Past Field Trips
NEBC Day Field Trips in 2016
NEBC Day Field Trips are back – join us and explore interesting places with great plants, led by local expert botanists. Trips for June, July and August, 2016, are planned, and participants must contact the trip leader 1 week in advance. See all details below or print this PDF.
About the Trips
- You must pre-register to get information on the trip meeting place and time. This will ensure that you have a slot, and will let the leader contact you if there are any changes. Trips may be cancelled if enrollment is low.
- Each trip is limited to 12 people, so please contact the trip leader at least 1 week in advance to be assured of a slot.
- Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, plant field guides, hand lens, etc.
Sunday June 26 – Inventory of Muddy Pond Conservation Restriction, Westminster, MA
- Explore a new access trail to a northern Worcester County pond with a bog perimeter on a 70 acre conservation restriction held by the town of Westminster, a recent project area of the Mount Grace Conservation Trust. Besides enjoying a pleasant walk, we will create a partial inventory of plants and animals to aid future management of the site. Time permitting, an Ashburnham bog site may be visited also.
- Level of Difficulty - Easy 1.5-2 miles, but be prepared for wet conditions.
- Trip Leader: Paul Somers (email@example.com). Paul will send meeting time, location, and directions to those who register for the trip.
Saturday July 23 - Sedges of the Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area, Kingston, RI
- Visit the wonderful Great Swamp Wildlife Management Area and search for sedges in the woods, swamps, bogs and fens. If time permits, we will also visit Worden's Pond to look for early coastal plain pondshore sedges, as well. Our focus will be Carex, but other genera are also likely.
- Level of Difficulty - easy walking, but be prepared for wet conditions.
- Trip Leader: Lisa Standley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Lisa will send meeting time, location and directions to those who register for the trip.
Saturday August 27 – Birding and Botanizing at the Hamilton Sanctuary, West Bath, ME
- Gather for a fun and collegial expedition to Maine Audubon's Hamilton Sanctuary in beautiful mid-coast Maine! Together, we'll help Maine Audubon by documenting the birds and plants of the sanctuary, using iNaturalist to compile and share our observations. Pack your smart phone or tablet, alongside your hand lens and binoculars – and we'll have fun birding and botanizing in the digital age!
- Level of Difficulty - 2.75 mile trail with easy to moderate walking.
- Trip leader: Melissa Cullina (email@example.com). Melissa will send meeting time, location and directions to those who register for the trip.
Black Rock Forest Field Trip and June 2016 Away Meeting
New England Botanical Club and New York Flora Association Joint Botanical Retreat
4 -5 June 2016
Exploring New York's Lower Hudson Valley
Two-page printable/downloadable PDF of all field trip info.
NEBC and New York Flora Association have teamed up to offer a botanical retreat in the Hudson Valley. There will be multiple field trips, a keynote presentation by Dr. James Lendemer, and ample time to socialize with your fellow botanists. Affordable lodging has been reserved at Black Rock Forest.
Black Rock Forest Maps
Schedule of Events
BLACK ROCK FOREST MORNING FIELD TRIPS (~8am-11:30am):
Explore habitats within the 3,838-acre Black Rock Forest property. Two trip options expected. Meet at the Black Rock Forest main lodge.
SUGARLOAF MOUNTAIN FIELD TRIP (~9am-3:00pm. Note that this is a strenuous hike.):
Explore Sugarloaf Mountain on the eastern side of the Hudson River in the towns of Fishkill and Cold Springs, NY (41.447860, -73.969966). MUST BRING OWN LUNCH: not returning to Black Rock Forest.
BLACK ROCK FOREST INTERMISSION 1 (~11:30-1:00pm):
Familiarize yourself with your sleeping quarters at the Black Rock Forest facility. Re-energize with a self-serve lunch station (sandwich, fruit, and snacks). Join up with others to carpool to your afternoon field trip destination.
STERLING FOREST AFTERNOON FIELD TRIP (~1-4:30 pm):
Explore this 19,132-acre state park located in the Ramapo Mountains. Please carpool from the Black Rock Forest as much as possible.
INTERMISSION 2 (~4:30-5:30 pm):
Make your way back to the Black Rock Forest facility, familiarize yourself with the facility, and get ready for the evening activities.
DINNER (~5:30-6:30 pm):
BLACK ROCK FOREST OVERVIEW (~5:30-6:30 pm):
Executive Director Bill Schuster will summarize Black Rock Forest's living laboratory for field-based research and education.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER (6:45-7:30pm):
Dr. James Lendemer of the New York Botanical Garden will speak on the lichens of New York.
NYFA ANNUAL MEETING (7:30-8pm):
Short business meeting; all are welcome.
FREE TIME (8pm-??)
Socialize with kindred botany-lovers, participate in a Botanical Trivia contest, key out collected specimens, bring an instrument to make some music, etc.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PREPARATION (7-8:30 am):
Self-service breakfast and lunch; plan on carrying your own bag lunch during your field trip.
BLACK ROCK FOREST FIELD TRIPS (~8:30am-1pm):
Continue exploring habitats within the 3,838-acre Black Rock Forest property. Two trip options expected. Meet at the Black Rock Forest main lodge.
LUNCH AND DEPARTURE (~1pm):
The Black Rock Forest Consortium is located at 65 Reservoir Road, Cornwall, NY. Lodging cost is $40.
Black Rock Forest provides bedding and towels. The beds are twin bunks in rooms that sleep 4-8. The reservation includes use of the lodge (for dining and meeting) and kitchen, which has a commercial stove, large refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee makers, cups, mugs, plates, and utensils.
Lodging at Black Rock Forest is not available for Friday night. However, if participants wish to arrive on Friday, there are a number of motels within 10 miles of Cornwall, NY, north of Black Rock Forest. Other options can be found at Airbnb. For those who wish to camp, Beaver Pond Campground is found within Harriman State Park, which is south of Black Rock Forest.
Nantucket Island Away Meeting and Field Trip
Student Travel Grant
Nantucket Field Trip Schedule with links to all PDF's.
NEBC is offering an Away Meeting to explore unique, botanically interesting habitats on the island of Nantucket. As usual, we have a speaker lined up for an evening talk and field trips will highlight Nantucket's plant community diversity. The Registration Form explains fees for the trip. Registration closes September 4, 2015 and space is limited.
It is recommended that attendees travel to Nantucket via Ferry. The Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises provide ferry services from the mainland and both dock at Steamboat Wharf on the northern side of the island.
NEBC has made reservations for affordable overnight accommodations for Friday and Saturday at the UMass Field Station – a camp with bunkhouse accommodations, primarily used by the University for teaching and field research – located at 180 Polpis Road, 4.5 miles east of Steamboat Wharf. More limited apartment type lodging is also available at UMass's Goulin Village Apartments (20 Vesper Lane), ±1.2 miles south of Steamboat Wharf.
Directions from the ferry to Goudin Village and UMASS Field Station
UMASS Field Station Rules and Property Map.
Additional Nantucket Travel Resources.
Yes, NEBC Field Trips are back – join us and explore interesting places with great plants, led by local expert botanists. Trips for July and early August are listed below.
PDF for printing
About the Trips
You must pre-register to get information on the trip meeting place and time. This will ensure that you have a slot, and will let the leader contact you if there are any changes. Trips may be cancelled if enrollment is low.
Each trip is limited to 12 people, so please contact the trip leader at least 1 week in advance to be assured of a slot.
Bring lunch, water, insect repellent, plant field guides, hand lens, etc.
Saturday July 11 - Botanical treasures of the Greenfield and Montague area, MA.
On this trip, we'll explore the Connecticut River's rocky shoreline, gravel and cobble bars and ledges in search of its unique flora and many rare species. The trip will also visit traprock ridges to find many specialist plant species of the open exposed rock and scree.
Level of difficulty – moderate (steep slopes, uneven footing)
Trip Leader; Matt Hickler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Matt will send meeting location and directions to those who register for the trip.
Saturday July 25 - Loverens Mills Cedar Swamp in Antrim and Stoddard, NH.
This TNC preserve contains a 4,000-year old Atlantic White Cedar swamp (accessed on a boardwalk) as well as diverse other wetlands – shoreline of the Contoocook River, beaver meadows, and red maple swamp – and upland forest habitats.
Level of difficulty – moderate (wet).
Trip leader: Joann Hoy (JoannHoy@LSGould.com). Joann will send meeting location and directions to those who register for the trip.
Saturday August 1 – Big Rivers Wildlife Management Area, Kent County, RI.
This trip will explore a large mixed oak-pine forest and a diverse seasonally flooded pond, with a focus on wetland species and coastal plan specialties. We will also be collecting to augment NEBC's holdings from the under-collected Kent County.
Level of difficulty – easy (flat walking, some wet).
Trip Leader: Tim Whitfeld (email@example.com) Tim will send meeting location and directions to those who register for the trip.
September 6, 2014 Meeting Notice
- Registration Form - Student Travel Grant
- Russ Cohen, professional environmentalist, wild foods enthusiast, and author of "Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten"
- "Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms of New England"
- Away meeting at D Acres of New Hampshire – Permaculture Farm & Educational Homestead, Dorchester, New Hampshire. Please register early using the registration form.
June 13-15, 2014 Meeting Notice - Field Trip Information - Registration Form - Student Travel Grant
- Saturday Evening Speaker -Tom Philbrick , Western Connecticut State University
"Flowering Plants in River Rapids & Waterfalls: The Role of NEBC in Leading a Botanist to the Tropics"
- Trip Leaders: Ken Metzler, John Anderson, and Bryan Connolly
- NEBC Away Field Trip – Yale Forestry Camp/Great Mountain Forest, Norfolk, CT, June 13-15, 2014.
Registration Deadline June 1, 2014
September 14, 2013 Field Trip Information
- Saturday Evening Speaker - Tim Simmons, Restoration Ecologist, Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program
- "Pine Barrens: Origins, Biodiversity, and Management."
- Trip Leaders: Tim Simmons, Irina Kadis, and Bryan Connolly
NEBC Fall Field Trip – Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth/Carver MA, September 14, 2013.
On a beautiful late summer day, Tim Simmons (Restoration Ecologist, MassWildlife NHESP) and Irina Kadis led sixteen NEBC members on a tour of the highlights of the 15,000-acre Myles Standish State Forest. We explored the roadsides of the reservation, highlighted by the aptly-named Eurybia spectabilis, Tephrosia virginiana, Polygonum articulatum and Liatris novae-angliae. Irina introduced the group to the invasive bush-clover, Lespedeza thunbergii ssp. formosa, and invasive willow, Salix atrocinerea. We explored two coastal plain pondshores and saw sedges large (Rhynchospora macrostachya) and small (Fuirena pumila), as well as Eleocharis robbinsii and Scleria reticularis. Other pondshore gems included Sagittaria teres, all three Drosera species (D. filiformis, intermedia, and rotundifolia), Gratiola aurea, Utricularia cornuta and Coreopsis rosea. Along a dirt road we found Linum intercursum and Polygala nuttallii (new to most of the participants). Irina led us into a vast frost bottom dominated by shrub oaks and other shrubs, including Salix occidentalis and late-blooming Kalmia angustifolia, and showed how effectively frost keeps the frost pocket mostly treeless. Tim lead us to an area previously burned to show how fire can be used to maintain pine barrens vegetation.
Submitted by Lisa A. Standley
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Abundant Drosera spp.
Coastal Plain Pondshore
Sgt Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Botanical Club
Leaving Frost Pocket
Admiring Liatris novae-angliae
New England Blazing Star
June 8 - 10, 2013 Field Trip Information -
Registration Form (pdf files)
- Saturday Evening Speaker - Dr. Charles V. Cogbill, well - known plant ecologist, forest historian and author
- "Presettlement Forests of New England."
- Speaker's Location: University of Vermont - Jeffords Hall
- Field Trip Leaders: Art Gilman and Bob Popp
- Location: Northwestern Vermont – the Shores of Lake Champlain
- NOTE: Please submit the registration form by May 31, 2013
September 22-23, 2012 Field Trip Information - Field Trip Plant List (pdf files)
- Saturday Evening Speaker - Prof. Keith Killingbeck, University of Rhode Island
- "Autumn Leaves in New England: How Nutrient Conservation Fuels a Kaleidoscope of Color"
- Speaker's Location: Wood River Inn opposite the Stagecoach Inn in Wyoming, RI
- Trip Coordinators: Bryan Hamlin and George Newman
- Location: Rhode Island.
September 17, 2011 Middlesex Fells Reservation, MA
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