Join Jeff Thibodeau, Orenda’s Executive Director, to explore the rich depth and serenity of Orenda’s 27-acre wildlife sanctuary nestled on the rim of No Bottom Pond, one of the cleanest and steepest kettle hole ponds on Cape Cod. This sanctuary is part of a larger assemblage of conservation land protected by Orenda, the Brewster Conservation Trust and the Town of Brewster. We will walk a ¾ mile long trail which descends down to an around the pond, enjoying a quiet and leisurely stroll through forested upland and wetland habitats, home to numerous native wildlife. This uniquely quiet oasis tucked away beneath the buzz above, will allow for silent connection with nature’s blessings as we welcome in the light of the New Year. The pace will be gentle but the terrain is steep at the trail head, dropping 70’ feet to the pond edge, and participants should be prepared for short but steep climb back to the parking area. A prize goes to anyone who can guess how deep No Bottom Pond actually is ….. Registration required for this free event. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, and the number of people in your group. Use the subject line First Day Hike.
Location: No Bottom Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Brewster; Parking is located on Route 137 (Old Long Pond Road) on the road’s east shoulder beneath the powerlines just south of Villages Drive. Look for the trail head kiosk sign.
First Day Hikes Cape Cod is an initiative designed to encourage people to get outdoors with free guided walks and activities to explore Cape Cod’s parks, trails, and natural resources. Nonprofit conservation organizations offering hikes include Orenda, Barnstable Land Trust, Brewster Conservation Trust, Chatham Conservation Foundation, Dennis Conservation Land Trust, 300 Committee Land Trust (Falmouth), Harwich Conservation Trust, Provincetown Conservation Trust, and The Friends of Herring River (Wellfleet and Truro). To find out more, check the participating organizations websites or see the full schedule of events at www.blt.org/firstdayhikescapecod