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Please note: Due to current health concerns around COVID-19, the Lloyd Center for the Environment is cancelling all Outreach programs through May 4th.

If you have already registered for a program, we are happy to transfer your registration to another program, issue a full refund or accept the registration as a tax-deductible donation. Lloyd Center trails remain open at our 82-acre site in South Dartmouth.

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EARLY SPRING SEAL CRUISE TO CUTTYHUNK


Date: April 4, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Meeting Place: Cuttyhunk Ferry Company parking lot, State Pier
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $45 Non-members: $55 Children: $20

Price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island.

On this early spring outing, marine life is on the move. Come observe the last of the overwintering seals which are headed north to breeding grounds, and bird life which is also on the increase due to the spring migration. A small sandbar called “Gull Island”, situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese, is a premier haul-out site for seals in Buzzards Bay. Harbors and greys are a common sight, with harp or other more rare arctic seal species also potentially seen. Lloyd Center staff will provide commentary about the seals and seabirds which may also be abundant in nearby waters.

After seal viewing, the boat docks at Cuttyhunk for lunch and an opportunity to set foot on the island. At this point, participants are free to venture through town on their own to the lookout to gain a feel for the unique landscape and enjoy a panoramic view. Patrons may also join a Lloyd Center staff member for a guided walk along the beach or to the lookout.

In addition to learning about some unique marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

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.


RE-THINKING WASTE


Date: April 19, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: April 25, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Bond House classroom
Leader: Adeline Bellesheim, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5 Non-members: $7 Family of Four: Members: $15 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: 20
Age Limit: 5 years and older

Get excited about reducing waste in your household! We will learn all about how, what, and where, you can recycle everyday items. Easy ways to start composting at home will also be a topic at this event. In addition to recycling and composting, we will talk about creative ways to get your children involved in nature. Using recycled materials, we will create kid-friendly crafts that can be made at home. This program will be held outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

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


SPRING BIRD WALK – MIGRANTS ON THE MOVE – 1st in a series of 3


Date: April 25, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: April 26, 2020
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Meeting Place: Bond House classroom
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10 Non-members: $13 Children under 12: $5
Attendee Limit: 10
Age Limit: 10 years and older

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 the 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 and a bird guide if they have them.

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.


TURTLES ON THE TRAIL


Date: April 25, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon
Meeting Place: Bond House Classroom
Leader: Jeff Carboni, Scout Leader/Biologist
Price: Individual: Members: $5 Non-members: $7 Family of Four: Members: $15 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: 30

Come learn about the turtles native to our area. This program will inform you of what to do if you happen to come across a turtle and where to send the information of the sighting. Snacks, a scavenger hunt and some crafts for younger children included in this totally turtle day!

Participants should bring bug spray and wear footwear for light trail walking.

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


LLOYD CENTER ANNUAL MEETING


Date: April 30, 2020
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Price: Free to the public

More information coming soon.


SPRING BIRD WALK II – ARRIVAL OF THE NESTERS


Date: May 2, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: May 3, 2020
Time: 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Meeting Place: Bond House Classroom
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10 Non-members: $13 Children under 12: $5
Attendee Limit: 10
Age Limit: 10 years and older

This walk occurs when the numbers of nesting songbirds which are establishing territories in the forest have increased, including resident birds and migrants just arriving. Forest birds potentially encountered include the striking Baltimore oriole and the common yet elusive yellow warbler. 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 and a bird guide if they have them.

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.


LLOYD CENTER SPRING BIRD WALK III – CHORUS IN THE TREES


Date: May 7, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: May 8, 2020
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Meeting Place: Bond House classroom
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $10 Non-members: $13 Children under 12: $5
Attendee Limit: 10
Age Limit: 10 years and older

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 in 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. 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 and a bird guide if they have them.

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.


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OUTER CAPE BIRDING AND WHALE WATCHING TOUR


Date: May 9, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: May 10, 2020
Time: 7:00 am (van departs) – 7:00 pm (approximate van return)
Meeting Place: Shaw’s parking lot, RTE 6, Dartmouth
Leader: Jamie Bogart, Lloyd Center Research Associate
Price: Members: $68 Non-members: $85 children 5-12: half price
Attendee Limit: 12
Age Limit: 5 years and older

During May on the Outer Cape, breeding birds have arrived in force and warmer seas are churning with seabird and whale activity. We’ll start at Beech Forest, the last remaining mature deciduous forest on the Cape, where songbirds, including warblers, fill the trees during spring migration. We will then board the “Dolphin Fleet” vessel out of Provincetown Harbor, which will take us out to the Stellwagon Bank marine sanctuary where whales and seabirds congregate in numbers. There you’ll see and learn about these “gentle giants” of the sea. Please see www.whalewatch.com for information about the “Dolphin Fleet” with which we’ll be partnering for this unique trip.

Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing and footwear for light hiking, binoculars, and camera.

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.


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INVADERS OF THE FOREST


Date: May 16, 2020
Inclement Weather Date: May 17, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Meeting Place: Bond House classroom
Leader: Adeline Bellesheim, Lloyd Center Educator/Naturalist
Price: Individual: Members: $5 Non-members: $7 Family of Four: Members: $15 Non-members: $20
Attendee Limit: 20
Age Limit: 10 years and older

Come learn about the various species that invade our natural forest. Invasive species are plants and animals that our not native to this region. We will learn all about how they get here, why they impact our ecosystems, and what we can do to help natural communities! Hiking through the Lloyd Center trails, we will identify the different invasive plants that reside here, and how they affect the forest. Please wear closed-toe shoes or boots for hiking.

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




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Past Events

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EARLY SPRING SEAL CRUISE TO CUTTYHUNK (April 4, 2020)

Price includes lunch served on board and a packet of background materials. The vessel has a snack bar (cash only), and there is limited shopping available on Cuttyhunk Island.

On this early spring outing, marine life is on the move. Come observe the last of the overwintering seals which are headed north to breeding grounds, and bird life which is also on the increase due to the spring migration. A small sandbar called “Gull Island”, situated along the Elizabeth Island chain between Cuttyhunk and Penikese, is a premier haul-out site for seals in Buzzards Bay. Harbors and greys are a common sight, with harp or other more rare arctic seal species also potentially seen. Lloyd Center staff will provide commentary about the seals and seabirds which may also be abundant in nearby waters.

After seal viewing, the boat docks at Cuttyhunk for lunch and an opportunity to set foot on the island. At this point, participants are free to venture through town on their own to the lookout to gain a feel for the unique landscape and enjoy a panoramic view. Patrons may also join a Lloyd Center staff member for a guided walk along the beach or to the lookout.

In addition to learning about some unique marine wildlife, attendees will hopefully leave with a new appreciation for Buzzards Bay.

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.


SPRING WHALE WATCHING HIKE TO RACE POINT (March 28, 2020)

Venture by foot to the beaches of the outer Cape to observe whale behavior at close range. During spring, whales congregate close to shore to feed on the abundant zooplankton, including the endangered right whales. The walk will take you through Hatches Harbor to Race Point, passing through pitch pine forest, estuary, salt marsh, and dune habitats en route to the shore. Spectacular vistas and a diversity of birdlife in Hatches Harbor may include shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and tundra birds such as snow buntings, or with luck, a snowy owl. At Race Point, in addition to the prospect of seeing whales, grey seals and an abundance of sea ducks and other oceanic birds including gannets may be seen. Time permitting, we'll stop at other nearby locations.

Participants should bring a lunch, extra layers of clothing, footwear for hiking on sand and through wet areas, binoculars and/or spotting scope, camera.

NOTE: Be advised that this outing is done entirely on foot and involves extensive walking on landscapes (beaches, salt marsh, intertidal zone, forest trails) and participants should therefore be capable of a daylong hike of moderate intensity of four to five miles (round trip).

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.


EARLY SPRING WOODCOCK WALK (March 24, 2020)

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. We’ll play tapes of owl calls to try and get a response in case an owl is in the area. Then we’ll settle in to hear and see the “main event”, woodcocks performing their aerial displays. A packet of background material about woodcocks will also be provided.

Participants should dress warmly and bring (if available) 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.


NATURE DISCOVERIES (March 21, 2020)

Nature Discoveries occurs each season. Join us as we investigate nature through the seasons by reading thematic books and exploring the Lloyd Center. Live animal demonstrations, specimens to observe and touch, hikes, activities and crafts bring nature themes to life for our Nature Discovery participants! This hour-long adventure is appropriate for children ages 2-6. (Younger or older siblings are welcome as well.)

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


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: BEAUTIFICATION DAY AT THE LLOYD CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (March 21, 2020)

Please come help us welcome in spring by volunteering to clean up our trails and property on Saturday, March 21 from 9:30am – 11:30am!

Tasks include raking, and picking up and moving branches to prepare for burning. Feel free to bring your own gloves, loppers, leaf rakes and snips. There will be tools available for those without any. This is a great opportunity for community and family bonding. We will have jobs for children and adults. Munchkins, water, and hot coffee will be provided! Please dress in layers and wear closed-toe shoes.

Pre-registration is requested. Please enter all names and ages of those coming in the comments/questions box. If you have specific questions regarding the event, please contact JoAnn at either 508-990-0505 x 20, or jcornell@lloydcenter.org.

As a result of everyone’s hard work, our trails and property will be safer and more beautiful for our visitors. Volunteers to park and meet in the lower lot. Following the event, volunteers can enjoy our five miles of walking/hiking trails and property. Volunteers can bring a picnic lunch and eat at our pavilion located on the trails leading to the estuary, waterfront and dock.


SPRING EQUINOX OWL PROWL (March 19, 2020)

On this final shot to witness and learn about owls on the Lloyd Center property, spring and warmer temperatures are upon us and the evening landscape is perking up. Owls remain active and may be seen or heard in addition to other creatures of the night. Like the last walk, this will take place on the Lloyd Center property where common owl species exist.

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.


FULL MOON OWL PROWL AT THE LLOYD CENTER (March 9, 2020)

Missed our mid-winter owl prowl? Then come along on this late winter version when temperatures trend a bit warmer and the hour is friendlier! Better yet, walk under the light of the full moon when creatures have an attitude and the moonlight reflection off the water can be breathtaking. For this outing we’ll focus on the Lloyd Center property where each common owl species may be seen.

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.


MID-WINTER NATURE WALK AT THE LLOYD CENTER (February 22, 2020)

What is there to see on a cold winter’s day on the Lloyd Center property? Perhaps a wandering owl, a flock of winter feeder birds, winter waterfowl in the estuary, or a small herd of white-tailed deer searching for vegetation. On this walk we will take advantage of winter conditions to locate what wildlife awaits, and observe the landscape through a “winter lens”.

We’ll look for wildlife tracks in snow if conditions allow, identify trees and shrubs, or just enjoy the crisp air, and if a recent storm has occurred, the breathtaking beauty of a recent snowfall. At the outing’s conclusion enjoy an encounter with the Center’s resident screech owl “Koko”.

Participants should bring (if available) binoculars, camera, and be dressed warmly and in preparation for walking in 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.


MID-WINTER OWL PROWL (February 2, 2020)

Are you fascinated by owls? Do you enjoy a good old fashioned New England winter morning, especially before sunrise? If so, this outing scheduled during hours of peak owl activity is for you! Owls are mysterious and fascinating creatures that become more vocal as they establish nesting territories across an otherwise quiet winter landscape. Screech, great horned, and barred owls are all resident species possibly encountered in the woods of Dartmouth.

Using the Lloyd Center property and other local stops, we’ll venture onto woodland trails in an attempt to attract, hear, and see owls. To close out the walk, enjoy a spectacular sunrise at Gooseberry Island before visiting Horseneck Beach, a prime location to view snowy owls.

Back at the Lloyd Center, warm up with some coffee, and enjoy an encounter with Koko, our resident screech owl. Since seeing a wild owl is never a guarantee, this is an added bonus!

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

(Note: stormy weather or excessively windy conditions will cause postponement).

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.


29th ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S DAY BEACH WALK (January 1, 2020)

Looking for fresh air, exercise, or to learn more about the natural world around you? If so, this is the perfect trip for you!

Join Research Director Mark Mello for this Annual Lloyd Center tradition and celebrate the New Year with a peaceful walk on Gooseberry Neck beach. Focusing on coastal ecology and bird identification, Mark will identify winter waterfowl and ‘washed up’ marine life. January is a wonderful time of year to walk the coast and observe the effects of wave action on the slope and shape of the beach.

This is a very informal outing, and those that simply want to walk are more than welcome. Participants should dress warmly and wear hiking boots; binoculars and cameras are also recommended.

If you have specific questions about the program, please call Mark Mello at 508-990-0505 x 22, or email markmello@lloydcenter.org.


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