Upper Spencer Brook Valley provides a variety of landscape features and trails to choose from. Some trails may be steep, and others a bit wet, especially down by Upper Spencer Brook. The hayfields are in active cultivation so please stay on the trails. There are many different plants and ecosystems found here, check out the videos below to see what you can find at Upper Spencer Brook Valley!
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This is a lovely example of several plant species that are popping up now in wet swales, streamlets, and low lying wet areas in Concord forests.
A neat shrub to come across in New England. Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) may not look any different then other shrubs, but a scratch and sniff of a branchlette tells a different and delightfully spicy story!
Popping up now in the understory of the forest, these two common understory plants are characteristic of our acidic oak woodlands in New England.
Look for the several giant oaks whose lower spreading limbs tell of their earlier life in open pastures.
This feature is unusual to Concord landscapes and makes Upper Spencer Brook Valley a unique property. The Ravine area has bold ledge outcroppings and a great view of the property this time of year before the trees leaf out.
Join mycologist Lawrence Millman to explore fungi found in Wright Woods and Simon Willard Woods during this drought autumn.
Mushrooms during a drought year
Learn about the different species of birds that depart or fly though Concord MA every autumn with our very own […]
Watch a short video that provides a quick overview of water chestnut – an aquatic invasive plant that affects our […]
water chestnut (Trapa natans)
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20 Minutes Well Spent
Join in exploring the lands of the Concord watershed to learn about science, history, art and other topics this summer!
Learn about five common ferns with the Concord Land Conservation Trust’s Executive Director Laney Wilder. See if you can find […]
Five common ferns
Learn about the different species of birds that arrive in May to Concord MA with our very own resident Naturalist […]
Birds in Spring
Watch this virtual hike to learn about Corey-Bourquin Field and the different plants there that tell the history of agriculture […]
Exploring the Corey-Bourquin Field Trail
Upper Spencer Brook Valley is a property diverse in its features, from marshes and streams meandering toward Spencer Brook to […]
Meandering through Upper Spencer Brook Valley
In mid-late April, many plants and animals are starting to pop up. Here are a few videos of what you […]
Nature found at Hubbard Brook Farmfield and Bigelow Woods
Find out what is stirring and visible in the spring along the Andromeda Ponds and Well Meadow in Wright Woods […]
April in Wright Woods
Spring is on its way to New England; check out these videos to see what signs of spring one can […]