UPCOMING EVENTS

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Weekend
with the last Strong Island Walk of the 2022 Season!


Strong Island: Chatham's First Peoples Walk


October 8th, 10:00am - 12:00pm

With: Marcus Hendricks (Waban Webquish)

Distance: app. 2 miles

Price: $20

Attendee Limit: 20

Rain Date: None. Tickets will be refunded in case of inclement weather.


Join us for a special event in recognition of Indigenous Peoples Weekend! Marcus Hendricks (Waban Webquish) of Wampanoag Shells will discuss the cultural practices and pre-colonial indigenous life of Chatham’s First Peoples. Topics will include traditional food sources, seasonal shifts, and the indigenous cyclical calendar. Trustee Tim Burt will talk about the Foundation’s conservation efforts related to Strong Island, the “gem” of Pleasant Bay.
 

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 through 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:

Waban Webquish is a Wampanoag/Nipmuc cultural wisdom keeper who provides community education on the history and traditions of his cultural heritage through guided walks and seminars. He also sells handmade Wampum jewelry, traditional indigenous items, and culturally sustainable foods at www.wampanoagshells.com.

Tim Burt is a Trustee and Treasurer of CCF. Tim is active in many land stewardship activities with the Foundation. Tim has made numerous trips to Strong Island and is familiar with the history of the island. He is a full-time resident of Chatham.

 

Special Notes:

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and be prepared with water, sunglasses, and sunblock as needed.

Photo credit: Jon Watkins

Free Guided Trail Walks!

Mill Pond Overlook Trail

Please join us every Thursday in October for a one-hour guided walk along CCF's recently opened new trail. Located next door to the Atwood Museum, this trail affords a beautiful overlook of the Mill Pond.

Parking for these walks is available at the Atwood Museum
parking lot. 

Dates: 
                     Thursday, October 6th, 1 - 2pm
                     Thursday, October 13th, 1 - 2pm
                     Thursday, October 20th, 1 - 2pm
                     Thursday, October 27th, 1 - 2pm

No registration necessary.

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OCTOBER EVENTS

   

    Chatham Oktoberfest

 

                                  Saturday, October 22nd, 11:00am - 3pm

                                                                                 Mayo House, 540 Main Street, Chatham

                                               Please come by historic Mayo House, our CCF headquarters,

                                                                      for cider and refreshments!

                                                                      No registration necessary.

 

 

TRAIL WALKS

 

 

October 16th, 9:30 - 11:30am

Mushroom Identification Walk: Barclay's Pond

with the Cape Cod Mycological Society

With: Wesley Price

Distance: app. 1 mile

Price: $20

Attendee Limit: 20

Rain Date: None. Tickets will be refunded in case of inclement weather.

Join Wesley Price, the founder of the Cape Cod Mycological Society, for a guided walk along the Barclay's Pond trails. As participants forage, Wesley will identify mushrooms and answer questions.

 

Made up almost totally of woodland featuring pitch pine and oak, the Barclay's Pond trail area is habitat to mammal and birdlife. The three ponds, Barclay's Pond, Mary's Pond and Schoolhouse Pond, are visited by a wide range of waterfowl in season.

 

Your Guide:

Wesley Price founded the Cape Cod Mushroom Society in 2013. A not-for-profit association, the Cape Cod Mycological Society was founded to take walks and inspire a deeper understanding and respect for the ecosystems which support the biodiversity of life on Earth. "Fungi restored my wonder of the natural world and led me to a greater understanding of it," says Wesley.

Special Notes:

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a mile-long trail walk.

 

Photo credit: Tina Delaney

October 21st, 12 - 2pm

Lichen Walk

With: Tom Walker

Distance: app. 1 mile

Price: $20

Attendee Limit: 20

Rain Date: None. Tickets will be refunded in case of inclement weather.

Join naturalist Tom Walker as we explore the great variety of lichens along the Barclay's Pond Trail. Lichens are symbiotic organisms formed from the union of fungi and algae. They stabilize and add nutrients to our soils, provide nesting material for birds, shelter for invertebrates, and promote soil formation on bare rock. While they may be found all over the world and in the harshest conditions, they are vulnerable in areas with poor air quality. Alternatively, they thrive in areas with low pollution, high humidity and moderate temperatures. Cape Cod's constant sea breezes create the ideal conditions for lichen abundance and diversity.

Made up almost totally of woodland featuring pitch pine and oak, the Barclay's Pond trail area is habitat to mammal and birdlife. The three ponds, Barclay's Pond, Mary's Pond and Schoolhouse Pond, are visited by a wide range of waterfowl in season.

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.

Special Notes:

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a mile-long trail walk.

 

Photo credit: Tom Walker

 

October 27th, 3 -5pm

Introduction to iNaturalist: Sylvan Gardens,

co-sponsored by the Friends of Sylvan Gardens

With: James Junda

Distance: ~ .5 mile

Price: $20

Attendee Limit: 20

Rain Date: None. Tickets will be refunded in case of inclement weather.

Pull out your phone and head out to the trails with the iNaturalist app! Our guide James Junda will introduce us to this powerful new tool for both the citizen and professional naturalist. We will learn to ID what we see, how to get expert feedback, and share our observations with biological researchers all within iNaturalist.

 

The Sylvan Gardens conservation area contains almost ten acres of undeveloped land and 600 feet of freshwater pond shore, portions of which are home to state-listed native plant species. It is a green refuge for plants, wildlife and people. Rustic trails traverse a variety of settings, leading visitors through deep woods and open fields to broad pond views.

This walk is co-sponsored by the Friends of Sylvan Gardens, whose mission is to manage and improve the Rolf E. Sylvan Gardens for preservation of its natural resources and passive recreational public enjoyment.

 

Your Guide:

James Junda has been studying birds for 20 years but watching them his whole life. His journey started during summers with his grandparents at Schoolhouse Pond in Chatham and has taken him to five continents documenting birds. He has been operating songbird banding stations at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary and around the lighthouse on Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge since 2011.

 

 

Special Notes:

With an ADA-compliant trail, this walk is accessible to people who may not be ready for a rigorous hike. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a short walk.

Photo credit: Tina Delaney

October 29th, 9 - 11am

Mushroom Identification Walk: Frost Fish Creek

with the Cape Cod Mycological Society

With: Wesley Price

Distance: app. 1 mile

Price: $20

Attendee Limit: 20

Rain Date: None. Tickets will be refunded in case of inclement weather.

Join Wesley Price, the founder of the Cape Cod Mycological Society, for a guided walk along the Frost Fish Creek Trail. As participants forage, Wesley will identify mushrooms and answer questions.

The 1.1 mile walking trail meanders along the eastern edge of Frost Fish Creek, offering walkers glimpses of an old cranberry operation which has reverted into open wetlands. As you walk along the high trail, borrow pits for sanding the bogs appear on either side of the path. With its unique configuration featuring a brackish freshwater tidal wetland over viewed from upland pine/oak woodlands, this area offers the most varied and numerous opportunities to experience seasonal bird and mammal life in our area.

 

Your Guide:

Wesley Price founded the Cape Cod Mushroom Society in 2013. A not-for-profit association, the Cape Cod Mycological Society was founded to take walks and inspire a deeper understanding and respect for the ecosystems which support the biodiversity of life on Earth. "Fungi restored my wonder of the natural world and led me to a greater understanding of it," says Wesley.

Special Notes:

Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a mile-long trail walk.

Photo credit: Tina Delaney

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Mayo House Private Guided Tours

Available upon request 

Mayo House

The Mayo House has resumed 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.