There will be a field trip to the Dean pond area of Brimfield State Forest coming up later this week. We will meet at 9 am at the parking lot. The lot has been re-opened thanks to efforts by Senator Brewer.
If you are coming south from Palmer on rt 32:
A bit past a BP station and diner on the left will be Chestnut Street (also on left). There will be a sign pointing toward camping. There is a small medical center on the corner. Take a left here. (I forget if there is a street sign)
Just over the RR tracks is a stop sign, make a slight left. Follow this for about 3 miles from rt 32. Dean Pond road will be on the right.
Unfortunately there is no sign from this direction. You will be coming down a long hill and around a bend. There will be a mailbox and a white house on the right. Turn right here. If you overshoot you will come out to rt 20. Turn around and there will be a sign.
Follow Dean pond Road through tornado devastation, past a small parking area near a waterfall, and the parking lot will be on the right. My car is a grey VW.
If you are coming “over the mountain” to Monson, you will get on 32 a bit south of Chestnut. Turn left at the church. The medical center and Chestnut Street will be on the right. The follow directions as above.
If you are using GPS, beware: Neither Google or Mapquest seem to know where this is. If you program for Sutcliff road it will get you close enough.
Reply using the form on this page or use the email address that Gail sent (I can’t post it here because it will be grabbed by spammers). Let me know if you are coming.
We will visit the ladyslipper area and then go about a mile to the heron rookery. It is about a half mile walk to the lady slippers but only a couple of minutes to the rookery.