The Trustees of Reservations Help Celebrate National Trails Day With Events Planned Around the State

Contact Information

Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager
781.784.0567 x7003
kperry@ttor.org

Sharon, MAMay 11, 2011 – With spring in full bloom and summer upon us, what better to way to kick off the season than to get outdoors and celebrate National Trails Day (NTD)? While the official date for this annual event is on June 4th this year, The Trustees of Reservations, the nation’s oldest statewide land trust, have events planned at multiple locations around the state throughout the month June. Events include hikes, guided walks, volunteer workdays, trail steward, design and maintenance training workshops, and more. All events are designed to invigorate your body and mind while spending some quality time with family and friends enjoying or pitching in at a special place in your community. See end of release for a full description of events, broken down by region and/or visit http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/national-trails-2011.html.

Since 1993, the American Hiking Association’s National Trails Day has inspired thousands of individuals and community groups each year to take part in activities that promote healthy living and mental well being, protect and care for trails and land, educate youth and adults on the importance of trails and open space, and instill excitement for the outdoors.

The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities in Massachusetts by providing hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate the history, nature, and culture of the Commonwealth. With more than 350 miles of hiking trails scattered throughout its network of 105 properties in 75 communities around the state, The Trustees’ trails also connect to the Appalachian Trail, Cape Cod Pathways, Bay Circuit Trail, Mid-State Trail, New England National Scenic Trail, Monoosnoc Trail, Tully Trail, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve. For more information on NTD and the American Hiking Society, visit http://www.americanhiking.org/ntd.aspx.

STATEWIDE TRUSTEES NATIONAL TRAILS DAY EVENTS

GREATER BOSTON
June 4thth from 9AM – 3PM at Rocky Woods in Medfield: National Trails Work Day with The Trustees and REI. The Trustees are teaming up with REI for a day of trail work at Rocky Woods. National Trails Day inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to get outside with friends and family and participate in trail-work projects. Roll up your sleeves and pitch in to give the trails at Rocky Woods some TLC. You'll help with erosion control efforts and also clear vegetation to reopen vista points and maintain the rock outcrop plant community. Have fun improving the trails while working alongside other outdoor enthusiasts. No experience necessary. Please wear boots and appropriate clothing; bring work gloves if you have them. REI will provide a light lunch. Please pre-register online at www.rei.com/stores/57. Rain or shine (cancellation in event of severe weather). Attendees who pre-register at REI online will receive a FREE volunteer T-shirt the day of the event, while supplies last. As a special thank you to volunteers a limited number of mountain bikes will be available free of charge to volunteers directly after the event for a short ride through the trail system at Rocky Woods. Call 508.785.0339 for more information.

June 4th from 9-11AM at the Bradley Estate in Canton: In the Fields with the City Harvest Youth Corps. Join the teens from The Trustees’ City Harvest Youth Corps program in preparing for the first farming season at the Bradley Estate. Help sow seeds, transplant seedlings, prepare the fields, and more. Produce from the Bradley Estate will be sold at local farmer's markets throughout the summer. Please bring sunscreen and water. Call 781.784.0567 x7012 for more information.

June 11th & June 25th from 9AM – 3PM at Shattuck Reservation in Medfield: Down and Dirty Trail Projects. Roll up your sleeves and lend a hand to maintain some of the 52 miles of trails found in the Charles River Valley! Help out once or join the volunteer trail crew and become a regular. Join us for a morning, afternoon, or all day. No experience necessary. Project location varies. Please Pre-Register: 508.785.0339 or charlesrivervalley@ttor.org. FREE.

June 25th – 26th (Saturday and Sunday) at Rocky Woods in Medfield: The Great American Backyard Campout: Join The Trustees and REI for a night under the stars and discover the joy of camping with your family. This event is perfect for first-timers or those simply looking to reconnect with the outdoors in a pleasant setting. Campsites are a short walk (300 yards) from the parking lot. Utility carts will be available to transport camping gear.

Take part in a group hike or choose to go off and explore Rocky Woods on your own. Bring a fishing pole and fish in Chickering pond located next to your campsite. An optional cookout Saturday night will be provided and cooked community style. If you have special dietary needs please plan on bringing your own food and snacks. After dinner join a Trustees Ranger for an evening hike or share stories and songs around the campfire while roasting marshmallows.

REI outdoor school instructors will teach the several classes on Saturday including a class on essential camping skills as well as leave no trace camping. A full list of events will be emailed to you when you register. If you need to rent a tent for this event REI is providing half price rentals on all tents specifically for this event. Simply go to your local REI store and ask for a tent rental for the Great American Campout. Rain or shine (picnic shelter and cabin available for daytime shelter).

Space is limited and pre-registration is required: 508.785.0339 or charlesrivervalley@ttor.org. Price per campsite (up to 4 individuals): Members $20; Non-Members $30. Additional person $5.

June 26th from 1-3PM at various Trustees Properties in the Charles River Valley: Hike of the Month Club. Explore a new trail, uncover historic facts, and meet other hikers. Join a ranger and our growing group of hikers to discover some beautiful, lesser-known properties and re-visit some favorites. Call 508.785.0339 for location or sign up to be on our email list for updates. FREE. (Volunteers needed!)

Every Day is Trails Day when You're on a Quest!
Explore a trail while "questing" to learn more about the world around you. Follow rhyming clues for a scavenger hunt that's fun for all ages. Just pick up a quest brochure when you arrive, and then head out on an adventure.
Over the Bridge and Through the Years Quest | Bird Park, Walpole
Eleanor’s Quest for A Special Place | The Bradley Estate, Canton

NORTH SHORE
June 4thth from 1- 3PM at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester: Saving the Endangered Sweetbay Magnolia. Ravenswood Park supports the only population of the endangered Sweetbay Magnolia trees in New England, making them a rare treasure. Sweetbay flowers in late June/early July with a fragrant smell and creamy off-white color. Join The Trustees and help unravel the mystery of the Sweetbay Magnolia story while we journey the magnolia swamp trails of our treasured community park. Pre-registration required. Recommended for ages 10 and older. Members: Adult $8. Nonmembers: Adult $10. Call 978.281.8400 for more information.

June 12th from 1-3PM at Ravenswood Park in Gloucester: Wilderness to Special Place Walk: Ravenswood through the Centuries. Ravenswood has been transformed over the centuries from a main thoroughfare to a backwoods to one of the North Shore’s favorite local refuges today. On this guided walk, come see the evidence of stonewalls, cellar holes and designed carriage paths while we learn the stories of a colorful cast of characters who help make Ravenswood the unique and special place so many treasure. Registration required. Members: FREE. Nonmembers: $5. Call 978.281.8400 for more information.

Sundays in June:
Guided Sunday Trail Walks
June 5, 3 – 5PM: Pinnacle to Pinnacle Walk | Appleton Farms, Ipswich
June 12, 3 – 5PM: Cedar Point Trail Walk | Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
June 19, 3 – 5PM: Farmstead & Old House Tour | Appleton Farms, Ipswich
June 26, 2 – 5PM: Choate Island Walk | Crane Wildlife Refuge on the Crane Estate, Ipswich

Every Day is Trails Day when You're on a Quest! Explore a trail while "questing" to learn more about the world around you. Follow rhyming clues for a scavenger hunt that's fun for all ages. Just pick up a quest brochure when you arrive, and then head out on an adventure.
Pinnacle Quest | Appleton Farms Grass Rides Bulletin Board, Hamilton
Farmstead Quest | Appleton Farms Waldingfield Road Bulletin Board, Ipswich
Griffin Quest | Great House Interpretive Panel on Castle Hill, Ipswich
Little River Quest | Old Town Hill, Newbury
Journey Through Time Quest | Halibut Point, Rockport
Hermit’s Haven Quest | Ravenswood Park, Gloucester
Sweetbay Swamp Quest | Ravenswood Park, Gloucester

SOUTH SHORE AND MARTHA’S VINEYARD
June 4thth from 9:30AM – 12Noon at Mashpee Woodlands Reserve & Mashpee River Reservation: National Trails Day Hiking Exploration and Work Party Restoration. Join The Trustees of Reservations and the Mashpee Conservation Commission on National Trails Day to raise awareness of conservation lands by exploring some of the oldest owned properties on the Cape. The Trustees is teaming up with the Mashpee Conservation Commission to help restore connectivity through out the Mashpee Woodlands Reserve and the Mashpee River Reserve. Together with your help we will be forming into hiking groups as well as work parties to help restore trails as well as fix erosion. Mashpee has been a hidden gem for so many years so help us use this historical reservation to raise awareness for recreational opportunities. Come and help get these two locations back on the map! Some recommended Items to bring: Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Water, a Snack and a Hat.

  • History & Nature Hike:
    Come learn about the history of the area and also see some beautiful hidden vistas of the Mashpee river. The hike will last about 2 hours and cover about 3 miles.
  • Volunteer Work Party:
    These properties have seen little attention over the years so your help will be greatly appreciated in helping us clear trails, cut back vegetation and stop trail erosion. All tools will be provided but feel free to bring anything (powerless of course!) that you think may be useful. We will be doing as much work as we can in two hours! Limited to 20 people. Please call 508.636.4693 x13 for a reservation.

June 4th from 2:30-4 PM: Norton Point Beach Marine Debris Clean Up.
The shores of Martha’s Vineyard can be a trap for all kinds of marine debris, and we need lots of help to keep it clean. Join Trustees staff at Norton Point to help make these “beach trails” safe and beautiful for the birds, and people too! Event is free. Call 508.627.7689 for more information.

June 5th from 2:30-4 PM: Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge Marine Debris Clean Up. The shores of Martha’s Vineyard can be a trap for all kinds of marine debris, and we need lots of help to keep it clean. Join Trustees staff at Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge to help make these “beach trails” safe and beautiful for the birds, and people too! Event is free. Call 508.627.7689 for more information.

Every Day is Trails Day when You're on a Quest!
Explore a trail while "questing" to learn more about the world around you. Follow rhyming clues for a scavenger hunt that's fun for all ages. Just pick up a quest brochure when you arrive, and then head out on an adventure.
East Over Quest | East Over Reservation, Rochester
Cape Poge Quest | Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Martha's Vineyard
Menemsha Hills Quest | Menemsha Hills, Martha's Vineyard
Coskata Woods Quest | Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket

CENTRAL
June 4th from 9AM - 1:30PM at the Doyle Community Park & Center in Leominster: Trail Design Workshop. Join us to learn the basics of trail planning and design. Workshop will consist of a morning classroom presentation discussing sustainable trail planning, design and construction. In the afternoon, three field sessions will be offered focusing on hands-on sustainable trail design, trail layout tools and techniques and basic trail assessment for low-lying wet trails as well as the planning and design of trails to allow for greater accessibility. The training sessions will be hosted by the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) and Dick O'Brien of Winding Trail Designs. Please join us for this "back to basics" training opportunity. We look forward to sharing our expertise with other trails enthusiasts but also look forward to fostering communication among workshop participants to encourage the sharing of knowledge and resources throughout the greater Massachusetts trails community. For Registration and to receive an agenda and a list of "what to bring", contact Amanda Lewis, at amanda.lewis@state.ma.us or 413-586-8706 ext. 19.

The Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board (MARTAB) and The Trustee's of Reservations' Doyle Community Park & Center present this workshop is part of a continuing series of trails education, training, and networking workshops and events designed to assist the trails community of Massachusetts in establishing and enhancing a sustainable, diverse, and, most importantly, enjoyable trail system across the state that incorporates the goals of all trail user groups and preferences. This workshop is funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP) in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations' Doyle Community Park & Center and organized by MARTAB, the RTP advisory board consisting of dedicated trails professionals and volunteers representing every major trail user group in the state.

June 18th from 1-4PM at Brooks Woodland Preserve in Petersham: Trail Blazing and Wayfinding Workshop: An important feature of any trails system is a wayfinding plan, as it is what keeps our visitors from getting lost. The workshop will include updating the wayfinding marks at the site and learning the proper ways to blaze a trail and some of the different ways people can find their way on a trail system, from maps, to signs, and markers. Call 413.532.1631 x14 for more information or additional volunteer opportunities at Brooks Woodland Preserve.

PIONEER VALLEY
June 4th from 1-4 PM at Mount Warner Reservation in Hadley: Trail Building: Grade Reversals, Slope Ratios, Rolling Grade Dips. This workshop is designed to teach those who are interested how to build a trail that will last years into the future with minimal management. On this day The Trustees will use Mt. Warner as a case study, teaching a few of the do’s and don’ts of trail design and some simple but very key trail construction features to keep your favorite trails functioning. Event is FREE. Call 413.532.1631 x14 for more information or additional volunteer opportunities.

June 25th from 9AM to 12:30PM at Petticoat Hill in Williamsburg: Dealing with Water on Your Trails. Water is perhaps the most damaging factor to an existing trail. During this program learn how water comes to accumulate and erode trails, what to look for, and how to lay out trails that minimize the long term effects of water damage to trails. Using the existing trail system at Petticoat Hill, participants will learn to identify water related problems with the trail system and discuss how to mitigate them as well as how to build a grade dip, an effective water control structure. Program being held in cooperation with the Williamsburg Woodland Trails Committee. Event is FREE. Call 413-532-1631 x14 for more information or additional volunteer opportunities.

BERKSHIRES
June 11th from 9AM – 12Noon at Monument Mountain in Great Barrington: Assessing Trail Conditions. Ever wondered how The Trustees keep their trails in such good shape? One strategy is to have staff and volunteers conduct periodic trail assessments. This workshop is designed to give those who are interested in caring for their favorite trails the opportunity to participate in a facilitated trail assessment and learn more about how to help contribute to the health and safety of The Trustees trails systems as a volunteer. Participants will hike the Hickey Trail at Monument Mountain and learn to survey trails, identify needed repairs, and how to log their findings. Event is FREE. Call 413-532-1631 x13 for more information or additional volunteer opportunities.

Wednesdays in June from 10:30 AM to 12NOON at Field Farm in Williamstown: Garden and Trail Stewards. Want to spend more time outdoors? Join The Trustees at Field Farm on Wednesdays to advance your horticultural and trail stewardship skills with Trustees staff on the gardens and trails. Help with a variety of group projects or find out more about the independent projects in trail monitoring, invasives monitoring and bird monitoring that you can help with after some initial training and as your schedule permits. Event is FREE. Contact: Assistant Superintendent Jim Cameron at 413.458.3135 for more information.

More about The Trustees of Reservations
The Trustees are 100,000 members like you who love the outdoors and the distinctive charms of New England, and believe in celebrating and protecting them for current and future generations. Founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees “hold in trust,” and care for, 105 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.

All of The Trustees’ reservations are open for the public to enjoy and most are free to Trustees members. The properties range from working farms and historic homesteads, to formal gardens, barrier beaches, open meadows, woodland trails, and mountain vistas. Several of The Trustees’ reservations are National Historic Landmarks and three have state-of-the-art green buildings.

Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. In addition to its many reservations spanning 26,000 acres, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 19,000 additional acres (a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts), and have worked with community partners to assist in the protection of an additional 16,000 acres around the Commonwealth. To find out more and/or become a member, please contact www.thetrustees.org.

One of the largest non-profits in the state of Massachusetts, The Trustees employ 152 full-time, 49 regular part-time, and 400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out about job opportunities with The Trustees visit http://www.thetrustees.org/about-us/employment/.

The Trustees rely on hundreds of dedicated volunteers to care for the special places that are open to the public. To find out about how you could volunteer, visit http://www.thetrustees.org/volunteer/.