Walking Tours

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The Foundation offers guided walking tours of its properties during the summer and early fall months to current members. The Morning for Members and Science for Members walks are usually in the 2-3 mile range and include in-depth information on the property’s history, habitats, wildlife and, if applicable, research and ecological management that the Foundation’s scientists are conducting in the area. Rantum Scoots are typically longer (in the 3-4 mile range) and, while information about the property is given, the walks tend to be faster paced.  All walks take place from 8:30 – 10:30 am.

Please note that this program is reserved for up-to-date members of the Foundation. If you are not currently a member or are unsure about your membership status, you may call us at 508- 228-2884 or enroll here.

Mornings for Members and Science for Members

These guided walks are one of the most popular ways for Foundation members to experience the properties that they help to preserve and protect. Held during the summer and early fall, our walks showcase a variety of Foundation-owned conservation land across the Island and explore a wide range of ecological, geological and historic features.

In addition to learning about the characteristics of the different properties, participants will also learn about the Foundation’s ongoing research, management and conservation efforts.  Each walk has its own particular charm and is a fun way for members to meet and share their common interest to preserve Nantucket’s open spaces.

The Mornings for Members program is led by staff from the Foundation’s Properties Maintenance and Science & Stewardship Departments, who provide information about the cultural history of the properties as well as the unique, and often rare, flora and fauna found on Nantucket.

Rantum Scoots

A Rantum (not random) Scoot is an expression for “a pleasant journey with no objective other than pure enjoyment.”  These walks differ from the traditional Mornings for Members outings in that they are designed for longer, uninterrupted excursions.  The primary goal of these walks is to introduce people to new and different walking trails on Foundation properties throughout the Island.  Staff members will guide the walks and are available to answer questions along the route, but the intent is more for continuous walking and exercise.  The trails are easily to find again to encourage people to come back and visit on their own. While they range in length and difficulty, they are generally in the 3-4 mile range over moderately difficult terrain.

General Information for Walks and Scoots

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2017 Walks Calendar

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tawpawshaw Bog & Shawkemo Highlands

2.4 miles

This walk explores a particularly scenic and hilly area in the Western section of the Middle Moors. Highlights include freshwater ponds in various stages of succession, interesting plant species, and stunning views of the Moors and Nantucket Harbor.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Altar Rock & Wigwam Ponds

2.4 miles

View the Foundation’s expansive Middle Moors properties from one of the highest points on the island while learning about the history of Nantucket’s Native American populations.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Western Moors

3.5 miles

Travel through a diverse area with freshwater ponds, hilly terrain, and views of Nantucket Harbor. Views from some of the Island’s highest vantage points will give participants an excellent reference point if they wish to return on their own.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

*Science for Members*

Ram Pasture & the Woods

2.8 miles

Join the Foundation’s science staff for a walking tour of the southern portion of our Sanford Farm, Ram Pasture and the Woods property. See the results of recent vegetation management aimed at restoring globally-significant sandplain grassland habitat and learn about our recent discovery of two rare animals on the property: Northern Long-eared Bats and New England Cottontails.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Windswept Bog & Stump Pond

1.9 miles

Explore the Foundation’s organic Windswept Bog and the surrounding woodlands and ponds. Walk along the bogs, see the berries ripening, and learn about the intricacies of organic cranberry growing. A wonderful walk for anyone interested in history, geology or organic farming.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Head of the Plains *Rantum Scoot*

2.3 miles

This Rantum Scoot takes us through low growing sandplain grassland and trails interspersed with lovely wildflowers and plants. The property boasts more than 436 acres and is considered to be one of the best examples of sandplain grassland in the world. A great choice for anyone wishing to learn about the island’s flora or looking for a picturesque hike.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Madequecham Valley

2.2 miles

View the Foundation’s expansive Middle Moors properties from one of the highest points on the island and learn about the history of Nantucket’s native populations and unique land use history.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ram Pasture

2.3 miles

Explore the southernmost end of the Foundation’s popular Sanford Farm. This area, rich in natural history, is also home to some of the island’s rarest plants and animals. Experience excellent views of open grasslands, the Head of the Plains, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Norwood Farm

2.3 miles

The Foundation’s newest property, Norwood Farm, represents some of the most diverse areas on Nantucket, including hardwood forests, freshwater bogs and kettlehole ponds. The diverse habitats support rare species of plants, moths and birds of prey.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Serengeti

2.7 miles

Named as Nantucket’s Serengeti due to its undeniable visual similarity to the plains of eastern Africa, this stunning property makes up the southern portion of the island’s largest acreage of undeveloped land, the Middle Moors. See approximately 400 acres of scrub oak shrubland that we have mowed annually since 1998 in our ongoing efforts to restore grasslands to the area.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

*Science for Members*

Head of the Plains

1.8 miles

Head of the Plains is the largest, contiguous acreage of globally-significant sandplain grassland habitat on the Foundation’s properties. Join our science staff to learn more about the numerous rare plant and animal species found on this property and visit the site of a new comprehensive restoration project using disk harrowing and native seed addition to restore sandplain grassland habitat.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Milestone Bog at Harvest *Rantum Scoot*

1.4 miles

Once the world’s largest cranberry bog, Milestone remains the island’s oldest working farm. Tour the area and see the harvest while learning the intricacies of cranberry growing. A great walk for anyone interested in cranberries or seeing the moors in early autumn foliage.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Kettle Ponds

2.1 miles

These kettle hole ponds and bogs are important habitat for birds and other small animals but receive little human visitation. We will visit these sites while traveling along moorland roads and get a glimpse into these secretive spots. This is a good walk for those who wish to explore and learn about the island’s natural history.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Turner & Barnard Valley Roads

3.8 miles

View the Foundation’s expansive Middle Moors properties from one of the highest points on the island and learn about the history of Nantucket’s native populations and unique land use history.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Altar Rock & Wigwam Ponds

2.4 miles

Join us for a walk through this remote area tucked away on the west end of the island and learn about the Foundation’s collaborative efforts with the Nantucket Land Bank to restore and maintain our unique grassland and heathland plant communities.

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