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By Mary Lhowe
In this unsettled year of 2020, we are socializing in small groups, and outdoors if possible. Don’t let the colder weather deter you! With the right clothing and footwear, outdoor adventuring in November and December in New England can be magical – especially at night.
The Trustees of Reservations owns and preserves historic homes, farms, museums the length and breadth of New England. From now through December, the Trustees will be hosting and guiding nighttime hikes at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, Appleton Farms in Hamilton & Ipswich, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln.
Some hikes will be under the full moon; some encourage kids and families to attend. Sign up soon; attendance is limited and events by the Trustees are always popular.
Family Night Hike at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough – Moonlight, kids and ‘s’mores.
Dunes by the Light of the Full Beaver Moon at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate – The name of this early-winder moon honors the seasonal work of beavers, preparing for the cold months. Repeats November 29.
Family Beaver Moon Hike at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich – Still groaning from the Thanksgiving feast? Get out and stretch your legs.
Full Moon Hike at Appleton Farms in Hamilton & Ipswich – Farm staff serve as your guide
Animal Tracking Family Night Hike at Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough — Join a naturalist-led hike to find signs of wildlife in the neighborhood and enjoy an after-hike campfire.
Ugly Sweater Night Hike at Rocky Woods in Medfield – Who’s got the ugliest sweater of them all?
Dunes by the Light of the Full Cold Moon at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich. Repeats on December 29.
Full Moon Hike at Appleton Farms in Hamilton & Ipswich
Full Moon Tours of deCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln – Outdoor sculpture under the night sky.