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The Williamstown Rural Lands is offering a Wednesday afternoon nature play drop off program at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown for first through fourth graders, 1:45 to 4:00 PM, every Wednesday starting September 24 through October 29. Enrolled students with siblings outside the age ranges will also be considered.

The two-hour program, led by WRLF Executive Director Leslie Reed-Evans and Williams College student assistants will feature unstructured outdoor activities such as hikes and nature exploration, stories, games, cooking, and nature crafts.

Sheep Hill, a conservation property and the headquarters of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, is the perfect place for children to experience and explore the natural world. This child-friendly conservation property offers room to roam, and indoor facilities for getting out of the weather.

The program will take place rain or shine. Students should wear sturdy closed-toed footwear and bring raingear on wet days. Space is limited and pre-registration is suggested.

The fee for the six-week series fee is $60 for WRLF members and $75 for non-members. Individual sessions are $15 for WRLF members and $18 for non-members. A snack will be provided.

The WRLF is a member-supported non-profit land conservation trust dedicated to preserving the rural New England character of Williamstown.  Sheep Hill, its headquarters, is located on Route 7, approximately a mile south of the Williamstown rotary. For more information or for a downloadable registration form, visit www.wrlf.org.

Registration form woodchuck wednesdays fall 2014

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Sheep at Sheep Hill poster with full information

Following the success of Goats in the Woods at Pine Cobble, sheep have returned to Sheep Hill in  as a lead up to demonstrations, dinner and a speaker on Saturday September 27th.

Learn how grazing can be a part of conservation management, and enjoy a succulent lamb dinner prepared by Wild Oats.  Speaker Gary S. Kleppel, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director of Biodiversity, Conservation & Policy Program at the University of NY at Albany and an expert in emerging and sustainable agriculture will be the speaker.  Pasture walks, weaving and spinning demonstrations and fiber information, too!

Old and New England Lamb Supper – Sheep Hill, September 27th, 2014 $25 per person

New England Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and Yam Crust                                                                                      Braised Lamb Fore and Hind Quarters with Minted Apples                                                                                 Root Vegetable Guinness Stew (vegetarian)                                                                                                                Creamy Autumn Corn Porridge with Manchego (aka Polenta)                                                                                 Garlic Kale and Carrots Dijonaise                                                                                                                                    Wild Oats’ Pain l’Ancienne                                                                                                                                       Honey, Apple and Sheep’s Milk Tart

Come see the sheep anytime!

 

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We learned this weekend of the death of Joe Low, a committed member and generous champion of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, and friend to many important Williamstown causes.  Joe loved making things possible, for organizations, for individuals and for friends.  He liked nothing better than to formulate ideas and enthusiastically make them a reality; Josiah’s Pond at Sheep Hill, where almost every child in Williamstown and many from farther afield have caught a frog or a newt, is one small example of his hand in bringing a vision to life, and one in which he took great delight.  There are many wonderful reminders of Joe’s generosity and his joy in nature, music, and friends, and his can-do spirit, throughout WRLF and the community.  We have all been enriched by our friendship with Joe and are grateful for the generosity of spirit he so perfectly exemplified. We will miss him. A complete obituary can be found at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/greenwichtime/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=171460520

Cowboy Joe at the 2012 WRLF Hoedown

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