Join us! June Events with Groton Conservation Trust

We have some great educational and social events lined up for June. We hope you can join us!

Hands-On Invasives Plant Identification and Removal, June 14th at 6pm

Invasive species pose a serious challenge to maintaining diverse and beautiful landscapes. Join us for a chance to learn how to apply lessons learned on conservation land in Groton to dealing with invasives in your own backyard. Building on recent Groton Garden Club and Groton Invasive Species Committee events, Groton Conservation Trust is offering a hike at Shepley Hill to highlight invasive species and what you can do to stop them in your own local landscape. Join Brian Bettencourt, GCT trustee and chair of the Groton Invasive Species Committee, for some hands-on learning. We’ll examine some common invasive plants, get tips on identification and control/removal, and discuss together on a short hike through Shepley. Special attention will be paid to research plots where our scientists studied and compared invasive plant removal techniques. 

This event will take place on June 14th at 6pm. Groton Conservation Trust current members may enroll in this event for free. Please contact katy@gctrust.org to check the status of your membership. Non-members may click this link to register for a small fee through the Prescott SCC.

iNaturalist Family Scavenger Hunt, 3 Part Event June 23, 27th, 28th

Spring has arrived and our backyards and wild spaces have come to life! Wildflowers are blooming, birds are building nests, and pollinators are buzzing. There is a renewed sense of wonder about the natural world. Do you wish you could identify some of the plants and animals that share our spaces? If so, we invite you to our family friendly event to learn how to use iNaturalist. iNaturalist is a web-based app that can help you identify organisms and allows you to post your observations on a global database. In addition to learning to identify some local species, you can be a citizen scientist and contribute to our Nature of Groton project on iNaturalist. Join us! We’re offering a three-part workshop to learn about and practice using iNaturalist. The workshop includes:

Introduction to iNaturalist: This brief virtual introduction to installing and using iNaturalist is designed for adults. Please note: This session is optional if you can create an iNaturalist account, install the iNaturalist app, and upload at least one photo into the Nature of Groton project on iNaturalist. Children are welcome but not required to attend this session.  Wednesday, June 23rd, 7 PM (45 minutes)

Scavenger Hunt: GCT naturalists will meet you, your family, or friend group on one of our properties, provide you with a scavenger hunt list and a map, and provide field instruction for the scavenger hunt. Sunday, June 27th, 2 PM (1-2 hours, flexible)

Show and Tell: Join us online to share photos of what you found on your scavenger hunt. Prizes will be announced for several categories. Monday, June 28th, 7 PM (45 minutes)

Although this program is designed for families with children ages 8 and older, all ages are welcome. Come alone, come with friends, come with children. There is no cost for this program. Please register at this link: https://forms.gle/ZR881NdKUXsFn5nw6
Questions? Contact katy@gctrust.org

Sunset Party at The General Field to return Thursday, June 24 at 7 PM with live music from Just One Sip!

During the pandemic, we put all of our large gatherings on hold. Now, with many receiving vaccines and the understanding that outdoor activities can be safe, we are delighted to open up with our happiest event: Sunset at The General Field. This year, we will still use great caution: no shared food or drink and a minimum of 3 feet between “pods”. Feel free to bring your own picnic!
We are happy to offer an unplugged concert from local band Just One Sip (featuring our own John Llodra) for your entertainment. This is an all ages event and free for everyone.

Lupines at The General Field