Big Woods Hike

Join Mass Audubon naturalists on a hike around Averill's Island at IRWS.

There's a walk in the woods... and then there's a walk in the woods with a naturalist. Bring your friends for a pre-Thanksgiving guided walk to discover the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for winter. Sanctuary naturalists will lead small groups as they venture out to Averill's Island, to find some of the sanctuary’s oldest trees. We will stop along the way to hear stories of those who lived on the land before us and learn more about the fascinating cultural history of the sanctuary. Look for animal signs as we hike through the woodlands and marshes, taking in the beauty of the muted colors of late autumn. Walks are approximately 2 hours and 3 miles in length.

Walks will depart at 11:30, 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, or 1:00 pm. Discover sites of former dwellings, hear stories of the people who settled this area 200 years ago, and learn about what is happening in the world of nature as plants and animals prepare for the coming winter. We will stop along the way to hear stories of the original settlers and learn about the fascinating cultural history of the sanctuary.

Warm up by the woodstove in the Barn upon your return. Hot drinks and homemade soup and desserts will be available for purchase beginning at 11:00 am, so feel free to come early to enjoy a bite to eat before you go out on your hike.

  • Advance registration is required.
  • Children should be at least 5 years old, since we will be hiking on the sanctuary for two hours.
  • Runs rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable footwear.
When: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 11:30-3:00 pm
Prices: 
Members: Adults: $8; Children: $7
Non-Members: Adults: $9; Children: $8
Phone: 
978.887.9264

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