Events of Interest October 12, 2023

Dear Friends and Acton Conservation Trust Members,

Growing the ACT Board of Trustees
Are you interested in preserving open space in Acton?   While Acton has the benefit of many acres of open space, some prized undeveloped parcels in Acton are not yet protected … Read more

Views of Max Porten’s cows grazing at Hebert Farm, 88 Prospect Street, a couple weekends ago.  Max is a 5th generation farmer at Acton’s Cucurbit Farm and Mechanic at Boston Area Gleaners.  He went to Minute Man High School for horticulture and greenhouse management, and likes working on tractors and equipment.

To read more about last week’s ACT Mushroom Forage and this Sunday’s Service Day cutting a trail to the new Anderson Conservation Land, visit and ACT’s Instagram page.

The following news and events may be of interest:  

Saturday, October 14, 2023   (Rain date: October 15, 2023)
Acton Conservation Trust (ACT) Fall Service Day
1-3 pm
Genevieve Lane, Acton (off Newtown Road)
For ACT’s community service event this fall, we have an opportunity to cut another trail through the woods. We will be connecting the end of Genevieve Lane (off Newtown Road) to the yellow trail in Bulette-Anderson Conservation Land. Most of the work can be done with pruning shears or clippers, with some small tree removal needed. Family groups, scout groups, students and everyone else is welcome. No experience needed – we’ll show you what needs to be done!
Please register here. You’ll be emailed a copy of this registration. Thank you!
For more information or questions, please contact Jody Harris at

SATURDAY, October 14
West Acton Oktoberfest 
Gardner Field, West Acton Village
All day live music and food court!

Sunday, October 14 
Robbins Museum of Archaeology Field Trip Sponsored by Friends of Pine Hawk
2-5 pm
17 Jackson St, Middleborough, MA
This after-public hours visit will include a viewing of a number of the museum’s special Indigenous artifacts and conversations with museum educators. Car pools leaving from the Acton Library will be arranged a few days before the visit.  General admission $10; 
Events require registration at Questions? Email

Sunday, October 15  LAST DAY!!
Acton-Boxborough Farmer’s Market – October 15
Elm Street Playground, West Acton
10 AM – 1 PM
Join ABFM for our 15th season of promoting good food and supporting sustainable agriculture. 
Visit for more information.

Monday,  October 16
History of the Nashobah Praying Indians Book Discussion
7 PM
Acton Memorial Library.
Join a book group discussion of the History of the Nashobah Praying Indians, published earlier this year by Littleton historian Dan Boudillion, who will be on hand to sign copies before the discussion. Books will be available for purchase that day. In person only at Acton Memorial Library.  Events require registration at Questions? Email

Tuesdays, October 17, 24, 31st   
Conversation, Coffee, Pastry and a Stroll around NARA Park sponsored by Councils on Aging in Acton, Boxborough & Littleton and the Acton Nursing Service
10-11 AM 
NARA Park, 71 Quarry Road, Acton
Please meet  at Upper Parking lot or park in the lower lot and walk uphill to upper fields.  There is a patio near the two red buildings.  For more information contact Sheryl Ball at or at 978-929-6632 or after October 16th, contact Heather York or 978-929-6650.

Date October 18, 2023  (RE-SCHEDULED) (Program is Full)
ACT Evening of Astronomy 2023
Time: 5:45-8:00 pm
NARA Park, Acton
Please click here to register, so we know how many people to expect. Exact location and parking information will be sent to you a few days before the event. 
This event is open to everyone and perfect for families, but no pets please! Dress warmly… bring several layers and perhaps a hat and gloves. We will be outdoors with plenty of hot beverages and other refreshments for you to enjoy. 

Wednesday, October 18 
SVT  2023 Annual Meeting  Lindsey Ketchel, “The Role of Land Conservation in Protecting Water Quality”
Framingham Village Hall, 2 Oak Street, Framingham 
6:30 PM Refreshments and Socializing 
7:15 PM Meeting Called to Order
We will present our Annual Conservation Awards, elect Board members, and recap the past year:
Executive Director Lindsey Ketchel will give the Keynote Address:
Please register to help us plan seating and refreshments!   Register Today

Saturday, October 21
Adult Archeology Walk 
10 AM–Noon
Bettina Abe, a long-time Acton trail volunteer and just retired member of Acton’s Conservation Division, will lead a brisk hike along the Nashoba Brook trail, with stops at the stone chamber and Native American ceremonial sites. Trail conditions can be rocky, uneven, and often wet, and thus participation is limited. Registrants will receive a detailed email several days before the walk. Limited to 20, ages 17 and up. 

Thursday, October 26
7 PM
Acton Memorial Library and Zoom.
Duncan Ritchie, Senior Archaeologist at The Public Archaeology Laboratory will talk about Sand Hill, a large multicomponent Middle Archaic to Late Woodland Period site on the Sudbury River in Wayland, MA. The large assemblage of chipped, ground and rough stone tools, ceramic sherds and radiocarbon dated features document pre-contact Native American activities over a 7,000-year span. The Wayland Archaeology Group (WARG) carried out the excavation. At Acton Memorial Library and Zoom.   Events require registration at Questions? Email

Saturday, October 28 
FULL Moon – Hunter’s Moon/Partial Lunar Eclipse
9:24 PM
Start looking for it on Friday, October 27
The Farmers Almanac: This particular full Moon is commonly referred to as the full Hunter’s Moon. It is believed that this name originates from the fact that it was a signal for hunters to prepare for the upcoming cold winter by going hunting. This is because animals were beginning to fatten up in preparation for the winter season. Moreover, since fields had recently been cleared out under the Harvest Moon, hunters could easily spot deer and other animals that had come out to search for remaining scraps. Additionally, foxes and wolves would also come out to prey on these animals.

Sunday, October 29
Run for the Hills with Harvard Conservation Trust
10 am 5k; 10:50 Fun Run 
Prospect Hill Community Orchard, Harvard, MA 
Great refreshments, prizes, and shirts.  Costumes encouraged! 
All proceeds support HCT’s mission   Get more information at

Wednesday, November 1 
7 PM
Acton Memorial Library and Zoom
New England’s rock art, imagery carved or painted on stone, provides a tantalizing, if often opaque, window into the region’s deep indigenous history. Drawing primarily from examples in Maine, Peter Anick, vice president of ARARA (American Rock Art Research Association), reviews various attempts to date, contextualize, and interpret figures using geology, ethnography, and comparisons with other sites. He relates how his experience researching difficult-to-see abstract art in Arizona contributed to the recent discovery of an unusual style of art here in New England   Events require registration at Questions? Email


eNEWS from The Trustees 
Favorite Fall Foliage Hikes
Looking to find the best fall foliage hikes in Massachusetts? Autumn is the best season to get outdoors and take in the brilliant leaf displays that New England is known for. You will be delighted by the list of lesser-known gems for leaf-peeping which comes highly recommended from our Stewardship Team.  Click on Get Peepin’ →

Acton Photo Competition
We are looking to update the Town’s Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP) with photos of Acton’s natural landscape, open spaces, and recreation.   Do you have any favorite photos of Acton’s nature, open spaces, and recreation? The Town of Acton is actively collecting photographs to be featured in our updated Open Space and Recreation Plan
Please email your photos to or scan the QR code on the flyer
Please include in the following in your submission:
-Your name
-Location the photo was taken
-Any other notes you would like to add
Reminder, all photographs of any individuals must be submitted with the individual’s consent.  The deadline for submissions to the photo competition will be in December.

“Stand Up to Stigma” Scarecrow Contest
ACTON: Enter the “Stand Up to Stigma” Scarecrow Contest to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex. Bring your $25 donation to Cucurbit Farm at 32 Parker Street in Acton and pick up your scarecrow starter frame. Then drop off your family friendly scarecrow at the farm stand. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate. The scarecrows will be on display for the month of October, and the public is invited to cast their vote for the winning entry. The goal is 100 scarecrows along the fence, as well as many conversations about mental health! Additional info can be found at

Important News from Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT)
New Role at SVT
Laura Mattei, SVT’s long-time Director of Stewardship, has been promoted to the newly created position of Director of Conservation. Laura will now oversee SVT’s Land Protection projects while also managing our Stewardship efforts. She will play a key role in establishing our conservation priorities, take the lead on collaborative conservation projects with our many partners, and continue to devise strategies for restoring wildlife habitats.

Boston Area Gleaners is looking for gleaners!
Sign up to volunteer at BAG,

Thursday, October 12th
Apple Glean
9:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Harvard, MA

Thursday, October 12th
 Potato and Carrot Glean
10:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Ipswich, MA

Thursday, October 12th
 Apple Glean
1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Harvard, MA

Thursday, October 12th
Potato and Carrot Glean
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Ipswich, MA

Friday, October 13th
Turnip Glean
9:00am – 11:30am
Location: Weston, 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!

Gleaning is in full swing!  We have volunteer trips happening Wednesdays through Saturdays during the season. Be sure that you are signed up as a volunteer on our website. You will be automatically enrolled to receive weekly email updates when volunteer opportunities pop up. In the meantime, keep an eye on our volunteer opportunity list  (or sign up for text message alerts – link below)!
Sign up on our  and check out our FAQ  to learn more!  For more news and information from the Gleaners visit:

If you haven’t visited “Mother Nature”, our ACT Scarecrow, at Cucurbit Farm – it’s time! 
As you can see, she’s encouraging support of land trusts – ACT and SVT!!!!
Bring your kids/grandkids – they also have a corn maze!!!
She’s a masterpiece, and here she is in all her natural glory – created by our ACT Member Jan Eisenberg!

“Mother Nature”  supports MENTAL HEALTH/NAMI and CUCURBIT FARM!!!  Please vote for #60; $1.00 donation/vote.


Sincerely yours,

Susan Mitchell-Hardt 
President, Acton Conservation Trust

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