As a unique benefit to membership, the Foundation invites our members to explore Foundation properties this season with staff from our Science & Stewardship Department. Select a fun and informational walk at one of the Foundation-owned destinations. 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.

General Information for Walks

  • Due to the popularity of the program, reservations may only be made for a limited number of walks. Requests for additional walks will be wait-listed so that we may accommodate as many members as possible. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis and fill up quickly. If your plans change, lease contact us as soon as possible to allow someone from the waitlist to attend.
  • Once your reservation is processed, we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not have access to e-mail, please call the Foundation’s office (508-228-2884) to submit your reservation request.
  • You will receive directions to the meeting location 24 hours before the event.
  • All Science for Members Excursions are held from 9am-11am.
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared for inclement weather.
  • Participants are also encouraged to bring water, bug repellent and sun protection

 

Windswept Turtles and Wetland Restoration  June 1

Learn about the secretive spotted turtles that live in the old cranberry bogs at Windswept with Danielle O’Dell, our Wildlife Ecologist and Karen Beattie, our Science and Stewardship Director. They will showcase radio telemetry equipment tracking the turtles movements across the property and explain why this information is important for planning the wetland restoration. Space is Limited.

Squam Forest in Spring  June 8

Join NCF botanist and ecologist Kelly Omand for a loop tour, beginning with the more open landscapes of Squam Farm, visiting Squam Swamp, and returning to the starting location. Learn the spring and early summer wildflowers of our forests and fields and view the forest in the early season just after leaves have emerged.

Native Plant Landscaping Tour  June 22

Ever wonder how native plant landscaping might work in your yard? Diverse plantings of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and grasses can boost your enjoyment of nature at home, while supporting wildlife and connecting conservation lands. NCF Botanist/Plant Ecologist Kelly Omand gives a tour of our office at 118 Cliff Rd to explore the changes we’ve made to our office gardens. We recently had a makeover to remove invasive species and add ornamental native foundation plantings sponsored by a generous Nantucket Garden Club Grant, along with a biodiversity meadow. We’ll observe and discuss the insect life and animals that have benefited from this project.

Creatures of the Night Encounter  June 29 (8-10pm)

An exciting night-time adventure in the woods to learn about predator-prey relationships in Nantucket’s Pitch Pine forests. Hear about Danielle O’Dell’s research on endangered northern long-eared bats and listen for and capture bats to see up close! Then join Neil Foley as he spotlights moths and flying insects to observe and catalog our bats’ prey. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see these fascinating, mysterious creatures and learn how we capture, identify, band and study our nighttime creatures. Space is very limited.

Salt Marsh Exploration  July 6

Step into the salt marsh with Dr. Jen Karberg and learn about our research projects at Medouie Creek Wetland Complex. Come learn about a restored salt marsh, salt marsh dieback, and peek at our newly installed oyster reef. This involves a few short walks out to the marsh and along the harbor shoreline. Feet will get wet and possibly muddy. We’ll be standing for periods on slightly uneven ground. Water, sun, and bug protection recommended. Space is limited.

Shorebird Walk  July 13

Bird lovers unite! Led by Ecologist, Neil Foley, you’ll be guided around one of NCF’s birding hotspots, Eel Point. Open to all birding levels. This walk will go through soft sand and can be strenuous. Please bring sunscreen, water, binoculars, and walking shoes that could get wet. Space is limited.

Native Plant Landscaping Tour  July 21

Ever wonder how native plant landscaping might work in your yard? Diverse plantings of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and grasses can boost your enjoyment of nature at home, while supporting wildlife and connecting conservation lands. NCF Botanist/Plant Ecologist Kelly Omand gives a tour of our office at 118 Cliff Rd to explore the changes we’ve made to our office gardens. We recently had a makeover to remove invasive species and add ornamental native foundation plantings sponsored by a generous Nantucket Garden Club Grant, along with a biodiversity meadow. We’ll observe and discuss the insect life and animals that have benefited from this project.

Creatures of the Night Encounter  July 27 (8-10pm)

An exciting night-time adventure in the woods to learn about predator-prey relationships in Nantucket’s Pitch Pine forests. Hear about Danielle O’Dell’s research on endangered northern long-eared bats and listen for and capture bats to see up close! Then join Neil Foley as he spotlights moths and flying insects to observe and catalog our bats’ prey. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see these fascinating, mysterious creatures and learn how we capture, identify, band and study our nighttime creatures. Space is very limited.

Grass Field ID  August 17

By special request, a new walk for those interested in discovering more about our grasses and their importance in early successional plant communities. Accompany Botanist/Ecologist Kelly Omand and learn to ID several common grass species from sandplain grassland to wetland. A (10x) hand lens or magnifying glass is useful if you have one.

Native Plant Landscaping Tour  August 31

Ever wonder how native plant landscaping might work in your yard? Diverse plantings of native shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and grasses can boost your enjoyment of nature at home, while supporting wildlife and connecting conservation lands. NCF Botanist/Plant Ecologist Kelly Omand gives a tour of our office at 118 Cliff Rd to explore the changes we’ve made to our office gardens. We recently had a makeover to remove invasive species and add ornamental native foundation plantings sponsored by a generous Nantucket Garden Club Grant, along with a biodiversity meadow. We’ll observe and discuss the insect life and animals that have benefited from this project.

Ferns and Fern Allies  September 7

Learn about the roles of ferns & club mosses in our natural systems with botanist/ecologist Kelly Omand. Common & uncommon species are easily accessible via trails around Windswept Bog, ranging from wetlands to forest & from sun to shade. We’ll explore how they live and learn some key characteristics.

Salt Marsh Exploration  September 14

Step into the salt marsh with Dr Jen Karberg and learn about our research projects at Medouie Creek Wetland Complex. Come learn about a restored salt marsh, salt marsh dieback, and peek at our newly installed oyster reef. This involves a few short walks out to the marsh and along the harbor shoreline. Feet will get wet and possibly muddy. We’ll be standing for periods on slightly uneven ground. Water, sun, and bug protection recommended. Space is limited.