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DCR Winter Programming Returns to the Fells

DCR Winter Programming Returns to the Fells

The popularity of the Fells as a regional hub for outdoor recreation continues to increase every year, and this is especially true in the winter months as more people discover that outdoor activities are just as fun out in the cold!  And with this increased attention comes expanded resources and programming– for the first winter in many years, DCR is hosting a full schedule of events in the Fells over the next few months.

For the month of January, DCR Seasonal Interpretive Ranger Trek Reef has programmed a diverse series of events: hikes for all ages and experience levels (including a full moon night hike this week), and a history lecture by Friends of the Fells members Doug Heath and Allison Simcox.

Events will be added each month, so be sure to check our calendar of events for monthly updates or for more information.

This month, you can join Trek and other winter enthusiasts for an outdoor adventure in locations throughout the Fells.  All DCR programs are free and open to the public:

Full Wolf Moon Hike
Friday, Jan. 10, 6:30p-8:00p

Learn some Full Moon lore and explore your park after dark on this easy, 2 mile hike along Spot Pond. Wear appropriate winter clothing. Hot cocoa at the Botume afterward!

Meet at the Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham.

Out of the City & Into the Woods Hike
Saturday, Jan. 11 & Saturday, Jan. 25, 12:00p-3:00p

Get out of the city via the Orange Line for a few hours and explore one of Massachusetts’ first public reservations! This 3.7 mile hike traverses rocky outcrops, providing a variety of scenic views. Wear appropriate hiking shoes and winter gear. Bring a bottle of water & a snacks. 

Rain or shine; meet our VSS right at Oak Grove T Station!


Long Pond Family Hike
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2:30p-4:00p

A hike for the whole family! During this one mile hike, we’ll explore the animals, plants, and rocks that call The Fells home. Wear appropriate hiking shoes and winter gear. Bring a bottle of water & a snack. Kids welcome!

Rain or shine; meet at Long Pond Parking Area, 531 S. Border Road, Winchester.


The Lost Mill Village of the Middlesex Fells Presentation
Sunday, Jan. 19, 3:00p-4:30p

Douglas Heath and Alison Simcox discuss their award-winning book The Lost Mill Village of Middlesex Fells, which chronicles the history of mills on Spot Pond Brook, flowing from Spot Pond in Stoneham to the Mystic River in Charlestown. In a series of engaging stories, Heath and Simcox describe how families battled over water rights and dealt with the fast-paced changes occurring in the world. Refreshments and hot cocoa will be provided!

Located at the Botume House Visitor Center, 4 Woodland Road, Stoneham.


Three Reservoirs Hike
Sunday, Jan. 26, 1:00p-4:00p

Looking to spend an afternoon in the woods? Join us for a moderate 5.2 mile guided hike around the North, Middle, and South Reservoirs of the Western Fells! Wear appropriate hiking shoes and winter gear. Bring a bottle of water & a snack. Kids 8+ welcome!

Rain or shine; meet at Sheepfold kiosk, Fells Path, Stoneham.


Looking Ahead to next month: Save the Dates for DCR’s Junior Ranger Program, geared for youth ages 8-12, being held during February vacation week–  February 19th-23rd!

For questions or more information, contact Trek Reef, Visitor Services Supervisor, , or call 617-727-1199 ext. 1.

Friends of the Fells

The Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation is dedicated to the protection and harmonious use of the Fells; promoting awareness, policies and programs to honor and preserve the ecological, historical and recreational resources of this urban forest reservation.
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