The Women's Hiking Series offers hikes on Harvard Conservation land on the second Tuesday of each month from May to October beginning at 9 a.m. Hikes will be on average from 1 to 2 hours, depending on the location. Hikers should wear hiking boots, bring water to drink, a light snack, binoculars, field guides and bug repellent.

Let us know if you are planning on joining us on each hike so we can notify you of any changes in the schedule or cancellations due to low response.

Contact: Liz Allard, Harvard Conservation Commission, conservation agent, 978-456-4100 ext. 321, or Marylynn Gentry, Harvard Conservation Trust, executive director, 978-456-9292,

Cancellations: Hikes are canceled if it rains or if we do not have five people signed up by the day before a hike. Call either contact for updates.

Aug. 12, 2014 -- Great Elms/Williams Land

Hikers will meet at the beginning of Murray Lane. The Great Elm trail will take hikers through an overgrown field into second growth woodland with marshy areas and continues onto higher ground through hardwoods. The Williams trail will take hikers by the Williams Pond and on a wooded loop trail on the east side of the property. These trails are moderate.

Sept. 9, 2014 -- Prospect Hill

Hikers will meet at the Ryan Land Fields on Depot Road.


This trial will take hikers through a hardwood forest past specimens of beech, white birch hemlock and witch hazel. The trail also passes by several rock outcroppings. This trail is moderate.

Oct. 14, 2014 -- Clapp-Scorgie-Tufts-Smith

Hikers will meet at the parking area along Still River Road. This trail includes great views of Bare Hill Pond, the remains of a Christmas tree plantation, pasture land and orchard. This trail is moderate.