Trustees on the Go
November 19, 2014

The Trustees of Reservations is a nonprofit organization that cares for more than 100 special places all around Massachusetts. My family enjoys visiting its various properties---from Crane Beach to World’s End---so I was thrilled to learn about its new free app called Go Trustees (available on iTunes or Google Play).

The app lets you find a property near you with a GPS-powered map or you can search by zip code. Integrated driving directions (and a direct connection to real-time maps will get you on the right track. Once on a trail, interactive GPS-powered, color-coded maps help you navigate to discover special features, flora, and fauna. Wisely, the app was designed to works in an offline mode, so trail maps will work even when you don’t have cell reception or wi-fi. You can also learn about special events and things to do like canoe trips, culinary classes, and more.

Below are just a few upcoming outdoor family-friendly events and programs at Trustees properties. Check the website for more activities like gingerbread house-building and tea with Santa.

Raise the Wreath at Weir River Farm
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1-3 p.m.
Bring your family to Weir River Farm in Hingham for the perfect way to celebrate the season. Join the staff to make the giant wreath that hangs from the big red barn during the holidays. The kids will love sharing a cup of cocoa, making a festive holiday craft, and watching the finished wreath being hoisted up and illuminated. If there is snow, bring your sled for some extra fun!

Nature Hike with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. to noon|
At Bartholomew's Cobble in Sheffield, you can meet Santa at a nature reservation! Kids will enjoy a half-mile hike with Santa, learning about nature and the wonders of winter. Grab a cup of hot chocolate or tea while the kids give the big guy their wish lists for the season. RSVP requested.

Partridge in a Pear Tree
Friday, Dec. 19, 5 p.m.
Dating back to the late 1700s, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” written by Fredrick Austin, is a carol that enumerates the increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. The Partridge and a Pear Tree was the first gift of this classic holiday song. You can join Trustees staff at the Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford to celebrate the holiday in honor of the late Allen C. Haskell, who would light a pear tree that is located along side the historic Hathaway home with his friends and family. Keep warm and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate while the tree is lit. RSVP requested.


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