As Fall continues, it is a nice time to be appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. How does one appreciate nature's beauty? It can be through pictures, or painting, or poetry, or prose, or through sharing the outdoors with friends. In this course, we will be learning about and strolling along four local rail trails in the towns surrounding Worcester. While on the rail trails, we will share stories and create tales about the things we pass. Do you like taking pictures? Painting? Perhaps writing poetry or prose or songs to sing? Join us as we seek inspiration from these local rail trails and share your talents with us all!
Classes will be in the field, and good walking shoes or boots and a small water bottle are recommended. Students should be prepared to move over rustic and irregular surfaced trails at a modest pace, but these are rail trails, so are smoother and less steep than some of the other trails WISE climbed in Session A.
Ideally, classes will be held in person and outdoors at a variety of locations in Worcester County. One class will be all online, and will be about the history of the rail trails in Central Massachusetts. The rest will be outside on a rail trail!
We are still working out the details, but our first appreciation hike will be at the West Boylston end of the West Boylston - Holden Rail Trail, on 11/1/2022. Additional hikes are:
11/15 - Mass Rail Trail at 146 Wachusett Street, Rutland, MA
11/22 - Mass Rail Trail at 105 Glenwood Road, Rutland, MA
11/29 - Mass Rail Trail at 49 Whitehall Road, Rutland, MA
12/6 - Stay tuned for another trail in Rutland, MA
Participants need to be prepared to navigate trails and move over unimproved ground at a modest pace during this course. This course has no limit to participants.
Executive Director Jim Keevan and Program Assistant Lynette White will be leading these hikes, taking pictures, and sharing stories as we go.
Jim has a long history in Boy Scouts and just in wandering around outside in general.
Lynette enjoys bicycling on trails, as well as many types of artistic endeavors.