Citizens for Lexington Conservation promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of our natural environment through education and advocacy.
CLC is a non-profit organization in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.
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Joe-Pye-Weed in Dunback Meadow, August 2016 (photo courtesy John Andrews)
CLC Fall 2016 Walk Schedule
September 25, 2–4 pm, ACROSS Lexington Route G Inaugural Walk
Here is your chance to explore ACROSS Lexington’s latest addition, Route G, which connects the Lower Vine Brook Conservation area portion of Route B with Countryside Green and the Shaker Glen Conservation area. The route is just under 3 miles in length with a combination of woods trails, sidewalks and quiet streets. Meet in the rear parking lot of the Christ Revolution Church, 451 Lowell Street.
Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (781-862-9102, firstname.lastname@example.org)
October 8, 10:00-11:00am, Family Exploration, Hennessey Field
Come see what Hennessey Field has to offer in the fall! The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are starting to fall - that's how we know it's autumn. Let's see what we can find as we take a look around this newly restored meadow - we might see birds, bugs, mammals, and certainly plants. This adventure is designed for families with children of all ages, from toddlers to teens. Meet at the dead end of Robinson Road, where the pavement turns to a cart path.
October 16, 2-4 pm: ACROSS Lexington Bicycle Ride
Explore ACROSS Lexington trails by bike! This easy-to-moderate 2-hour ride will take us through a number of Lexington’s most scenic open spaces including Upper and Lower Vinebrook, Cotton Farm and Dunback Meadow, the Old Res, and Lincoln Park. We will travel via town streets, paved bike paths and unpaved walking trails. Be prepared for somewhat rough trail conditions; a bike with sturdy tires for trail riding and helmets are required. Bring water and a snack. Meet in the Town employee parking lot adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway crossing at Fletcher Avenue. Bonus points for those who ride their bicycles to this event. Questions? Call Peggy at 617-308-8185.
Walk leader: Peggy Enders (617-308-8185, email@example.com).
October 29, 1:30-3 pm, Whipple Hill Trail Sign Inauguration Walk
If you have ever been lost on the trails in Whipple Hill or been too intimidated to explore this property, this is the walk for you. We will be exploring the Conservation Department’s new trail signage system for this property that was installed earlier this year. The trails are steep in spots with uneven footing, so bring your hiking poles if you rely on them when hiking. Meet at the Winchester Drive entrance parking lot where Winchester Drive becomes Johnson Road on the Lexington/Winchester line. Park on Berkshire Drive across from the parking lot entrance on Winchester Drive.
Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, firstname.lastname@example.org)
November 5, 10-11:30 am, Conservation Restriction at Cotton Farm
CLC is in the process of assuming a Conservation Restriction for Cotton Farm. If you would like to learn the basics about Conservation Restrictions, join us for this combination field lecture and ramble about the property. We will explain the reasons for establishing a Conservation Restriction, its basic elements, and the annual monitoring process. Expect some standing interspersed by casual walking around this gently sloping property. Meet at the entrance to Cotton Farm on Marrett Road opposite Bacon Street. There is very limited parking on the property so please park along Marrett Road.
Are you looking for a new route to walk, run or bike?
ACROSS Lexington is waiting for you - try it!
You can find route information here.
ACROSS Lexington stands for Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington.
Please let us know if you would be interested in working with CLC in any capacity. Could you write a piece for the Newsletter? Lead a walk? Work on the website? Take a leadership role on the
Board? Help manage marketing/outreach? Drop us a line if you think you can help - we always welcome new faces!
CLC is sponsoring a new program for children - the Junior Ranger Program - aimed at getting kids out into Lexington's Conservation properties with games and activities. In conjunction with Cary Memorial Library we have a booklet to guide children and their parents. The kids will visit several different Conservation areas, fill out some activity sheets that will guide nature observation, and can, upon completion, receive a Junior Ranger Certificate from the Library.
You can find the Junior Ranger booklet here.
New Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land Now Available
The Lexington Conservation Stewards have created a new Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land, which includes color trail maps along with descriptions and historical information for Lexington’s 25 walk-able conservation areas. Covering nearly 30 miles of trails, it is an essential book for both veteran trail users and new explorers who’d like to discover the forests, fields, and wetlands in Lexington.
The Trail Guide to Lexington’s Conservation Land is available, for a minimum donation of $10, at the Town of Lexington Community Development Office located in the Town Offices Building at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue. Proceeds benefit the Lexington Nature Trust Fund, which helps to care for our 1300 acres of public conservation land.
More information about the Conservation Department