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August 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

NSRWA Walking Club – Bates Lane Conservation Area, Scituate
Saturday, August 12

Please join the NSRWA Walking Club on Saturday, August 12th as we explore the beautiful Bates Lane Conservation Area in Scituate. Before 1831, this land was used primarily for agriculture. This forest probably began growing in the 1850s. Old stone walls reveal property boundaries from the past. While much of the eastern white pine that grew here a century ago was cut and sold for lumber, there are still a few very large, very old pine and beech trees along the trails.

Going back even farther in time, Teepee Rock, on the (orange) Maxwell Trail, is a 430 million-year-old outcropping of Avalon granite. These are beautiful, well marked, and well maintained trails. There is a 40 foot bridge that traverses the wetlands near Teepee Rock. The streams within the area flow to Merritt Brook, which is a headwater for Bound Brook and the Aaron River.

There are five Certified Vernal Pools on the property — seasonal wetlands that support species such as wood frogs, spring peepers, and salamanders.The forest is primarily pine with a healthy number of hardwoods, including beech and oak, plus some eastern hemlock.

188 Clapp Rd, Scituate, MA 02066, USA

This event is FREE, however, registration is required.


The Walking Club is looking for guest hosts. If you would like to lead a walk on a local trail that you love, please contact Theresa Delahunt at



August 12, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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North and South Rivers Watershed Association
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