2023 Winter Walks
Winter Walks are back beginning in January 2023! Please note that our community tours are 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
- To register, please click on the date of the walk below that you would like to attend.
- 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 90 minutes. All walks are around 2.5 miles over gravel Please wear comfortable walking shoes, warm layers, and be prepared for inclement weather.
January 15 - Squam Farm
A winter favorite! Start the year by walking with us through the sheltered paths and open pastures around this hidden gem. Learn about the trees in Nantucket’s regenerating hardwood forest and the creatures that can reside here all winter.
February 5 - Tupancy Links
Hear the story of restoring a golf course into the sprawling native grasslands they are today and the species that share it with us. Known as one of the best dog walking trails and sunset viewing spots on the island, come find new things to appreciate about this island treasure.
February 25 - Windswept Bog
Join us for a guided walk around the bogs and forests of Windswept, a retired organic cranberry bog on a restoration journey back into more functioning 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.
March 5- Ram Pasture
Explore the southernmost end of the Foundation’s popular Sanford Farm property, which is home to some of Nantucket’s rarest plants and animals. This area, which is also rich in cultural history, offers spectacular views of the ocean and the open grasslands of our adjacent Head of the Plains properties.
March 19 - Masquetuck
Travel the short loop through a small, fascinating sunken hardwood forest that extends to the shores of West Polpis harbor with opportunities to see winter ducks, talk shellfish, and see the benefits to other residents of this ecologically rich area.
April 2 - Heart of the Middle Moors
Wind through the scrubland and kettle hole ponds at the heart of Nantucket’s expansive Middle Moors. We’ll talk about the historic and ecological value of these isolated wetlands and see the protection of Nantucket’s open landscape in a new light.
April 30 - Walk to Altar Rock
Traverse the Serengeti into the center of Nantucket’s Middle Moors on the first guided hike along our Walk to Altar Rock trail. Opening to expansive views of this Glacial outwash plain, hear about the ever-changing ecology of this landscape and see Nantucket’s hilly moraine in a new way.