Join the Trustees & Bianca of Within Wild Light in a mindful journey up Holt Hill under the light of the full moon. Together, we will gather for a meditative hike up the trail as night falls, and circle for a gentle guided meditation beneath the moon & stars. Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and unique tastes of evening in the magic of Ward Reservation. May this practice nourish your being and settle your mind as you return for a peaceful slumber at the end of the night.
Trustees of Reservations
Theater in the Open’s notorious haunting is coming to Appleton Farms! Join our cast of the undead for a half-hour walk through eerie vignettes, spooky sketches and haunting scenes, all surrounded by the changing colors and autumn grandeur of the farm. Bring the whole family for a variety of tricks and treats, this event is intended for all ages.
Join the Trustees on a hike up Weir Hill in North Andover in search of wild blueberries! Children and their caregivers are invited to take a stroll through Weir Hill and celebrate blueberry season with a story time of the classic children’s book, [amazon:978-0670175918:inline] by Robert McCloskey. With lowbush blueberries abound, participants will feel like they have joined Sal on her adventure on Blueberry Hill. “Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk!”
Come play with Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgan, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens! Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard experience that lets you and your family approach our barnyard buddies under the guidance of a professional farm-based educator. Join us for a new activity every half hour.
Early fall is upon us and the farm is bustling in the harvest season! We invite your little farmers to experience life at the farm as explore the farmstead through harvesting, hiking and play. Through farm “chores,” such as collecting eggs, brushing rabbits, and other age-appropriate hands-on activities, stories, and adventures, little farmers will become fully immersed in what life is like for a farmer. Each session will last 1 hour and will have a different theme such as “The Harvest Season”.
The Trustees of Reservations invite you to tour the gardens at Long Hill Gardens in Beverly, Massachusetts to celebrate Autumn and Halloween! Long Hill is very excited to announce a special new event, Halloween on the Hill! Come explore our beautiful property as we transform Long Hill into a celebration of autumn and the Halloween season. Follow our seasonal-themed trail that will feature over 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns, hundreds of mums and pumpkins, elaborate Halloween sets, light displays, music, and more. This is the perfect Halloween event your family won’t want to miss!
Spend a day with us in celebration of Choate Island – the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Here deer and foxes roam through fields that once housed herds of sheep, and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The island was first home to indigenous farmers and fishers, then to generations of the Choate family, and was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who loved the place so much they decided to be buried at the summit. Your day may take you on any adventure you choose, including hiking through miles of walking trails, observing wild landscapes with a fall treat in hand, hearing first-hand accounts of island life and history, and taking self-guided explorations of the historical Proctor Barn and Choate House.
The spirit of Octoberfest is taking over Appleton Farms for the weekend of October 9th and 10th, 12:00 - 6:00 pm both days. Featuring a special Octoberfest-inspired pizza menu both Saturday and Sunday along with lawn games, free fire pits, and local beer or cider to enjoy.
Take a deep breath and thank the trees! Families are invited to join us for a celebration of all things arboreal, on a guided hike through the Castle hill grounds, woodland trails, and pine grove, while learning all about both the natural and non-native/introduced trees living here. Participants will use all five senses to meet a tree; learn to ID trees via their leaves, bark, and seeds; discover unique adaptations for survival; and gain an expanded appreciation for all the benefits and ecosystem services that trees provide.
While enjoying beautiful views of Fox Creek, Cedar Point, Steep Hill Beach, and the Grane Allee, families will discover coastal habitats and historic structures on this ~2-hour hike through the trails, grounds, and gardens of Castle Hill. Participants will learn about and make observations in salt marsh, dune, and beach coastal habitats, and tour the outdoor historic and cultural spaces at Castle Hill such as the gardens, Casino, and Grande Allee. CraneExplorer guides will lead participants in engaging all 5 senses to make observations in nature, and share stories that encourage families to travel back in time and imagine life as a Crane.
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