WALKS & EVENTS

WALKS & EVENTS CALENDAR

2021 Walks & Events

We look forward to hosting many events in 2021! Scroll down to learn more about opportunities to tour historic Mayo House, our upcoming Annual Meeting, planned trips to Strong Island, and more.

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Upcoming Walks & Events

Chatham Art in the Park

June 25th through August 20th, 2021

Kate Gould Park 

The Chatham Conservation Foundation is participating in this year's Art in the Park series. Please stop by and enjoy the wonderfully whale-inspired works of art! Click here for more information on Chatham's Art in the Park series.

Mondays on Main - Mayo House Guided Tours

Mondays, July 5th through August 30th, 2021; 6-9pm

Mayo House

While you're enjoying downtown Chatham on Monday nights during the summer, please stop by the Mayo House for a guided tour. 

Click here for more information on Chatham's Mondays on Main series.

2021 Annual Meeting

Monday, August 2nd, 2021 

Wequassett Inn

The Chatham Conservation Foundation is happy to announce that its 2021 annual meeting will be held in person at the Wequassett Inn. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, as our guest speaker. Click here for more information.

Forest Beach Overlook Walk with Kate Witte

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021; 9-10am (Rain date August 4th; 9-10am)

Forest Beach

Join AmeriCorps graduate and Chatham Shellfish Department employee Kate Witte for a family friendly walk through the beautiful Forest Beach Overlook trail. Kate will bring a book called Hello Cape Cod and will read pages at different scenic points along the trail.

 

This short walk is part of a much larger parcel owned by the town, and was purchased through Town Land Bank Funds. This site was also once the location of radio transmission towers that sent ship-to-shore messages all over the world. It was part of RCA's Marine Communications Station WCC in North Chatham, as detailed by info panels onsite.

 

The town of Chatham purchased the property, along with the North Chatham WCC property, in 1999 from the MIC Corporation. This 30 acre parcel was designated Town conservation land.

Limited to 15 families, so please sign up today by sending an email to reservations@ccfinc.org

Free for members and children, $10 for the public

Mini Meadow Walk with Cathy Weston

Saturday, August 14th, 2021; 10am (Rain date August 15th; 10am)

Mayo House

Join ecological gardener and CCF Trustee Cathy Weston for a detailed look at the Mini Meadow on Main. This beautiful garden was planted with all Cape Cod native plants, and was designed by Cathy and Honorary Trustee Oonie Burley.

The meadow has changed over time as the plants have settled in: some have died back, and others have thrived. If you're interested in creating a meadow at home or learning about native vegetation, then this is the session for you!

 

In August, the highlight of the meadow is bee balm, joe pye weed, and clethra, and this session is during the height of their blooms!

 

Limited to 12 people, so please sign up today by sending an email to reservations@ccfinc.org

Free for members and children, $10 for the public

Strong Island Nature Walk with Peter Trull 

Saturday, August 28th, 2021; 9am-12:30pm (Rain date TBD)

Strong Island

Join Peter Trull and CCF representatives for an unforgettable stroll along the trails of Strong Island. Local naturalist and author Peter Trull will share his knowledge and enthusiasm on a variety of topics, from birds and habitats to dragonflies and salt marshes. Transportation to the island is provided.

Acquired in 1973 from the Horst family, Strong Island, with 75 acres of upland owned by CCF and 59 acres of town-owned marsh, sits as the "gem" of Pleasant Bay. Located as it is 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. Birds and mammals are representative of the general area.

Limited to 15 people, so please sign up today by sending an email to 
reservations@ccfinc.org

$15 for members and children, $30 for the public

Mushroom ID Walk with Wesley Price 

Saturday, August 28th, 2021; 2-4pm (Rain date August 29th; 2-4pm)

Barclay Pond

Join Cape Cod mycologist Wesley Price for a guided mushroom walk at Barclay Pond. Enjoy a brief presentation at the start, and then fan out and forage for your own specimens. Please bring a basket and a butter knife to help with collecting.

At the end of the walk, everyone will show off their finds and Wesley will ID the various fungi, answer questions, and offer information about what various types are used for from plant dyes to culinary delicacies.

Limited to 30 people, so please sign up today by sending an email to reservations@ccfinc.org

Free for members and children, $10 for the public

Mayo House Private Guided Tours

Available upon request 

Mayo House

The Mayo House is looking forward to welcoming back the public, and is resuming private guided tours upon request. Email the Chatham Conservation Foundation for scheduling.

Self-Guided Walks 

The Chatham Conservation Foundation's walking trails are open! 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.