8th Annual Winter Tree Scavenger Hunt to begin Thanksgiving weekend in Sturbridge.

The Sturbridge Conservation Department is once again sponsoring their family-friendly event at the beautiful Heins Farm property at 197 Leadmine Road. 

Beginning Thanksgiving weekend and running through the New Year’s holiday, decorated trees will hide along the Pond Loop and Cabin Loop trails waiting to be discovered by young children and families.  Children are encouraged to take their photo with their favorite decorated tree, and submit the photos for a chance at a Grand Prize Drawing.  Photos can be emailed to SturbridgeTreeHunt@hotmail.com any time before January 9th.  

Families or other small groups can submit entries as individuals or as a “team”.  We encourage participation of young people under the age of 13 to introduce them to this local recreation resource.  Every contestant receives a Certificate of Participation, and a grand winner is chosen at a January Conservation Commission meeting.  Last year’s winner,  Lucas Vilandre of Wales, received a year’s subscription to “Ranger Rick,” a National Wildlife Federation publication,  and a copy of “Critters”,  a Massachusetts Wildlife publication.

The public is welcome to enjoy the fun exploring some of the abundant trails offered in this community.  The Heins Farm land, with its 2.4 miles of marked trails through historical farmland and over the historic Stafford Turnpike, along with the Leadmine Mountain’s approximately 7 miles of marked walking trails, are managed as permanently protected by the Town of Sturbridge’s Conservation Department as part of the Open Space and Recreation Plan. 
The town’s new Conservation Agent Rebecca Gendreau adds   “December weekends and school vacations are a perfect time for families to get outside for walks and fresh air.  We hope families can take advantage of this opportunity.”