Outdoor Learning Lab Celebrates Five Years
Conserved property fosters education and research
Follow a mowed path uphill at 76-acre Glover’s Ledge, and you’ll pass a picnic pavilion on your way to a forest opening with big white pine trees at its center. Birds flit about, and you may hear rustling in the dense, low-growing bushes. If you choose to take one of the many twists and turns off the main path, you could find a variety of interesting features -- a vernal pool, a gazebo with views to Vermont, a patch of blueberries, a fern thicket.
Habitat for education and recreation
Five years ago, after donating a conservation easement on the property to the Monadnock Conservancy, a generous landowner donated Glover’s Ledge to Antioch University to be used for community education and recreation and long-term ecological research. Since then, faculty and students have embarked on projects to study bats, birds, and invasive plant species.
Each year a “bio blitz” gets veteran scientists and amateurs alike out in the field to identify and catalog as many plants, bugs, birds, and mammals as possible in one day. The list now totals 563 species, including white-tailed deer, black bear, Eastern coyote, snowshoe hare, red-tailed hawk, ruffed grouse, wood frog, and red-spotted newt.
"The bioblitzs and monthly walks are ideal opportunities for community members to get out and learn about the natural world we live in," says Peter Palmiotto, professor at Antioch University New England. "Come join us!"
The Glover’s Ledge property encourages people to learn about nature first-hand and connect to the world at large, preparing the next generation of environmental stewards.
For more information and to plan your visit
Glover’s Ledge – this link includes directions on how to get there and maps of the property
Glover’s Ledge Facebook page – a great resource for knowing what’s happening and finding out about upcoming events