*Please note that our walks will be cancelled in adverse weather, including heavy snow and thunderstorms. We do our best to announce cancellations well ahead of time via email and our facebook page.
Three Ponds Walk (Meadow Bog, Sarah’s Pond, Twinings Pond)
Date: RESCHEDULED to Saturday, February 18
Time: 9:00- 11:00 am
Location: Meet at 135 Quanset Road, South Orleans (Twinings Pond Trailhead)
Leader: Mon Cochran, OCT Trustee
Details: A 2 hours historical walk and talk through more than 80 acres of OCT-owned conservation land in the southeastern corner of town. Be prepared for steep slopes, loose stones, and perhaps some bushwhacking.
There is still some snow on the trail, so make sure to wear good hiking boots!
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, follow MA Route 28 towards Chatham for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Quanset Road and veer right at the Y to stay on the road. Follow Quanset Road to trail head on right (.9mi). The trail head will be directly after Forest Way. There are four to five designated parking spaces available and two access points.
Mill Pond Valley Conservation Area
Date: Tuesday, March 14
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Meet at 13 Champlain Road, Orleans
Details: The preserve is made up of 13 acres with a 1-mile trail stretching from Champlain Road to the shores of Mill Pond. Just a few of the unique features found on site are the historic stone walls, a vernal pool, and a coastal plain pond that is a hot spot for observing migrating water fowl, including Wood Ducks.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, drive east on Main Street (.4 mi) towards Nauset Beach. Turn left on Tonset Rd. at the lights and follow to Hopkins Lane where you will take a slight right (.5). Continue to Brick Hill Rd and bear left (1 mi), take a slight right on Champlain Rd. and park along the split rail fence on the right.
Twinings Pond Conservation Area
Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Meet at 135 Quanset Road, South Orleans
Leader: Bob Prescott, OCT President and Director of Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
Details: A 1.75 mile bird walk through over 30 acres of pristine woodlands in South Orleans.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans, follow MA Route 28 towards Chatham for 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Quanset Road and veer right at the Y to stay on the road. Follow Quanset Road to the trail head on right (.9mi) The trail head will be directly after Forest Way. There are four to five designated parking spaces available and two access points.
Baker’s Pond Conservation Area
Date: Tuesday, May 9
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: Meet at 80 Baker’s Pond Road, Orleans
Details: A 1.75 mile walk on adjoining conservation lands in Orleans and Brewster, totaling an area of 16.5 acres with Bakers Pond to the north. The Bakers Pond Conservation Area is part of a contiguous natural area from Nickerson State Park in Brewster across Route 6 to the watershed in Orleans. Bakers Pond is a classic coastal plain kettle pond with a wide sandy shoreline, which is inundated seasonally when the water table is high. This wide beach supports a substantial and unique plant community including the rare Spatulate-leaved sun-dew and Plymouth gentian.
Directions: From Orleans shopping center follow Rt. 6A west towards Brewster for 1.1 miles. Take a left onto Bakers Pond Road and follow for .6 miles. Town parking will be on your right.