2020-2021 Winter Walks Calendar

Winter Walks with Allen & Neil

Back by popular demand, the Foundation is again offering complimentary guided winter walks on some of your favorite properties. All walks are led by the Foundation’s Middle Moors Ranger, Allen Reinhard, and Neil Foley, Interpretive Education Coordinator & Ecologist. Allen and Neil’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

  • To register, please click on the name 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 one hour. All walks are around 1 – 1.5 miles. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, warm layers, and be prepared for inclement weather.

November 14      Kettle Ponds of the Middle Moors

This walk explores the ponds, heathlands, and forested paths of the western Middle Moors. Learn about the glacial history, cultural importance, and current ecology of this expansive yet hidden trail system. A true adventure for those interested in exploring the largest contiguous swath of conservation land on Nantucket!

December 5      Squam Farm

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.

January 9     Windswept Bog

Join us for a guided walk around the bogs and forests of Windswept, a recently decommissioned organic cranberry bog at the very start 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.

January 30      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 13     Squam Farm

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.

February 27   Windswept Bog

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.

March 13      Masquetuck

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.

March 27      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.

April 10      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.

April 24     Heart of the Middle Moors

Come with us to explore 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.

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