2022 Calendar of Events

Sunday
January 23, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 PM
near Lake Chauncy

Winter Walk into History

The former Westborough State Hospital is surrounded by beautiful woods as well as interesting history.

This walk begins at the new pavilion on the shore of Lake Chauncy. Here a brief introduction to the fascinating story of Westborough State Hospital will be given, illustrated by historical plaques in the pavilion.

We will then enjoy the crisp air and winter views on a two-mile walk exploring some of the lesser-known trails in the adjacent Wayne F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area, on woodland trails with some small hills.

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 in the lot near the yellow gate. Meet at the pavilion by the parking area.

No reservation needed.

Check for weather cancellations before setting out.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Tuesday
February 1, 2022
– Tuesday
March 15

Group/Club/Business Sign-up for Earth Day Cleanup

Large groups email earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org by March 15 to sign up.
See Earth Day Cleanup item for details of the event.

Sunday
February 13, 2022
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Tatnuck Bookseller

Making Maple Syrup at Home

Do you think you have a sugar maple tree in your yard? Have you ever wondered if you could make your own natural maple syrup, but didn’t know how to get started? Or maybe you thought the equipment would be too expensive and hard to find?

You can do this! Come find out how to identify a sugar maple, how to collect sap using a few dollars’ worth of equipment from any hardware store, and how to boil the sap to make syrup, candy, and more.

Presenter Janet Anderson has been making maple syrup from her backyard trees in Westborough for over a decade, and has made all the mistakes so you don’t have to!

Samples will be offered. Dress to go outdoors, as the talk will conclude with a demonstration of tapping a nearby sugar maple tree.

No reservation needed.

Location: Tatnuck Bookseller meeting room, 18 Lyman St., Westborough.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
March 26, 2022
TWO SHOWS:
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Knights of Columbus Hall

Snakes of New England and the World

[In-person indoor event; current safety protocols at the time will be followed. Check back in the spring for details.]

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.


Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Saturday
April 9, 2022
– Saturday
April 16
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, 2022
Family/Individual Sign-up: Week of April 1-8, 2022
Cleanup: Week of April 9-16, 2022
Drop-In Volunteers’ Picnic Lunch: Saturday, April 16, 11:30-12:30

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT, and enjoy a drop-in Earth Day Volunteers’ 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 email earthday@westboroughlandtrust.org by March 15 to sign up.

Families and individuals go to https://westboroughlandtrust.org/earth-day-signup between April 1-8 to sign up and choose an area to clean.

Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the 9th, or if necessary, you can arrange to pick up.

Clean your chosen area any day or time before noon on April 16. Leave closed bags by the road in the area you cleaned, and they will be removed on April 16. 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
May 22, 2022
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Lake Chauncy

Geology Walk: The Making of Westborough

Learn about Westborough’s landscape and how it was shaped by glaciers. The major glacial periods 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 and south sides 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.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

Monday
June 13, 2022
7:00 - 9:00 PM
TBD

Owls of New England (Speaker: Peter Christoph) And WCLT Annual Meeting

[In-person indoor event; current safety protocols at the time will be followed. Check back in the spring for details.]

In this captivating presentation, wildlife photographer Peter Christoph delivers stunning photographs of his favorite owls combined with stories that entertain, educate and inspire.

You’ll learn the secrets Peter uses to find and photograph these same owls in the wild in their natural habitat!

Eight common species of owls in New England include: Great Horned, Barred, and Eastern Screech – all year-round residents and fairly easy to spot. Long-eared, Short-eared, and Snowy are winter migrants and breed far north of us. Northern Saw-whet Owls do breed in New England but are quite small and rarely seen. Barn Owls have bred in New England but are the toughest of all to find.

He’ll wrap up this exceptional wildlife program with beautiful images of a vagrant migrant- a rare visitor called the Great Gray Owl.

Reception and Annual Meeting to follow.

Location TBD.

Contact: events@westboroughlandtrust.org

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