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.
CITIZENS FOR LEXINGTON CONSERVATION
2013 FALL WALKS
Thursday, September 19, 2 - 3 PM Pond Exploration at Parker Meadow
This walk is geared for children in grades K – 5 accompanied by an adult.Join Fran Ludwig for a prowl around Parker Meadow to look for bugs, tadpoles, frogs, snails, and fish. 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. Meet at the Revere St. entrance to Parker Meadow. Limited parking is there; additional parking is available on neighborhood streets across Revere St.
Walk Leader: Fran Ludwig (email@example.com; 781-861-7231)
Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 - 11:30 AM Slow and Easy Nature Walk
Are you worried about going on those walks in the woods that you used to enjoy so much? Here's your chance to take it slow and easy on the Brookhaven Nature Trail, following a winding path through the woods behind Brookhaven. There are six benches where walkers can sit and admire the birds, the flowers, the fall colors and the view over the pond. The surface of the path has been packed with a smooth layer of stone dust to make traveling with a cane or even a walker possible. Bring binoculars if you are a bird watcher. Steady rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Meet at the trail entrance next to the Employee Parking Lot on the right side of Brookhaven (1010 Waltham St.). Walk Leaders: Kate Fricker and Marie Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-640-1276).
Wednesday, September 25, 8 – 9 AM Improvements at the Old Res
The Old Res water quality improvements project is specifically for the purpose of improving the water quality of the Old Res. The Old Res receives stormwater from three outfalls located along Marrett Road; after storm events the bacteria level is often elevated resulting in beach closures. The project that was recently completed involved the construction of one bio-filtration basin and one detention basin.The basins provide significant bacteria removal to stormwater entering the Old Res. The project also includes a porous paved parking lot in the location of the existing gravel lot, a stone retaining wall along the edge of the easterly basin, hydraulic dredging of the existing detention pond with a 3 foot no touch zone to protect and maintain habitat and vegetation.Significant tree plantings include 16 Red Maple, 9 White Oak, 5 Tupelo, 6 Hophorn Beam, 9 Shadblow serviceberry, and 25 columnar evergreens. Rain or lightning will cancel the walk. Meet at the parking lot for the Old Res off Marrett Rd. between Tufts Rd. and Spring St. Walk Leader: David Pavlik, Lexington DPW – Engineering Division(email@example.com; 781-274-8309)
Saturday, September 28, 7:30 - 9:30 AM Bird Walk in Dunback Meadow
Since this is a time when migrants are returning to their more southern winter homes from northern areas, we have the possibility of viewing warblers, vireos, hawks, ﬂycatchers and sparrows that are not usually at Dunback Meadow during the summer months. Our usual feathered residents, such as Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldﬁnch and Tufted Titmouse, will also be around. Beginners and children are welcome. If it rains the walk will be cancelled. Meet at the entrance on Allen St. where parking is available. Walk Leader: Bobbie Hodson (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-861-9421).
Saturday, October 5, 9:30 - 10:30 AM A Walk in the Landlocked Forest
Take a loop through the Landlocked Forest for an hour or so, looking at foliage and late blooming plants - we may also see various sorts of wildlife or signs that they've passed by. For those who are interested, we can make a quick pass through the Paint Mine at the end. Meet at the parking area on Turning Mill Road, across the street from Mountain Road. Inclement weather will cancel the walk.
Questions? Contact Walk Leader: Alex Dohan (email@example.com; 781-863-5882).
Thursday, October 17, 2:30 – 4 PM Lexington’s Autumn Leaves
This walk is geared for children in grades 2 – 5 accompanied by an adult. Join Karen Longeteig for a walk around the Buckman Tavern 'arboretum' to gather and identify autumn leaves and hear tree stories. Wear boots or be prepared to have muddy shoes. The walk will take place in light drizzle, but will be cancelled if it pours. Call walk leader if in doubt. Meet at the Visitors Center on the Buckman Tavern grounds. Street and municipal lot parking are available.Walk Leader: Karen Longeteig, Lexington Tree Committee member (firstname.lastname@example.org; 781-862-4094).
Sunday, October 20, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM Walk ACROSS Lexington
Take a walk on the second section of the new ACROSS Lexington trail system. ACROSS Lexington (Accessing Conservation land, Recreation areas, Open space, Schools and Streets in Lexington) will eventually consist of 40 miles of well marked walking, jogging and off-road biking routes connecting all of Lexington. This will be the inaugural walk on a wonderful new 4.5-mile route that will traverse several conservation areas, recreation areas and school property. The route will consist of: Clarke Street, Lincoln Field, Bridge School, the Old Res, Marrett Road, a residential neighborhood, Clarke School, Dunback Meadow, Cotton Farm, Upper Vine Brook, Highland Avenue and back to town along the bikeway. This is a wonderful way to socialize on a quiet Sunday morning and meet people in Lexington that you may not know. Everyone will learn some Lexington history and interesting town facts and you'll get some excellent exercise. See www.acrosslexington.org for more information. Severe inclement weather will cancel the walk. Meet at the rear of the Depot in Lexington Center. Walk Leader: Rick Abrams (Rickya@me.com; 339-927-4345)
Saturday, November 30, 1 to 3 PM Post Thanksgiving Holiday Walk
Work off some of those Thanksgiving calories with CLC's First Annual Post Thanksgiving Walk. We will explore Whipple Hill and the new trail improvement structures built this past summer. Wear sturdy hiking boots and bring a walking stick if you have one, as trails are steep. Meet at the Winchester Drive entrance. Heavy rain or snow cancels the walk. Walk Leader: Keith Ohmart (email@example.com; 781-862-6216)
Maps of conservation lands can be found at http://www.lexingtonma.gov/conservation/conland.cfm