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2018 Mornings for Members

As a unique benefit of membership, the Foundation invites you and its other up-to-date members to explore Foundation properties this season with staff from our Properties Maintenance and Science & Stewardship Departments. Select a fun and informational walk at one of the Foundation-owned destinations. On our Mornings for Members (MFM) walks, participants are presented with insights into the history, flora, fauna, and landscape features of the property. On our Science for Members walks, the locations and topics discussed feature the ecological resource management and research being undertaken by the Foundation’s Science & Stewardship Department. All programs bring members into contact with the special places and rare resources they are helping to protect.

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.

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

2018 Walks Calendar

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Madequeucham Valley (MFM)

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, June 6, 2018

Head of the Plains (Scoot)

3.5 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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Heart of the Middle Moors – new! (MFM)

2.4 miles

This new walk explores the base of Altar Rock through the highlands of Norwood Farm. Follow paths through hidden valleys and view some of the distinctive kettle ponds that comprise this unique collection of rare habitats while learning about both native and geologic history.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Masquetuck (MFM)

1.4 miles

One of the Foundation’s real gems. Travel through a small, fascinating hardwood forest that extends to the shores of West Polpis Harbor with opportunities to see herons, egrets, shellfish and other inhabitants of this ecologically rich area.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Massasoit Plains (MFM)

2.9 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.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Milestone Bog (Scoot)

3.6 miles

See Milestone Cranberry Bog and the surrounding moors on a Rantum Scoot designed to showcase both our cranberry farming operation and an intriguing section of our vast Middle Moors property.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Norwood Farm (MFM)

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. These diverse habitats support rare species of plants, moths and birds of prey.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Head of the Plains (SFM)

1.8 miles

Head of the Plains represents the largest, contiguous acreage of rare 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 our restoration research and management using disk harrowing and native seed addition.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Massasoit Plains (MFM)

2.9 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.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Shawkemo Highlands & Tawpawshaw Bog (MFM)           

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, August 1, 2018

Western Moors (Scoot)

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, August 8, 2018

Serengeti (MFM)

2.7 miles

Named ‘Nantucket’s Serengeti’ due to its undeniable visual similarity to the plains of eastern Africa, this stunning 400 acres of scrub oak shrubland constitutes the southern portion of our largest property, the Middle Moors. In an effort to restore grasslands, it has been mowed annually since 1998.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Altar Rock & Wigwam Ponds (MFM)

2.4 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 American populations.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Middle Moors Truck Tour (limited mobility)

This trip is intended to give members with limited mobility a chance to experience the Middle Moors. We will use the Foundation’s safari vehicle to drive across the moors and see the island from several excellent vantage points.

*Since space is limited, we request that only those who have difficulty with our other walks sign up.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ram Pasture & the Woods (SFM)

1.7 miles

Join the Foundation’s science staff for a walking tour of the southern portion of Sanford Farm, Ram Pasture and the Woods to discuss the importance of maintaining a mosaic of grasslands, shrublands and forests to benefit multiple rare species, including recently discovered Northern Long-eared Bats and New England Cottontails.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Windswept Bog (MFM)

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 some of the intricacies of organic cranberry growing. A wonderful walk for anyone interested in history, geology or organic farming.

Wednesday,September 5, 2018

Masquetuck (MFM)

1.4 miles

One of the Foundation’s real gems. Travel through a small, fascinating hardwood forest that extends to the shores of West Polpis harbor with opportunities to see herons, egrets, shellfish and other inhabitants of this ecologically rich area.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Madequecham Valley (MFM)

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, September 12, 2018

Norwood Farm (Scoot)

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, September 19, 2018

Squam Forest (SFM)

2.3 miles

Nantucket’s forests are an unusual and important part of Nantucket’s ecosystems. Join our science staff for an “off-the-beaten path” tour of Squam Swamp to see some of our oldest trees and learn about our research on the composition and structure of our forests, which exhibit dramatic adaptations to past sheep grazing, deforestation and our maritime climate.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Milestone Bog at Harvest (MFM)

1.5 miles

Once the world’s largest cranberry bogs, 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.