Summer StoryWalk

Title: Summer StoryWalk
Date: Tuesday, July 15 – Thursday, August 15
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Where: Peirson Woods, Point Road
Leader(s): Self-Guided

Sippican Lands Trust’s Summer StoryWalk® at Peirson Woods features Flying Deep written by Michelle Cusolito and illustrated by Nicole Wong. Flying Deep will be displayed at the Peirson Woods property from Monday, July 15 to Thursday, August 15, 2019.

A special “Meet the Author” event will be held on Monday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at Peirson Woods. Michelle Cusolito, author of Flying Deep, will read her book as children and adults of all ages experience this story strolling through the woods of Marion. Flying Deep tells the story of the deep-sea submersible, Alvin, and its underwater adventures in the great depths of the ocean. Kirkus Reviews describes Flying Deep as “an appealing, exhilarating, and informative vicarious journey of discovery.” Readers can saunter through Peirson Woods going from page to page as Alvin descends into new depths.

StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. As you stroll down the trail, you’re directed to the next page in the story.

Peirson Woods is a 30-acre parcel of land with woodlands and wetlands including a vibrant salt marsh. The property is home to numerous species of birds including herons, winter buffleheads and osprey. Located at the head of Blankenship Cove, this property features a trail leading from Point Road to a viewing platform overlooking the head of the Cove. On a clear winter day, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and the northern Elizabeth Islands can be seen.

The parking area for Peirson Woods is located just off of Point Road approximately 1.4 miles south of the intersection of Route 6 (Wareham Road) and Point Road in Marion. Parking is very limited so please be careful when parking your vehicle along Point Road.

Adults and kids of all ages are welcome and for further information about the Summer StoryWalk® at Peirson Woods call Sippican Lands Trust at 508-748-3080.

Sunset Photography

Title: Sunset Photography
Date: Friday, July 19, 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: White Eagle, Parlowtown Road
Leader(s): Marian Howell and Sippican Lands Trust

Marian Howell, local landscape and nature photographer, will host sunset photography at White Eagle on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm. All types of cameras are welcome – cellphones, compacts, dslrs, whatever you use – or just join us to experience a beautiful sunset! Enjoy and explore this special time of day at this very splendid sunset location.

Let the SLT office know if you plan on coming by sending an email to We will post on the website by noon on Thursday, July 18 if the weather requires rescheduling.

The White Eagle property is located off of Route 6 in Marion. Turn onto Parlowtown Road across from the town cemetery and follow road until you reach the cul-de-sac. Veer left on the dirt road and follow past an abandoned cranberry bog on your right. Parking is available directly past the bog and along the dirt roadside. The kiosk is a short walk beyond.

Summer Bird Walk

Title: Summer Bird Walk
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019
Time: 9:00 am
Where: Island Wharf Parking, Front Street
Leader(s): Nasketucket Bird Club and Sippican Lands Trust

The Sippican Lands Trust and the Nasketucket Bird Club are pairing up to offer a Summer Bird Walk around Marion on Saturday, July 27, 2019 starting at 9 a.m. from the Island Wharf parking lot in Marion. This trip will be led by Justin Barrett, President of the Nasketucket Bird Club, and Carol Molander, a Nasketucket Bird Club member. The group will carpool/caravan to overlooks and some Sippican Lands Trust properties around Marion to view resident osprey, common and roseate terns, and other shore birds in the area.

The walk should take two and 1/2 hours or so and please dress appropriately for hiking on trails, and please bring water and binoculars, if you have them. Use of insect spray and sun block is also recommended.

The Summer Bird Walk is free, and no registration is required. Some of the sites may require a short walk (1/4 mile) to get water views. If the Summer Bird Walk is canceled due to inclement weather, then information will be posted to SLT’s website and Facebook page. For directions or further information call Sippican Lands Trust at 508-748-3080.

Wild Edibles Walk

Title: Wild Edibles Walk
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Brainard Marsh, Delano Road
Leader(s): Russ Cohen and Sippican Lands Trust

Russ Cohen, a leading expert in wild edible plants in New England, will offer a foraging walk at Brainard Marsh on Wednesday, July 31 at 10 a.m. The walk is free and will explore wild edible plants at Brainard Marsh including wild strawberry, Beach Plum, and many other edible plants.

Cohen has authored a book titled “Wild Plants I Have Known…” in 2004 and led numerous foraging walks on properties around Massachusetts for groups like the Trustees of Reservations, Massachusetts Audubon Society, and Buzzards Bay Coalition.

Parking for Brainard Marsh is located near the corner of Bass Point Road and Delano Road (look for the Sippican Lands Trust’s Brainard Marsh sign). Parking is limited so please carpool if you can!

Join us for this fun and exciting walk and a taste of nature!

Monthly Walkabout Series with Marion Council on Aging

Title: Cloud Watching
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Time: 10:00 am
Where: Brainard Marsh, Delano Road
Leader(s): Diane Cook and Sippican Lands Trust

The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) is excited to partner once again with the Marion Council on Aging for upcoming walks this spring, summer and fall. The walks will showcase the wide variety of properties and trails managed by SLT and feature a theme for each walk. Please meet at the property’s parking area a few minutes before the walk starts.

Led by SLT board member Diane Cook, our August walk will be titled “Cloud Watching” and will be taking place on Tuesday, August 6 at 10 am at our Brainard Marsh property. A quiet walk in the woods, remember to bring binoculars to see if you can find some things in nature made by animals or humans.

Brainard Marsh is open to the public and is accessed through an opening in a stone wall along Delano Road. The path leads to the Weweantic River through woodlands, sandy fields and a white sand beach with views of the Weweantic River and out to Buzzards Bay and Cape Cod. A spur trail leads past a wet meadow and a small pond, where heron are frequently sighted.

Brainard Marsh’s location is 1.5 miles down Delano Road from the intersection of Route 6, Point and Delano Roads, on the left hand side.

SLT Beer & Oyster Fest

Title: SLT Beer & Oyster Fest
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Time: 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Silvershell Beach, Front Street, Marion
Leader(s): Sippican Lands Trust


Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 7 from 5 to 9 p.m. for Sippican Lands Trust’s first annual Beer & Oyster Fest at Silvershell Beach!

Come support 45 years of land conservation in Marion!

The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) Beer & Oyster Fest will feature craft beers, local oysters, live entertainment, a silent auction, and much more.

Event details and ticket prices coming soon!

See you Saturday, September 7 at SLT’s first annual Beer & Oyster Fest at Silvershell Beach!