2021 Walks and Talks

BCT 2021 Event Calendar
A variety of walks, talks & activities for all ages

Herring Run Paddle on April 24, is SOLD OUT!
Stand-by reservations only – call 508-205-9087.


Virtual via Zoom

Thursday, April 15 at 4 pm
Virtual Talk
“Self Expression Through Imagery”
Steven Koppel

Register for Steven’s talk here!

Steven believes in the power of self-expression through imagery, independent of an individual’s artistic training or background. During this session, he will discuss imagery as a form of self-expression, both from the perspective of a passionate photographer and from the view of individuals who are self-proclaimed “non-artists.” He will share examples of my own imagery conveying feelings and experiences during specific moments on the beaches and tidal flats of Cape Cod. Steven’s talk will emphasize not only technique, but also the overall photographic experience. He specializes in creative approaches for expressing movement of water, and these will be explored extensively.
Steven will also present images created by individuals using Expressive Digital Imagery (EDI) on mobile devices to convey thoughts and feelings in ways not possible through words alone. Many of these individuals face challenges including mental illness, cancer, and addiction, and he will share the moving stories they tell through digital imagery. He will also demonstrate how the images are created.
Steve’s TEDx Talk on EDI can be viewed HERE
For more on Steven’s photography and non-profit work go to his website HERE
Wednesday, April 28 at 7 pm
Virtual Talk
“Nibbling on Natives in Your Back Yard and Beyond”
with Foraging Edible Plant Expert, Russ Cohen

Register for Russ Cohen’s talk here!

There’s an increasing interest among homeowners, property managers and others to utilize more native species in their landscaping, thanks to books like Doug Tallamy’s Bringing Nature Home, which extol the virtues of native plants over exotic ornamentals for attracting and sustaining beneficial insects.  Yet, for some people, this alone may insufficient motivation to “go native”.  ).  Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a 60-minute slide show featuring at least two dozen species of native edible wild plants suitable for adding to your own landscape, or nibbling on as you encounter them in other locales.  Keys to the identification of each species will be provided, along with edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation method(s), along with guidelines for safe and environmentally responsible foraging.

May 20, 2021 at 7 PM
Virtual Talk
“The Social Construction of Nature”
with BCT AmeriCorps member Mary Doucette

Register for Mary’s talk HERE!

 Join Mary Doucette as she breaks down the unique sociological relationships that ability, class, gender, and race all have with the environment, and the role of the theory of intersectionality. Mary will talk about her studies on the relationship between how one’s ability can affect their access to the environment.  Mary is currently serving as BCT’s 2020-2021 AmeriCorps Cape Cod member, and was the Land Stewardship summer intern at BCT in 2019 and 2020. Mary has her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and Sociology.

For more information email us here
or call 508-694-6720



To register for one of our walks email us here!
or call 508-694-6720

Edible Plants with Russ Cohen

Special Walk with Tom Walker
Finding and Identifying Lichen Species on Cape Cod
US Forestry Biologist
Saturday, April 17 at 10 am
Location will be provided upon Registration

Email us here to be added to the wait list.

Join naturalist Tom Walker as we explore some of the common lichens occurring on Cape Cod.  We will look at two different types of rock walls- one with calcareous substances (mortar and concrete) and one without.  We will also look at crustose lichen communities in a small stand of beech trees, the common arboreal lichens, and the soil lichens occurring along the road cut. The walk will be about an hour, and the pace slow, but there are some moderate inclines so wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for ticks.  Please bring a hand lens and a face mask.
Tom Walker is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology.  Tom has spent several seasons as a biological science technician surveying wildlife in the Pacific northwest for the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service.  He currently works with the Provincetown Water Department.

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Wednesday Walks
Informal, safe, small group walks.
Led by local naturalists.


Wednesday, April 21 at 9 am
No Bottom Pond Trail
with BCT AmeriCorps member, Mary Doucette


The trail encircles the 3-acre, 30-foot deep No Bottom Pond, one of the cleanest and steepest kettle hole ponds on Cape Cod. Kettle hole ponds were formed when large blocks of ice from retreating glaciers were buried by outwash sand and gravel. The eventual melting resulted in deep depressions and ponds. The glaciers left behind the many large boulders that are scattered along the slopes. A total of 55 acres of protected woodland owned by the Brewster Conservation Trust (BCT), Orenda Wildlife Land Trust, and the Town of Brewster are part of the pond’s watershed. BCT created the trail in collaboration with Orenda and Ocean Edge Resort.
The trail descends down to and around the pond. (3/4 mile loop)
Wednesday, April 28 at 9 am
Baker’s Pond Trail
with BCT Land Stewardship Coordinator, Jon Bruce


Bakers Pond is on the boundary with Orleans, with some of its shoreline protected by each town. A short blue loop in Orleans and a longer one in Brewster provide good pond overlooks. Huckleberry Hill is located farther west via the yellow trail. Cart paths and foot trails traverse a 90-acre assemblage of BCT and town-owned conservation lands. There is a peaceful valley with a vernal pool, and then a 120 ft. climb up Huckleberry Hill. The mixed forest has some white pine, mockernut, sassafras, and a grove of American beech. In the autumn, the carpet of knee-high huckleberry shrubs turn wine-red.(2 mile loop)


Special Walk with Russ Cohen
Foraging for Edible Plants
Wednesday, July 7 at 5 pm
Wing Island Trail

Email us here to be added to the wait list.


To register for one of our walks email us here!
or call 508-694-6720

*limited space due to social distancing*
*masks required*


Beas Bees-StoryWalk

StoryWalk® is an opportunity to share a book with your children (or grandchildren) as you wander from page to page down a nature trail.
Celebrate the joy of reading and the great outdoors!
Salamander Sky, by Katy Farber
Vernal Pool
Dr. Seuss – The Lorax
Eddy Bay Trail
Bea’s Bees by Katherine Pryor
Eddy Sister Meadow
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Eddy Sisters Trail

For more information email us here
or call 508-694-6720

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