Walks & Talks

2017 BARNSTABLE LAND TRUST EVENTS

Pre-registration is required. Dates and times are weather dependent and may be subject to change. To register, email events@BLT.org or call the office at 508-771-2585. Walks are gauged for all ages and abilities and are free to BLT members. New events are being added so be sure to check back often!

Coombs bog Spring Clean-Up – Saturday, April 8, 8 am-4 pm, Centerville
Join BLT staff and Americorps members as we clear ditches, pick up trash, and perform trail maintenance at the lovely Coombs Bog in Centerville! If the weather permits, we will also be burning brush. Please bring an iron rake, clippers, loppers and work gloves if you have them available. Boots are recommended, as are waders if you intend to work in the water alongside Americorps. To register and for directions, contact events@blt.org

Year-Round Cape Bounty – Saturday, April 15, 10-10:45 am, Centerville
Susan Dewey, recipient of BLT’s 2016 Founders’ Award, leads a special tour & talk through Dewey Gardens’ 50 x 20-foot “hoop house” in Centerville. Gardeners of all abilities will learn tips and techniques and the unique pleasure of growing organic vegetables year-round! Space is limited; click here to register and for directions.

Old Neck Lane Walk – Sunday, April 16, 10-11 am, Barnstable
BLT Land Manager Red Bansfield leads us on a walk through a typical Cape Cod pine/oak forest. One-mile walk through a hilly landscape. Meet at Cape Cod Community College Parking Lot #7. Free. For more information and to register, click here.

Centerville Historical Walk – Saturday, May 6, 9:30-10:30 am, Centerville
Join historian Daniel Haslam III, Vice President of Walkabout International, on a one-mile walk around the former settlement of Chequaquet, a farming community turned seafaring town with 100+ ship captain residents. Meet at the Centerville Library, 585 Main Street; free parking. The walk is conducted at a casual pace. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. For more information and to register, click here.

Tour de Barnstable Bike Ride – Sunday, May 7, 8 am-2 pm, Hyannis
A unique 38-mile bike ride through all 7 villages of Barnstable; starts and ends at Aselton Park (Sea St/Ocean Ave) in Hyannis. This exhilarating ride is modeled after the traditional Gran Fondos that have been a part of Italian cycling culture for more than a century. A portion of the proceeds benefit BLT’s mission to preserve open space in the Town of Barnstable. A shorter 10-mile ride through Hyannis and 2 youth rides are included. Riders of all skill levels welcome. This event is $45-$60. Register at www.bikereg.com/tour-de-barnstable.

Spring Flora & Fauna Hike – Wednesday, May 24, 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 Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman. 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 Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Spring Crocker Neck Walk – Saturday, May 27, 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.

Sandy Neck Plover Walk – Wednesday, June 7, 10 am-Noon, West Barnstable
Discover hidden Piping Plover nests along the front beach with BLT and Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman 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 Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Historic Hyannis Walk – Saturday, June 17, 10 am, Hyannis
Join Red Bansfield, BLT’s Land Manager, on a unique walk through diverse territory. Explore a beach, Circo Pond, and an ancient cemetery. Discover hidden archaeological artifacts: former railroad tracks, piers, and wharves. Enjoy the serene side of Hyannis that few get to explore. Meet at the Sea Street Beach Parking Lot. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Talk: Edible Plants & Mushrooms on Cape Cod – Tuesday, June 20, 5:30 pm (location TBD)
Join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen as he gives a presentation on the wild, yet edible, plants and mushrooms on Cape Cod. Author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, Russ has over 40 years of experience teaching courses about wild edibles. Join us for this unique presentation as a lead in to his walk the next day. Co-hosted by Dennis Conservation Trust. Free.

Foraging Walk – Wednesday, June 21, 4:30-7 pm, Barnstable
Following up on his presentation the previous day, naturalist and wild foods enthusiast Russ Cohen leads a foraging walk at Long Pasture in Barnstable. This is a unique opportunity to learn which wild plants and mushrooms are safe to eat (and which to avoid!). The walk is co-hosted by Dennis Conservation Trust and courtesy of Mass Audubon. Wear long sleeves and bring/wear bug repellant for protection against ticks (which may be especially bad this season). Free.

Barnstable Village Historic Walk – Saturday, July 15, 9:30-10:30 am, Barnstable Village
Historian Daniel Haslam III, Vice President of Walkabout International, leads us on a journey up Lothrop Hill, where we’ll visit a 17th century jail, a 19th century customs house, and an 18th century burial ground. The village has its own delights, including the Sturgis Homestead and library, the Odle Colonial Courthouse, and the Jones-Pineo House (now the Historical Society). Enjoy a quiet moment at St. Mary’s gardens and end at the grocery store near our starting point for a cold drink. This walk will be about a mile long, at a casual pace. Meet at the pillared courthouse, graced by the Otis statues, on Main Street. Free parking in the municipal lot near the rear. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

West Barnstable Historic Walk – Saturday, August 5, 9:30-10:30 am, West Barnstable
Join historian Daniel Haslam III, Vice President of Walkabout International, as we explore enchanting West Barnstable Village. Learn about the ongoing restoration efforts at Meetinghouse Church, Meetinghouse Farm, and Paine Black House. Meet inside the front entry of Meetinghouse Church, located at the intersection of Rt. 149 & Rt. 6; parking available behind the church. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Sandy Neck Summer Flora & Fauna Hike – Wednesday, August 16, 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 Sandy Neck Park Manager Nina Coleman. 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 Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Marstons Mills Historical Walk – Saturday, August 26, 9:30-10:30 am, Marstons Mills
Who was Marston and where were his mills? Hear about the sea captain who braved the seven seas only to die tragically while Christmas shopping in Boston. View the herring run and learn about the river herrings’ strenuous annual journey. See the house of survivors of the ill-fated whaleship Essex, the subject of Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling novel, Heart of the Sea, and movie based on the book. Discover the remains of a hydro-electric plant built in the 1950s…and more! This 1-mile walk, at a casual pace, is led by Daniel Haslam III, Vice-President of Walkabout International. Park and meet at the Marstons Mills Elementary School, 2095 Main Street. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.

Sandy Neck Fall Migration Hike – Saturday, September 23, 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 Sandy Neck Gatehouse. Free.

Fall Crocker Neck Walk – Saturday, October 7, 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. Meet on Santuit Road; park at the 2nd gate (across from 92 Cotuit Cove Road). Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members.


Walks & Talks is supported in part by a grant from the Cape Cod Foundation.