2021 Calendar of Events

January 16, 2021
– Sunday
February 28

"The Nature of Westborough": WCLT's 2021 Amateur Photography Contest!

Enter WCLT's amateur nature photography competition!

With many families hiking and taking photos during the pandemic, we thought this would be a great way to showcase the best of Westborough's natural beauty.

Entrants must be Westborough residents, and photographs must be nature-inspired and taken in Westborough from January 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021.

Keep track of when and where your Westborough best shots are from, as we’ll be asking for dates and locations for each entry.

Plants, trees, flowers, sunsets, sunrises, ponds, rivers, wildlife... so many beautiful images to capture.

Read the rules. (.pdf)

Fill out the entry form.

Contest will run through the end of February.

Show us how you click with nature!

Prizes will be awarded in adult and youth categories!

Thank you to our prize donors:
Peter Christoph Photography
Elsie Kaye Glassworks
Art Emporium
Tatnuck Bookseller
Curry Printing
Hunt’s Photo

Contact: photocontest@westboroughlandtrust.org

January 24, 2021
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Bowman West

Explore Bowman West in Winter

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

Weather and other factors may cause event cancellation. Please check westboroughlandtrust.org before leaving to attend any event.

Many people are familiar with the Bowman Conservation Area, the area around Sandra Pond. Come on this walk to enjoy the lesser-known trails of Bowman West, the area on the other side of Bowman St.

This walk will be led by Chris Sassetti, providing an opportunity to meet WCLT’s new President!

About 2¾ miles on woodland trails with some small hills.

Park on Long Drive where it meets the south end of Cook St. Park on one side of Long Drive only. Meet at the trailhead on Long Drive.

Trail Map:

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

February 21, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM

A Few Days in the Galapagos Islands (Virtual Presentation)

Situated in the Pacific Ocean some 600 miles from the South American continent, the nineteen Galapagos Islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique “living museum and showcase of evolution.”

We will explore a small portion of the archipelago, primarily around Santa Cruz, and see many of the unique species that inspired Darwin in 1835.

Travel vicariously through wildlife photographer Garry Kessler’s stunning photos, which he took on his “bucket list” trip there in 2018.

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Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

March 1, 2021
– Wednesday
June 30

Westborough Wildflower Hunt

Help WCLT inventory the wildflowers on our properties by taking part in this fun scavenger hunt!

Check WCLT's Facebook page every month, where we will post pictures of wildflowers that bloom that month. If you see those flowers on WCLT properties, comment with a picture and include where you saw it.

Have fun and learn to identify local wildflowers at the same time!

Please, absolutely no picking flowers or damaging plants!

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

April 17, 2021
Earth Day Event
Morning, OR
week of April 10-17

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup
Online Signup Only—No Same-Day or Walk-In Registration.

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

NOTE: Due to continued coronavirus concerns, no in-person signups or picnic will take place; all signups MUST be done online by April 9.

Go to westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup between April 1-9 to sign up and choose an area to clean.

Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the 10th or you can arrange to pick them up.

You can clean your chosen area any day or time before noon on April 17.

Leave closed bags by the road, and they will be removed on April 17.

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

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

May 16, 2021
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mill Pond Area

Family Nature Hike: Nature for Kids and Curious Adults!

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

Weather and other factors may cause event cancellation. Please check westboroughlandtrust.org before leaving to attend any event.

Come on a kid-length hike where kids and people of all ages will find out how to identify local trees, plants, and animals, and learn some basic natural history of the area.

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

Meet at the Mill Pond School parking lot, 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough, MA. No reservation needed.

Trail Map:

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

June 14, 2021
7:00 - 9:00 PM
St. Luke’s Parish Hall

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

(In-person indoor event; may be cancelled due to coronavirus concerns; check westboroughlandtrust.org for updates.)

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

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