Things to do: Week of June 13

Jun 13, 2024

Friday, June 14

Study the stars
Join the Dartmouth Natural Resource Trust for an evening with the stars led by student Brooke Opaku who will provide several telescopes and star charts.
The stargazing will take place on Friday, June 14 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Ocean View Farm, located at 28 Allen’s Neck Road.
Register at:

Saturday, June 15

Compost Bin Day
Dartmouth residents are invited to Compost Bin Day, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Crapo Hill Landfill at 300 Samuel Barnet Boulevard in New Bedford. 
At the event, attendees who purchase, or previously purchased, a backyard compost bin from the district can choose from two types of kitchen counter bins: a two-gallon plastic Sure-Close kitchen counter bin for free or a one-gallon stainless steel kitchen counter bin, available for purchase for $30.28 each (including tax). The District only accepts cash, check or money order. 
For more information, see Page 15.

Friday, June 21

Go bird watching
Don’t miss the chance to catch the dynamic sights of Demarest Lloyd State Park during the center’s Summer Solstice Plover Stroll on June 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  
Attendees will be invited to explore the vegetated sand spit at the mouth of Slocum River where endangered shorebirds nest.
The stroll will also bring attendees along the estuary, salt marsh and forest areas where bird species such as oystercatchers, willets, ospreys and waders are expected to be seen.  
Participants are encouraged to bring birding equipment, bug spray, and appropriate walking footwear.
Online registration is $10 for non-members and $8 for members.
For specific questions regarding the program, contact Jamie Bogart at

Informational brown-bag lunch
The Massachusetts Audubon Society will host an informal brown-bag lunch gathering on Friday, June 21 from 12-1:30 p.m at Stone Barn Farm, 786 Horseneck Road, Dartmouth.
The theme for the community gathering is “Community Science Projects and Updates.” On display will be ways to collect data that’s useful to researchers and resource managers such as Osprey Watch, Nest Watch, Monarch Watch, and Bay Watchers.
Those interested are encouraged to RSVP at this link. However, reservation is not required.

Tuesday, June 25 

Paddle on Slocum River
Join the DNRT for a scenic paddle down Slocum River on Tuesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The meeting location is set for Russell’s Mills Landing, located at 50 Horseneck Road.
Attendees must bring their own kayak or paddleboard and must wear a life persevere and sign a waiver.
Register online now:

Thursday, June 27

International Horseshoe Crab Day
The second presentation of Mass Audubon South East’s Summer Speaker Series will be hosted at the Stone Barn in Dartmouth on Thursday, June 27 from 7 p.m to 8 p.m.
Sara Grady, a Mass Audubon senior coastal ecologist, will discuss horseshoe crabs for International Horseshoe Crab Day. This is a “sea-shanty-filled program,” with Grady not only speaking, but also singing about the natural history and biology of the crabs along with their conservation and management.

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