Posted December 28, 2022
The still and quiet nature of the approaching winter has done nothing to slow down the Wareham Land Trust’s activities. Although there seems to be fewer people on the trails nowadays, we can guarantee when you get back to them, they’ll be clean and accessible thanks to the dedicated volunteers that participate in our Bimonthly Trail Day Initiative. Since the start of this program in October, we have improved four of our most trafficked properties with the help of over two dozen volunteers collectively. Whether the trail demands trimming, invasive species removal or trash pick-up, our faithful volunteers show up to get the job done. We have seen first hand that rain, frost or wind won’t stop the community from lending their time and an extra set of frozen hands to get the job done. Don’t worry, we’ll be sure to supply handwarmers as we continue our Trail Days in the coming months. We’ll need all hands on deck when we start the creation of a new trail network that has been in the works for months. Thanks to the help and coordination of the Onset Water District, we will soon be adding miles of trails to Wareham’s catalogue and what a better time than winter when we can finally see past the brush to get started!
Unsurprisingly, the ones least affected by the changing of seasons are the students of the Wareham Middle School that unapologetically run outside to face the cold during our Wednesday Nature Club sessions. Whether it’s exploring the nearby salt marsh to find the world’s biggest Fiddler Crab or collecting fall leaves to experiment with color pigments, the students tend to find any reason to stay outside just a little longer. The only thing that draws us back inside is the 4pm sunset, but if you gave these 5th and 6th grade students a headlamp, they’d never leave the woods. The Nature Club, which started in October, will run for the remainder of the school year and soon we will get a new class of eager students that get to end their school day with an interactive outdoor lesson about the natural world around them.
Written by Emily Tramontano, TerraCorps Member