Into the Woods Open House
We are inviting you to “Into the Woods Open House” with the NRT on Saturday, May 16th , from 11 am to 3 pm. Volunteers with trail maps and information about our green spaces and the Natural Resources Trust will be at the entrances of various conservation areas. Please take this moment to discover one or more of our green gems. Traveling across Mansfield, east to west, here are the places we’ll be.
P Corporal Robert Francis Hardy Conservation Area
The parking area for this beautiful space is on Maple Street, and in an hours walk you'll see 2 ponds, an overlook to the northern end of the Mansfield Canoe River Greenbelt, as you walk on a variety of old forest roads and woodsy paths.
P Dorothy L. York Conservation Area:
On Branch Street near Ware Street, this area has a short trail loop, with an offshoot that has a beautiful bridge over a stream.
P Marie Strese Memorial Conservation Area:
In a short distance from the York Area, on Ware Street, is the Strese Area, a part of the Mansfield Canoe River Greenbelt. There are one and a half miles of trails.
P WWII Veterans Memorial Nature Trail:
Off our Rails to Trails (the bike path) near Branch Street is a 17 acre nature area with a path loop, (maybe taking an hour) that overlooks a Back Bay brook and meanders through a nice wooded area.
P Great Woods Conservation Areas:
This is Mansfield's largest conservation area, with 5 major and 2 minor trails, The southern portion is accessed from the parking lot on Oak Street, off Elm Street; the northern portion from Judy’s Lane, off Willow Street. There is a nice mix of meadows, brooks, woods and more. Truly a lovely place for an afternoon's walk.
For a safe walk in the woods we recommend good walking shoes, bright colored jacket or shirt, light colored pants, mosquito spray (ones with Deet seem to work the best), and a tick check when leaving. Dogs should be on a leash and wear a bright colored vest. Read our article on “A Safe Walk in the Woods”.
The 8th Annual Great American Cleanup of Mansfield will be held on May 2, 2015. Each year students, parents, business owners, and other residents gather to give the town of Mansfield a thorough spring cleaning. Volunteers fan out across town to pick up the trash that litters our roadsides, parks, schools, and other public areas. The day concludes with a free picnic lunch at the Xfinity Center VIP tent. Once again the NRT will be helping by cleaning up the Corporal Hardy Conservation Area. Volunteers should meet at the Maple Street entrance at 9:00 AM.
Contact Michele White at email@example.com to volunteer.