*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.
Mill Pond Valley Conservation Area
Date: Tuesday, March 12
Time: 10:00 am – 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 waterfowl, including wood ducks. Boots recommended!
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 mi). Continue to Brick Hill Rd and bear left (1 mi), take a slight right on Champlain Rd. Continue to 13 Champlain Rd. (look for OCT sign and kiosk), parking on side of road along OCT conservation property.
Putnam Farm Conservation Area
Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Location: Meet at 50 Bridge Road, Orleans (behind the courthouse)
Details: A short walk through a former working farm that’s now being managed as an early-successional field habitat. The property also contains community agricultural plots, which will be entering their second growing season in 2019. Walkers will also enjoy an up-close look at what remains of Jeremiah’s Gutter, the chosen passageway for boats before the existence of the Cape Cod Canal!
Directions: From Orleans center, head south on Rt. 28 towards Eastham (0.4 miles). Merge onto Rt.6A south and follow to the rotary. Take the second exit onto Smith Lane and take a quick left onto Rock Harbor Road.Follow for .2 miles and take a right into the court house. Follow parking area to the back of the court house and enter conservation area via a dirt road.