MISSION STATEMENT: Winchester Trails, a volunteer organization associated with the Winchester Public Schools, conducts nature walks and programs for students in the Winchester schools. In addition, we generally offer several family and adult walks over the course of the year and sponsor programs with a nature theme to enrich our members and the public. In existence for over 30 years, we welcome all nature enthusiasts and have a program to train anyone for guiding our walks. Everyone brings to Trails a different level of knowledge; all that is necessary is interest and enthusiasm!
STUDENT WALKS: Our walks for students take place in May and October of each year during morning school hours. In conjunction with the Massachusetts curriculum guidelines, we offer walks to all 4th grades in the fall at Locke Farm and 5th grades in the spring and at Long Pond in the Fells. Additionally, an experienced Trails member shows slides relating to walk topics to students in their classroom
ADULT & FAMILY WALKS: Our family walks are generally offered on selected Sundays in October and May. From infants in backpacks to grandparents in sneakers, we welcome all ages on these walks and seek to offer content appropriate to the makeup of each group. Our adult walks may discuss topics at a somewhat more sophisticated level, and may occur on either a weekday morning or selected Sunday.
LEARN TO BE A GUIDE: Contact one of the members listed below. We will answer any questions you may have and share with you our schedule of events. Depending entirely on your own availability we will arrange for you to take part in our guiding training program and join us in the woods. You may eventually become a Trails Guide but at your own speed!
TRAILS PUBLICATIONS: Each of the following Trails publications is offered for sale at minimal cost at Winchester's Bookends bookstore
and the Town Engineer's Office in Winchester Town Hall.
- Guide to the Winchester Woodlands (1999) (about 32 pages) featuring maps and descriptions of each of the 13 woodland preserves in Winchester;
- Pamphlets: Guides to: The Long Pond Nature Trail; Brook-Parkhurst Town Forest; Locke Farm; Smith Pond; Vinson-Owen Science Park (all 1 pg. each)
- Guide to the Long Pond Nature Trail (1973 edition under revision; new edition due out 2002-03) (100 p.)
CONTACTS: Felicity Tuttle, President (781-729-7886) (WChop0000@aol.com);
Karen Martin, Vice-President (781-729-8451).