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September 21, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ The Gardner Museum
Annual Smithsonian Day - Free Admission
September 21, 2019, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM @ Cummings Conservation Area
The first of this 3-part series of guided hikes will begin on Saturday, September 21st. Meet at the Cummings Conservation Area trailhead on Bridge Street. A local naturalist will lead the hike along the Baily Brook cold-water stream and travel through the cool shade of a hemlock glen before ascending over a glacial esker formed at the end of the last ice age. We will view and discuss examples of native plants, cold-water fisheries, glacial erratic boulders, floodplain forests and the Otter River and its unique wetland ecology. Local naturalists and historians Doug and Barbara Fleming will discuss the natural history of this special place and its unique geology and ecology. Doug will share his memories of this land from his time spent at his grandparents’ home on Bridge Street and will provide us with a personal perspective which will capture our curiosity and leave us wanting to know more.