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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Westford Climate Action Earth Month Events Include 3 Saturday Walks

Come join us outside this month! These walks are sponsored by the Westford Conservation Trust. Maps and write-ups of the 3 different areas can be found on the Westford Conservation Trust website https://westfordconservationtrust.org/

Long pants and socks are recommended. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome except as noted*.

 

Saturday, April 9 (rain date April 10)

9-10:30 a.m. Stone Arch Bridge and Trail 9-10:30 a.m.

Take a half-mile walk to the historic Stone Arch Bridge, led by Conservation Trust member Bill Harman. Enjoy beautiful views of Stony Brook and its wildlife. You may turn around at this point, or continue with Bill on the 1/2 mile trail along the north side of Stony Brook, enjoying views of the brook. Both parts of the walk are fairly flat. Meet at the parking area for Stone Arch Bridge on Cold Spring Rd, near 115 Cold Spring Road.

For more information, call Bill at 603-533-0325.

 

Saturday, April 16 (rain date April 17)
 9-10:30 a.m. Blake's Hill/ Burns Hill

Rich Strazdas, Trust Director, will lead a hike on the Trust's newest long trail, constructed by Boy Scout Sean Cheng. Part of the trail overlooks a large marsh with an impressive heron rookery. Meet at the trail head near the cul-de-sac at the end of Rome Drive. This hike is over steep terrain and will take about 1.5 hours. For more information, call Rich at 978-692-2057.

 

Saturday, April 23 (rain date April 24) 

9-10:30 a.m. Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Lowell Rd. 

Trust member Marian Harman will lead a nature walk on the Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. We will move very slowly, identifying wild plants and birds. The walk will be  easy, but not entirely flat. Some areas may be wet. Bring binoculars if available. *No dogs please. We will meet at the Frances Hill Wildlife Sanctuary sign across from 120 Lowell Rd. For more information, call Marian at 603-533-4095.

 

All this month we encourage children K-12 to make posters at home about Earth Day and bring them to the festival, or make them at the Common on Earth Day, to be eligible for a free drawing for prizes.

 

Earth Day Festival will take place on Friday, April 22 from 3 to 5:30 pm on the Westford Town Common. We will have music, a petting zoo, poster making starting at 2:30, and Native American artifacts. Also you can talk with experts on alternative energy, sustainability, recycling, solar energy, and Mass Save rebates. Speakers will bring us up to date on the State’s and Town’s climate goals.  

 

For more information on all of our events, please visit: westfordclimateaction.org/events/

 

Organizations partnering with WCA all month include:  Westford’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee, Recycling Commission, First Parish Church United, J.V. Fletcher Library, Indivisible Westford, League of Women Voters of Westford, Mass Heat Smart Alliance, MassSave, Sustainable Westford, Westford Conservation Trust, Westford Museum and the Westford Boy Scouts. Come join one or many events and learn how to reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our planet. 

 

Westford Climate Action is a grassroots organization of town residents who are concerned about the climate crisis. Our mission is to drive climate action. We promote sustainability and advocate on a local level for actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and safeguard the health of our community for future generations.

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