Maintaining conservation properties is an important focus of CCF. Left, Steve Spang helps clear brush on CCF’s Spencer Brook land during a March clean up day. Right, Carlisle arborist John Bakewell leads CCF Board members on a winter hike identifying invasive species and discussing their control.
Left, CCF’s Marjie Findlay & Beth Clarke lead a guided tour/pumpkin hunt on the Conant Land for Red Balloon pre-schoolers. Thanks to CCF’s Building Conservation Communities program, Carlisle third graders (center) investigate pond water and fourth graders (right) explore nature in the schoolyard with a Drumlin naturalist.
In June CCF held its Annual Meeting at Vivian’s Place. CCF Board members assisted two naturalists from Drumlin Farm in providing a habitat exploration program for Carlisle families including a discovery hike along the Conant trail. Above left, Mass Audubon’s Robin Stuart shows Steve Spang natural artifacts that were later examined with great interest by some young guests.
Above left, CCF’s Nick d’Arbeloff lends assistance by catching bugs and larvae for a demonstration further up the Conant trail. Above right, a barred owl is introduced to an appreciative crowd. Over 100 young naturalists, parents and other CCF members met other special guests including several varieties of turtles and a skunk.
Center, specially prepared informational signs featuring photographs of Conant’s natural wonders were placed along the trail adjacent to the real thing. Drumlin Farm’s Kris Skopinich shows off a painted turtle (left) and a variety of water creatures (right, in an impromptu ice cube tray display case) to present and future conservationists at the CCF Annual Meeting