ROXBURY — The Roxbury Land Trust will host two programs this October: a fall foliage walk at its stunning Gavel Family Farm Preserve and a virtual talk on Animal Architects.

Director of Development Barbara Bradbury Pape will lead a walk at the Gavel Family Farm Preserve to enjoy the foliage and vista, as well as explore the history and meadow habitat restoration project underway at the site at 11 a.m. Monday, October 18.

Once a prominent farming field, the Gavel Family Farm Preserve is now open space for both humans and creatures to enjoy.

The Trust recently began a project to revitalize a 6.5-acre section of the preserve, encouraging healthy habitats for woodland creatures. From the removal of invasive species to the reseeding of the meadow, participants will learn about the Trust’s efforts to create a sustainable meadow habitat.

Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate weatherproof footwear, bring a water bottle and be prepared for an hour-long easy walk with possible uneven terrain. Those attending should meet at the small parking area on Dorothy Diebold Lane.

On October 20 at 7 p.m. via Zoom, White Memorial Conservation Center’s Director of Administration and Development Gerri Griswold will present “Animal Architects.” From Egypt, Greece, Rome and from Thomas Jefferson to I. M. Pei, humanity’s history has been full of extraordinary architects and architecture.

Many animals build structures to impress potential mates. Those attending will learn about animal builders in this one-hour photo presentation celebrating human and animal architecture.

Now in its 50th year, the Roxbury Land Trust has preserved 3,865 acres of farmland, woodlands, watercourses, wetlands and open space in Roxbury and neighboring communities since 1970. The Roxbury Land Trust maintains 32 preserves with more than 30 miles of hiking trails and three active farms, as well as offers a wide range of educational programs. RLT relies on donations, grants, member support, and gifts of land to pursue its mission.

Those wishing to register for either program or for additional information, may call the Roxbury Land Trust at 860-350-4148 or email

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