Letterboxing is an active way to have fun outside for all ages. Enjoy the beauty of nature while taking on an awesome treasure hunt! Two Cadette Girl Scouts have hidden 17 letterboxes on 4 of Middleton’s scenic nature trails.
How many can YOU find? Come take a hike, enjoy the scenery, and have some fun following our clues while exploring Middleton’s wonderful trails! Each hike is different, ranging from less than half a mile to 3.5 miles. We challenge you to find all 17 of our letterboxes!
Raise Your Paddle for the River!
Join Our Inaugural First-Ever Ipswich River Paddle-a-thon
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Join the fun and register to paddle a stretch of the Ipswich River from North Reading to Ipswich on your own or in teams with friends and/or co-workers. All proceeds go to keeping the Ipswich River clean and healthy.
A group of 25 hikers, led by Pike Messenger, explored the hilly and forested terrain West of North Liberty Street. The group viewed historic stone foundations remaining from early settlers in the region as well as large peat bogs, and many stone walls marking old boundaries. The last portion of the hike took the group along Boston Brook. Here we saw a large beaver dam, and the remains of an old mill.
Although the warm weather negated the plan to have an “ice hike” the group was still able to easily get to places that are not usually as accessible in the winter months.
Invitation to the 2016
MIDDLETON STREAM TEAM WINTER HIKE
Sunday, January 31, 1pm
All are invited to join Middleton Stream Team’s cool Annual Winter Hike in the wintery wilds of northern Middleton. We will visit the impoundments which are home to the beavers, birds and wildlife and walk on ice where safe; places “you can’t get to from here” nearly all year.
Meet at 12:50 PM, Sunday, January 31st, on the unpaved section of North Liberty Street, about a mile north of Prichard’s Pond; or about 2 miles north (total) from Maple Street (Route 62). From Maple Street, take Liberty Street (which becomes North Liberty Street). From Sharpener’s Pond Road go south and look for a group of parked cars. The hike will end at the starting point before 4 PM.
Wear warm clothing, warm non-slip foot gear, and bring a hiking stick if you have one. Anticipate some rough spots and ice.
Please check our web site www.middletonstreamteam.org the morning of the hike in case of possible changes due to snow or ice conditions. Email MSTMiddletonMA@gmail.com or call (978) 777-4584 if you have any questions.
PS – This is a good opportunity to take photos for the 2016 MST Photo Contest, so bring your camera.
FEB. 8 WINTER HIKE IS
CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
“COME WALK WITH US ON WATER”
Sunday, February 8 1:00PM
Since 1996 when beavers returned here, their dams have drastically changed our terrain. Thousands of acres of former red maple swamps in the Ipswich River watershed and beyond are now flooded year round. Humans, thanks to beavers, can, when the ice is safe, explore their flooded “beaver meadows,” many like large shallow lakes. Please join the Middleton Stream Team on its annual Winter Family Outing, Saturday, January 31st for a hike around the perimeter of a large beaver impoundment in a little know part of town. These now open areas where trees have been drowned by beaver dams are interesting wildlife habitats.
Please meet us at 1:00 PM where Boston Brook crosses under North Liberty Street and becomes Prichard’s Pond about two miles north of Maple Street (Route 62). Liberty Street becomes North Liberty Street at School Street. Continue straight north past School Street until you see the Stream Team banner. We will be back at starting point before 4PM.
Prepare for cold weather with warm clothing, proper footwear, hats, gloves, etc. Bring Yaktrax or similar grippers and hiking poles, if you have them. Check MiddletonSteamTeam.org for updates, changes, cancellations. Email MSTMiddletonMA@gmail.com or call 978-777-4584 with questions.
Days are shorter and more precious in autumn, but this is when Mother Nature delights our senses as it unveils its truly vivid colors. That is also why the Middleton Stream Team holds its annual Fall Foilage Family Hike where this past Sunday, a group of approximately 30 met at Mundy Bridge to see what wonders of nature had in store for them.
The fall hike was previously delayed a week due to inclement weather, but last Sunday turned out to be a beautiful hike day. After Naturalist Pike Messenger, explained the leaf life cycle, the group started up the trail beside Boston Brook, crossing the brook on a bridge built by local boy scouts. The group age ranged in age from 8 months to eighty plus, and all seemed to enjoy exploring the glacier carved hills and valleys in these woods. Elaine Gauthier took the lead and pointed out landscape effects of the glaciers. Pike provided information about moss, witch hazel and bogs. The group paused at a beaver dam which was prepared for winter, and to look at a true bog.
All seemed to enjoy the experience and the exercise of hiking in the fallen leaves in the open forest, along forgotten stone walls that served to mark land boundaries. It has long been stated that hiking has many beneficial health benefits including; reducing the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.
Keep visiting this website for information about future hikes.
- Water quality monitoring
- Water quality improvement projects
- Environmental awareness promotion
- Real estate development monitoring
- Cooperative efforts with other organizations
- Administration (meetings, membership, accounting, etc.)
- Newsletters and membership communications
- Guided HikesSocial
- Spring Hike – Vernal Pool
- Fall Hike – Observe the beauty of fall
- Winter Hike – Ice Hike
To help with any of these or suggest others, please contact the Middleton Stream Team.