Weather Update: As of Friday evening, we are still planning to hold this event as scheduled from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday.
Bring the family for fresh air, fun and games. Take home a sapling tree to plant in your yard. Learn about the importance of preserving open space, and the many hiking trails right here in Attleboro. This event is free and open to the public in celebration of Arbor Day. All are welcome!
Featured at this event:
- Kids’ hike and scavenger hunt with prizes
- Walk the trail at the nearby O’Donnell Nature Preserve
- Meet Woody, the Talking Tree
- Learn about rain gardens and pollinator plants
- Take a sapling tree to plant in your yard (we’ll show you how!)
- Play our local wildlife game
- Ice cream coupons from co-sponsor Bliss Dairy
- Enter to win a tree from co-sponsor Cryan Landscape
The Handy Street Conservation Area is an 80-acre parcel of land purchased by the City of Attleboro in 2014 with the involvement of the Attleboro Land Trust and Mass Audubon, and a substantial grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are trails crisscrossing the area, making it easy to get lost on the property. The Attleboro Land Trust has designated a main trail route that utilizes some of the existing paths to form a loop, beginning and ending at the main entrance on Handy Street.
Scout Jason Zenofsky of Troop 61 in Norton has completed an Eagle project that involved the installation of directional signposts at 33 trail junctions along the route. Digging holes to a depth of two feet for each of these posts was challenging, to say the least. Sometimes the problem was large rocks. At other times the Scouts hit hardpan, which is soil that has hardened like concrete and has to be chipped away with a heavy iron bar in the shape of a chisel. Thankfully, Jason and his crew persevered, and the signposts were all installed.
In the spring, the ALT will put the finishing touches on the trail, which will be named in memory of Larry St. Pierre, who served as ALT president from 1991 to 1994 and 1997 to 2001. A temporary map of the trail is available here.
The Attleboro Council on Aging Hiking Group visited the Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve on June 22. The popular weekly event is coordinated by Juliet Teixeira, vice president of the Attleboro Land Trust (in the green Hike Attleboro T-shirt).
For more information, contact the Larson Senior Center at 774-203-1906.
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, a group of volunteers walked the boundaries of the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve. The purpose of the walk was to inspect the condition of the preserve, check for any encroachment of the boundaries, and find existing boundary markers. From the parking area on Richardson Avenue, we headed for the far corners of the property.
A snowfall the previous night had added a sparkle to the landscape.
We added a sign with our visitor regulations.
We walked the entire length of the power line easement from south to north.
We put up another regulation sign at the edge of the power line along our northern boundary.
Thanks to all who attended the walk!
A series of boundary walks was planned for the first three Saturdays in March, weather permitting. The purpose of boundary walks is to maintain signs and markers along the boundaries and to check for encroachment.
The first boundary walk was held at the Nickerson Walking Woods Preserve, 221 Richardson Avenue, on Saturday, March 7.