September 9th-Good Dog Trail Race and Canine Social. Join us Sunday Sept. 9th at 3PM at the Lions Club for this ultra fun event as we try to keep up with our canine friends on a 3 mile trail run/walk in Gummere Woods. Click for registration. Click for 2011 photos.
October 6th- Presidents’ Pancake Breakfast and Fall Hike. Have a great breakfast with us and then head out on the trails! 8AM at the Community Barn
October 14th- Craig LeClaire/Rich Vacca Scholarship Trail Race. Sunday Oct. 14th, enjoy this wonderful annual trail race through some of the GLT’s most beautiful properties. 10AM at the Community Barn- Register on Active.com or download registration form and mail in. Click here for details. Click here for a course map.
November 9th-Annual Meeting, Dinner and Silent Auction. Join us for dinner and a silent auction in celebration of a year of amazing accomplishments.
Visit our table at the Grafton Celebrates the Holidays event and visit our properties for some winter fun too!
2012 - Events
August 5th- Tree Climbing. Join us and renowned Tree Climbing Expert, Andrew Joslin, as we explore the tree canopy of Grafton at 1PM, Gummere Woods.
June 16th GLT Island BBQ for members. Last year’s island BBQ was a blast. Join us again this year to enjoy burgers, hot dogs, and fun for the whole family. Noon at Fletcher Reserve Island. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May Sunday May 6th, Join us for the Annual Canoe/Kayak Adventure and paddle along the mighty Little Quinsigamond River (water permitting!).
April 10th Grafton Elementary School 5th Graders’ Hike
at Salisbury and Parker Preserve
48 5th graders, led by Grafton Land Trust Directors, will visit the preserve to discover vernal pools, quarries and wildlife habitats and learn about the importance of land preservation.
April 14th and 19th Prescott Trail Project by Eagle Scout Prospect Liam Houle
April 20th Roger Hohman Lecture Series-
Changes in Flora and Fauna from Thoreau’s Time To Today
This lecture is co-sponsored by The Grafton Garden Club and the Grafton Land Trust. Peter Alden, a world renowned naturalist, lecturer, ecotourism guide and author of 15 nature books, will present his program at 7PM in the Community Harvest Barn, 37 Wheeler Road, North Grafton. Learn about the changes in flora and fauna from Henry David Thoreau’s time to today. In Thoreau’s time, over 90% of New England south of the White Mountains was a sea of grazing fields and farms, sprinkled with tiny patches of woodland. The landscape, its use, and the number and variety of plants and animals have changed drastically over the last 150 years. Today the land is mostly wooded, flanked by jungles of invasive plants and an ever-expanding sprawl of roads, lawns, mansions, and soccer fields. Thoreau didn’t know the moose, deer, beaver, and turkey that have stormed back in recent years. Other species that previously lived here have been lost. Learn how and why the landscape changed and what effect it has had upon birds, animals, and plants over the years. Admission is free, but please email email@example.com or call 508-839-0065 to register.
Stop by the common to pick up your trash bags, then meet our Grafton Land Trust team leader, Pat Methot, at the gate at Salisbury Preserve (off of Keith Hill Road) at 9AM for cleanup. After you hard work, visit the common for a well-deserved complimentary BBQ lunch provided by the Buggy Whip.
April 28th Work Party To Eradicate Oriental Bittersweet In Grafton
Part II of Peter Alden’s invasive plants lecture is a work party! We’ll work to eradicate the bittersweet that has invaded our Forbush Sanctuary. Oriental bittersweet is an invasive non-native plant that grows aggressively, displacing native vegetation and threatening ecosystems. Meet at 10AM at the Forbush trailhead, 38 North Street, between Chestnut Street and Merriam Road. Park along Chestnut or North Street.Come prepared to do bittersweet battle! Bring work gloves, insect repellent, and loppers if you have them. Contact Ken Webb for more details, 774-239-9994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New England Animals Program, 1 - 2 p.m.at the Grafton Elementary School on March 3rd. This exciting family friendly program will feature some fascinating animals that roam in the forests of our wonderful town of Grafton. Stop by with your family and friends and enjoy this amazing show. Please register by emailing email@example.com so we have a guest count. This program is open to the public. GLT Members as well as nonmembers are welcome, and this event is FREE!
Grafton Fine Arts and Music Festival. March 23rd-25th The GLT is sponsored several awards for nature art. For more information visit http://graftonartsfestival.o
February Tracking with Paul Wanta. We met up for a great hike and wildlife exploration!
January Movie Matinee, 1 p.m. at the Community Barn. We enjoyed a great nature movie from the ‘Life’ series with good friends and lots of popcorn on the big screen of the barn!