Saturday, May 10th,
@ 10 am

Rain Date:
May 11th
@ 10 am
Baker's Meadow


Evelyn Retelle's home at 64 Reservation Rd, overlooking the pond at Bakers Meadow

Dedication of the Al & Evelyn Retelle Trail around Bakerís Meadow. Former AVIS President and long time Bakers Meadow co-warden Al Retelle passed away in February. AVIS is honoring his memory by naming the trail around his beloved Bakerís Meadow after him and his wife and co-warden, Evelyn. The ceremony will take place at 10AM at Evelynís home, overlooking the pond. We expect Alís flower garden to be in full bloom. After the ceremony, join us for a walk around the pond on the Retelle Trail.

Merrimack Valley Bird Club, of which Al was president for 45 years, will host its annual Bakerís Meadow bird walk that morning, led by Evelyn, arriving at 64 Reservation Road in time for the ceremony. Members of the club will be available to lead bird-oriented walks on the new Retelle Trail after the ceremony.

Parking for the ceremony is available on Pilgrim Drive or Mayflower Drive.

For more information contact Mike Timko at 978-771-1908.

April 26th,
9-12 am
Sunset Rock Reservation Invasive Species Removal - AVIS Work Party
On Saturday, April 26, from 9:00 to 12:00, the Andover Village Improvement Society, A.V.I.S., asks resident volunteers to help clear invasive species from the Sunset Rock Reservation at the end of Hammond Way, off Porter Road. Bittersweet, Honeysuckle and Multiflora Rose have supplanted native species. Active land management is required to cut and clear the invasives in order to re-establish native vegetation and improve the natural vitality of the preserve. Volunteers will be instructed on invasive species recognition and the methods used to remove them. Project leader contacts are Jerry Witt and Dave Doub, 978-828-3498.
Sunday, Feb. 9th
at 5:45 pm
Goldsmith Woodlands Family Moonlight Snowshoe and Cross-country ski trek for all ages and abilities. Bring a headlamp or flashlight and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate around a campfire in the woods. Park in front of #491 S. Main St. at the Goldsmith Woodlands entrance. No registration, No pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leaders; David Dargie 978-996-4475 †david@dargie.com and Vale Reservation Warden Ken Doran.
Sunday, Jan. 26th,
at 9:45 am
Harold R. Rafton Reservation AVIS' 45th annual snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski Trek. Park near the leaf composting area on High Plain Rd. No registration. No pets. Hike if no snow, rain cancels. Leaders; David Dargie, 978-996-4475 †david@dargie.com and Vale Reservation Warden, Ken Doran.
Saturday, Oct. 19th,
at 1:00 pm
Deer Jump Reservation

AVIS collaboration with Andover Historical Society

Jane Cairns, President of the Andover Historical Society, is collaborating with AVIS on a hike along the Merrimack River in the Deer Jump Reservation.† Ms. Cairns will provide an historical perspective on this AVIS Reservation, one of the most loved of all the AVIS properties because of it views of the beautiful Merrimack River.

Learn about Native Americans along the river, a former ferry that navigated the river, previous owners of land along the river, and more. Take Exit 45 off I-93 and go west on River Road about 1.2 miles to Launching Road. Turn right and go approximately 0.2 miles to the entrance to Deer Jump Reservation near 17 Launching Road. Park along the street or on side streets. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking. Heavy rain cancels. Leaders are Jane Cairns and John Hess (978) 470-0806, hess.john@att.net.

AVIS has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the Andover Historical Society (AHS), and this year is no different.† In addition to staffing a table at the Andover Farmersí Market at AHS on several Saturdays this summer, AVIS continues its partnership by co-hosting walks with AHS volunteers as guides who offer an historical perspective on the reservation and the events that took place there. In addition, AVIS and AHS coordinated their efforts with the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy to bring people to Andover on September 22, 2013 for walks/hikes as part of Trails and Sails, the annual event sponsored by the Essex National Heritage Area which is designed to encourage people to explore more of Essex County.

Saturday, Aug. 10th,
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon
Stott trail

Interested volunteers should meet at the end of Hidden Field Road. Wear work shoes/boots and bring gloves.


Volunteers for July 13th invasive species erradication:

Rebecca Savord from Phillips Academy

Erica Shaw from Andover High School

Heather Mei from Phillips Academy

Sasha Schwartz from Andover High School

Tia Lomnel from Andover High School

Bernard Savord

Jack Keily from Central Catholic High School