Outdoor fun: Guided hikes, Art Installations, and Beecology Garden Tour

Those who love and protect Southborough open spaces are beckoning residents to come out to explore them this weekend and next.

I’m warning residents to save the dates for two events next weekend run by organizations that protect Southborough open spaces. While I’m at it, I’m reminding of another one this weekend.

Beals Preserve Guided Hikes, June 5:

As I shared earlier this week, the community is invited to sign up for special hikes at Beals Preserve tomorrow, Saturday, June 5th. 

Participation in the hikes is free, but pre-registration through their event website is required (and attendance is capped). The walks will begin at 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, each lasting 1 to 1½ hours.

Southborough Trails Committee, the Southborough Open Land Foundation, and Southborough Youth and Family Services invite:

Photo of Beals Preserve from event websiteWe invite you to explore Beals Preserve through the eyes of a local artist, storyteller and “curious naturalist,” Deborah Costine, who will lead a stroll through the forest. She will encourage us to slow our pace to the rhythm of the trees and notice the many delightful natural sights along the trail. Lichen, fungi, ferns, types of trees and woodland flowers as well as holes in trees are just a few of the many nature sightings that are possible.

Weather permitting, we will meander over hardpacked, dirt trails throughout the forest of this 60-acre property. This will be an easy hike suitable for all ages.

 Click here for more details and to register.

Save the Dates for next weekend

The community is invited back out to the preserve the following weekend. This time, instead of organized walks, the public is invited to explore and check out preparations for this year’s Art on the Trails exhibit.

AOT Installation weekend flyerArt Installations at Beals, June 12-13:

The Southborough Open Land Foundation and Program Director Catherine Weber invite the general public to visit Beals Preserve to watch artists install their work for the 5th annual Art on the Trails on June 12th and 13th, from 10 am to 5 pm each day. We will also be live streaming the process and interviewing the artists as they work. This year’s theme is Mending. The exhibition will take place again this year at the Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve in Southborough, Massachusetts.

Stay tuned for a dedicated post with more information next week. In the meantime, you can find a map, schedule and other details here.

Garden Tour at Breakneck Hill, Sunday, June 13:

The Open Space Preservation Commission and Stewardship Committee are hosting a special tour next weekend. The public can get an up close look at the special pollinator garden to support bees and learn more about the project. The event is scheduled for 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Beecology Research Garden Tour at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land.  Dr. Robert Gegear, professor of biology at UMass Dartmouth, will give updates on his projects at Breakneck Hill and discuss his two newest research projects.

Stay tuned for more details in a dedicated post next week. In the meantime, you can read past coverage of the project here.

Updated (6/7/21 8:29 am): I inserted the missing link on past coverage of the Beecology Garden.

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