Every spring and fall CLC offers several guided walks on various conservation lands in Lexington. All walks are free -- you don't have to be a member to join the fun! And for 2013 we tried winter walks as well! If you went on any of those, we'd love feedback. Let us know what you thought.

The Town of Lexington Conservation Division provides online maps of all conservation areas.






Saturday, April 19, 10 – 11 AM      Butterfly Walk at Arlington’s Great Meadow

Participants will meet in the parking lot at Golden Living Center – Lexington, at 840 Emerson Gardens Rd. (off Maple Street) in East Lexington. The parking lot is on the right side of the facility, and drivers should park at the far end. This walk will be co-sponsored by Citizens for Lexington Conservation and the Massachusetts Butterfly Club. Butterfly enthusiast Tom Whelan will lead a walk to see two species of spring butterflies, Brown and Henry’s Elfins. These small, easily overlooked butterflies are found in many parts of the United States and Canada. Since these species overwinter in the chrysalis stage, their lives as adults begin early in the spring. We also may see Mourning Cloak and Spring Azure butterflies.  If time permits, additional insects will be sought at adjacent Infinity Pond, a certified vernal pool. People of all ages are welcome; children must be with an adult.  Please sign up for the walk in advance, preferably by email (tom@whelanphoto.com) or phone (781-915-9988). Walk Leader: Tom Whelan, will notify those who sign up if the weather requires cancelling the event.


Saturday, May 3, 3 – 4:30 PM     Enjoy Spring at Hennessey Field and Paint Mine

Meet at the power line parking area on Turning Mill Road. Let's look around and see what's happening in the field, forest and wetland of Hennessey Field and the Paint Mine as spring moves toward summer. We'll stroll through these areas for about an hour and a half—maybe more if we find really interesting things to look at. Wear good walking shoes. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk—drizzle will not. Walk Leader, Alex Dohan (amdohan@gmail.com; 781-863-5882)


Wednesday, May 7, 8 -10 AM                               Bird Walk at Dunback Meadow

Meet at the Allen Street entrance to Dunback Meadow. In early May we are in the midst of several weeks of migration as many species of birds quickly head north to their breeding grounds as well as the many birds who come to this area to spend the summer. In addition, we may find some of our residential birds, such as woodpeckers and hawks. Although the ground is slightly rough, the pace is slow so the walk is accessible to most. Children with adults and beginners are welcome. We will enjoy a varied habitat, including mixed woods, open fields, and a stream. Bring binoculars if you have them.  Boots are recommended if there has been rain recently. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.                                                                           

Walk leader:  Bobbie Hodson ( robertahodson@comcast.net; 781-861-9421)


Saturday, May 10, 8 – 10 AM                           Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook                             

Meet at 116 Vine Street; call if you are lost. Check out the spring warbler migration in the Lower Vine Brook conservation area. Warblers are small, beautiful tropical birds that come north to breed. Many different species of warbler stop off in this sheltered area on their way to the forests in northern New England and Canada. Some stay, but as trees leaf they are more difficult to see. In the spring, depending on the weather and the foliage, you can sometimes find a dozen species in a morning. Children with adults are welcome. Bring warm clothes, boots if it’s wet, binoculars, and a bird book. No dogs. More than light rain or lightning will cancel the event.  If the weather is uncertain call the leader.  Walk Leader: Harry West (hwest2020@gmail.com;617-461-9500 mobile)


Saturday, May 17, 8 – 10 AM                                          Birds of Willard's Woods

Meet at Willard's Woods parking lot off North Street. We will hope to catch the peak of the spring migration with opportunities for warblers and flycatchers.  We'll also look for nesting residents such as Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Pine Warbler.  Willard's Woods has good trails on level ground. We will stop early if we encounter heavy rain. Walk Leader:  John Andrews (jandrews166@gmail.com; 781-862-6498)


Thursday, May 22, 2 – 3 PM                       Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow

Geared for children in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult.

Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere St. Join Emily Schadler for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for signs of beavers, bugs, tadpoles, frogs and toads.  We’ll dip a net into the water to see what kinds of critters are wriggling around below the surface. Bring rain boots if you have them, and be prepared to get dirty.  If you have a small bug box or magnifier, bring it along. Rain or lightning will cancel the event. Walk Leader: Emily Schadler, Conservation Stewardship Program Coordinator (eschadler@lexingtonma.gov; 781-698-4532).


Sunday, June 8, 2 – 3:30 PM                Walk at Cotton Farm - Upper Vine Brook

Meet at the parking area at Cotton Farm (entrance at 121 Marrett Road). Parking is limited, but you can park along Marrett Road.Kids old enough to enjoy the walk are welcome. We will walk through the apple orchard, along the pond, through the gladed area and up through the Upper Vine Brook woods to Highland Avenue. After returning to the parking area, for those who have additional time, we will cross over Marrett Road to Dunback Meadow and walk up to "four corners" and back. At Cotton Farm, the shed by the pond has a new roof and the apple orchard rehabilitation is well underway. Full sized apples were picked by visitors this past fall. For the longer-term direction of Cotton Farm, Mass Audubon has been engaged to develop a design plan to assist with the management of the property.This walk will be an opportunity to share your thoughts. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk.

Walk Leader: Bob Hausslein (rhausslein@rcn.com; 781-862-9102)

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