Things to do: Hike, jam, learn

Dec 24, 2018

There’s a lot happening in Dartmouth on any given week. Visit for your itinerary.

Friday, December 28

Jam with a puppet band.

The Toe Jam Puppet Band will be performing for a special event at the Dartmouth Council on Aging at 2 p.m. Toe Jam offers interactive and fun children’s entertainment for the whole family featuring a mix of original songs and interactive storytelling. This free event will feature popcorn and lemonade.

Saturday, December 29

Learn to navigate with a map and compass.

The South Coast Bikeway Alliance is hosting a free Map & Compass Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 318 Chase Rd., which will be taught by Paul Brookes. This course will teach participants basic and intermediate navigation skills using a map and compass along with basic orienteering skills. The SCBA asks those who attend for these free workshops to pledge one hour of service on the South Coast Scenic Greenway or other SCBA project in exchange for each hour of classroom hour attended. To learn more and to register your interest in participating please visit Space is limited. Registration is required.

View wildlife.

Take a two mile trek along the beach loop trail at the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, 1280 Horseneck Rd, in snowshoes from 9 a.m. to noon. Learn to identify animal activity through tracks, scat, and other signs, and look out for winter birds. Participants must provide their own snowshoes. If there is no snow, this will be a regular hike. Registration is required online at or by calling 508-636-2437 and costs $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

Tuesday, January 1

Hike with the DNRT…

Start the New Year off on the right foot! Take a refreshing walk through Paskamansett Woods off Chase Rd. from 9 to 10 a.m. and begin 2019 with some good habits!

… or the Lloyd Center...

The Lloyd Center is hosting a New Year’s Day Walk on the Gooseberry Neck Beach from 10 a.m. to noon. Research Director Mark Mello will lead this walk, focusing on winter waterfowl and the marine life on shore. Participants will also observe the effects of the waves on the slope and shape of the beach. This free event does not require pre-registration, and all ages are welcome. Meet at the Gooseberry Island parking lot at the end of East Beach Rd. in Westport. Dress warmly and wear hiking boots. For more information, go to

... or Mass Audubon!

Mass Audubon is hosting a New Year’s Day beach ramble with volunteer naturalist Doug Hlousek from 2 to 4 p.m. at 1280 Horseneck Rd. Follow the Beach Loop trail through the winter meadow to the rocky coastline, over glacial moraine, and onto a sandy beach before returning by way of the salt pond and through the grassland. This program is free and open to all, but registration is required online at or by calling 508-636-2437. Dress for a winter hike.

Have an event we should include next week? Email Douglas McCulloch at