News and Events

Browse the calendar below for scheduled Trust events, including guided walks and special events. Click on individual events for details.

Date/Time Event
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 am - 10:30 am

Stepinski Hike - Stony Brook Conservation Land

Stepinski section of Stony Brook Conservtion Land

Join Westford Conservation Trust director Lenny Palmer who will lead a walk through the south section of the Stony Brook Conservation Land (formerly the Stepinski property).

This walk is appropriate for all ages, but area is not suitable for strollers. Sociable dogs on leash welcome. Parking at the back lot of the American Legion Fields off of River Street, entrance is between 13 & 17 River St.  For further information contact Lenny Palmer at 978-392-9876

Location: American Legion Fields, Westford MA

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Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Westford Conservation Trust's Annual Meeting

When: Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7pm

Where: Parish Center for the Arts (PCA)

Members and friends are invited to join us for the 2018 Westford Conservation Trust Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 pm at Parish Center for the Arts (PCA), 10 Lincoln Street, Westford. A brief Trust business meeting will be held from 7:00-7:20 pm followed by our guest speaker. Light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

Guest Speaker: Jennifer Forman-Orth

Japanese knotweed (newsweek)

Our guest speaker is Jennifer Forman Orth, Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Environmental Biologist, who will present Nature’s Invaders – Invasive Plants in our Environment.

Is Mile-a-minute vine dragging you down? Is Asiatic Bittersweet dragging your trees down? Is Giant hogweed making you feel like you have to hide indoors? Jennifer Forman Orth will give us an up-close and personal look at the very worst invasive plants Massachusetts is currently dealing with. Learn how to recognize these invaders, what you can do about them, and how to make smart choices about what’s in your own garden. Questions from the audience will be most welcome!

Jennifer Forman Orth is an invasive plant ecologist who works on invasive plant and insect pest issues at MDAR. When she’s not trying to help someone get rid of the Japanese knotweed in their yard, you can find her working with the state’s Mosquito Control Districts, or teaching people how to recognize Asian longhorned beetle.

Business Meeting – A short Trust yearly business meeting will be held from 7:00-7:20 pm. Our guest speaker will follow this brief business meeting. Refreshments will also be served. Hope to see you there!

Location: PCA, Westford MA

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Guided Nature Walks

photo of a guided walk
Guided Walks

The Westford Conservation Trust guides nature walks throughout the year. These walks are free of charge and take place rain/snow or shine. No sign-up or pre-registration is required.

Trust Meetings
Monthly Meetings: All members and other interested individuals are invited to attend the Westford Conservation Trust monthly meetings. Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month and begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Roudenbush Community Center. The annual meeting in November is an exception and there are no meetings in July and August.

Annual Meeting: The annual meeting takes place at 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of November. At this meeting, Trust officers summarize our business for the year and we hold elections to fill positions whose terms are expiring. A special guest speaker makes a presentation when the business portion of the meeting is over. Refreshments are also served.

Contact us for more information.

Westford Conservation Trust Scholarships
Each year the Trust presents scholarships to Westford Academy students who show an interest in the cause of conservation. If you are interested in applying, please speak with a WA guidance counselor to obtain the correct forms. Education and conservation are foremost in the minds of the Trust directors and we hope to encourage the youth of Westford to follow this same passion.