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 easy 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.

2021 Mornings for Members Calendar

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Wednesday, June 2nd                              Squam Farm (1.6 mi)

Join us as we explore the retired pastures, forested paths, and hidden wetlands of this spectacular property. Located off Quidnet Road, this former farmland was used by the Foundation for a 10-year study of the ecological effects of sheep grazing on the island’s landscape. See how rare plant species re-established in this secluded island spot.

Saturday, June 5th                                  Squam Farm (1.6 mi)

Join us as we explore the retired pastures, forested paths, and hidden wetlands of this spectacular property. Located off Quidnet Road, this former farmland was used by the Foundation for a 10-year study of the ecological effects of sheep grazing on the island’s landscape. See how rare plant species re-established in this secluded island spot.

Wednesday, June 9th                            Masquetuck (1.0 mi)

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 16th                         Ram Pasture (Rantum Scoot 3.5 mi)

Our first Rantum Scoot of the 2021 season! Walk more briskly as we explore the southernmost end of the Foundation’s popular Sanford Farm property, which is home to some of Nantucket’s rarest plants and animals. Ram Pasture offers spectacular views of the ocean and the open grasslands of our adjacent Head of the Plains properties.

Wednesday, June 23rd                         Squam Swamp (1.4 mi)

A return to guided walks at this island favorite! Be prepared for some adventurous, mucky, uneven trails while you hear about the ecological bounty tucked in the vernal pools and Red Maple swamps of this striking forest. Uniquely shaped trees and vibrant seasonal sights await in the forests of Squam.

Saturday, June 26th                          Windswept Bog (2.4 mi)

Join us for a guided walk around the bogs and forests of Windswept, a recently retired organic cranberry bog in the process of a restoration journey back into a useful and productive wetland. Hear about the ecological history in the making for this island favorite and the cranberry culture that helped to sustain the families of Nantucket after the whaling era.

Wednesday, June 30th                        Windswept Bog (2.4 mi)

Join us for a guided walk around the bogs and forests of Windswept, a recently retired organic cranberry bog in the process of a restoration journey back into a useful and productive wetland. Hear about the ecological history in the making for this island favorite and the cranberry culture that helped to sustain the families of Nantucket after the whaling era.

Wednesday, July 7th                        The Serengeti (2.2 mi)

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, July 14th                      Head of the Plains (2.3 mi)

Head of the Plains represents the largest, contiguous acreage of rare sandplain grassland habitat on the Foundation's properties. Join our guides 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.

Saturday, July 17th                                Head of the Plains (2.3 mi)

Head of the Plains represents the largest, contiguous acreage of rare sandplain grassland habitat on the Foundation's properties. Join our guides 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 21st                            Tawpawshaw Bog & the Shawkemo Highlands (2.4 mi)

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, July 28th                           Heart of the Middle Moors (2.2 mi)

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, July 31st                                  Milestone Cranberry Bog (Rantum Scoot, 3.0 mi)

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.

Wednesday, August 4th                        Tupancy Links (1.3 mi)

Our newest guided walk to tell the history of this popular Cliff Road property and the family that made its preservation possible. Walk the trails with us to hear about the transition from private golf course to recovering grassland and the role it plays in restoring habitat across Nantucket.

Wednesday, August 11th                      Norwood Farm (2.4 mi)

The Foundation’s newest major acquisition, 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.

Saturday, August 14th                            Norwood Farm (Rantum Scoot, 2.8 mi)

Join this Rantum Scoot for a lengthier tour through the rolling landscapes of Nantucket’s former farm belt. Visit the important cultural sites and ecologically vibrant habitats found throughout this northern portion of Nantucket’s expansive Middle Moors.

Wednesday, August 18th                       Squam Farm (1.6 mi)

Join us as we explore the retired pastures, forested paths, and hidden wetlands of this spectacular property. Located off Quidnet Road, this former farmland was used by the Foundation for a 10-year study of the ecological effects of sheep grazing on the island’s landscape. See how rare plant species re-established in this secluded island spot.

Wednesday, August 25th                       Kettle Hole Ponds of the Western Moors (1.8 mi)

A great introduction to the diverse wetlands dotted across Nantucket’s Middle Moors. Hear about the formation and ecology of the freshwater ponds sunken into this glacial landscape, the rare plants that thrive there, and the cultural importance of kettle ponds.

Saturday, August 28th                             Ram Pasture (2.3 mi)

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, September 1st                    Windswept Bog (2.4 mi)

Join us for a guided walk around the bogs and forests of Windswept, a recently retired organic cranberry bog in the process of a restoration journey back into a useful and productive wetland. Hear about the ecological history in the making for this island favorite and the cranberry culture that helped to sustain the families of Nantucket after the whaling era.

Wednesday, September 8th                   Turner Road (Rantum Scoot, 3.8 mi)

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.

Saturday, September 11th                  Climate Change Awareness Walk (1.0 mi)

During Climate Change Awareness Month, join Dr. Jen Karberg and Neil Foley on a walk to explore how sea level rise and climate change is already impacting natural areas on our island. Using the salt marshes, wetlands, barrier beaches and uplands at the UMASS Field Station, they will guide you through the current stressors of climate and as well as the benefits these natural areas provide to buffer Nantucket from sea level rise.

Wednesday, September 15th             The Serengeti (2.2 mi)

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.

Saturday, September 18th                    Climate Change Awareness Walk (1.0 mi)

During Climate Change Awareness Month, join Dr. Jen Karberg and Neil Foley on a walk to explore how sea level rise and climate change is already impacting natural areas on our island. Using the salt marshes, wetlands, barrier beaches and uplands at the UMASS Field Station, they will guide you through the current stressors of climate and as well as the benefits these natural areas provide to buffer Nantucket from sea level rise.

Wednesday, September 22nd             Masquetuck (1.0 mi)

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 25th                 Squam Swamp (1.4 mi)

An end of the summer return to guided walks at this island favorite! Be prepared for some adventurous, mucky, uneven trails while you hear about the ecological bounty tucked in the vernal pools and Red Maple swamps of this striking forest. Uniquely shaped trees and vibrant seasonal sights await in the forests of Squam.

Wednesday, September 29th         Milestone Cranberry Bog at Harvest (2.0 mi)

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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