Walks & Talks


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!

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. Free for BLT members; $5 for non-members. Click here to register.

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.

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.

Mudflat Creatures of Barnstable Harbor Nature Walk – Tuesday August 22, 5:30, Barnstable
As one of the larger inlets on the north side of Cape Cod, Barnstable Harbor presents a unique ecosystem that supports a diverse array of fish, birds, crustaceans and mollusks. Join Long Pasture and Barnstable Land Trust naturalists to explore this environment at low tide and learn why marshes are so important for human and natural communities.

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.

Eagle Pond Birding Walk – Tuesday, September 12, 10-11:30 AM
Fall is the best time to see migratory birds in flight. Led by Long Pasture naturalist and expert birder Chris Walz and historian Daniel Halsam III, check out the birds of Eagle Pond and learn about the history of the area. The 152-acre Eagle Pond Sanctuary is a unique habitat, which includes the kettle hole pond for which the Sanctuary is named, a mature pine forest encircling the pond, 3 saucer ponds (including a vernal pool), meadows at Ropes Field, historic Bell Farm, and a rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp. Eagle Pond Sanctuary is undoubtedly the most popular privately held conservation area in the Town of Barnstable.

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.

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