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

  • An active Foundation membership includes one complimentary Mornings for Members walk per year. Due to the popularity of the program, reservations may only be made for one walk. Requests for additional walks will be wait-listed so that we may accommodate as many members as possible. Reservations for the walks are on a first-come, first-served basis and sometimes fill up quickly.
  • Once your reservation is processed, we will send you an email to confirm the availability of space on your requested walk and directions to the meeting location. If you do not have access to e-mail, please call the Foundation’s office (508-228-2884) to submit your reservation request.
  • Walks begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. and last approximately two hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather.
  • Participants are also encouraged to bring water, bug repellent and sun protection.

2019 Mornings for Members Calendar

June 5                      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.

June 12                   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.

June 15  (Sat)          Squam Farm                1.6 miles

Join us as we explore the open fields, hidden forests and sphagnum bogs of this spectacular property adjacent to Squam Swamp. Located off Quidnet Road, this former farmland was used by the Foundation for a ten-year study of the ecological effects of sheep grazing on the island’s landscape.

June 19 Scoot          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.

June 26                     Massasoit Plains          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.

July 3                          Masquetuck                 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.

July 10 Scoot             Turner Road Scoot                 3.8 miles

This Rantum Scoot covers the area west of the cranberry bogs and south of Altar Rock. Discover trails that link together to other parts of the Middle Moors for longer future excursions. A great hike for anyone looking for a good workout and ideas for other places to explore.

July 15                        Middle Moors Truck Tour - limit 7

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.

July 17                        Windswept Bog          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

July 24                        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.

July 31                        Altar Rock & Wigwam Ponds            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.

August 7 Scoot           Norwood Farm Scoot              3.7 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

August 14                    Massasoit Plains          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.

August 21                    Heart of the Middle Moors     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.

August 28 Scoot         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.

September 4                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.

September 11              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.

September 14  (Sat)     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.

September 18             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.

September 25              Milestone Bog at Harvest       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.

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