2017 Events Calendar
For additional information or to RSVP please call 508-347-9144 or email Opacum
Saturday, April 1
(same day as the Opacum pancake breakfast!) Come see the beautiful site we are working to protect! Meet on Monson Road, just east of Dingley Dell and Dean Pond Roads at the “Opacum Event Here” sign. Be prepared for a moderate walk on even ground.
Wednesday, April 5
Join neighbors and friends in remembering Dingley Dell and old Brimfield. We will have a collection of photos, maps and memorabilia from Dingley Dell and Brimfield in the 1800s and early 1900s to help us picture the town in the past. Please bring your memories to share.
Thursday, April 27
Native Americans of the Brimfield Area
7:00pm; Hitchcock Academy
Opacum’s Ed Hood and Al Smith, both professional historians and archaeologists, will discuss the Native American history of the area, Dingley Dell, and the importance of protecting and preserving archaeological sites. After the program, Ed & Al will conduct an artifact identification session to help you identify and date artifacts you have found. First come-first serve until 8:30, with a $5 charge per person and limit of 5 artifacts each (funds to benefit HFA and cover costs for this and other programs).
Saturday, April 22, Earth Day,
Perspectives: Land, Streams & Photos
5:00 to 6:30pm, at the Thomas Property (Dingley Dell)
$10.00 fee requested- Register online with the Hitchcock Academy
A walking tour and nature photography tutorial with photographer and naturalist Kevin Kopchynski; Participants may submit their work for selection in a public album for this campaign. Opacum T-Shirts will be awarded for photos judged to be best three submissions. The fee for this program will benefit the Thomas Project and Hitchcock Free Academy.
Saturday, April 29
Invasives at Thompson Family Preserve, Eastford Road, Southbridge, 10:00am
Join us for a short guided hike looking at invasive and native plants, led by Americorps/MassLIFT member Sarah Brodeur. Hike will begin at 10:00am and be followed by a work session from 11:00 to 2:00pm. Help remove invasive plants and improve the natural habitat of this preserve.
Pizza lunch will be provided. Google map reference is 904 Eastford Road (Route 198). Limited parking at site; park carefully along road or in the empty parking lot at the intersection with Dennison Drive just north of the Preserve. Rain date May 6th.
Email Sarah: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bird Watching with The Bird Store & More's very own Bill Cormier!
Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7 – 10 am
Difficulty: Moderate. Key(s): NO dogs please.
Address: 910 Eastford Rd. (Rte. 198), Southbridge, MA.
Expect this!Walk the trails through Opacum Land Trust’s Thompson Family Forever Preserve and look for the birds that live in the diverse habitat that the trail crosses. Be ready to not only look, but listen. Binoculars suggested. Questions? 508-765-3784. Time/Distance: 3 hours, 1+/- miles.
Saturday, June 10
Claire Birtz Sanctuary History Hike
9:00am – 11:00am
Opacum’s very own Al Smith, archaeologist & geologist, will once again lead us on a historical journey through the past use of this interesting property. Al will discuss historical use of the land as well as vernal pools and plants. If time permits, we may visit the remains of a 19th century mill dam. Please RSVP, limited parking available at the trail head parking lot on Tipton Rock Road. Members are free; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members.
Tuesday, June 13 at 5:30 pm
Stephen and June Skorupski Woodlands Walk, Monson
join Botanist Leslie Duthie for an evening stroll at this new conservation property in Monson. We will walk the trail installed by Eagle Scout Sam Teerlink. Logged in 2015, let’s see how our forest regenerates, what wildflowers appear, and look for wildlife sign. Mark your calendars and watch for details. Rain date June 15.
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Wild Edible Plants with Russ Cohen
Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on an early evening ramble in Brimfield to learn about dozens of wild edible plant species. This is a very popular program. There is no charge, but to insure an enjoyable experience, we do limit participation. Please call 508-347-9144 or email email@example.com to reserve your spot on the hike. Clearly provide your name and contact information so that we can get back to you with the address and directions.
Saturday July 15
Quaboag River Paddle
An easy paddle on the beautiful Quaboag River from White’s Landing in Brookfield. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rentals available. Watch in early summer for more details on our website and Facebook page. Contact Sarah Brodeur: firstname.lastname@example.org
Need more info? Have an idea? Would you like a guest speaker from Opacum to visit your group? Call 508-347-9144 or e-mail us!