September Volunteer Spotlight

We’re excited to re-launch our Volunteer Spotlight series! We could not do what we do without the incredible work of our devoted volunteers.

Learn more about one of our wonderful volunteers, Mac, below!

Name: Mac Doucette

Town: Reading, MA

A Melrose native, Mac Doucette grew up with the Fells in his backyard. Just a five minute walk from Crystal Springs, Mac spent the first 13 years of his life exploring the rocky outcrops and water features of the Fells.

Now a senior in high school, Mac still enjoys hiking and being outdoors to enjoy the beautiful scenery that our local environment offers. This year marks the first year Mac has volunteered with Friends of the Fells, but his impact is already notable.

Previously, Mac volunteered with Mass Audubon on their invasive plant removal and trail maintenance projects. Now, Mac volunteers with our Babes in the Woods program and takes beautiful photos of the Fells, FOF programs and hikes, and our wildlife (including the photos you see below!).

Mac spent even more time in 2020 in the Fells, which further inspired him to find out how he could give back. “There’s nothing around here like [the Fells] that is so close to Boston,” Mac says. “It’s just my favorite.” Some of Mac’s favorite spots in the Fells include Black Rock on a fall day, the Cascade, and exploring the rocky outcrops of the eastern portion of the forest.

A fond memory of Mac’s is when he and his friend did the entire Rock Circuit trail in the rain. Guided by white blazes, the Rock Circuit trail is a relatively technical trail that reaches many of the boulders that host views of the Boston skyline.

Mac recommends not hesitating and to jump right into volunteering. “Everyone is so friendly, nice, and approachable. It’s really easy to get involved and start right away.”

Thank you, Mac, for all your time and hard work to capture the beauty of the Fells and making it accessible to folks of all ages!

Interested in volunteering? Learn more here.