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Plants & Their Places: Tillinghast Pond Management Area

August 13, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spiranthes cernua (nodding ladies'-tresses), photo DMcGrady

Spiranthes cernua (nodding ladies’-tresses), photo DMcGrady

This walk is the last of four walks in our series, Plants & Their Places, led by Doug McGrady. Tillinghast Pond Management Area, a 2000-acre property on the western side of the state, is part of a much larger swath of conserved land along the Connecticut-Rhode Island border.

Most of the property is covered with Mixed Oak/White Pine Forest. There are smaller areas of Pitch Pine, Atlantic White Cedar, swamps, streams, old farm fields and wet meadows. At this time of year most flowers are going to found out in the open – in the fields and meadows. One of the fields has at least two species of Lady’s Tresses orchid, and some robust Grape Ferns.

Bring a drink, a snack and a camera. We’ll walk about 2-3 miles of easy terrain in sun and shade. In the fields we’ll be walking in knee-high grass and shrubs. Sturdy shoes, long pants, and long sleeves recommended.

There is no registration for this walk. Come, learn and enjoy.

We do however suggest joining our mailing list Plants & Their Places with Doug McGrady so that we can notify you about any changes to this walk, including cancellation due to rain.

We would also ask that you consider giving a donation of $5:00 to $10.00.


Eutrochium fistulosum (hollow Joe-Pye weed) with monarch, photo DMcGrady

Eutrochium fistulosum (hollow Joe-Pye weed) with monarch, photo DMcGrady

• From Rt 102 (Victory Hwy) in West Greenwich turn west onto Plain Meetinghouse Rd. (This intersection is about .6 miles north of the URI Alton Jones Campus)
• Go 3.9 miles and turn right (north) onto Plain Rd. (See the historic, white church on the corner)
• Go .5 miles to a dirt parking lot on the right (east) side.

Read more about the property here, on The Nature Conservancy web site


August 13, 2016
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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