Winter Walks with Allen
For the first time ever, the Foundation is now offering complimentary guided winter walks on some of your favorite properties. All walks are led by the Foundation’s Middle Moors Ranger, Allen Reinhard. Allen’s winter walks offer a different perspective to those you may have been on in during the summer months, including more detailed insights into the geology and landscape, flora, and fauna of the individual property. The program is designed to bring the community into contact with the places and rare habitats that make our island so special.
Please note that our Winter Walks program is free and open to all members of the community. If you would like to make a contribution to NCF and our mission to permanently conserve and protect the island’s rare resources and special habitats, you may call us at 508- 228-2884 or make an online donation here.
General Information for Walks
- 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.
- Walks begin promptly at 11 AM and last approximately one hour. All walks are around 1 – 1.5 miles. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, warm layers, and be prepared for inclement weather.
2018 Winter Walks Calendar
Saturday, November 17th, 2018 - Heart of the Middle Moors
This 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, December 1st, 2018 - Masquetuck Reservation
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, January 19th, 2019 - Massasoit Plains
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.
Saturday, February 16th, 2019 - Heart of the Middle Moors
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, March 23rd, 2019 - Tawpawshaw Bog
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.
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - The Serengeti
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.