The Trails of Groton: Helpful Hints and an Appreciation

July 7, 2020 7pm – 8:30pm webinar, in partnership with Prescott School Community Center

The Groton community is so fortunate to have a wonderful trail system amongst a diverse landscape. In the time of COVID-19, the trails have never seen so much use and we believe that access to the outdoors has helped a growing number of people relax and maintain contacts. Please join us for a Zoom-based overview of our trail network that will cover: a) the organizations in town that allow public access and maintain the trails; b) what we hope are useful ways to think about your options when you are planning a short walk or an all-day trek; and c) some hints and phone apps to help orient yourself and keep track of where you have been. Following that introduction, we will be describing some of our favorite places and experiences on the trails. We will also provide an opportunity for you to share your favorite places and stories. As part of the course, you will receive the brand new “Pocket Guide” to the many areas in town with extensive trail networks. Groton Conservation Trust current members may enroll in this webinar for free. Please contact to check the status of your membership and to register.


Mark Gerath loves living in Groton and the trail system is one of the major reasons. He and his wife of 36 years, Sheila, live in Groton center on the rail trail. He is a trustee of the Groton Conservation Trust and the Groton Public Library. Hiking is about his favorite thing to do. When he must work, he is an environmental engineer.

Donnie Funch is a retired epidemiologist with a drug safety background. Although she claims to be totally directionally disabled, she is a local trail sensei, and is committed to hiking all of the trails in Groton with Owen. Donnie and her husband Paul have lived in Groton and hiked the trails for 35 years.

Owen Shuman moved to Groton in 1979. She worked in libraries for 40 years, serving as the head of the Groton Public Library for 25 years. While always a walker, she tended to stick to her neighborhood, town loops, and a few properties near her home. The shutdown has offered the time and opportunity to explore more. Owen and Donnie have a unique combination of walking the same pace, loving to stop and notice, and being equally directionally challenged.

March 7, 2020 7:30 PM
Nashua River Full Moon Hike
Join us for an evening walk to enjoy the river under the (almost) full moon. The March full moon, known as the Worm Moon or Lenten Moon, will be the first of three supermoons in 2020. Listen for owls and other night time critters on the river and make some new friends at one of our popular night time hikes. Led by GCT trustees Susan Hughes and Mark Gerath. Meet at the parking area at the General Field at 408 Farmers Row at 7:30pm. Spikes are recommended, even without snow! RSVP by email to

April 18, 2020 10:00 AM
Vernal Pool Walk

Join Pat Huckery of the MA Fisheries and Wildlife scientific team as we examine vernal pool activity at Throne Hill and understand why these ecosystems are so important.

Vernal pools provide habitat to several state-listed species of concern (like our favorite salamander) dependent on this unique wetland type which has been devastated by development in the region. These pools provide breeding habitats for many species and provide stepping stones which allow movement of others through the landscape. This is your chance to see these creatures where they live. This parcel is designated as Priority Habitats by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and have been mapped as Estimated Habitats of Rare Wildlife by that agency.

Wear appropriate shoes and protect yourself against mosquitoes and ticks. Please click “going” and list attendees so we don’t leave you behind. Contact Susan Hughes: for more information.

April 22, 2020
Earth Day Fun with Kids

May 20, 2020 7:00 PM
Annual Meeting, The Groton Inn

This year we feature local Ken Janes and his new book: “Life List”. We will have copies to sell after his talk. Ken will generously donate all proceeds to the GCT. Come here about the life of a Maine birdwatcher and get all the latest news from the GCT. A cash bar is available.

June 18, 2020 7:00 PM
The General Field Sunflowers Party

Join as we share the beauty of Groton’s wildflower park at The General Field. The Contra Bandidos will be back with live music, Chef Chris will bring his oyster wagon from The Great Road Kitchen, and beverages are available. Bring your picnic and lawn chair and enjoy the evening. Please note: The road at the park has some serious pot holes, please drive carefully.

September 26, 2020

Join us as we guess which item came from which property for a chance to win a free GCT Patch. Member decals and maps also available. Stop by to say hi!

October 18, 2020 11:00
Groton Traverse

This nearly 10 mile hike through the conservation lands in Groton gives you a wilder look at our town, ending with beverages and snacks in town. For more information, please contact Mark.