2020 Calendar of Events

Sunday
January 19, 2020
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mill Pond

Mill Pond in Winter

Enjoy a wintry walk with views of lovely Mill Pond to shake off the post-holiday doldrums!

Meet at the Mill Pond School parking lot, 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough, MA.

No reservation needed

Trail Map:
http://westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/mill_pond_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
February 9, 2020
1:30 - 2:30 PM
Westborough Public Library

Talking Local Climate: How You Can Help!

Living sustainably is healthy for us and for the planet!

Dr. Martha Gach from Mass Audubon will discuss how climate change impacts our region and how you can help our Earth where it really matters—what you might already be doing, and what other steps are possible.

Program location: Westborough Public Library meeting room, 55 W. Main St., Westborough MA.

No reservation needed.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
February 29, 2020
10:00 AM - NOON
Westborough High School Cafeteria

Westborough Master Plan Public Meeting

Westborough’s Master Plan. Get involved.
Make your voice heard!

Come to the first of three public meetings on Westborough’s Future and the Town Master Plan.

Your Town, Your Future!

The Town of Westborough anticipates an approximately one year
public process to update the Town’s Master Plan that will answer:
• Where is Westborough now?
• Where does the community want Westborough to be in the next 10 to 15 years?
• How does Westborough get to where the community wants it to be?

westboroughmasterplan.com or call (508) 366-3055

Sponsored by the Westborough Master Plan Advisory Committee

“We are a community. We are responsible for ourselves, for one another, and for becoming all that we can become.”

Saturday
March 21, 2020
TWO SHOWS:
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Hall

*** CANCELLED *** Snakes of New England and the World

Cancelled in order to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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. 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. There is no parking along Willow Street.

Presented by Rick Roth of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team. No reservation required. Free; donations 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.

Cancelled in order to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Wednesday
April 1, 2020
– Saturday
April 11
Earth Day Event

Sign-up for the Earth Day Cleanup

Online sign-up for the Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup will be available from April 1 through April 11 this year. This will be the only way to sign up this year.

Cleanup can be done any day, from April 12 until noon Saturday, April 18.

See cleanup details.

Go to westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup to sign up.

Contact: earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
April 5, 2020
7:00 - 10:00 AM
and/or
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Westborough Wildlife Management area

*** CANCELLED *** Early Spring Birding

Hike at a relaxed pace in the Westborough Wildlife Management area with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club. Explore easy to moderate trails in search of early spring arrivals in a variety of marsh, field, and woodland habitats. We will check the ponds and marsh for any migrant ducks and swallows.

Participants may hike either or both sections. We will walk the eastern trails until around 10 a.m. and then explore the western trails until around 1 p.m.
 
Meet at 7 a.m. or 10 a.m. at the Westborough Town Beach parking area near 60 Lyman Street.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Friday
April 17, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Evening Woodcock Walk

As the sun sets in spring, the American woodcock performs a spectacular mating ritual. We will walk gentle trails at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area with Laura Lane of the Forbush Bird Club to listen for the woodcock’s unique call and watch its amazing sky dance. Families with school-age children are welcome.

Meet at the Mass Wildlife Field Headquarters, 1 Rabbit Hill Road (off North Drive) in Westborough.

Note: Walk will be canceled in case of heavy rain.

Leader: Laura Lane (508)-480-8259 [pete.lane@comcast.net]

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

Saturday
April 18, 2020
Earth Day Event
Morning, OR
week of April 12-17

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup
Online Signup Only—No Same-Day or Walk-In Registration this year.
Picnic Lunch cancelled this year due to coronavirus concerns.

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT!

NOTE: Due to coronavirus concerns, the event has been restructured this year. Nothing will take place at Bay State Commons; all signups MUST be done online by April 11.

Go to westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup between April 1-11 to sign up and choose an area to clean.

Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes on the 12th, or you can arrange to pick them up at 7 Chauncy St.

You can clean your chosen area any day, or any time before noon on April 18.

Leave closed bags by the road, and they will be removed on the morning of April 18. If you use any supplemental bags that are not the yellow bags you were supplied with, please leave them in a pile with at least one yellow bag or they will not be picked up.

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

Contact: earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
April 23, 2020
– Thursday
April 30

Westborough Master Plan Survey

YOUR INPUT wanted on Westborough's future!

Go to the WESTBOROUGH MASTER PLAN website and fill out a survey and suggest ideas for the town going forward.

Also, if you have HIGH SCHOOL AGED KIDS at home, get them involved!

The plan will be effective for 20 years so this is their chance to give ideas and opinions for the future of the town.

Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2020.

Monday
April 27, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Monday Morning Bird Walk #1

We will hike in the Westborough Wildlife Management Area on the north side of Lake Chauncy in search of migrant warblers with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club. This is the first of four Monday morning walks in this very productive area.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet at the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Sunday
May 3, 2020
1:30 - 3:30 PM

*** CANCELLED *** Family Nature Hike and Scavenger Hunt!

Come on a kid-length hike where youngsters will explore nature with their parents, followed by a fun scavenger hunt for ages 6 and up to practice what you have learned. Prizes will be awarded!

Parents/Guardians must supervise their children; this is not a drop-off event.

Sturdy shoes and insect repellent recommended.

Event is being held in conjunction with Unplugged Week in Westborough.

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:
http://www.westboroughcharm.org/guide/maps/upperjackstraw_trail_map.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
May 4, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Monday Morning Bird Walk #2

Join us for our second walk in the Westborough Wildlife Management Area on the north side of Lake Chauncy in search of spring migrants with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet at the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Monday
May 11, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Monday Morning Bird Walk #3

Many newly arrived migrant warblers can be expected during our third early-morning hike at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club through the trails on the north side of Lake Chauncy.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet at the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Monday
May 18, 2020
6:00 - 8:00 AM
Westborough Wildlife Management Area

*** CANCELLED *** Monday Morning Bird Walk #4

Spring migration is at its peak! Don’t miss our last early-morning hike at the Westborough Wildlife Management Area on the north side of Lake Chauncy with Nick Paulson of the Forbush Bird Club.

Directions: Take Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Way [formerly Hospital Road] off Lyman Street in Westborough at the ball field entrance. Park and meet just before the yellow gate at the end of the road near the water.

Leader: Nick Paulson, (508) 330-4401 [grendelpgill@yahoo.com]

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

Monday
June 15, 2020
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke's Parish Hall

*** CANCELLED *** Birds of the New England Swamp (Speaker: Peter Christoph) And WCLT Annual Meeting

Wildlife photographer Peter Christoph presents a narrated slideshow, sharing both his award-winning images and his photographic secrets as he brings you inside a typical New England swamp.

Enjoy an intimate look into the many varieties of birds that inhabit our swamps, including ospreys and herons, shorebirds, and woodpeckers and other cavity dwellers. Sloshing through the swamp so you don’t have to, Peter captures the birds’ many activities including nest building, feeding their young, and catching their prey. You’ll almost want to bring your own wading boots and bug spray as you experience this captivating presentation!

Reception and Annual Meeting to follow.

At St. Luke's Parish Hall, 1 Ruggles St.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
June 20, 2020
12:00 NOON
Westborough High School

Town Meeting Article 13: Land Acquisition - 30 Belknap St

**** Looks like Town Meeting will actually happen! ****

(Read information about this Town Meeting on the town website.)

If you are a registered voter in Westborough, you can be part of Town Meeting, which is Westborough's legislature.

At this meeting, a warrant article (#13) important to WCLT will be voted on.

Article 13 will ask the Town to vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire, by purchase in the amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000), approximately 31 acres of the 30 Belknap Street property (the Zwicker property) for conservation, passive recreation and/or utility purposes.

This property contains beautiful fields, woodlands, wetlands, tributaries to Piccadilly Brook, stone walls, riverfront area, and abundant diverse wildlife.

See maps and other details.

Sunday
September 6, 2020
– Saturday
November 21

WCLT Fall Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Explore the Westborough Community Land Trust's Charm Bracelet trails and earn WCLT-themed prizes!

Each week through the fall, we will post an iconic image from the Westborough trail system on the WCLT Facebook page.

Find the location and post the same image to earn bragging rights and fabulous prizes. Compete as individuals, families, or teams.

The first challenge will be posted on September 6, and a new one will go online each Sunday for the next 10 weeks.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Thursday
October 1, 2020
– Friday
October 2
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Lake Chauncy

Twilight to Moonlight Walk


Covid Update: Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all WCLT events, and social distancing will be practiced.

Two walks are offered to accommodate different age levels— adults on October 1, families and Scout troops on October 2.

Enjoy the sunset across Lake Chauncy, then take a walk by the light of the full moon to get into the Halloween spirit. We will learn to imitate some owl calls and listen for an answer!

The October 2 walk will also include some fun with flashlights at the end.

Take Fuller Way/Hospital Road off Lyman St. to the old State Hospital land and bear left along the lake shore. Park and meet at the lake edge, at the yellow gate between Hospital land and the Fish and Wildlife land, past the Chauncy Soccer Fields.

Walk will be 1-2 miles on mostly level unpaved trails, with one small hill. Bring a flashlight for emergencies, but we plan to keep them off most of the time so our eyes can adjust to the moonlight.

Trail Map:
https://www.svtweb.org/sites/default/files/CraneSwamp.pdf

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
October 18, 2020
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Sawink Farm

Explore the Boroughs Loop Trail Part 1: Sawink Farm to Cedar Hill


Covid Update: Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all WCLT events, and social distancing will be practiced.

The Boroughs Loop Trail is a recently opened 33-mile walking route connecting the trail networks of Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough. The BLT links wooded walking trails, bike paths, aqueduct trails, and sidewalks.

This hike is the first of two this fall intended to showcase the Westborough portion of the trail. We will walk from Sawink Farm to the top of Cedar Hill in Northborough to enjoy the view, then loop back to our cars via other trails, totaling about 4 ½ miles on woodland trails with one moderate hill.

Park at the Sawink Farm parking lot at the end of Walker Street (off East Main). If lot is full, park along one side of Walker Street; do not block the road. The grassy and unpaved portions at the end of Walker Street may be used. No reservation needed.

Trail Map:
https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=62dac996fca54f3da7415f098783bcb5&extent=-71.6473%2c42.298%2c-71.4451%2c42.3758

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Sunday
November 8, 2020
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Sawink Farm

Explore the Boroughs Loop Trail Part 2: Sawink Farm to the Old Aqueduct


Covid Update: Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all WCLT events, and social distancing will be practiced.

The Boroughs Loop Trail is a recently opened 33-mile walking route connecting the trail networks of Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough, and Westborough. The BLT links wooded walking trails, bike paths, aqueduct trails, and sidewalks.

This hike is the second of two this fall intended to showcase the Westborough portion of the trail. We will start from Sawink Farm to walk along the historic aqueduct and river in Southborough, then loop back to our cars via another route, totaling about 3 miles on woodland trails with one moderate hill. The possibility exists to extend the walk to about 5 miles and visit the farm stand at Chestnut Hill Farm if we are making good time all participants agree. Expect some wet spots on the trail.

Park at the Sawink Farm parking lot at the end of Walker Street (off East Main). If lot is full, park along one side of Walker Street; do not block the road. The grassy and unpaved portions at the end of Walker Street may be used. No reservation needed.
Trail Map:
https://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=62dac996fca54f3da7415f098783bcb5&extent=-71.6473%2c42.298%2c-71.4451%2c42.3758

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

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