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Worcester Area Resources

Looking for new places that aren't hours away? Then check out the Massachusetts Department of Recreation Programs and Events site

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) depends on members and volunteers to educate, advocate, conserve, and protect the Nashua River Watershed spanning 31 communities in north central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

The Ecotarium, (formerly the New England Science Center), is one of our area gems. They feature everything from a planetarium to Friday night jazz concerts in the summer, under the stars. They have a wide variety of wildlife, and educational programs devoted to nature and the environment.

The Trustees of Reservations, the nation's oldest private, statewide conservation and preservation organization. Since 1891, they have protected over 33,000 acres of land in Massachusetts, including 82 public reservations representing many of the state's most scenic, ecologically rich, and historically important landscapes. Use this web site to search for a reservation to visit. Learn about their origins, mission, and milestones. Keep current on conservation projects and stewardship programs. Become a member or sign-up as a volunteer. Attend a special event. Stay in a Trustees B&B. Or, plan a private function with them. The Trustees of Reservations have a special campground, atTully Lake. It not only features hiking, canoe/kayak rentals, and bike paths, but is handicapped accessible.

The Greater Worcester Land Trust is concerned with acquiring, preserving, and maintaining land in the area, most specifically around the Boynton Park area.

The Nature Conservancy has acquired and is acquiring lands in an area that includes parts of Southbridge, Sturbridge, Holland and Wales, Mass. and Woodstock, Pomfret, Union and other towns in Connecticut. It is a huge area of hills, streams and lakes known as the "Quinebaug Highlands" and is part of an area referred to as "The Last Green Valley". The latter is a sparsely developed area that is the only dark area between Boston and Washington on a nighttime satellite photo. There are some great hiking/nature walk possibilities right in the Chapter's back yard that are relatively unknown to us.

The Blackstone Valley Historical Corridor is one of the gems of Central Mass. One of our members, who's an engineer, regularly leads local walks to inspect the 100 year old locks.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society has a presence in Worcester, at the Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. They have a nature trail, and tours for kids as well as classes in conservation and birding.

Wachusett Greenways is a grass roots team of volunteers working to expand a network of trails and open spaces linking our communities. They regularly meet to build and maintain trails, improve open spaces, and reach out to the six towns they serve to promote sustainable and environmentally sensitive use of green spaces. They envision an expanded network of trails and roads for non-motorized recreation and transportation in the towns of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland, Sterling and West Boylston (in Central Massachusetts, USA). Their largest current project is the Mass Central Rail Trail, of which 1.3 miles have been completed and 30 miles are under development. Volunteers are welcome for a day of trail work or a long-term dedication of your talents in developing trails. They have grown from under 40 members to over 400 in the last 4 years and are proud of their accomplishments.

The Charlton Heritage Preservation Trust is a new 501(c)3 land trust serving Charlton, MA. Their site features current projects, conservancy definitions, and information about conservation efforts in Charlton.

 

Biking Resources:

 

Hiking Resources:

  • State Parks In Massachusetts - Find out what that State Forest in your backyard has to offer.
  • White Mountains Home Page
  • North Quabbin Woods Home Page
  • Views From The Top Three moderated newsgroups dealing with hiking, climbing and general news about hiking in the Northeast. Hikers leave trail reports, personal opinions about particular trails, etc. A must see before you set out on your next trip!
  • American Trails
  • For our members south of Worcester, visit the Hodges Village Dam project in Oxford, MA. Featuring a 1200' peak, mountain biking, canoe access along the French River, views all the way to the Blue Hills in Boston, and bouldering. According to the ranger, "it's a little taste of New Hampshire". Great place for XC skiing. The Midstate Trail goes through its heart, with an overlook trail, accessible from the multiple use parking lot. Site includes maps, other resources.
  • The Adirondack Mountain Club is to the 'dacks what the AMC is to the Whites. Many Worcester Chapter members also belong to the Green Mountain Club, which protects and maintains the Long Trail in Vermont, much as the AMC does through the Northeast.
  • See Trailplace.com, an interactive website for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers.
  • This is a new, no-frills page devoted to Peakbagging in New England.
  • The White Mountain National Forest site, hosted by the Dartmouth Outing Club, has this offshoot: the Trip Reports from the Whites and New England.

 

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Birding Resources

  • The Central Massachussetts Bird Update site is maintained by long-time Worcester Chapter member Rick Quimby. You can get up-to-date sightings of Central Mass birds, a listing of relevant sites, and birding news.

 

Windsurfing Resources

 

Major Excursions

  • Joel Gordon and Melissa Wenig lead a Major Excursion to St. John, USVI, every year!

 

Friends & Neighbors:

  • Six States an online magazine about New England travel and adventure. While the hiking may be wilder in Alaska, the surf bigger at Mavericks and the ski runs longer in Colorado, no place in North America has the volume of diverse outdoor adventure opportunities that we enjoy in New England. Here you can kayak Maine's coastal islands, run whitewater rapids, trek the White Mountains, ski the northern peaks, mountain bike the hills of Vermont, surf Block Island, or just chill on one of Cape Cod’s sandy beaches. New England offers everyone the chance to experience virtually any outdoor sport, and all within a day’s drive. To that end, Six States is dedicated to covering the activities, people, sports and news of the New England outdoors.
  • Breakneck Hill Cows Organization — The Breakneck Hill Conservation Land was acquired by the town of Southborough from Ray Davis. This beautiful piece of land has walking trails, plentiful wildlife, our resident cows, and distant views of Mt. Wachuset on a clear day. It's a great place to walk your dog (mind the electric fences!), do a little cross country skiing or just stroll up into the pasturelands to see the cows. The land is populated by eagles, foxes, plentiful rabbits, and even the occasional coyote or deer.

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