Calendar of Events

Also check out the Westborough Walks Meetup group for hikes and activities guided by volunteers from WCLT.

Sunday
January 22, 2023
1:00 - 3:00 PM
Mass Wildlife

Wildlife Tracks and Signs

Have you ever come across tracks in the snow or mud, and wondered what animal made them? Or thought about what other signs animals might leave of their presence?

Bring the family and join this WCLT walk to learn how to tell what our local animals are doing in the wild when we’re not around!

Led by certified wildlife tracker Debbie Gallagher, assisted by Janet Anderson.

Free; no reservation required.

Easy walk on woodland terrain, one small hill.

Meet at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive) in Westborough MA. Take Milk St. to North Dr. and follow signs to the Mass Wildlife Headquarters.

Before heading out, check here for weather cancellations.

Trail Map:
https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/map_FishWildlife.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
February 12, 2023
1:30 - 3:00 PM
Westborough Public Library

Clicking With Nature

Focus on nature photography with WCLT!

Learn tips, tricks, and go-to gear from Westborough resident and award-winning nature photographer Nancy Wright. You’ll hear the stories behind some of her favorite photos, including several that are part of her portfolio that won the National Wildlife 2021 Photo Contest.

Free; no reservation required.

Westborough Public Library meeting room, 55 West Main St., Westborough MA.

Check for weather and Covid updates before heading out: https://westboroughlandtrust.org/

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
March 25, 2023
TWO SHOWS:
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

Snakes of New England and the World

Bring the family and join us for our always-popular spring free live animal show!

Meet some fascinating harmless reptiles you may find while out walking in Westborough, as well as some impressive specimens from around the world. Learn to identify, respect, and protect these fragile creatures.

You will be allowed to touch the animals—this show is always a big hit with the young and the curious of all ages!

Plan to arrive early as seating is limited.

Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St., Westborough MA; parking lot in rear. There is no parking along Willow Street. Overflow parking is in Arturo’s parking lot, 54 East Main St.--Walk behind the Arturo’s building to cross directly into the rear of the KofC parking lot.

Presented by Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team.

No reservation required. Free; donations to WCLT gratefully accepted at the door.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Also supported in part by the Westborough Newcomers Club.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
April 15, 2023
Earth Day Event

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup and Cleanup Volunteers’ Picnic
(Online Signup Only—No Walk-In Registration)

Group/Club/Business Sign-up: February 1-March 15, 2023
Family/Individual Sign-up: Week of April 1-6, 2023
Cleanup: Week of April 8-15, 2023
Drop-In Volunteers’ Picnic Lunch: Saturday, April 15, 11:30-12:30

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT, and enjoy a drop-in Earth Day Volunteers’ pizza picnic lunch afterwards!

Come on your own, or rally your family, co-workers, or neighbors and form a team to beautify our town!

Larger groups please email earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org by March 15 to sign up.

Families and individuals go to https://westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup between April 1-6 to sign up and choose an area to clean.

Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the 7th, or if necessary, you can arrange to pick up.

Clean your chosen area any day or time before noon on April 15. Leave closed
bags by the road in the area you cleaned, and they will be removed on April 15. Then head over to Bay State Commons for an appreciation picnic of pizza with all the sides!

For the cleanup, wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes.

Contact: earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
April 30, 2023
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Gilmore Pond

Plug into the Outdoors!

Turn off the devices and turn on the wonder!

Join WCLT on a family-friendly afternoon in nature, looking for and learning about the plants, trees, insects, birds, and animals right in our own back yard.

The event will take place on the Gilmore Pond All-Persons Trail, so strollers and individuals of all ages and abilities are welcome!

Presented as part of Westborough Unplugs week. Free, no reservation needed. Short, level crushed stone trail with integrated boardwalks.

Meet at the Gilmore Pond Trail Entrance, GPS address approximately 19 Quick Farm Rd., Westborough. Park along one side of Quick Farm Road.

Trail Map:
https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/upperjackstraw_trail_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
May 7, 2023
1:30 - 3:30 PM

The Ice Age in Westborough: How Glaciers Shaped our Landscape

Learn about how Westborough was shaped by glaciers with the Westborough Community Land Trust! Glaciers covered the land in a mile-thick ice sheet eight different times over the last million years.

During this 2.5-mile round-trip hike, leader Andy Koenigsberg will take the group along the west side of Lake Chauncy, and north to visit a glacially deposited former sand and gravel quarry.

Come away with an understanding of how New England’s rocky, hilly, pond-filled landscape came to exist as we see it today.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough. Go straight up the hill, past the soccer fields on your left. Then take the very last left turn before the parking lot for the condo building. Where that road meets the lakeshore, park and meet near the yellow gate.

No reservation needed.

Check for weather cancellations before setting out.

Trail Map:
https://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/map_FishWildlife.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
June 12, 2023
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke's Parish Hall

The American Chestnut Story And Westborough Community Land Trust Annual Meeting

Did you know there is an American Chestnut tree breeding orchard in Westborough?

Learn the fascinating story behind the work that is being done there:
  • What happened to the American Chestnut, a former keystone species in the eastern woodlands?

  • What is Chestnut blight, and how did the scientific community react when it was first discovered in 1901?

  • How did a single pathogen cause an entire species to become functionally extinct?

  • What progress has been made in trying to restore this "Sequoia of the East” and is there any hope of success?

The sweeping Chestnut saga will be shared in this presentation, from the separation of the continents and the last glaciation to the current understanding of the Chestnut genome and advances in biotechnology.

Presenter Brad Smith joined the American Chestnut Foundation in the early 1990's, upon spotting his first Chestnut in the wild after reading a National Geographic article about this new organization. He became a board member of the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter soon after its founding in 2000; he is a past president and remains a director. He has been involved in surveying, pollinating, planting, harvesting and crossbreeding Chestnuts for the last two decades. Brad has recently retired from teaching Latin for 35 years, and has lived in Westborough since 1988.

Location: St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 1 Ruggles St. Westborough MA

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Westborough Community Land Trust, PO Box 838, Westborough , MA 01581
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