News and Events

Find the latest news about our conservation efforts, stewardship activities, and community events here:

Board Member Needed: If you are interested in protecting land and preserving the rural character of Dudley, there is an opening on the DCLT Board of Directors. Please call Paul Wieloch, DCLT President to discuss this matter. Phone: 508-949-0250 or email: with “DCLT BOD” in the subject area. Season Greetings.

Meetings: The DCLT will be having its 2018 General Meetings on March 20, June 19, and December 18 The September meeting is also our annual meeting - date TBA. These meetings are open to the public. Hear what’s going on with the DCLT! The meetings are at the Dudley Senior Center within the Dudley Municipal Complex at 71 West Main Street in Dudley. The meeting time is 7:00 pm.

April 7, 2018 (Saturday): “Bark – Get to Know Your Trees”
Dudley Grange, 9am - 12 noon. No cost. Presented by Michael Wojtech.

This is a 3 hour program. The first hour of classroom work is to set the criteria for different tree bark, discussing the physical structure of bark and how it grows. This includes a practice session of looking at bark photos for its’ ecology, structure and function. This will be followed by 2 hours “in the field” at Wieloch Woods examining and identifying different trees. There will be an exploration of bark, which is always visible. Attendees will learn about a system for identifying trees by their bark, and discover why such a variety of bark exists.

Who should attend? Anyone who is interested in trees from high school students to adults. Event is free. Dress weather appropriately. Registration is necessary as space is limited. Please call 508-949-0250 (leave VM including name & contact phone #).

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Dudley Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

May 19 & 20, 2018 Saturday and Sunday: DCLT 10th Annual Plant Sale, Marty Liquors Parking Lot, 119 West Main St, Dudley, from 9am – 3pm both days. Please view Plant Sale webpage for additional information.

Learn more about our past Events:

Winter Solstice Celebration - Thursday, December 21, 2017
Come celebrate the Winter Soltice on Thursday, December 21st on the knoll of Tufts Branch Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Meet at 29 Healy Road at 3:30 PM and walk up the maintenance trail (a moderately easy ¼ mile) to the knoll. Watch the sunset, celebrate the beginning of lengthening daylight with friends and a bit of cheer around a warm fire. Drinks and goodies to follow at 29 Healy Road. Bring a friend and a sweet or savory appetizer if you wish.

May 20 and 21, 2017: DCLT 9th Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. both days, Marty’s Liquors parking lot located at 119 West Main Street, Dudley, MA. Another can’t miss event for a wonderful selection of herbs, flowers (annuals and perennials), houseplants and heirloom vegetables. Visit the Plant Sale webpage!

April 22, 2017: Earth Day / "Dirt Day" at the Dudley Grange
Saturday from 10 a.m. - 12 noon at the Dudley Grange, 139 Center Road, Dudley, MA. There will be soil testing for a “quick test” at no charge and information for additional soil testing through UMASS EXT Service. Dr. Stephen Herbert, Professor of Agronomy, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, will talk about the soil in our area and how to maintain healthy soil.

April 12, 2017: “Flight of the Woodcock”
Wednesday, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at 29 Healy Rd, Dudley.
Woodcock's Spring Ritual! Bring a chair for your comfort and be dazzled by the alluring aerial displays of the courting male woodcock. Come and observe the courtship ritual of this unusual bird. Bring binoculars!

Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 2 p.m. - Hike through Slater Woods
Celebrate the winter and nature by joining us on a hike through Slater Woods on Sunday, January 29th at 2 p.m. We will meet at the trailhead on Dudley-Oxford Road in Dudley, and then hike the trails. The event will take place regardless of the weather, so bring your snow shoes if there is deep snow. Depending on the weather conditions, please allow up to 3 hours for the hike. Winter can be a wonderful time to be outdoors. We hope to see you there!

Learn more about our past News by visiting our archived newsletters:

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Autumn 2015

Spring 2015

Autumn 2014

Autumn 2013

Spring 2013

Fall/Winter 2012

Dudley Conservation Land Trust
PO Box 14
Dudley, MA 01571
(508) 949-0250