Events of Interest August 4, 2022

Dear Friends and Acton Conservation Trust Members,

The following news and events may be of interest:
(If you prefer, you may read “Events of Interest” on our website,

Pollinator field with mowed paths at Heywood Meadow, intersection of Lexington and Everett roads, Concord Center on July 31, 2022
Rudbeckia and other pollinator plants;  Rudbeckia species are eaten by the caterpillars of some Lepidoptera species including cabbage moths and dot moths.
Pollinator meadow near ARRT entrance to the Caouette-Simeone Agricultural Conservation Restriction off Maple St.

From the Town Managers Report, Oct. 28, 2019–October-28-2019

In 2019 Volunteers and Concord Natural Resources staff planted over two hundred plugs of native plants in a demonstration pollinator garden at Heywood Meadow. Over the past several years, the approach to meadow management has been to mow in the late fall to allow late flowering plants like asters and goldenrod to set seed, providing seed sources for following years, with the hope of an ever growing base of native plants on the meadow. These efforts help to counteract the staggering losses of familiar songbirds – over 3 billion in the past 20 years – from continued decline, and also provide important food and cover for native polllnators from Wild Bergamont and Milkweed plants  – 4  Monarch butterflies were seen in the first few minutes of a brief visit of 1 3/4 acre  meadow.

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 birds-
Members free; Adults $15, Seniors $12, Children (6 to 17) $8 

Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 
Thoreau Farm is Open for Tours!
11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM 
Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 
Take an inside look at the restored 1730s house listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House. Locally, it is also known as “Thoreau Farm.” Tour includes the lovingly restored second-floor room where Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817. Visits are by guided tour only.  Admission is free.  Suggested Donation $5/person.

Sunday, August 7
Acton-Boxborough Farmer’s Market
Elm Street Playground, West Acton
10 AM – 1 PM
Join us for our 14th season of promoting good food and supporting sustainable agriculture.  Visit for more information.

Sunday, August 7 
Natural History Walk at Throne Hill, Groton 
10AM -Noon 
Meet at Throne Hill (at Rockwood Lane trailhead) 
As we all spend more time than ever outside, there has been a renewed interest in the forests, wetlands, and other beautiful open spaces throughout town. We’ve heard from many people who are exploring new trails and properties and discovering the incredible wealth of natural places full of plant and animal wildlife. We invite you to join us on an exploration of Groton’s natural areas that takes a deeper dive, where we share insights and knowledge about the changing landscape to help you find an even greater appreciation on your walks on the trails.

Join naturalist and educator Michelle Ruby as she takes you on a tour of the Throne Hill complex, a matrix of properties owned by several conservation organizations. Discover the foundations of former farm houses, various types of stone walls, and signs of the ecology and biology of a forest in transition. Learn how to use the forest itself to estimate how long ago human activities and disturbances occurred. If you’ve previously enjoyed our Black Friday walks with ecologist Tom Wessels, this is the event for you! 

Offered in partnership with the Prescott School Community Center.   
Current Groton Conservation Trust members may register for free. To receive your discount, submit your information here:
Or you can register for a $10 fee directly through Prescott here:

Thursday, August 11
Micro Adventures in Massachusetts
Join author Alison O’Leary as she helps us get out and explore with adventurous day trips to islands, waterfalls, and abandoned towns/settlements, tips to spot/track wildlife, and introductions to hiking/kayaking opportunities.  All welcome! No registration required!  Acton Memorial Library.

Saturday, August 13
Snakes of New England and the World: A live animal program
11:00 am
Wolbach Farm, Sudbury
$5 for SVT members; $10 for non-members
Here is your chance to see native and exotic snakes close up. Rick Roth, local snake expert and Director of Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will share some of his favorite snakes and talk about their lives and habits in this live animal presentation. Details and registration at

Wednesday, August 17
MACC’s Lunch & Learn Program Topic:  New Tools for Communicating the Value of Nature’s Services 
12 Noon
Information: Click HERE  to learn more and to register.
Robb Johnson, Executive Director, Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC)
Christa Collins, Director of Land Protection, Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT
Registration Required: 100 seats available. First come, first served on this free program.  

Sunday, August 28
Breakfast at Fort Pond, Littleton

8 Kaleva Road
Directions at

Saturdays and Sundays 
Thoreau Farm is Open for Tours!
11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM 
Thoreau Farm, 341 Virginia Road, Concord, MA 
Take an inside look at the restored 1730s house listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House. Locally, it is also known as “Thoreau Farm.” Tour includes the lovingly restored second-floor room where Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817. Visits are by guided tour only.  Admission is free.  Suggested Donation $5/person.


The South Bridge Boathouse
Canoe and Kayak Rental service in Concord 
496 Main St., Concord, MA 
10 AM –  one hour before dusk Monday-Friday; Weekends and Holidays:  9 AM to one hour before dusk
Rent a canoe or kayak and explore miles of peaceful waterways on the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers.  A leisurely 1.5 mile paddle to the Old North Bridge is a favorite.
For more information contact 978-369-9438 or visit

Updated Drought Status
Please conserve water! 
Our watershed is now in a Level Three-Critical Drought Status. Residents and businesses should now minimize overall water use both indoors and outdoors and stop all non-essential outdoor watering. Whether you have municipal or your own well, strictly conserve now to protect local drinking water supplies, nature habitats and ensure water for fire protection and local farms. Visit our website for conservation tips:
In addition to conserving water please consider taking action and email our local lawmakers. The drought management bill (S.530)– which would give the state the authority it needs to call for widespread water conservation before there is a drought emergency– is stuck in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

From Lincoln Land Conservation Trust e-Newsletter: For those who recently planted pollinator plants, we recommend a thorough hand watering once per week of perennials and shrubs. Using water from a rain barrel or house gray water is encouraged!

Boston Area Gleaners (BAG)

Saturday, August 6
Cherry Tomato Harvest
Acton, MA

Turnip and Bean Harvest 
10-12:30 PM 
Sharon, MA

Bean and Beet Harvest 
1:30-3:30 PM 
Location:  Sharon, MA 

Packing Corn 
1:30 – 3:30 PM 
Acton, MA

Don’t forget: The most up-to-date trip information is always on the website. We may post trips after the weekly email goes out. To stay in the loop about last-minute calls for volunteers, you can join our volunteer emergency text list!

Got Banana Boxes?
We’re looking for banana boxes to pack and transport our gleaned produce! Banana boxes can be collected from grocery stores, corner stores, pantries, or anywhere that sells bananas.
We’ll keep a running total of the boxes you’ve dropped off at Stonefield Farm and we’ll be in touch to give you merch in recognition of your efforts!
For more detailed information and instructions, click here.


Town of Acton Sustainability Office – Hiring new Environmental Analyst.  
The  Town’s Sustainability Office is seeking an individual with a passion for the environment to serve as the new Environmental Analyst. This position is full-time with excellent benefits.  For more info, visit our website at and email resume and cover letter to

Boston Area Gleaners (BAG) are still hiring for  seasonal apprentices. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to
Please help us spread the word at your favorite local spot!    Visit here to volunteer

Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC) is Hiring a Part Time Development and Operations Coordinator
Spread the word! We’re growing and we’re looking for a talented part-time Development and Operations Coordinator who’s self-directed, comfortable taking initiative, and excels at handling operational and member relations / development logistics, research and details, as well as is FB and Insta-savvy. Spread the word – or apply now. Details here.

East Acton Village Green Plant Care Needed – Now through Summer:
Volunteers are needed to take care of the new plants at the East Acton Village Green this spring and summer as they become established. Contact Bettina Abe:  for further information. 

Walden Pond in Concord 
7 am-7:30 pm
915 Walden St.   978-369-3254, bridal paths, and farm roads
One-way trail loop system to promote social distancing; Boat ramp Sunday – Saturday: 5 AM – 7 PM.
Parking:  MA resident $8; Non-MA resident:  $30  Annual and senior passes NOT sold in park
Use this link to purchase a pass:

Camp Acton is Open 
Pope Road, Acton 
Fee is $25 per site reserved through the 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.

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Susan Mitchell-Hardt 

President, Acton Conservation Trust

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