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Natural History Forest Walk


Please join us for a natural history forest walk at Paul Dunn Woodland Preserve in Ashburnham, MA. Dr. Chris Picone will lead the group on a walk-through of various habitats, including upland forests of different ages, black spruce groves, and a wet meadow. Paul Dunn Woodland Preserve features an esker left by a glacier 14,000 years ago, and we will consider how different soil types influence our forests, and vice versa. Participants will also have the opportunity to use nets and examine the animals that are waking up in the wetlands and vernal pools.

Dr. Chris Picone is a Professor of Ecology and Environmental Science at Fitchburg State University. He has been a resident of Ashburnham since 2004, serving on its Conservation Commission among other town commissions.

This event is open to the public, free to Mount Grace members and $10 for non-members. Dress appropriately for the weather. 

Registration is required. You will receive a confirmation email after RSVPing with driving directions. (If you do not see a confirmation email in your inbox, your registration did not go through. Please try again.) This event is limited to 25 participants.


We will be following COVID-19 guidelines: face masks are required, and participants are asked to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from other attendees. Please direct questions to Communications and Engagement Coordinator Marielena Lima.

In the case of inclement weather, the alternative event date is scheduled for Saturday, May 1st. We will inform all registered participants if the event is re-scheduled.