WALKS AND TALKS
First Day Hikes - Cape Cod
Sunday, January 1, 2023
Calf Field Pond
Are you looking forward to a fresh start in 2023? Celebrate the new year in the outdoors with a First Day Hike! Join us for a fun, informal group hike at Calf Field Pond led by BCT Trustee, Hal Minis.
Claudia Thompson, Grow Native MA
Thursday, February 16, 2023
REGISTRATION OPEN SOON
BCT co-hosts Founder of Grow Native Massachusetts, Claudia Thompson. Grow Native MA was founded in 2010 as a community-based program that promotes action at a local level and recognizes the important role that all of us have in land stewardship— as home gardeners, as professionals in the landscape industry, and as citizens who shape our communities through advocacy and action. The Grow Native project believes that conservation and stewardship begins at home, and that our individual actions have an important impact on the world around us. Learn more about Grow Native MA here. Read more about Ms. Thompson here.
This talk is sponsored by Brewster Conservation Trust, the Garden Club of Brewster, Orleans Conservation Trust, and the Nauset Garden Club.
Making the Right Cut with Russ Norton
Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location upon registration
(Rain date 3/16/23)
Proper pruning requires knowledge of how woody plants grow and respond to pruning. This knowledge base will help you make informed pruning cuts and pruning decisions, promoting healthy long lived woody plants. The presentation will cover in detail how to prune small trees and shrubs.
Russell Norton is and Extension Educator for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry program. Russell provides technical expertise to agriculture and horticulture industries and the public. He has a long history of education and experience working with ornamentals and agricultural crops, and a passion for pruning.
Registration open soon.
Gardening for Pollinators and Birds with Master Gardner, Fran Raleigh
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Brewster Ladies Library
Master Gardener, Fran Raleigh will explain why we should care about the creatures that share our ecosystem, what threats they face, and how we can support them in our own yards and neighborhoods..
Fran grew up watching birds and bugs in her backyard. She majored in Biology at Marietta College in Ohio, then earned her Ph.D. in Plant Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry in Syracuse. After teaching ecology and other college biology courses for more than 30 years, she retired in 2018 and moved to Cape Cod. A member of the Master Gardener class of 2019, she is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm for nature and gardening. Her primary focus in gardening is to celebrate native plants and create habitat.
Registration open soon.
Brewster Herring Run with Abigail Archer
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Stony Brook Road
(Rain Date 4/27/22)
Two species of fish, Alewives and Blueback Herring, swarm the Cape’s streams and rivers from hundreds of miles away in the Atlantic Ocean each spring. Amazingly, each individual returns to breed in the same freshwater bodies in which it was born. Abigail Archer will walk and talk as she talks about the lifecycle of these fish and what we can do to support and protect their breeding grounds in Brewster.
Abigail works with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Marine Program in Barnstable as a Marine Resource Specialist. The goal of the Marine Program is to establish, develop, and carry out education programs in marine resource development, to assist with problems concerning coastal industries and the management of coastal resources, and to transfer technological innovations, educational and informational materials to public officials, educators, and marine user groups. Abigail works with town river herring wardens, town shellfish wardens, and private shellfish aquaculture growers to identify problems, design research questions, carry out field work, and analyze data.
Registration to open soon.
StoryWalk® is an opportunity to share a book with a child as you wander from page to page down a nature trail.
Celebrate the joy of reading and the great outdoors!
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Eddy Bay Trail
October until Mid-November
The Very Best Bed
by Rebekah Raye
Eddy Sisters Trail
The Shortest Day
by Wendy Pfeffer
Windmill Meadow with the lights!
NOTICE TO WALK PARTICIPANTS: BCT kindly asks group participants to leave their four legged friends at home to insure a comfortable experience for all-unless otherwise noted. Walks will be cancelled for extreme weather. We will notify hikers of cancellations via email by 8 am on the morning of your walk. If you are experiencing any FLU or COVID symptoms please do not attend a group walk. All walks are free but we welcome donations. All donations to BCT go toward Land Preservation.