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2014
 

Annual Meeting & Guest Speaker Event
Monday July 21, 2014
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Umbrella Community Arts Center
Room 111
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA
978-369-2585

  • 5:00 – 5:30pm Refreshments
  • 5:30 pm Guest Speaker: Mary Baum, “The Healing Power of Nature”
  • 6:00 pm Highlights from the Year

Following Mary Baum's presentation, we will have brief Q & A and our Executive Director, Sophie Wadsworth, will share remarks about the past year at The Nature Connection.

The 2014-2015 Board of Directors for The Nature Connection will be announced as we conclude our event.

RSVP to Sophie Wadsworth at: or 978-369-2585.

dove
 

 

Acton Woods Giving Day
Thursday June 19, 2014

Acton Woods Shops will donate a portion of the day's proceeds to The Nature Connection.
Rtes. 2A / 119 and 27

acton woods plaza
(Photo: Acton Woods Plaza)

 

Earth Day Parade & Festival
Saturday April 26, 2014
sponsored by Musketaquid
11:00 am: Parade
starting at Lowell Road Boat Launch

11:30am – 2:00 pm: Festival
(Nature Connection table, festival music, dance and children’s activities)
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass.

Parade through Concord and to the Earth Day Festival at the Emerson Umbrella. Join The Nature Connection in the parade, bring your dog, help carry our banner, or take part in the festival and visit our table — and perhaps we’ll have a hedgehog too!

earth day parade
(Photo: Cherrie Corey, Musketaquid)

 

Natick Earth Day
Sunday April 27, 2014

Festival from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Natick, Massachusetts

blessing
           of the animals
(Photo: Brenda Dupont)

 

Minute Man Arc March and Festival
Saturday May 3, 2014

March and Festival 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Concord, Massachusetts

Stop by The Nature Connection’s festival table and learn more about one of NC’s local program sites. Every month, NC brings nature’s healing power to adults with disabilities at Minute Man Arc. This celebration features fun, food and entertainment for all ages.

minute man arc

2013
 

Buck” Film Event
sponsored by Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education

A documentary film about horses, leadership, and compassion. This is a remarkable and award-winning story of a real-life “horse-whisperer.”

Friday, June 14, 2013
5:30-6:30 pm — Pre-film Reception at The Nature Connection headquarters,
40 Stow Street, Concord — a 5-minute walk from film venue.
RSVP to Sophie Wadsworth at: or 978-369-2585.

7:00p.m. “Buck” Film Event
Film event is free and open to the community.
Alcott School, 93 Laurel Street, Concord, Mass.

Buck with horses
Buck with horses

 

Earth Day Parade & Festival
sponsored by Musketaquid
Saturday April 27, 2013
10:45 am: Parade
starting at Lowell Road Boat Launch

11:30am – 2:00 pm: Festival
(Nature Connection table, festival music, dance and children’s activities)
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass.

Parade through Concord and to the Earth Day Festival at the Emerson Umbrella. Join The Nature Connection in the parade, bring your dog, help carry our banner, or take part in the festival and visit our table — and perhaps we’ll have a hedgehog too!

earth day parade
(Photo: Musketaquid)

 

Meet the Animals
Sunday March 10, 2013, 2:00 & 3:00 pm
The Nature Connection in Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street (Studio 123) Concord, Mass. 01742

Join The Nature Connection for a rare opportunity to meet our therapeutic hedgehog, chinchillas, dove, and other fascinating program animals in an intimate setting. Learn how these animals provide teaching and healing to the individuals we serve. Hear inspiring stories about how these creatures connect people with the natural world — and transform lives!

To RSVP and reserve a place (by March 6, please), contact Sophie Wadsworth or by calling 978-369-2585.

cute hedgehog
(Photo: Sean Sosik-Hamor)

2012
 

Screening of the Award-Winning Film
"Mother Nature’s Child
Growing Outdoors in the Media Age"

Thursday June 14, 2012
7:30 pm Concert / 7:00 pm Reception

Free/Open to the Public

The Thoreau Institute
44 Baker Farm Rd. Lincoln, MA

Sponsored by:
www.ripleyplayscape.org
www.walden.org
www.nature-connection.org

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Patty Larkin in Concert
to Benefit The Nature Connection

Saturday June 9, 2012, 8:00 pm Concert / 7:00 pm Reception**
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord Mass. 01742

Acoustic Guitar hails her “soundscape experiments.” Rolling Stone praises her “evocative sonic shading.” She has been described as “riveting” (Chicago Tribune), “hypnotic” (Entertainment Weekly) and a “drop-dead brilliant” performer (Performing Songwriter). The Nature Connection is honored to have Patty Larkin as our benefit performer this year.

Patty Larkin is part of the urban-folk/pop music phenomenon that spun off of the singer/songwriter explosion of the seventies, reinterpreting traditional folk melodies, rock, pop, bossa nova, drawing on anything from Dylan (Bob) to Dylan (Thomas). A self described “guitar driven songwriter,” Larkin has wound her way through soundscapes of evocative vocals, inventive guitar wizardry, and imaginative lyrics. Her songs run from impressionistic poetry to witty wordplay.

**$100 Premium Tickets for Pre-Show Reception at 7:00 pm, with refreshments, a visit from Patty, and premium reserved seating.
$30 Advance General Admission Tickets ($35 at the door) for 8:00 pm show. Call 978-369-2585 for further information.

Event Sponsor:

cambr-trust-logo

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(Photo: Jana Leon)

 

Turtle Walk with Bryan Windmiller
Sunday, May 20, 2012, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord Mass.

Our 5th annual turtle trek! Explore with Bryan Windmiller and The Nature Connection again this spring as we look for live turtles and enjoy the fascinating nature of Great Meadows. A gifted teacher and professional wildlife ecologist since 1987, Bryan’s research includes human impact on vernal pool amphibians, and the conservation of Blanding’s turtles. Walk is free. Meet at Great Meadows, end of Monsen Rd. off Rte. 62. Call (978) 369-2585 for further information.

Feel free to pack a lunch and stay afterwards to join Bryan and a local violet expert in search for the threatened wildflower, Britton’s violet.

Directions to Great Meadows: Take Route 62 East through Concord center from Route 2. Follow pass the cemetery on your left and Monsen Rd will be on your left. Follow all the way towards the end. At the sharp bend, turn left into refuge driveway. Follow to end to main parking lot (or visit this site).

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(Photo: Bryan Windmiller)

 

Eyes on Owls
Sunday March 11, 2012
Two Shows: 1:00 & 3:00 pm
The Alcott School
93 Laurel Street, Concord, MA

Join The Nature Connection and naturalist Marcia Wilson for an afternoon with live owls! Take part in a hooting lesson and learn tips on how to attract and protect owls near you. Marcia Wilson and former Boston Globe photographer Mark Wilson bring 35 years’ experience and a lifelong passion for these wild and wise creatures ( http://www.eyesonowls.com ).

Limited Seating. Advance tickets available:

$15 adults/ $10 children ($35 max. per family).
Tickets at door, subject to availability.
Proceeds directly support The Nature Connection’s programs.

Note: Alcott School is a peanut- and tree-nut-free environment.

meet the animals

2011
 

Meet the Animals
Sunday November 6, 2011
Two Sessions: 2:00 – 3:00 pm and 3:00 – 4:00 pm
The Nature Connection
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Suite 123
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass 01742

Join us for a rare opportunity to see and touch our program animals — a hedgehog, dove, crow, chinchillas, turtles and more — up close, in an intimate setting, and learn how they help to connect people with the natural world. The event is free to the public and fun for children and adults. To reserve your place, email Sophie Wadsworth with number/names of attendees and session time: .

meet the animals

 

5th Annual Blessing of the Animals
Sunday October 2, 2011
2:00 – 3:00 pm
The Nature Connection, lawn *
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass 01742

All pets, farm animals, and creatures welcome, leashed or enclosed, for this fun inter-faith community blessing. Local clergy will share words in honor of St. Francis and the animals in our lives. All are encouraged to bring their dogs, cats, rabbits, snakes, sheep, birds, snails, geckos, fish, hamsters, gerbils, ponies ... for an opportunity to be blessed. Co-sponsored by The Nature Connection, Holy Family Parish and The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts.
* If raining cats and dogs, blessing will be inside the theater.

Gregory Burch with goldens

 

Boston Harbor Evening
to Benefit The Nature Connection

Wednesday August 24, 2011, 6:00–8:30 pm
Boston Sailing Center at Lewis Wharf
Sunset Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, harbor sailing tours with BSC staff, and an Oceanic Presentation

$65 per person. Tickets available online or by calling 978-369-2585. All proceeds to benefit The Nature Connection.

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(Photo: Boston Sailing Center)

 

Nature Connections:
A Weeklong Summer Program for Children

Monday August 15 – Friday August 19, 2011
9:00am – 12:30 pm (includes time for snack brought from home)
The Nature Connection at The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
Maximum 10 participants
Regular tuition $235
20% Early Bird Discount! $215 tuition due by July 18th
For more information or to register please call: 978-369-2585 or email .

Join The Nature Connection in exploring nature as Thoreau might have done. You’ll discover the world in our nature classroom and in the great outdoors, with NC’s professional staff as your guide. Meet the smallest creatures that live in our backyards, explore the natural world in Concord, have fun with writing and craft activities, and get to know NC’s fascinating animals — a ring-necked dove, soft furred chinchillas, and more! Ages 7-10.

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(Photo: Nanri Tenney)

 

Nature Walk & Outing
Saturday June 25, 2011, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Meet at The Nature Connection
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass 01742

Guided by The Nature Connection staff and volunteers, seasonal outings explore the beauty and richness of local habitats. Come with your interests and knowledge, and see what others bring. A great way to learn about nature, rejuvenate, and meet new friends. All are welcome! For more information about our next walk, please contact Sophie Wadsworth at: (978) 369-2585 or .

nature walk

 

Lori McKenna with special guest Sean McConnell in Concert
to Benefit The Nature Connection

Saturday May 28, 2011, 8:00 pm Concert / 7:00 pm Reception**
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord Mass. 01742

Join us for a soulful evening with Lori McKenna at the annual benefit concert for The Nature Connection. An acclaimed folk singer/songwriter, this New England native made a name for herself on the national folk-rock scene and recently gained further attention when Faith Hill recorded four of McKenna’s songs and took her on tour alongside Tim McGraw.

“Singer-songwriter Lori McKenna’s major-label (Warner Bros.) debut is a testament to the power of intimate storytelling… McKenna offers a warm, earthy blend of folk, country and rock. Her songwriting skills put her on the path to well-deserved stardom.” (OKNews.com) She has won awards from ASCAP and Boston Music Awards, and performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, and many other sold-out venues in the Northeast.

**$100 Premium Tickets for Pre-Show Reception at 7:00 pm, with refreshments, a visit from Lori, and premium reserved seating.
$30 Advance General Admission Tickets ($35 at the door) for 8:00 pm show. Call 978-369-2585 for further information.

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(Photo: Nancy Giroux)

 

Turtle Walk with Bryan Windmiller
Sunday, May 8, 2011 10:30 am – 12:00 noon (rain date May 15)
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Mass.

Our third annual turtle trek! Explore with Bryan Windmiller and The Nature Connection again this spring as we look for live turtles and enjoy the fascinating nature of Great Meadows. A gifted teacher and professional wildlife ecologist since 1987, Bryan's research includes human impact on vernal pool amphibians, and the conservation of Blanding's turtles. Walk is free. Meet at Great Meadows, end of Monsen Rd. off Rte. 62. Call (978) 369-2585 for further information.

Directions to Great Meadows
Take Route 62 East through Concord center from Route 2. Follow pass the cemetery on your left and Monsen Rd will be on your left. Follow all the way towards the end. At the sharp bend, turn left into refuge driveway. Follow to end to main parking lot (or visit: www.fws.gov/northeast/greatmeadows).

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2010
 

Nature Connection Holiday Gifts and Nature Display
at Emerson Umbrella Winter Market

Friday December 3, 2010, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday December 4, 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday December 5, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Studio 123, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. 01742

Visit The Nature Connection in Studio 123. Browse our gift cards, award-winning book, "Gift of Nature" gift certificates, & more! Learn about our latest programs too, bringing animals and nature to children and elders in Concord and beyond!

For further information please call 978-369-2585.

Card
(Original artwork notecards by NC volunteer
Nancy Savage)

 

 

Meet the Animals
Sunday November 14, 2010, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
The Nature Connection in Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street (Studio 123) Concord, Mass. 01742

Join us for a rare opportunity, sponsored by The Nature Connection, to see the animals — a hedgehog, dove, chinchillas and more — up close, in an intimate setting, and learn how they help to connect people with the natural world. The event is free to the public and fun for children and adults.

To RSVP and reserve a place, contact Sophie Wadsworth or by calling 978-369-2585.

cute hedgehog
(Photo: Sean Sosik-Hamor)
 
 

Nature Connections: How can we help children connect with the natural world?
A panel discussion
Wednesday October 27, 2010; 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Thoreau School Auditorium
29 Prairie Street, Concord, Mass. 01742

A panel discussion followed by Q & A to benefit The Nature Connection, featuring:

  • Ron McAdow – Moderator (Author, Executive Director, Sudbury Valley Trustees)
  • Peter Alden (Author, Naturalist)
  • Michael Goodwin (Teacher, Founder, Concord River School)
  • David Sibley (Author, Ornithologist)
  • Sophie Wadsworth (Executive Director, The Nature Connection)
  • Bryan Windmiller (Teacher, Wildlife Ecologist)

You can download a PDF flyer here. For further information please contact Sophie Wadsworth: (978) 369-2585 or .

NC panel discussion
(Photo: Jim Dentzer)

 
 

Concord Stroll: Historic Walk to Benefit The Nature Connection
Sunday October 17, 2010; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord Mass. 01742
(Meet up at 1:45 pm)

Led by Joseph L. (Joel) Andrews, M.D., founding Director of Concord Guides. Author of books about the American Revolution in the Boston area and about the impact of Concord writers. The cost for this benefit tour will be $19 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students and less for accompanying children. For information about the guide and the walk, see www.concordguides.com. All fees will go to The Nature Connection. Tickets available at: The Concord Bookshop; the West Concord Five and Dime; or before the Stroll.

For further information about event please call (978) 369-2585.

Concord Guides walking tour
(Concord Guides Walking Tour on the North Bridge.
Photo: Joel Andrews)

 
 

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday October 3, 2010; 2:00pm
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Front Lawn
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. 01742

A community inter-faith gathering, on St. Francis Day, to bless and celebrate the animals in our lives. Animals of all sizes and stripes are welcome- or bring a photograph or other memento of a beloved pet. Co-sponsored with the Emerson Umbrella, Holy Family Parish, and First Parish in Concord.
For further information please call (978) 369-2585.

Beacon Article about the Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals
(Photo by: Cheryl Lecesse,
Courtesy Concord Journal)

 
 

Annual Friends & Neighbors Night
Thursday June 3, 2010 7:00 pm
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Dance Studio
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. 01742

Join us with friends, board, and staff for a lively evening of conversation, refreshments, and a small taste of the award-winning nature programs you help make possible for youth and elders. You’ll see nature’s summer beauty up close and meet one of our program animals — or two or three!
For further information please call 978-369-2585. (Photo credit: Sean Sosik-Hamor)

cute hedgehog

 

Turtle Walk with Bryan Windmiller
Sunday, May 16, 2010, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord, Mass.

Our third annual turtle trek! Explore with Bryan Windmiller and The Nature Connection again this spring as we look for live turtles and enjoy the fascinating nature of Great Meadows. A gifted teacher and professional wildlife ecologist since 1987, Bryan's research includes human impact on vernal pool amphibians, and the conservation of Blanding's turtles. Walk is free. Meet at Great Meadows, end of Monsen Rd. off Rte. 62. Call (978) 369-2585 for further information.

Directions to Great Meadows
Take Route 62 East through Concord center from Route 2. Follow pass the cemetery on your left and Monsen Rd will be on your left. Follow all the way towards the end. At the sharp bend, turn left into refuge driveway. Follow to end to main parking lot (or visit: www.fws.gov/northeast/greatmeadows).

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(Photo: Jack Sain)

 

Cheryl Wheeler in Concert to Benefit The Nature Connection
Saturday May 22, 2010 8:00 pm Concert / 7:00 pm Reception
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord Mass. 01742

Join us for an evening with Cheryl Wheeler in a benefit concert for The Nature Connection. Surely one of the most popular performers on the folk music circuit, Cheryl Wheeler is an exceptionally entertaining singer/songwriter, with a repertoire that includes beautiful ballads, upbeat tunes that reflect the quirkier things in life (such as “Handy House”), and an ability to tell a story with such a delightful comedic delivery that the audience will be rolling on the floor with laughter.


Pre-Show Reception at 7pm, with refreshments, a visit from Cheryl,
and premium reserved seating.
General Admission for 8pm show.
Tickets also available at the door ($5 more than advance tickets).
Call 978-369-2585 for further information.

cheryl
						 wheeler

2009
 

Birds of Prey — featuring a Live Bald Eagle
Sunday February 28 2009 —Two Programs: 1pm / 3pm
The Alcott School, Concord Mass

A rare, up-close look at a live bald eagle, falcons, owls and hawks! This fascinating presentation by Tom Ricardi, a licensed rehabilitator and wildlife biologist, offers a chance to experience these magnificent birds and learn about the work of the Massachusetts Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Facility which has cared for injured birds for over thirty years, successfully introducing captive-bred bald eagles into the wild.

Tom Ricardi and bald eagle

 

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday October 4, 2009; 2:00pm
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, Front Lawn
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. 01742

A community inter-faith gathering, on St. Francis Day, to bless and celebrate the animals in our lives. Animals of all sizes and stripes are welcome- or bring a photograph or other memento of a beloved pet. Co-sponsored with the Emerson Umbrella, Holy Family Parish, and First Parish in Concord.
For further information please call (978) 369-2585.

Beacon Article about the Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals
(Photo by: Cheryl Lecesse,
Courtesy Concord Journal)

 
 

Friends & Neighbors Night:
The Nature Connection
Annual Meeting

Thursday June 25, 2009, 6:00-7:30 pm
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord Mass 01742

A great opportunity to learn about our nature programs, meet our staff, volunteers and board, and get to know friends & neighbors.

Annual Meeting
 
 

Tom Rush in Concert
Saturday May 30, 2009
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street
Concord, MA 01742

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Tom Rush is one of the great folk singer / songwriters of the past 48 years. Fellow musician James Taylor has said, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences." His newest CD, a studio recording, "What I Know" has just been released! Visit http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2009/02/22/all_in_good_time/
 
 

Turtle Walk with Bryan Windmiller
Saturday May 16, 2009, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord Mass.

Explore with The Nature Connection and Bryan Windmiller again this spring as we look for live turtles and enjoy the fascinating nature of Great Meadows. A professional wildlife ecologist since 1987, Bryan's research includes human impact on vernal pool amphibians, and the conservation of Blanding's turtles. Walk is free. Meet at Great Meadows, end of Monsen Rd. off Rte. 62.

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Musketaquid Earth Day
Saturday May 2,
10:45 am Parade
Lowell Road Boat Launch

11:30am -2:00 pm Festival
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord Mass.

Parade through Concord and to the Earth Day Festival at the Emerson Umbrella. Join The Nature Connection in the parade, bring your dog, or take part in the festival and visit our table--and perhaps we'll have a rabbit too!

parade
 
2008
 

Rachel Carson Benefit Performance
Saturday, November 8, 2008; 7:30pm
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts
40 Stow Street, Concord, Mass. 01742

A Sense of Wonder
the acclaimed play based on the life of Rachel Carson written and performed by Kaiulani Lee (www.kaiulanilee.com).
Dessert reception after show for premium ticket holders. Student rates available. Tickets may be purchased at The Concord Bookshop or through AAI. For further information please call (978) 369-2585.

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