This page will list planned Gateway field trips. Buz Bragdon is the club's Field Trip Coordinator, contact him with questions and suggestions.
Route 16 Strip
Stretching from the Sherborn town line to the Wellesley town line, route 16 (Eliot St.) in South Natick links several diverse and lovely spots to relax, get some fresh air and photograph including; wildlife sanctuary…riverfront ……dam …stone arch bridge …park…wooded walking trails…open fields…organic farm with animals...it’s all there.
One can spend an hour or a day. I won’t even mention the eclectic coffee shop right on the route because it will just distract us. Go at different times of the year and different times of day. During or after a snowfall would be an extra special time. (Safety always being considered before starting out.) A clear, bright blue sky day is also inviting.
This trip is an ongoing, self guided, local destination. Go by yourself or write to the membership to announce that you're going and invite others. After a visit to one or more stops on "the strip", please send out a short note describing anything interesting that you saw. Report any changes, closings, construction, special events, etc.
We have started a rotating photo gallery - Route 16 Strip Trip Images. Go to My Account - My Galleries and add your images.
I am often available to lead a group. You can write to me with questions about the area.
Buz Bragdon, Field Trip Coordinator - Click Here to Email Buz
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Group
Great Meadows NWR Concord - 179 Monsen Road, Concord, MA which is off of Route 62 - will be the primary area to explore. As you get familiar with the area, you may want to venture to other nearby attractions such as the Revolutionary sites including the Old Manse, the North Bridge, etc. And probably other nice spots will be discovered when you spend time in the area.
One thing is for sure, you may want to head to Main Streets Café in downtown Concord after the photography outing. Anyone who has been there will know why. Another after trip area worth visiting is Verrill Farm at Nine Acre Corner (Rt 117 & Sudbury/Concord Rd) which at times is also an interesting photographic site as well as a great farm stand and good place to eat.