Hingham Land Conservation Trust to Host a Spring Walk at Wheelwright Park, Saturday April 15

The Hingham Land Conservation Trust (HLCT) invites you to join a Spring Walk at the Wheelwright Park area in Cohasset on Saturday, April 15 at 10:00 AM. The HLCT walking group will meet at the parking lot for Wheelright Park at 202 North Main Street in Cohasset. The walk, which should take an hour to an hour and a half, will take place rain or shine.

The guide for the walk is Steve Ivas, a Wetlands Scientist with a background in biological sciences and resource management. His career has included work as a research scientist, an environmental analyst for the Department of Conservation, and Recreation and Executive Director of the North and South River Watershed Association. He currently provides consulting services on the protection of wetland resources. Steve has been a longstanding member of the Norwell Water Commission and is a member of the Holly Hill Farm Board of Directors. Drawing upon his extensive experience, Steve brings much relevant knowledge to leading woodland walks.

The walk at Wheelwright Park will introduce you to an open space area made up of several abutting properties including: the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary, the Cohasset Boy Scout Retreat, the Cornelia & Richardson White Woods and Holly Hill Farm. Wheelwright Park and Barnes Reservation are owned by the Town of Cohasset and the Barnes Wildlife Sanctuary is also protected by a Conservation Restriction held by the Cohasset Conservation Trust. The Cornelia & Richardson White Woods are a Trustees of Reservations land, and Holly Hill Farm is privately-owned. Collectively, the parks provide miles of walking trails on 232 acres of land.

Conahasset, the Algonquin name for Cohasset, means long rocky place. Fittingly, the Wheelwright Park area contains several rocky features, such as large stones left by the glaciers (glacial erratics). These include big tippling, little tippling, devil’s chair and split rock. The property also contains a pond once used for harvesting ice, and many holly trees.

There is no charge for the walk. Please dress for the weather, wear appropriate walking shoes, and bring water. Some may want to bring a walking stick.

The Hingham Land Conservation Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring, preserving and maintaining exceptional landscapes and natural areas in Hingham. The Trust actively seeks opportunities to acquire and protect open space for the benefit of the public. Learn more at our website: www.hinghamlandtrust.org, or visit our new Facebook page, Hingham Land Conservation Trust.