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Family Hike: Search for Beavers

Has anyone ever told you that you are "as busy as a beaver"?  Are beavers really busy? We know they have changed our New England landscape in very important ways.  They build dams and lodges.. what else?  How do they get through the winter?  On this Trustees Trekker hike, we will learn all about beavers' amazing adaptations and natural history. We will search for signs of beaver living at Farandnear - and if we're really lucky, we may see a beaver in one of the ponds!

Be sure to dress for the weather, layers are good this time of year.

Bring: water, snack or lunch, hat, sturdy walking shoes (no sandals), optional: bug spray, sunblock, binoculars, guide books. 

Preregistration is recommended as there are limited spaces in this program.



When: Sep 21, 2019 12am in Shirley, MA
Cost: Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20;

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When: Oct 5, 2019 8pm in Shirley, MA

Family Fall Foliage Hike

People travel from all over the world to view the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows so prevalent in autumn in New England.  Don’t miss it!  Join us for a 2.5 mile nature walk, as we crunch leaves under our feet, enjoying the brilliant blue skies above while breathing in deeply that lovely, crisp cool air. 

This program is approriate for families of all ages.

Please come prepared for the weather – dress in layers, wear hats, gloves/mittens and warm boots. Bring water and a light snack.  This program will be offered with light rain, but cancelled if the weather is severe.



When: Oct 12, 2019 12am in Shirley, MA
Cost: Member Family: $12; Nonmember Family: $20;

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About Shirley, MA
Shirley is a rural industrial town located on the lowlands of the Catacoonamaug River. A handful of colonists arrived in 1720 and settled on scattered farms throughout the town.

Early in its history Shirley was supported by its many farms and orchards. There was an increase in industrial activity around 1790 and the first paper mill was opened followed shortly after by a small iron works and nail factory.

The location of the water to power industries served to create an industrial village along the narrow valley where Shirley is located. Many of the period brick towered mills still survive and create an authentic period landscape.