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Events Happening Soon In The Forest Near You—

The Myles Standish State Forest—Of Course!

  Map Reading & Navigation Training

9:00 a.m. to Noon
Headquarters' Conference Building, MSSF
(large building across the street from the Headquarters' office)

Navigation expert John Joseph to teach course: Map Reading & Land Navigation – What you need to know about finding your way around in the woods.

Classroom instruction followed by outdoor exercises. $5 charge to pay for materials. This course is perfect for someone who would like to be able to teach others. Course limited to 15. There are still a few spots left.

Details and sign-up at  FMSSF Hiking & Birding Meetup Group 

 Welcome-New-Bog-To-MSSF Party

Saturday, September 11, 2010
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kurt and Helga Stottmeier’s House
2 Priscilla Mullins Way, Carver, MA

Join Friends and state and local officials as we celebrate the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) purchase of a 5-acre wetland for the Myles Standish State Forest.

Want to hike with us to the party?
If you'd like to hike to the bog and then to the party with a group, meet at the MSSF Headquarters at 12:30 p.m. Registration is not required but it helps us plan.

See FMSSF Hiking and Birding Meetup Group

 Native Bird Support Group—Bird Box Take-down Party
Friday, September 17
11:00 to 2:00 p.m.
MSSF Headquarters’ Parking Area

Help Native Birds—We’ll take down 22 bird nesting boxes from Cutter's Field and get them ready for next year’s bird families. The Native Bird Support Group had a great 1st season fledging 8 Bluebirds, 75 Tree Swallows, and 7 House Wrens! Meet at MSSF Headquarters and carpool to Cutter's Field. Then return by ~ 12:00 p.m. to Headquarter’s picnic area to clean and seal boxes. Come for part or all.

See FMSSF Hiking and Birding Meetup Group for more details 

 Become A Plant Hunter/Gatherer in Myles Standish State Forest!

Orientation Meeting and Walk
Sunday, September 19, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
MSSF Headquarters’ Parking Area

Help the Pine Barrens Initiative Committee—Gather Seeds For Starting Native Plant Gardens For Home and Business Owners Like You!

Plant Expert Irina Kadis and Department of Conservation and Recreation Assistant Management Forester Paul Gregory will help you choose a certain plant or two in the Forest, which you will observe and from which you will collect seeds when the time is right. The seeds will be used to develop “source plants” that we will provide at no or low cost to property owners and institutions that change their non-native landscaping to native plantings. Our goal is to support the pines barrens of southeastern Massachusetts (Plymouth, Carver, Wareham and Kingston) by encouraging everyone to plants native to the region. No botanical/horticultural background is required.

NOTE: It is illegal to collect plants or plant materials from MSSF.  Friends of MSSF has special permission for this project from DCR. It is illegal to collect plants and plant materials from the forest without special permission.

Read about the Pine Barrens Community Initiative

More details about the Hunter/Gatherer Meeting and Walk

The 4th Annual Take Me Fishin'! Fishing & Nature Event

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25
Fearing Pond, Myles Standish State Forest

Sponsored by The Friends of Myles Standish State Forest, The Department of Conservation and Recreation, and Mass Wildlife with support from (so far): Captain John Boats; Plymouth Cruises; Rock Bottom Seafood; M & M Plimoth Bay OutfittersLubdubdrums; and donors like you!

Fishing Day Activities:

  • Fish without a license (this day only) at beautiful Fearing Pond—Mass Wildlife freshly stocked
  • Poles and bait provided but bring your own poles if you can (we only have 50)
  • Fishing derby prizes
  • Help for people of all ages who want to learn to fish
  • Fun and interesting nature activities: birding, fairy houses, gyotaku printing, winners 2010 photo contest announced, drum circle
  • Forest work parties (it's National Public Lands Day!)

Spend the day at Fearing Pond. You can fish, BBQ, picnic, swim, or just hang out with people who love the forest. Best of all, it's FREE, accessible and open to everyone. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Contact us if you’d like to volunteer for a few hours or to donate food, drinks, prizes or raffle items please, by writing to (We need someone who can demonstrate FLY TYING. Friends of MSSF will provide the materials.) 

View pictures of previous Take Me Fishin'! events

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P.O. Box 1199
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02362

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