A full schedule upcoming events can be found here.
First Day Hikes Cape Cod
Join the Wareham Land Trust for a First Day Hike at the Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary. Get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions by exploring the Old Pasture and Widow’s Cove Loops featuring a peaceful pine forest and beautiful scenic view of Buzzard’s Bay.
First Day Hikes Cape Cod was inspired by a program of free, guided hikes offered by the fifty state park systems in the United States each year on New Year’s Day. The program began locally in Massachusetts in 1992 and in 2008 continued to grow under the umbrella of the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. It went nationwide in 2012 under the aegis of the America’s State Parks Alliance. The hikes are intended to promote an alternate way of celebrating the new year by going outside, getting some exercise, and experiencing local nature and history.
Conservation land trusts and other conservation-related nonprofits on and near Cape Cod have scheduled individual walks, hikes, talks, or other free activityies that encourage people to get outside on January 1st. Last year (2023), featured 11 free events in 8 towns and attracted over 500+ participants. Wareham Land Trust is excited to be participating in this year’s First Day Hikes Cape Cod event.
Wareham Middle School Nature Club
The Wareham Land Trust 23′-24′ TerraCorps Service Member will be facilitating an after-school nature club for the Wareham Middle School. The club will include guided outdoor exploration of the school’s grounds to investigate salt marsh inhabitants, identify invasive species, learn about the local bird life, and build observation skills. In addition, indoor lessons and experiments will focus on what causes fall leaves to take on their bright colors, how natural environments can help filter water, and so much more! A love of the environment starts with children, and WLT was happy to be able to spark these students curiosity and build their knowledge about the natural world around us.
Summer Insect Series Recap
The Land Trust is always looking to advance education about the natural world around us. This summer, we hosted a series of educational walks, talks, and hikes that focus on our crawly, colorful neighbors – insects! Insects make up over 80% of terrestrial species on Earth, and include bees, ants, butterflies, grasshoppers, and beetles, among many others. Although generally little understood (and often little appreciated!) by the general public, insects are vital components of our ecosystem. We rely on them for pollination, they are necessary decomposers of organic matter, and they are the base of many food webs, shaping the appearance, beauty and complexity of our landscapes. We hope to see you at one of the many insect-themed events this summer!
Winter Wonder Recap
This past winter, the WLT organized a series of nine free events (funded in part by the Wareham Cultural Council) providing education on natural world in Wareham during the chilly season. Events included a bird walk led by a professional ornithologist, a discussion on winter insects by the Plymouth County Entomologist, a maple sugaring demonstration, and other interactive activities.