When

Where

What

Saturday
Sept. 10th
9:00am - 12:00pm
Shawsheen Road Reservation 13 Shawsheen Road Work Party and Trash Pickup: All volunteers are welcome to help clean-up this small reservation near downtown Andover. Bring work gloves. Park on Cuba Street. Led by Warden Pete Vachon. For more information contact Pete at 978 809-9132 or ptrvachon@yahoo.com.

Saturday,
Sept. 10th,
10:00am-4:00pm
Main Street, Downtown, Andover Andover Day: Join AVIS and hundreds of other vendors and organizations at Andover’s traditional downtown celebration. AVIS will have a booth on Main Street and welcomes all members to stop by for a visit.

Saturday,
Sept. 17th,
9:00am-11:00am
West Parish Meadow, Indian Ridge & Baker's Meadow Reservations, 129 Reservation Road Family Nature Hike: Do you know you live close to a natural gem of rolling spaces, woodlands, and wetlands maintained for your quiet enjoyment by one ofthe oldest conservation groups in America? AVIS invites you to a trail hike with one of AVIS’s trustees. The hike will begin at the Trail Head to the West Parish Meadow. Trail near West Parish Church.

For further details and updates check:
AVIS Facebook Page or contact Denise Boucher, 978 470-0243 or deniseirish@yahoo.com

Sunday,
Sept. 18th,
2:00pm-3:30pm
Goldsmith Reservation
491 South Main Street
Family Hike: Enjoy a family-friendly, 2-mile round-trip hike on a beautifully maintained wide, level walking trail with some gradual inclines. We will hike to a peninsula with panoramic views of Foster’s Pond and return on the same trail. Well behaved dogs welcome. Dogs must be kept on-leash. Parking for several cars is available in the reservation parking lot, with additional on-street parking available across Route 28 on Gould Road. For further information contact Denise Boucher, 978 470-0243 or deniseirish@yahoo.com

Saturday,
Sept. 24th,
9:00am-12:00pm
Burns Reservation
Work Party: All volunteers are welcome. Park on Chester Street near trailhead between # 14 and # 16. Bring work gloves. We will be removing invasive plant species - mostly winged euonymus ("burningbush") and shrub honeysuckle, as well as clipping stump sprouts from other burningbush that were previously cut down in the Spring. Led by Warden Richard Barry, contact rbarry04553@gmail.com, 617-501-1765.

Sunday,
Oct. 23rd,
1:00pm-3:00pm
Goldsmith Reservation
491 South Main Street
Bewitched in Andover Hike: In the seventeenth century, New England’s forests were seen as an impenetrable evil; home to voracious wolves, marauding Indians, and – worst of all -- a malicious, lurking devil. Join Andover Trails and the Andover Historical Society’s Jane Cairns who will share stories of Ann Foster and Martha Carrier, near neighbors of Foster’s Pond, as well as other Andover residents accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

The hike, which is free and open to the public, consists of relatively level walking and will take about 2 hours. Parking for several cars is available in the reservation parking lot, with additional on-street parking available across Route 28 on Gould Road. For further information see the Andover Trails website or contact Dave Bunting.

Sunday,
Jan. 29th, 2017
9:45am
Harols R. Rafton Reservation AVIS 48th Annual Snowshoe & Cross-Country Ski Trek: 9:45 am—meet for the 10 AM outing. 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.
Sunday,
Feb. 12th, 2017
5:45pm
Goldsmith Woodlands Family Moonlight Snowshoe & Cross-Country Ski Trek: 5:45 pm—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.
Tuesday,
Mar. 14th, 2017
6:00pm
Old Town Hall, 20 Main Street, Andover AVIS Annual Dinner and Meeting: SAVE THE DATE! Details of Registration and Speaker - to be determined. Please check website or Facebook.

Town Manager Andrew Flanagan speaks to the assembled crowd about the importance of the collaboration between AVIS and the Conservation Commission on the creation of the Meg Batcheller trail through the Sanborn and Lightning Tree Reservations.

 




Sanborn Reservation Warden Burt Batcheller speaks to a group while hiking on Meg's Trail as part of the dedication ceremonies held on 4/23/16 for the expanded Sanborn Reservation.

 



Many of the group of over 120 attendees at the Dedication Ceremony gather for lunch and to hear speakers who emphasized the importance of collaborating to protect the waterfront along the Shawsheen River.