Events of Interest January 14, 2024

Dear Friends and Acton Conservation Trust Members,

Pastoral scene at Cucurbit Farm, 32 Parker Street, Acton

The following events may be of interest:

Monday, January 15
Civil Disobedience
1:00 – 2:30pm
Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden St., Walden Pond Visitor Center, Concord. 
Commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights legacy and Henry David Thoreau’s abolitionist legacy.
Join an interactive panel led by Concord historian Richard Smith and The Robbins House President Nikki Turpin to discuss the influence of Thoreau’s essay “Civil Disobedience” on activists King and Gandhi and current acts of civil unrest. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond, the Thoreau Society, and the Robbins House.

Wednesday, January 17
Winter Sow Workshop
2:00 to 3:30 pm
Wayland Town Hall, Wayland
Get a head start on next summer’s native perennial garden in this hands-on workshop.
Local Native Plant gardeners Shelley Trucksis and Jean Milburn will explain a winter sow technique for growing native flowering perennials from seed. Winter sowing is an economical way to add native plants to your yard and support pollinators in synergy with surrounding properties.
Fee: $10 to cover materials (soil and five packets of seeds). Participants should also bring five one-gallon translucent milk jugs and a box to carry filled jugs home.
Register at

Monday, January 22      
Basics of Birding
Online presentation
Join SVT’s Mike Perrin, birding enthusiast,  as he shares tips and tricks geared towards beginning birdwatchers. There will be time for questions following the presentation.  Register at

Thursday January 25
January’s full Wolf Moon reaches peak illumination at 2:54 p.m. Eastern Time
Look for the Moon to rise from the northeastern horizon around sunset. 
It’s thought that January’s full Moon came to be known as the Wolf Moon because wolves were more likely to be heard howling at this time.  It was traditionally believed that wolves howled due to hunger during winter, but we know today that wolves howl for different reasons.  Howling and other wolf vocalizations are generally used to define territory, locate pack members, reinforce social bonds and coordinate hunting.  For more information, visit
This new Moon in Capricorn allows us to lay the groundwork for our visions to become true during the next twelve months. It is a potent time to usher in change, insights, and clarity.  From the Yoga Journal,

Thursday, January 25
Full Moon Tours at deCordova
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
Bring your family and friends to see sculptures transformed by the moonlight in this special after-hours tour.
Small group tours with deCordova’s experienced Museum Guides last 60-75 minutes. Please dress for the weather with sturdy footwear. Bring a flashlight or lantern.
Visitors should park in the main lot and meet their Museum Guide in front of the Museum. Questions about accessibility? Please contact Cindy at  For more information,

Thursday, January 25 
Fireside Chat with Bat Expert about Bats 101
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Save the date for a winter fireside chat with Lincoln Land Conservation Trust and Dr. Chris Richardson. Richardson will give a “Bats 101” presentation. A visiting researcher at Boston University and Biology Instructor at Lesley University, Richardson’s work focuses on the immune function of bats experiencing white nose syndrome.
This will be a free, virtual program. Check back here in mid-January for more details and a registration link.

Saturday, January 27 
Boston Area Gleaners End of Season Celebration
4-6 PM
First Parish, Bedford, MA
Join us in celebrating a successful 2023 season! Our volunteers, farm partners and food access partners helped us distribute 4.5 million pounds of produce last year…we think that’s an incredible reason to celebrate!
We will be gathering at The First Parish in Bedford on Saturday, January 27th for a night of good food (potluck style, beverages will be provided) and even better company. Plus, there will be volunteer recognition awards and gleaner-themed games.
We hope to share our thanks and celebrate the 2023 season achievements with you!

Saturday, Jan 27,
Boxborough Winterfest
1:00 p.m. EST
Steele Farm
484 Middle Road, Boxborough, MA 01719
Join us for Sledding, Hot Cocoa, Fat Rooster Food Truck, Two Friends Chocolate, True West And A Bonfire With Neighbors And Friends!
Sponsored by Boxborough Recreation Commission

Tues., January 30
A Midwinter Nature Walk at Yapp Conservation Land, Littleton
Yapp Conservation Land, Littleton
Join naturalist Roland “Boot” Boutwell for an informative nature walk as we learn to identify evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs, and perhaps an occasional winter weed, those hardy non-woody plants which are sturdy enough to remain erect well into or even through winter. The walk will focus on plant ID as well as fun and interesting natural history, tales, and legends about the plants we see. And remember . . . there is no bad weather; only improper clothing!  Register at SVT



January 2024
Energize Action:  Survey: Help Create a Healthier Community and Shape Our Climate Actions 
Anytime via this LINK
Be part of the solution on climate in 2024! Share your thoughts in the Creating Healthier Communities Together survey to make our community healthier and more climate resilient. is reaching out to you with this request as part of our new ECO (Electrification, Community, & Outreach) Campaign. Together with and our partner communities—Wayland, Framingham, and Natick—we need your input to guide upcoming climate actions to create a healthier and more carbon neutral future. The survey takes less than 5 minutes. Your voice matters! Thank you. For more information go to events.


Best wishes for 2024!!!

Susan Mitchell-Hardt 
President, Acton Conservation Trust

P.S.  Hope to see you on the trails!