Guided Autumn Hike at Stefans Farm

Join the blackstone river(BRWA) on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. as we explore one of the natural treasures within the watershed. Susan Thomas, BRWA Program Coordinator and natural history guide, will lead us on a scenic hike through the fields and woodlands of this previously farmed property, which was purchased by the town of Upton in 2003 as open space.

The 120-acre parcel includes riparian areas, vernal pools, wetlands, meadows, and forested habitats that support a robust assemblage of plants and animals. Intermittent streams on the property drain to Warren Brook, and the entire area is part of the Miscoe, Warren, and Whitehall Watersheds Area of Critical Ecological Concern (ACOE), which in turn lies within the Blackstone River watershed. We’ll also witness reminders of the land’s rich agricultural past.

This will be a moderate, three-mile hike. The ground is uneven and could be wet or muddy depending on the weather. Wear appropriate footwear and bring water. Following the hike, we will return to the parking area for warm drinks and refreshments. We hope that you can join us!

The hike is free to BRWA members and $5 for nonmembers ($15/family) to help defray program costs. Want to become a member? You can sign up at the event or online at

To reach Stefans Farm, take 140 S from the Grafton/Upton line and turn left onto Mechanics Street. From Upton Center, take 140 N to Mechanics Street on your right. Proceed one mile to a gravel parking area on the right immediately past the powerlines.

For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact us at:, or 508-278-5200.

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