Another wonderful walk with Boot at this special time of year.
This is a Trustees walk so click here to sign up.
Saturday, September 24
from 12:30pm to 2pm. 25 Blanchard Road in Burlington, 01803
Member Adult: $12;
Member Child: $6; Nonmember Adult: $20; Nonmember Child: $10
Nature walks with Boot are always terrific, but his Solstice Walk is particularly educational and fascinating. You will learn things you never knew!
This is a Trustees walk, and you need to sign up with them.
Sunday, June 19 (two days ahead of Solstice)
from 9:30am to Noon. 25 Blanchard Road in Burlington, 01803
Member Adult: $12;
Member Child: $6; Nonmember Adult: $20; Nonmember Child: $1
May 7th, 2022, was a bit windy and cool, but Boot led us on a long, splendid walk with lots to see, including a guest appearance by a red salamander (see last two photos in the gallery.) In view of the annual appearance of the wonderful dandelions,
I wrote a song to honor them.
We were treated to a rare day of perfect weather for this Trustees-sponsored wildflower walk by Boot Boutwell. We had a great group of interested wildflower and Boot fans.
(Captions appear when you roll over the photos, when you click to see photos large, captions are at top left.)
We were thrilled that Boot Boutwell was back for another of his popular family-friendly nature walks on May 8. But because of COVID we limited the group to 12. Here are photos from the walk.
Boot gave his first Mary Cummings Park walk for the Trustees on Sunday, January 24th. While it was a cold and blustery day, a hardy group joined Boot for another fascinating lesson in nature.
In spite of cold and wind, we had an enthusiastic group of walkers, eager to be educated and entertained by Boot Boutwell.
A good crowd showed up on a cold, windy day. Boot started us with a quiz: what is this? The right answer? It is the dried stalk of a sensitive fern, with large spores. A walker holds Boot's collection of selected winter weeds. The flower from a Queen Anne's lace in winter. Boot shows us the berries of the invasive common buckthorn, berries that are not wise to eat. Another invasive: the pretty but troublesome oriental bittersweet. One of Boot's favorite winter weeds books. Examining a detail with Boot's magnifying glass. The upright berry clusters of staghorn sumac. Oriental bittersweet, the invasive, climbing over the native staghorn sumac. Another invasive much hated: the multiflora rose. Boot shows us a different form of sumac: smooth sumac. Smooth sumac berries hang down, rather than standing up like staghorn. A gall on a goldenrod stalk. Boot cuts open the goldenrod gall and reveals the insect livng within. A walker take notes along the way. A hairy poison ivy vine detached from a dying tree. A giant burdock leaf has survived the frost. Boot shows us the leaf miner that has tunneled inside the leaf. Boot discovers an insect that lives right through the winter: a daytime lightning bug, that has no glowing apparatus. A brave dandilion blooms in the sub freezing weather.
We had another wonderful walk with author Ted Elliman.
This walk does not feature a photo gallery, but we did take lots of video which we will eventually get online!
In spite of cold and wind we had a good group and a great walk with Boot. The sun came out and the woods mostly sheltered us from the wind.
We had one of our most pleasant walks on Groundhog Day. We found 15 of the 16 posts where we plant milkweed seeds and scattered lots more seeds. We also saws lots of rabbit tracks, some lovely songbirds in the trees, and checked out bird houses.
The cold had eased off, and soon as we started walking were were all comfortable and warm.
Nothing like a good, not rushed walk, with nice people in the out of doors.