Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Audubon - Belmont, MA
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N 42° 24.122 W 071° 10.994
19T E 320328 N 4696723
Quick Description: Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in a residential section of Belmont, has many trails through woods, fields, and a small pond.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 7/31/2011 2:58:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMC6EB
In Belmont, within a residential neighborhood known as Belmont Hill, is a Massacusetts Audubon Society Sanctuary known as Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Getting there is a challenge. Follow the directions from the web site, and look hard for signs and street signs all along the way.
From the parking lot the first place you go to is the mansion, which is the nature center. There, pay the $5 fee if you are not a member, or free if you are a member, get a map, and go. The map is particularly helpful since there is a network of trails where you could take a turn and become turned around. The place is too small to become truly 'lost,' however.
There is a variety of habitats that the sanctuary covers, including open fields, mixed woods, wetlands, and a frog pond. By the nature center, there is a flower garden.
The center also has an art gallery, provides education and day summer camp programs, and the mansion can be rented out for special occasions.
Unusual among Massachusetts Audubon Society sanctuaries, dogs are allowed on the property; however, only on a limited number of trails. Please review the map and obey the designations.
10 Juniper Road
Belmont, MA 02478
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 90 acres
Is there a trail system?: Yes
If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
From the web site:
"Over 2.5 miles of gentle trails wind through deciduous and evergreen forests, across meadows, around 2 ponds, and along a wetland containing a vernal pool."
What points of interest are there?:
The small pond is a nice place to hear frogs and see ducks and other birds.
What activities are available?:
According to the web site, snowshoeing is allowed on the site.
Hours of accessibility?: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Poison Ivy is found throughout the sanctuary, but especially in open fields and stone wall fences.
Dogs Allowed?: Yes
Is a permit/fee required?: Yes
If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
$4 for nonmember adults;
$3 for nonmember children (2-12) and seniors
Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!
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