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Please note: Due to current health concerns about COVID-19, the Lloyd Center for the Environment's Outreach programs will be available on a limited basis.

While the Center's main building is closed to the public, the Lloyd Center offices are open, as well as the walking trails at our 82-acre site in South Dartmouth.

The health of our community is very important and we encourage you to listen to health experts. CLICK HERE for more information at Mass.gov. Thank you for your understanding.

 

 

LLOYD CENTER MOONLIT SPRINGTIME STROLL


Date: May 26, 2021
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center Bond Building classroom
Leader: Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $7 Family of 4 Members: $15 Family of 4 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: 5 years and older

Join us for a moonlit stroll through the Lloyd Center’s maritime forest. Be on the lookout for some of the creatures that come out under the cover of night. Test your senses to see if they are as good as these nocturnal critters! Then head back to the Lloyd Center’s Education Center to meet our own "creature of the night". We will end the evening with a nocturnal animal craft.

This program is appropriate for families with children ages five and older; dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Nowicki at 774-628-9241, or email amanda@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.




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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR


Date: May 27, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down river? You'll feel your stress dissolve as we glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun. This is a wonderful and relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of the Slocum River. Beginners welcome. All needed equipment provided.

Wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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LLOYD CENTER SALT MARSH EXPLORATION


Date: June 19, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center Bond Building classroom
Leader: Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Members: $5 Non-members: $7 Family of 4 Members: $15 Family of 4 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: 5 years and older

Pull on your rain boots and get ready to explore our local salt marsh! Meet Stinky Peat and learn about the features that make a salt marsh so unique. While walking through this squishy environment you will discover what types of creatures call this muddy place home. Be prepared to get al little dirty with this hands-on exploration. This program is appropriate for families with children ages 5 and older; dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes, preferably rain boots.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Nowicki at 774-628-9241, or email amanda@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.




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SUMMER SOLSTICE PLOVER STROLL AT DCR DEMAREST LLOYD STATE PARK


Date: June 21, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: June 25, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: DCR Demarest Lloyd State Park (proceed through entrance gate to main parking lot)
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $8 Non-members: $10 Children under 12: half-price
Attendee Limit: 15

Kick-off the summer season by observing and learning about nesting shorebirds at the dynamic ecosystem of the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Demarest Lloyd State Park. Widely known as the site for the Center's Annual Clambake, it’s also where the Lloyd Center has protected endangered birds for decades, and still holds field programs periodically.

A large sand spit at the mouth of the Slocum River provides habitat for nesting plovers and terns which likely have young at this time. Other bird life, including osprey and willets, are sure sightings. With luck, a nesting diamondback terrapin may be seen - an endangered salt marsh turtle the Center has also studied. Held on the evening of the summer solstice, don’t miss this one!

Participants should bring birding equipment (binoculars or scope, camera, bird guide), bug spray, and footwear appropriate for walking along the beach and over intertidal flats.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.




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WOMAN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center Bond Building classroom
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Members: $35 Non-members: $45
Attendee Limit: 12

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided.

Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 30, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.




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SLOCUM RIVER MOONLIGHT KAYAK TOUR


Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

There is something magical about being on the water at sunset, when the sky changes to a multitude of hues and the full moon appears on the horizon, looking as if you could touch it. Our guides will give you basic instruction of kayaking, and then we will leisurely paddle the calm, protected waters of the Slocum River. Very relaxing! Beginners welcome. All needed equipment provided.

Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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SUNSET STAND UP PADDLING TOUR


Date: July 8, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

Let the stress of your day dissolve away as you SUP off into the sunset. We will let the conditions of the day dictate our course as we enjoy the brilliant sunset across the water. Previous SUP experience recommended. All tours include paddleboard, paddle, & pfd.

Wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting wet.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR


Date: July 22, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down river? You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun. This is a wonderful and relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of Slocum River. Beginners welcome.

Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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LLOYD CENTER WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: July 23, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Member: $35 Non-member: $45
Attendee Limit: 12

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided.

Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 30, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing may still be required.




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SHOREBIRD MIGRATION STROLL AT GOOSEBERRY NECK ISLAND


Date: July 24, 2021
Inclement Weather Date: July 25, 2021
Time: 7:00 a..m. - 9:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Gooseberry Neck Island parking lot
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Member: $8 Non-member: $10 Children under 12: half-price
Attendee Limit: 15

Gooseberry Neck Island, adjacent to and part of Horseneck Beach State Reservation, is another Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) property where the Lloyd Center managed and protected the shorebirds for decades and still holds programs. Gooseberry is a significant stopover site during the shorebird migration which is the focus of this walk. In addition to birds such as ruddy turnstones, short-billed dowitchers, and black-bellied plovers to name a few species, offshore sightings will include terns, cormorants, and others. A small number of grey seals summer near the island and will likely be seen. On land in addition to songbirds and perhaps a raptor, a wandering deer can’t be ruled out.

Participants should bring birding equipment, camera, and water, and wear sturdy footwear for walking over cobbled sections, and light clothing for possible hot, muggy conditions.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing may still be required.




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SUNSET STAND UP PADDLING TOUR


Date: August 6, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

Let the stress of your day dissolve away as you SUP off into the sunset. We will let the conditions of the day dictate our course as we enjoy the brilliant sunset across the water. Previous SUP experience recommended. All tours include paddleboard, paddle, & pfd.

Wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting wet.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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LLOYD CENTER REPTILE ROMP


Date: August 7, 2021
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center Bond Building classroom
Leader: Amanda Nowicki, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Member: $5 Non-member: $7 Family of 4 Members: $15 Family of 4 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: 15
Age Limit: 5 years and older

Summer is in full swing and with the heat the reptiles come out to play. Learn about some of the native reptile species and why they are so important to our environment. Head out on our trails in search of some slithery snakes. Discover that snakes are not as scary as they are made out to be. We will wrap up this adventure with an up-close encounter with the Lloyd Center’s own reptile residents.

This program is appropriate for families with children ages five and older; dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Nowicki at 774-628-9241, or email amanda@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing may still be required.




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SLOCUM RIVER SUNSET KAYAK TOUR


Date: August 20, 2021
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Attendee Limit: 12

What better way to end the day than a peaceful paddle down river? You’ll feel your stress dissolve as we glide through the salt marsh enjoying the setting sun. This is a wonderful and relaxing trip for viewing waterfowl and the delicate salt marsh ecosystem of Slocum River. Beginners welcome.

Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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LLOYD CENTER WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: August 21, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Member: $35 Non-member: $45
Attendee Limit: 12

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided.

Wear clothing and footwear you don’t mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 30, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing may still be required.




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SPECIAL COMBO SUNSET & MOON RISE PADDLE


Date: September 17, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Osprey Sea Kayak certified instructor
Price: Member: $55 Non-member: $65
Attendee Limit: 12

There is something magical about being on the water at sunset, when the sky changes to a multitude of hues, and the full moon appears on the horizon, at fist so big it looks as if you can touch it. Our Guides will give you basic instruction of kayaking, and then we will leisurely paddle the calm, protected waters of the Slocum River. Along the way we’ll stop to “raft up” to share snacks and stories. Very relaxing!

Wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting wet and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the Lloyd Center at 508-990-0505 x 10.


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LLOYD CENTER WOMEN’S CANOE TRIP


Date: September 20, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Lloyd Center lower parking lot
Leader: Liz Moniz, Lloyd Center Education/Outreach Director
Price: Member: $35 Non-member: $45
Attendee Limit: 12

Ladies night out! Enjoy canoeing the historic Slocum River. There is a short hike through our forest to the launch site and all equipment is provided.

Wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting wet, and pack a non-alcoholic beverage and snack.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact Liz at 508-990-0505 x 30, or email liz@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing may still be required.




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Past Events

Event
LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK lll – CHORUS IN THE TREES (May 6, 2021)

Take a late afternoon woodland stroll on this final walk of the series, when under the right conditions bird activity can be as high as the early morning hours. Breeding pairs continue to arrive and set up territories, especially the orioles whose melodious call has begun taking command of the treetops. Again, keep your eyes peeled for our resident owls and increasing waterbird activity seen from our pier as breeders begin arriving.

Participants should bring binoculars.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


SPRING BIRD WALK ll – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS (May 1, 2021)

This walk occurs when the numbers of nesting songbirds which are establishing territories in the forest has increased, including resident birds and migrants just arriving. Forest birds potentially encountered include the striking Baltimore oriole and the common yellow warbler. Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls which are active during daylight. Great horned owl fledglings have been observed on this walk!

Participants should bring binoculars.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK I – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE (April 24, 2021)

On this walk, songbirds are arriving as the forest slowly springs to life. Shorebird migration is well underway with nesting birds having arrived, waterfowl which wintered over are still abundant, and first ospreys are arriving, making the estuary particularly lively during this walk.

Keep your eyes peeled for our resident barred and great horned owls both of which breed on or near the property. Sighting of fledglings of the earliest nesting owl, great horned, are possible!

Participants should bring binoculars.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


APRIL VACATION WEEK ADVENTURES (April 20, 2021)

Spend your vacation week discovering all the amazing things happening in spring! Children ages 6 -10 will engage in an exciting week of hands-on activities, experiments, games, crafts and trail walks.

Our adventures will lead us through the Lloyd Center’s ponds, woods and fields to discover what animals and plants are reappearing as the weather warms and seasons change. Each day of the week will have exciting new activities to explore the world around us.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Ashley Gesner at 774-628-9241, or email ashley@lloydcenter.org.


WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK AT THE LLOYD CENTER (March 31, 2021)

Are you an avid birder, just getting started, or a nature enthusiast in general? Stop by for this walk held Wednesday mornings on the Lloyd Center property which offers a rich variety of habitats and bird life year- round. We will focus on birds and follow the activity, but we will spend some time on a featured trail each week.

In addition to bird species, participants will gain insight about other wildlife potentially encountered, the various habitat types on the property, including the trees and plants that comprise them, seasonal ecological processes impacting habitats and wildlife behavior, and landmarks that offer perspective on past human use of the landscape.

As a bonus, at the conclusion of these outings you’ll meet “Koko”, the Center's Eastern Screech Owl, a very common but highly secretive night owl that one may never see in the wild.

For questions about these walks please contact Jamie Bogart at jbogart@lloydcenter.org or leave a message at 508-990-0505(x23).

Special instructions: Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions, wear footwear for light hiking along forested trails, and bring binoculars if possible.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING OWL PROWL II – UNDER THE MOONLIGHT (March 29, 2021)

On this prowl, temperatures are warmer yet, and the chance improves to witness other bird species in addition to owls on the initial stroll - including at the estuary some waterbirds may be active, and osprey have started to arrive. We’ll also pause to watch the moon rise, which can be spectacular when viewed from our Lloyd Woods trail over Little River estuary!

Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and flashlight, and wear footwear for light walking on forest trails, and possibly snow.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


MARCH MADNESS (March 27, 2021)

Join us on March 27 and become a mad scientist! During this two-hour program we will explore some fun and messy ways that you can learn about science. We will experiment with hot and cold chemical reactions, and discover the secrets behind a non-Newtonian fluid. So, if you’re interested in science and want to have some fun, then sign up for this explosive opportunity!

Participants should dress for the outdoors and wear clothes they don’t mind getting dirty and closed-toed shoes.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Amanda Nowicki at 774-628-9241, or email amanda@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


WEDNESDAY BIRD WALK AT THE LLOYD CENTER (March 24, 2021)

Are you an avid birder, just getting started, or a nature enthusiast in general? Stop by for this walk held Wednesday mornings on the Lloyd Center property which offers a rich variety of habitats and bird life year- round. We will focus on birds and follow the activity, but we will spend some time on a featured trail each week.

In addition to bird species, participants will gain insight about other wildlife potentially encountered, the various habitat types on the property, including the trees and plants that comprise them, seasonal ecological processes impacting habitats and wildlife behavior, and landmarks that offer perspective on past human use of the landscape.

As a bonus, at the conclusion of these outings you’ll meet “Koko”, the Center's Eastern Screech Owl, a very common but highly secretive night owl that one may never see in the wild.

For questions about these walks please contact Jamie Bogart at jbogart@lloydcenter.org or leave a message at 508-990-0505(x23).

Special instructions: Participants should dress appropriately for weather conditions, wear footwear for light hiking along forested trails, and bring binoculars if possible.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


EARLY SPRING WOODCOCK WALK (March 23, 2021)

The fabled American woodcock (Scolopax minor) courtship flights are a true sign of spring that occurs across open landscapes often before the last snows have melted. Woodcocks are actually shorebirds, but forests are integral to their nesting ecology. Experience the spectacle at Noquochoke Wildlife Management Area in Dartmouth, a known staging area and site where the state manages habitat specifically for woodcocks. The right conditions yield a dazzling show!

We’ll spend the first hour enjoying the beautiful property and exploring the site for other bird activity that may occur at dusk such as bluebirds near nest boxes. In case an owl is in the area, we’ll play tapes of calls to try and get a response. Then we settle in for the main event, woodcocks performing their aerial displays.

Participants should dress warmly and bring a camera, binoculars, flashlight, and chair.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING OWL PROWL I – THE EQUINOX (March 19, 2021)

The clocks have just sprung ahead and the first day of spring that is the vernal equinox has arrived, the warmer temperatures now causing the landscape to stir. After a quick look at early migrants such as red-winged blackbirds at the feeders, and whatever activity exists at the Lloyd Center pier, the "owling" begins. Barred owls can be vocal in early evening with their familiar “Who-cooks-for-you” call and with luck one is in the woodlands nearby.

Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and flashlight, and wear footwear for light walking on forest trails, and possibly snow.

Pre-register online. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please call Jamie Bogart at 508-990-0505 x 23, or email jbogart@lloydcenter.org.

Note: To prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks and social distancing will be required.


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