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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

CCF's Summer 2024 Silent Auction

Bid on private home yard and garden consultations. Two opportunities:

Cathy Weston, local ecological gardener,

Craig Schneeberger, local arborist.

 

Join CCF's Book Club!

CCF Book Club meetings are held in person at Mayo House. No registration necessary!

Monday, September 9th @ 4pm

Fen, Bog and Swamp by Annie Proulx

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Summer Trail Walks - June and July
 

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Strong Island Nature Walk - June
July 22nd at 12:00 noon
Guides: Lauren Arcomano and Tim Burt

Cost: $35

 

 

Join CCF Executive Director Lauren Arcomano and CCF Vice President Tim Burt and Executive Director Lauren Arcomano for a walk celebrating the return of summer on Strong Island, the “gem” of Pleasant Bay. This walk is designed for participants of all ages.for a walk celebrating the return of summer on Strong Island, the “gem” of Pleasant Bay. This walk is designed for participants of all ages.

Acquired in 1973 from the Horst Family, Strong Island consists of 75 acres of upland owned by CCF and 59 acres of town-owned marsh. Located in Pleasant Bay, the property has both the limitations of isolation from the Cape as a whole and also the likelihood of unique migrational visitations. The island-long trail system winds thought pine and oak woodlands filled with native shrubs and wildlife representative of the general area.

 

Transportation to and from the island will be provided on private boats.

 

Your Guides:

Lauren Arcomano is the Executive Director of the Chatham Conservation Foundation and an avid outdoors person who loves to hike and kayak. When not at CCF's historic headquarters in the Mayo House, she can be found paddling in the Nauset Marsh or exploring other conservation lands on the Cape.

CCF Trustee Tim Burt will also be on hand to provide information on the Foundation’s efforts to preserve and protect the Pleasant Bay ecosystem.

 

Special Notes:

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and be prepared with water, sunglasses, and sunblock as needed. Avoid wearing blue as it attracts the flies. The walk will follow trails as well as off-trail beaches.

 

Please Note:

  • Appropriate for children and adults who are comfortable with a (slow-paced) 1.7-mile hike.

Photo credit: Jon Watkins

Tree Identification Walk at Barclay's Pond Trail
July 14th at 9:00am
Guide: Tom Walker

Cost: $20



Come to the forest to examine teeth, veins and sinuses! No, not body parts, but leaf characteristics that help us identify trees during the growing season. Join naturalist Tom Walker as we learn to identify 16 native tree species in our local woods. We'll look at some shrubs along the way as well.

Made up almost totally of woodland featuring pitch pine and oak, the property is habitat to mammal and bird life typical of such areas. The three ponds - Barclay's Pond, Mary's Pond, and Schoolhouse Pond are visited by waterfowl in season and along with the Training Field Triangle, over 115 acres of conservation have been preserved in this neighborhood.

 

Your Guide:

Tom Walker is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. He spent several seasons surveying wildlife on the west coast for the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management prior to returning to New England. He has many natural history interests and has led walks and given presentations on lichens, fungi, trees and dragonflies for many different organizations.

Distance: 1.25 miles

Photo credit: Tom Walker, pin cherry

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Morning Mindfulness Walk at Barclay's Pond Trail
July 20th at 8:00am
Guide: Lauren Shea

Cost: $20

 

Join CCF for a guided mindful walking experience led by Lauren Shea at Barclay's Pond. This embodied awareness practice immerses you in nature, encouraging you to be present and attentive to your surroundings, cultivating a greater sense of peace, relaxation, and mind-body connection.

Made up almost totally of woodland featuring pitch pine and oak, the property is habitat to mammal and bird life typical of such areas. The three ponds - Barclay's Pond, Mary's Pond, and Schoolhouse Pond are visited by waterfowl in season and along with the Training Field Triangle, over 115 acres of conservation have been preserved in this neighborhood.

 

Your Guide:

Lauren Shea is a reiki practitioner and yoga teacher based in Chatham, offering individual and group energy work sessions, yoga classes, and mindfulness practices. A frequent visitor of the CCF trails, Lauren spends many hours adventuring in nature. Otherwise, she enjoys reading multiple books at once, playing in her garden, and tending to her own embodiment practices.

Distance: 1.25 miles

Photo credit: Lauren Young, Barclay's Pond

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Morning Mindfulness Walk at Barclay's Pond Trail
July 31st at 8:00am
Guide: Lauren Shea

Cost: $20

 

Join CCF for a guided mindful walking experience led by Lauren Shea at Barclay's Pond. This embodied awareness practice immerses you in nature, encouraging you to be present and attentive to your surroundings, cultivating a greater sense of peace, relaxation, and mind-body connection.

Made up almost totally of woodland featuring pitch pine and oak, the property is habitat to mammal and bird life typical of such areas. The three ponds - Barclay's Pond, Mary's Pond, and Schoolhouse Pond are visited by waterfowl in season and along with the Training Field Triangle, over 115 acres of conservation have been preserved in this neighborhood.

 

Your Guide:

Lauren Shea is a reiki practitioner and yoga teacher based in Chatham, offering individual and group energy work sessions, yoga classes, and mindfulness practices. A frequent visitor of the CCF trails, Lauren spends many hours adventuring in nature. Otherwise, she enjoys reading multiple books at once, playing in her garden, and tending to her own embodiment practices.

Distance: 1.25 miles

Photo credit: Lauren Young, Barclay's Pond

Barclays Pond by Lauren Young (2).jpg

Summer Trail Walks - August and September
Information coming soon!
CCF is planning an exciting line-up of nature walks and talks for the summer, most on Strong Island.
 

 

Mayo House Guided Tours

Private guided tours are available on request. Email the Chatham Conservation Foundation for scheduling.

Self-Guided Trail Walks 

The Chatham Conservation Foundation's walking trails are open year around! We invite you to explore our beautiful trails at your own leisure.

Please be sure to follow social distancing, and keep pets on leashes. Click here for maps of some great walking trails around Chatham.

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