Calendar of Programs and Events

Autumn reflections on the Concord River

 Fall 2015

Autumn Walks at Great Meadows NWR/Concord
Sunday, September 20, 3-5 pm
Sunday, October 18, 3-5 pm
Saturday, November 21, 2:30-4:30 pm (sunset walk)
Sunday, December 13, 2:30-4:30 (sunset walk)

This fall marks seven years of Great Meadows monthly walks and other special programs, which I've been offering in every season since 2008.  During this time, some 600 enthusiastic and engaged participants have joined me to explore and celebrate the beauty and rich diversity of this historic, riverside landscape and wildlife refuge.

Please join me in this eighth season of discovery and learning along the dike trail!  Autumn - the season of greatest change - stirs us with exquisite and ephemeral beauty, bountiful harvests, crisp and clear weather, and the last resilient flowers and insects of the year. Colors peak and fade, migrants fill the hedgerows and skies then are gone, muskrat lodges appear, autumn spiders balloon draping their gossamer over the marsh, and the sunsets deepen their fiery glow.

Open to all ages.  No pre-registration required.

Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Co-sponsored with Friends of the Assabet River NWR

Please note:  Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks.  However, I encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.

Meet at the information kiosk at Great Meadows NWR in Concord.  Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd.  Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right.  Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end.

For questions or to be added to the emailing list for notice of these and impromptu evening walks, contact Cherrie at or 978-760-1933.

Changing Landscapes and Flora:  From Thoreau's Time to Today

Sunday, November 15, 2:30 pm
Wayland Public Library, 12 Cochituate Rd., Wayland, MA

In recent years, much scholarly attention and press have been given to Concord's historic botanical record.  Thoreau's descriptive and detailed accounts of his town's flora and landscapes inspired generations of lay botanists, naturalists, and scholars to revisit, expand, document, and analyze this dynamic and changing landscape for more than 170 years.  How has the landscape and flora changed and what has influenced these changes?  Who are some of the principal explorers, record-keepers, and scientists - past and present - who have played a role in creating and maintaining this botanical legacy?  How can Concord's historically deep botanical record inform us today?  Naturalist and photographer, Cherrie Corey, has been working at the heart of this story for the past several years. She will share with us her field explorations and observations, collaborations, and intimate photographs that reveal an at once historic and living landscape that is, at once, both rapidly changing yet enduring...that relies on our deeper understanding and careful stewardship.

Co-sponsored by the Wayland Historical Society and Wayland Public Library.
Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Monthly Concord Conservation Coffees
First Tuesday @ month, 7:30 am from September - May
141 Keyes Rd., Concord, 1st Fl Meeting Rm.

Flora and fauna at Sleepy Hollow
Informal gathering and information exchange between town natural resources and other interested staff and board members and local environmental leaders, organizations, naturalists, and interested citizens.  Meeting usually lasts about an hour.  Bring your coffee mug.


Check back for additional programs as they are added...

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