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Save the Date: Mushroom Walk
Start and finish on the McCurdy Track with the primary sections of the course on scenic wooded trails and field paths. The trail footing is a combination of crushed pack, dirt, coarse grass with leaves, roots and rocks. There will be a water stop along the route. Thanks to the Town of Harvard and private landowners for use of the lands and open space on race day.
The hills of Harvard, whether it is the views from Prospect Hill, Bare Hill and Dean’s Hill or the landscapes of Holy Hill, Oak Hill and Pin Hill, are deeply appreciated by all who experience their scenery and terrain . . . even on the uphill!
The Harvard Conservation Commission has begun the process of updating the Town of Harvard’s 2008 Open Space & Recreation Plan, and is requesting public participation in the process with a short survey. The updated plan will set the Town’s open space and recreation goals for the coming five years, and the public survey is critical for ensuring these goals accurately reflect community interests. This survey will be open from May 6 through May 26.
Please take a moment to complete the survey, which you can directly link to at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Harvard_MA_2016_OSRP_Survey
Or, you can visit the Town website at: http://www.harvard.ma.us
The Harvard Conservation Trust will distribute nannyberry viburnum seedlings at the Transfer Station on Saturday, April 30th from 8 a.m. to noon, and on the Harvard Common on Sunday, May 1st from 10 a.m. to noon. These nannyberry seedlings were grown from seed at the New Hampshire State Nursery. Their flat-topped clusters of white flowers bloom in the spring and develop into fruits that turn bluish-black in the fall. Its fruits can persist into winter and provide a sweet and edible food source for many species of birds, wildlife and people. The shrubs are free to Harvard Conservation Trust members and are available to non-members for a $5.00 contribution.
Photo credits: top - USDA, NRCS. 2016. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov); bottom - Keith Kanoti, Maine Forest Service, Bugwood.org
In the late 1800s, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) designed the park system that we now know as Boston's Emerald Necklace. Alan Banks, a park ranger from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site will discuss this historic park system. Stretching from Back Bay to Dorchester, this inviting green space connects people and nature, just as Olmstead intended more than 100 years ago.
Volunteers Hall at Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Road Free!
TRACKING WALK POSTPONED DUE TO LACK OF SNOW!!!
Due to the lack of snow we are moving the tracking program to Saturday February 13th. Mark your Calendars and see information below for details.
Saturday, February 13, 2016. 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM.
Location: Prospect Hill Conservation Complex, Harvard, MA. Park at DPW parking lot, next to soccer field parking lot, on Depot Road.
Registration for the Tom Denney Nature Camp Summer 2016 program opens February 1 at tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org. See website for details.
Thank you to all who joined us for our Annual New Year’s Day walk! And a special thanks to the Community Harvest Project for co-sponsoring this year’s walk, and providing indoor space for cookies and hot cocoa. (Click here for photos . . .)
November 17, 2015
The Harvard Conservation Trust Annual Meeting took place at the Harvard Public Library, Volunteers Hall, and featured the presentation – A New England Food Vision: Conversations For Healthy and Thriving Communities (Click here to see photos...)
Mushroom Walk -- October 3, 2015 10:30 AM
Help Pick Apples for Community Harvest Project!
Due to logistics, we are limited to 35 volunteers, and volunteers must be at least a high school freshman. No prior apple picking experience is required. If you are interested in helping, please reply to
6th Annual Run-For-The-Hills 5K Trail Run
Registration information: http://www.lightboxreg.com/2015-run-for-the-hills-5k
"Greenway Heroes: Profiles in Land Conservation” will have a free showing Wednesday night, August 19th, 7 – 8 PM at Fruitlands Museum in the Wayside Room
This 10 minute film produced by Pepperell resident Susan Edwards and co-directed by Westford resident Joy Reo tells the inspiring stories of three landowners who donated, sold or set up conservation easements to protect their family land for the common good. The film features interviews with Harley Holden of Shirley, Tom Jarvela of Townsend and Leigh Hudson of Princeton. For additional information about the film please view the web page - http://www.greenwayheroes.org/.
Take our Trail Challenge and win a prize!
The weather is finally warm, the trails have been surveyed, and there are control punches and/or instruction cards in the appropriate places. All is ready for people to take on the Challenge!
Winterfest! Saturday, February 7
The Trust’s Annual New Year’s Day Walk was held on the trails at Fruitlands Museum. Click here for more
Introducing David Outman, HCT's New Executive Director
Nature Sightings -
HCT Has a New Executive Director!
The Harvard Conservation Trust, HCT, is a private, charitable, non-profit land trust. Our mission is “to preserve the unique character and natural resources of Harvard.”
We actively seek to preserve: