Miles of Trails Project

Calling all trail users: The Land Trust needs your help in measuring the lengths of our trails! This is especially great work for students seeking community service hours. We are seeking Trail Measuring Volunteers to help collect data for the Miles of Trails Project.

What would a Trail Measuring Volunteer need to do? First, they would select any trail on Land Trust properties to measure. Then, using a smart phone or other GPS/distance measuring device they would walk the trail, measuring distances as they go (most likely from trail head to trail end) and finally, report their measurements via the online reporting form below. The following applications for smartphones are excellent choices to use: EasyTrails LT, Strava, or the iPhone compass app. Review the Trail Measuring Volunteer position description and the reporting form below before you hit the trail to get a sense of the data being collected.

Choose from the following Land Trust properties to walk:

Anderson Woods/Thornton Woods/Ferguson Land

Chamberlin Woods

Corey-Bourquin Field

Gowing’s Swamp

Hallenbeck Land

Hosmer Land

Hubbard Brook Farmfield

Nashawtuc Hill Properties including: Simon Willard Woods, Cameron Woods, Brengle Ham Field, Shaw Land, Brooks Hudson Meadow, Old Rail Trail

Newbury Field

Miller Farm

October Farm Riverfront

Upper Spencer Brook Valley

Wright Woods

Maps of the Land Trust’s trails and properties are available above as PDF downloads from the Land Trust’s website through The Land page. On The Lands page you can also see where in town our properties are located in an interactive Google map. From there, visit one of the specific property pages to find the map of that property. You can also get our Trail guide booklet by becoming a member today!

NOTE: on the trail maps Land Trust properties are indicated by dark green coloring.

To recap on how to volunteer:

  1. Pick a trail on Land Trust properties from the maps above.
  2. Take a hike and collect data on your smartphone or GPS.
  3. Record the start and end point, distance and other data in the reporting form below.



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