Arbor Day Celebration 
9:30 AM for tree-themed story time for toddlers 
10 AM Tree Planting Ceremony
Public Safety Facility, 371 Main St. 
Join us in celebrating 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day 
Questions:  Contact DPW 978-929-7740 or

Saturday, April 30
Cooler Concord Climate Festival
10-2 PM 
Concord Free Pubic Library, Main Branch, Front Lawn, Concord, MA
Sign In to RSVP

Sunday, May 1 
ACT Spring Service Day 2022 

1-3 PM 
Adjacent to 18 Wright Terrace.  At the end of Wright Terrace, park off the road on the east side, facing garden. 
Join us for this community service day of removing invasive plant growth at our beautiful Wright Hill Conservation Area. If you haven’t seen the antique corn crib in town, this is a perfect opportunity! You can register by clicking Spring Service Day 2022, or by going to our website:

Sunday May 1-31 
No Mow May –  (To Prevent Habitat Loss)  sponsored for Town of Lincoln by Lincoln Land Conservation Trust 
Did you know that 2% of the U.S. is covered in lawn? That’s 40 million acres! And that’s a problem because lawns are not habitat. They don’t provide good food or shelter to wildlife. Habitat loss is one of the many causes of pollinator decline. Join in “No Mow May” and commit to letting the flowers bloom in your lawn this month! Studies show that unmown lawns host a greater diversity of bumblebees and have an overall higher abundance of pollinator visitors.Better yet, mow less frequently throughout the summer.  Plants such as Self Heal, Violets, Clover, and Wild Strawberry add color, beauty, and ecological value to a lawn. 
Best of all, consider replacing some or all of the lawn with native plants.  Native ground covers, once established, form a beautiful and low maintenance lawn alternative.  So don’t dust off your mower just yet!  Let’s let the flowers bloom first!  Learn more about “No Mow May” here. Check out this nice list of native ground covers for both shady and sunny areas. 

Monday, May 2 
Informational Zoom Session re:  Conservation Acquisition of 95/105 Sargent Road, Boxborough

7:30 PM
Boxborough Conservation Trust Is Fundraising to Help Purchase 21 acre parcel of forested uplands on Sargent Road in Boxborough for $1.25 million.  Also, they are encouraging Boxborough residents to attend Annual Town Meeting at 7 PM, May 10, 2/3 vote required.  For Zoom link, please email  For more information visit

Wednesday May 4 
Building Community in the Watershed to Support At-Risk Pollinations Systems!

The Metropolitan Conservation Alliance invites you to join the Native Pollinator Task Force (NPTF) for the next NPTF webinar.  Guests Bryn Gingrich and Sara Lupkas from Lincoln will highlight the Lincoln Pollination Action Plan and community engagement efforts in their town.  There will be time after the presentation for people to share ideas and experiences.  Since 2020, Lincoln Land Conservation Trust has been implementing the Lincoln  Lincoln Pollination Action Plan, a roadmap for building biodiversity throughout the town.  Sparked by the desire to address climate change and declining pollinator populations, LLCT is committed to creating and maintaining functionally diverse pollinator habitat through Lincoln.  Register here.

Thursday, May 5 
Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala and Fundraising Banquet

5:30-9 PM
Westford Regency Hotel – under the tent. 
Please join Executive Director, Debra Strick – Funds support high school scholarships.  The Cinco de Mayo celebration starts at a 5:30 with raffle and auction items.  Sign up HERE.
Tom Tidman, Acton’s Natural Resources Director for 35 years, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award!  Tickets on sale through May 2; Seats are $80/person individually and $600 per table of eight
For more information visit  [] or call 978-253-0010; or email

Friday, May 6 
Behind the Scenes Tour at Stonefield Farm 

 9-10 AM 
Stonefield Farm, Acton 
Join Usha Thakrar, Executive Director of the Boston Area Gleaners and Christa Collins, SVT Director of Land Protection to learn about how Acton’s Stonefield Farm was protected and what its future holds.  The farm serves as BAG’s hub for storing and packing crops for hunger relief, and Usha will describe how this non-profit addresses food insecurity, on-farm food waste, and local farm sustainability through a variety of programs.  Co-sponsored by the  Boston Area Gleaners.  Register at

Thursday, May 12 
Electrifying Our Way to Net Zero 

12-1:15 PM 
Virtual Event A key step to counter global warming is to change how we heat and cool our buildings.  It is a big step . . . but it can be done!  Join Acton Sustainability Director Andrea Becerra to celebrate two great examples of the new electrification movement—the fossil fuel free North Acton Fire Station (already open) and the amazing triple net zero new Douglas/Gates School Project (opening this summer).  Kate Crosby, Energy Manager of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District, will share an exciting Town “electrification roadmap” for retrofitting existing municipal buildings. Finally, for those of us who would like to form a plan to tackle our private homes and businesses, Mike Simons of Abode Energy, will share ideas for homeowners, landlords, and businesses.To register for this event, click HERE.  This event is sponsored by, a joint effort of the Acton Climate Coalition and the Town of Acton to help Acton residents address climate change by reducing their carbon footprints.

Saturday, May 14 
Planting Carbon 
Codman Farm in Lincoln, 58 Codman Road 
Join us for the fifth and final class of the Healthy Soils Series. At the Planting Carbon workshop, we’ll be focused on how soil can pull and store carbon from the atmosphere. Using the garden as a model for carbon storage, we’ll learn about deeply rooted perennial shrubs, conservation tillage, and composting. We’ll also have some fun, finale happenings for this session.  Sign up here,  or visit our website.

May 17, 2022
Spring Bird Walk at NARA Park, Acton, MA

 7-9 am 
NARA Park, Acton, MA
 The birds are back in town! Grab your binoculars and join birder Al Sgroi for a few hours of bird watching and identifying at NARA Park. You can register by clicking Spring Bird Walk, or by going to our website:

Saturday, May 21 
Acton Garden Club Plant Sale and Raffle 

9-1 PM, Rain or Shine 
Red House – Acton Center, 468 Main Street on Route 27
The plant sale is the major fundraiser of the Acton Garden Club.  The proceeds benefit the many public gardens and plantings maintained by the Club within the Acton community.  In addition the funds are used for the annual high school scholarship, the educational grant program and many other community service projects.   Visit to learn more about Jumping Worms and how they deal with the issue. 


CONGRATULATIONS TO CUCURBIT FARM on the birth of their first calf ever born at the farm – on April 17!!!!
To see some great photos, visit

Determining the Value of Nature’s Services,
April 6,
When speaking with local officials, SVT often explains that conservation has many “co-benefits” with tangible economic values, such as reducing flood risks and improving public health.  Thanks to a working group of the Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC), which was led by SVT, we now have data to support our assertions about the value of nature’s services. 

The working group partnered with consultant Jessica Sargent from Primrose Research Group to develop a toolkit of materials that anyone can download and use to educate, inform, or advocate for land conservation in their community. We encourage you to take a look at these materials and use them in your own local advocacy.

Resources include a technical white paper that summarizes some of the latest data available for Massachusetts, a PowerPoint presentation that can be customized to address the needs and concerns of individual towns and cities, a User Guide to the presentation, and a one-page summary that can serve as a leave-behind for your audience. We encourage you to take a look at these materials and use them in your own local advocacy.


Boston Area Gleaners (BAG) is Rock Picking and Grocery Box Packing!  
Join volunteers  in the field to pick rocks or in BAG’s greenhouse on Wednesday, 5/4 to pack grocery boxes for local pantries and low-income housing facilities.    Sign up to volunteer at

Monday, May 2
Rock Picking
9 am to noon 
Stonefield Farm, Acton, MA 
Packing mixed produce boxes
1-4 PM 
Stonefield Farm, Acton, MA 

Wednesday, May 4 
Packing grocery boxes 
9-12 PM  OR 1-4 PM
Stonefield Farm, Martin Street, Acton, MA

Sign up to volunteer at

Goat Hikes – Good Pickin’ Farm 
5 Gould Road, Westford 
Goat Hikes.  $65/group up to 8 people.  Informative nature hike led by an ecologist, focusing on different flora or fauna of the area that is seasonal.   Have fun while the goats walk and run along with you and enjoy their silly antics!  For more information call 425-306-7203 or email

April Through May       
Join Central Mass. Goat Rental for a Walk with Goats  
48 West Acres Drive, Lunenberg 
Take to the trails with friendly farm animals at your side.   Anywhere from 6 to 16 goats will go on the hikes.  Goats have a natural instinct to follow the leader, which makes them perfect hiking companions.  The hike is relatively easy, lasting about an hour.  Masks and social distance are required and group size is limited due to Covid-19.  Each hike costs $35 per adult, $10 per child (under the age of 15 years old), and children ages 5 years and under are free.  To book a hike, visit  and choose the date of your hike.

Hiking with Dogs – The Trustees Did you and your family get a pandemic puppy?  Are you and your older dog a little tired of the same old walking routes?  Let our dog-friendly properties give you a burst of inspiration to get some fresh air for you and your four-footed companion. These 7 places might be just the thing this spring. Click here for Dog Friendly Hikes

Spring Ahead of Jumping Worms –Jumping worms (aka snake worms, crazy worms) are widespread and spreading aggressively throughout the Northeast.  These invasive earthworms are noticeably larger than the established earthworms and thrash  violently when disturbed.  Damage caused by jumping worms includes devouring leaf litter that regenerates soil and over-aerating the soil, causing nutrients to each out, roots to loosen, and soil to erode.  Read what Native Plant Trust is doing and a what you can do to stop their spread. What Native Plant Trust is doing to prevent the spread of jumping worms: All wood chips and compost used at Garden in the Woods are produced on site. We use new plastic pots for most of the plants we sell. We clean and sanitize any reused pots. Native Plant Trust, for more information.

Garlic Mustard Season!

Garlic Mustard

Neighborhood Pull Season: Now through- May 31.  
Venture out and pull Garlic Mustard on your own!  Need some exercise this weekend?  It’s the start of garlic mustard season!  Plants are up and easy to spot right now.  Pull the plant up by the root.  Tear it apart and shake soil out of the roots.  From  Remove the plant with its entire root system or new plants may sprout from root fragments. Take care not spread any plants that have gone to seed. Remove completely from the site and dispose of in garbage bags. Foliar spray is not recommended as it can be harmful to the surrounding flora and fauna. Please check with Bettina Abe,, about pulling Garlic Mustard at the Acton Arboretum.

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Susan Mitchell-Hardt 
President, Acton Conservation Trust

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