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Get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air with a hike at a great spot near you this week. Check out these great programs happening at state parks and reservations all across the state.
If you're new to hiking, come join park interpreters at Holyoke Range State Park Beginner Hike program this Thursday afternoon from 1:30-2:30. Enjoy an easy hike along the trolley bed and Brookbank trails while learning about basic hiking safety and etiquette. Please wear study footwear and bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
In North Adams, join park interpreters on the Healthy Heart Senior Walk this Wednesday afternoon at Natural Bridge State Park. This hike is a leisurely 3/8 mile fitness hike on Healthy Heart woodland trail. The route is designed for seniors but all ages are welcome!
Come join the Off the Beaten Path Hike at Borderland State Park Explore the trails less traveled on this 3 to 4 mile informative and recreational hike. The route and hike theme varies weekly. Hike is easy to moderate in difficulty and is for adults and older children.
In North Andover, join the weekly We Walk the Woods interpretive program at Harold Parker State Forest on Wednesday morning at 10-11:30. This community hike is a moderately paced walk suitable for adults and children of all ages.
Are you looking for an evening hike? Join park interpreters at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport for the Twilight Sensory Walk on Thursday from 7:30-8:30pm. The park interpreter will guide you on a twilight walk to observe the natural wonders of the night using your night time senses. A powwow and fun activities for the whole family are also planned.
Come out to historic Walden Pond State Reservation in Concord this week for some great hiking events:
- Thoreau Ramble: Saturdays from 11am-noon and 2-3pm. Join Park staff at the Thoreau house replica for a program about Henry David Thoreau and his stay at Walden Pond. During the program we will hike ½ mile out to the original location of Thoreau’s house.
- Early Morning Walk Thursdays 7:30-8:30am. Start the day off right in the cool of the morning. Join a park interpreter at the Thoreau House Replica for a hike. Explore some of Walden’s less travelled paths, including Emerson’s Cliff, Heywood’s Meadow, the old-growth hemlock forest, and more!
For more great events happening this and every week, check out our outdoors calendar for events near you.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.