*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.
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.
White’s Lane Conservation Area
Date: Friday, June 2
Time: 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Meet at 33 White’s Lane, Orleans
Leader: Bob Prescott, Director of Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary
Details: The White’s Lane Conservation area is made up of four separate gifts of land, stretching from 1982-1996. In 2009 OCT received a State grant to restore the property to a field habitat, while also creating nesting gardens for the Threatened Diamond-backed Terrapins. In addition to terrapins, volunteers have also recorded numerous hawk species, box turtles, and song birds. This is a short walk through open meadows along The River.
Directions: From the intersection of Rt. 28 and Main Street in Orleans head east towards Nauset Beach for .4 miles. Take the 3rd right onto Monument Road and follow for .4 miles. Take a left onto Henson Way (dirt road) and follow until the end. Parking will be straight ahead.
Kent’s Point Conservation Area
Date: Thursday, July 20
Time: 9:00–10:30 am
Location: Meet at the town parking lot at the end of Frost Fish Lane, Orleans
Details: A 1.5 mile walk along undeveloped shoreline, fronting Lonnie’s Pond, Little Pleasant Bay and Frost Fish Creek. The main trail to the former Kent house site goes up the center of the property leading to a boardwalk overlooking The River and the northern portion of Pleasant Bay. Frost Fish cove is frequented by herons and other waterbirds.
Directions: From Orleans center, head east on Main Street towards Nauset Beach and turn right on Monument Road. Turn left after about half a mile onto Frost Fish Lane. Follow signs to Kent’s Point.
Kayak to Little Sipson’s Island
Date: Tuesday, August 29
Time: 3:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Meet at Town Landing, end of Quanset Road, South Orleans
Leader: Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary staff
Details: Paddle a total of 2 miles to and from Little Sipson’s Island Conservation Area—one of our most popular outings, led by Mass Audubon staff. Pack snacks or a small lunch and water. Please bring your own watercraft if possible (only a limited number of kayaks are available). Advance registration required – only 20 spots available.
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 town landing at the end.
Grassy Knoll Conservation Area
Date: Saturday, September 9
Time: 10:00–11:30 am
Location: Meet at 60 Champlain Road, Orleans
Details: A 1.5-mile walk through an early succession habitat, then along the shores of Nauset Harbor.
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. Continue to 60 Champlain Rd. (look for OCT sign), parking on side of road along OCT conservation property.