2019 Walks, Talks and Other Special Events

Join us for our 2019 walks and talks programs!

Pre-registration is required. Dates and times are weather dependent and may be subject to change. To register, contact admin@BLT.org or call the office at 508-771-2585. Walks are gauged for all ages and abilities and are free to BLT members unless otherwise noted.

Follow this link to register, unless otherwise shown.

How to Identify Tree Species in the Winter: A Walk Around Eagle Pond         Wednesday, February 20, 10am-12pm       Cotuit

Join Land Stewardship Coordinator Will Holden on an exploratory hike around Eagle Pond. Learn how to identify different tree species in winter, without the lush foliage to help! Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Please dress in warm layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. We suggest bringing water and wearing sunscreen.

We will meet at the main entrance to Eagle Pond, directly across the street from 832 Putnam Avenue in Cotuit.

Restaurant Dinner: Tumi                   Tuesday, February 26, 5:30-8:00pm           Hyannis

Wine and dine with us! Join Barnstable Land Trust for an evening of fine wine, delicious foods, a special auction item, and great atmosphere among friends. For more information and to reserve your place, click here. $125 per person.

Presentation: The Ecology of Seaweed    Wednesday, March 13, 5-6:30pm   West Barnstable

Join us to listen to a presentation on the ecology of seaweed from Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author! We will learn about the varied and unique seaweeds on Cape Cod and beyond. Gil’s new book Mysteries of Seaweed: Questions and Answers will be available for purchase. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

This program will take place inside, at Whelden Memorial Library at 2401 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable.

Coastal Studies Sandy Neck Walk               Saturday, April 6, 11am                     Barnstable

Join Jesse Mechling on a walk along the coast of Barnstable Harbor! Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Please dress in warm layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. We suggest bringing water and wearing sunscreen.

We will meet in the Sandy Neck Parking Lot, beyond the gatehouse at 425 Sandy Neck Rd, West Barnstable.

Presentation: The Cape Cod Shoreline     Wednesday, April 17, 5-6:30pm    West Barnstable

Join us to listen to a presentation on the Cape Cod Shoreline from Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author! We will learn about the ecology of the diverse shoreline that is so unique to Cape Cod. Gil’s numerous books will be available to purchase. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

This program will take place inside, at Whelden Memorial Library at 2401 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable.

A Conversation with Barnstable Land Trust   Wednesday, April 24, 6-7pm   Marstons Mills

Want to learn more about what we do? Come see us at the Marstons Mills Library! Join Barnstable Land Trust Executive Director Janet Milkman for a conversation on Barnstable Land Trust. Learn about conservation land in the Town – what’s protected and why, our future goals, and how the community can be involved. Join us to ask questions, hear about our projects, and add your voice to the conversation.

This event is free. We will meet at the Marstons Mills Library at 2160 Main St, Marstons Mills.

A Conversation with Barnstable Land Trust     Thursday, May 16, 5:30-6:30pm     Osterville

Want to learn more about what we do? Come see us at the Osterville Library! Join Barnstable Land Trust Executive Director Janet Milkman for a conversation on Barnstable Land Trust. Learn about conservation land in the Town – what’s protected and why, our future goals, and how the community can be involved. Join us to ask questions, hear about our projects, and add your voice to the conversation.

This event is free. We will meet at the Osterville Public Library at 43 Wianno Ave, Osterville.

Spring Flora & Fauna Hike               Wednesday, May 22, 10 am-Noon               West Barnstable

Hike 1.5 miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with BLT and a Sandy Neck Park staff member. Learn about ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated.

Spring Crocker Neck Walk                           Saturday, May 25, 10 am                   Cotuit

Join Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town owned Conservation Area. Learn about salt marsh ecosystems and the flora and fauna that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck ($12) benefits BLT. Meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road). Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Please dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. We suggest you bring water and wear sunscreen.We will meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road).

Sandy Neck Plover Walk                  Wednesday, June 5, 10 am-Noon    West Barnstable

Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with BLT and a Sandy Neck Park staff member on a 1-mile hike through the dunes of Sandy Neck. Explore barrier beach ecology, learn about the Piping Plover’s life cycle and conservation measures being taken to protect these endangered shorebirds. Wear hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated.

**Tour de Barnstable Bike Ride**              Sunday, June 9, 8 am-2 pm               Hyannis

A unique 38-mile bike ride through all 7 villages of Barnstable; starts and ends at Aselton Park in Hyannis. A portion of the proceeds benefit BLT’s mission to preserve open space in the Town of Barnstable! Two youth rides are included. Riders of all skill levels welcome. This event is $65-75. Learn more, register, and join our team at https://tourdebarnstable.com/.

Wildlife Wonders Journal Program      

Thursdays, June 13, July 11, August 8, 9-11am                Cotuit

Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care’s Executive Director on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs, animal tracks and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. We will talk about animals commonly seen on BLT properties, and we will make a wildlife sitings journal – so bring a little notepad and pencil to start your own! We will reconvene in July and August to compare notes and see what is new and different at Bell Farm. This program is created with children and families in mind, though all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult. Register for more information. Limited to 15 attendees; free for BLT members; $5 for non-members, $8 for families.

Summer Crocker Neck Walk                       Saturday, June 22, 10 am                   Cotuit

Join Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town owned Conservation Area. Learn about salt marsh ecosystems and the flora and fauna that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck ($12) benefits BLT. Meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road). Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Please dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. We suggest you bring water and wear sunscreen. We will meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road).

Wildlife Wonders Journal Program      

Thursdays, July 11, August 8, 9-11am          Cotuit

Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care’s Executive Director on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs, animal tracks and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. We will talk about animals commonly seen on BLT properties, and we will make a wildlife sitings journal – so bring a little notepad and pencil to start your own! We will reconvene in July and August to compare notes and see what is new and different at Bell Farm. This program is created with children and families in mind, though all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult. Register for more information. Limited to 15 attendees; free for BLT members; $5 for non-members, $8 for families.

Wildlife Wonders Journal Program                   Thursday, August 8, 9-11am                  Cotuit

Search for the signs and sounds of the season! Join Wild Care’s Executive Director on a guided walk in search of active nests, signs of courtship, identification of avian breeding songs, animal tracks and more. Stephanie has worked closely with wildlife for many years through her critical wildlife rehabilitation work, giving her an intimate look into the secret lives of animals. We will talk about animals commonly seen on BLT properties, and we will make a wildlife sitings journal – so bring a little notepad and pencil to start your own! We will reconvene in July and August to compare notes and see what is new and different at Bell Farm. This program is created with children and families in mind, though all are welcome. Children must be accompanied by adult. Register for more information. Limited to 15 attendees; free for BLT members; $5 for non-members, $8 for families.

Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike           

Wednesday, August 14, 10 am-Noon           West Barnstable

Hike 1.5 miles through Sandy Neck’s Great Marsh and sand dunes to explore barrier beach flora and fauna with BLT and a Sandy Neck Park staff member. You’ll learn about ongoing efforts to protect and restore these and other sensitive natural communities. Wear sturdy hiking boots to walk over sand and uneven terrain. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated.

Sandy Neck Fall Migration Hike          

Wednesday, September 18, 9 am-Noon               West Barnstable

Sandy Neck is a popular stopover for many migratory species on their way south along the East Coast. Forested areas along the trails are a mix of deciduous and evergreen trees packed with high-energy food. Many traveling birds linger on Sandy Neck shores, delaying their flights south for as long as possible, tending to concentrate near their favorite food source before continuing on. Join us for a migration hike as we welcome fall and the migratory birds that are leaving, returning, or just passing through. Meet at the gatehouse. Free, donations appreciated.

Fall Crocker Neck Walk                   Saturday, October 5, 10 am-Noon               Cotuit

Join Professor Gil Newton, ecologist and author, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town owned Conservation Area. Learn about salt marsh ecosystems and the flora and fauna that thrive here. Optional purchase of Gil’s guide The Ecology of a Salt Marsh: A Tour of Crocker Neck ($12) benefits BLT. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Please dress in layers and wear comfortable walking shoes. We suggest you bring water and wear sunscreen. We will meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road).