Turkey Trot Walk at Hayden Woods

Hayden Woods 45-55 Hayden Avenue, Rear, Lexington, MA, United States

Work off the excesses of your Thanksgiving dinner by joining CLC on  its annual Turkey Trot walk. We will try and relocate a large boulder bearing a line of stone chisel marks left by an early Lexington resident who evidently had designs on using the top for perhaps a front stoop. Walking sticks recommended if […]

Winter Birds at Dunback Meadow

Dunback Meadow 23 Allen Street, Lexington, MA, United States

During winter our resident birds, such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees and titmice, are busy finding food, and we are usually able to locate about a dozen different species of them during the winter walk.

Woodcock Walk at Dunback Meadow

Allen Street Dunback Meadow 23 Allen Street, Lexington, MA

Join us on a search for the elusive American woodcock, whose unusual mating behavior provides a rare opportunity to observe this species. In early spring, woodcocks can be found in wet meadows performing their courtship ritual. We will listen for the male’s distinctive “peent” call while on the ground and then his “wing twitter” as […]

Butterfly Walk, Arlington’s Great Meadows

Arlington's Great Meadows Lexington Meadow, Lexington, MA, United States

This 183-acre wet meadow is the largest piece of undeveloped land in the Arlington/Lexington area.  The meadow is home to host plants for many overwintering insect larvae/pupae.  Target species:  Henry’s Elfin, Brown Elfin, and other early spring butterflies.  Attendees may continue on to Horn Pond Mountain in Woburn for more Brown Elfins and other butterflies.  […]

Spring Bird Walk, Arlington Reservoir and Lexington Community Farm

Rindge Avenue Playground 32 Rindge Avenue, Lexington, United States

Join us at Arlington Reservoir to look for early songbird migrants (Warbling Vireo, first orioles, and numerous colorful Yellow-rumped and Palm warblers likely) and lingering migrant ducks (Green-winged Teal likely and maybe a Ruddy). Meet at the gym set area of Rindge Avenue Playground. We'll do a complete circuit of the reservoir and check Lexington […]

Lexpress Walk Series #1 – Turning Mill/Willards Woods/Chiesa Farm/Parker Meadow

Depot Lexington Center Depot Square, Lexington, MA

Learn how to use Lexpress to expand Lexington’s walking opportunities. This 3.5 mile/2.5 hour walk will traverse parts of 4 Lexington Conservation areas including Turning Mill, Willards Woods, Chiesa Farm and Parker Meadow. We will board the 9:30 am Lexpress bus at the Depot in Lexington Center, and return by foot to this location at […]

Fern Plus Walk

Hayden Woods 45-55 Hayden Avenue, Rear, Lexington, MA, United States

Focus will be on identifying ferns, but we will also “botanize” on anything else that captures our interest. We can also make entries into iNaturalist! There will be several 10x magnifying glasses available, or bring your own. Meet at the Hayden Woods trailhead behind 45-55 Hayden Avenue. A few parking spaces available there, or park along the access […]

Garlic Mustard Pull at Lincoln Park

Fitness Path Middleby Rd 55 Middleby Rd, Lexington, United States

Garlic mustard seeds can take up to seven years to sprout, requiring repeated efforts to control and eradicate this aggressive invasive species.  Come join CLC’s multi-year effort to pull this year’s crop from along the pathways in Lincoln Park.  Bring gardening gloves.  Steady rain cancels.  Meet at the Fitness Path entrance on Middleby Rd across […]

Spring Birding at Lower Vine Brook

Lower Vine Brook 93 Vine Street, Lexington, MA, United States

Lower Vine Brook can be a fantastic area to see a nice selection of warblers, beautiful small tropical birds that migrate north at this time of year. They will eventually reach the forests of northern New England and Canada to breed, but if weather and foliage are right, you may see a dozen species here […]

Lexpress Walk Series #2 – Shaker Glen/Lower Vine Brook

Depot Lexington Center Depot Square, Lexington, MA

Session two exploring the use of Lexpress to expand Lexington’s walking opportunities. This 3+ mile/2.5 hour walk will wend its way through two of Lexington’s Conservation areas past a wide variety of habitats as well as the remains of a former crushed stone processing operation. We will board the 9:30 B Lexpress bus at the […]

Willard’s Woods Ramble

Willards Woods 44 North Street, Lexington, MA, United States

With 100 acres of former farmland, Willard’s Woods provides an opportunity to explore a variety of areas, including open areas, a former livestock pond and peaceful pine groves.  After a brief review of the area’s history, we will proceed slowly along the paths to get a sense of the varied habitats and their plant and animal […]

Wild Edibles of Lexington’s Waysides

Lincoln Park Lincoln Park, Lexington, MA, United States

Once again, CLC is delighted to have Russ Cohen return for another walk to teach us about wild edible plants! Lexington is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, both native and non-native, including plants considered to be weedy or invasive. Some are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, […]