Kamon Farm view with haybales and trail markerPhoto: Neil Ungerleider

Welcome to Kamon Farm!
95-acre Property Now Open to the Public

Greenbelt is excited to welcome you to Kamon Farm in Ipswich, our newest reservation that is now open to the public! Take in sweeping views of the wetlands, forest and working hayfields that comprise these 95 protected acres, and explore wooded trails that connect to Ipswich's Turkey Hill Conservation Area. Open free of charge from dawn to dusk daily, you'll find ample parking and an informational kiosk at a beautifully designed entrance just off of Pineswamp Road.

We're grateful for the Perry family and their conservation vision for this land, and for the support of the Town of Ipswich, the MA Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity grant program, the Institution for Savings Conservation Fund, foundations and generous individuals who made this project possible.

 

Kamon Farm→

 

News and Happenings

Events, Land Conservation, GreenbeltGo, Osprey and More

group holding sunflower watercolor paintings at Cox  

Greenbelt Members Enjoy Creativity and Conversation at Cox Reservation

What better way to spend a lovely summer evening than getting to know fellow Greenbelt members and Jess Yurwitz at a "wine and watercolor" class? Jess is an artist, teacher and the owner of Slow River Studio, specializing in art classes for adult beginners. This summer, she led two lively classes for Greenbelt members in the Cox Studio Barn, where emerging artists sipped wine and dipped brushes to create beautiful sunflower masterpieces!

Learn More about Slow River Studio→

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Map of Tompson Street Reservation showing 2 new parcels  

Tompson Street Reservation Grows with Two Newly Conserved Parcels

Tompson Street Reservation in Gloucester was recently expanded with the addition of two important parcels. Greenbelt acquired more than 14 acres off of Bray Street from the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church, ensuring that this historic and ecologically significant land will be protected and accessible to the public forever. Off of Fernald Street, Greenbelt purchased close to 5 acres from the Pope family, where a new gateway and enhanced trail access are planned near the popular Sunset Mountain trails.
Tompson Street Reservation→

Greenbelt Go trails app displayed as seen on a phone  

There's More to Explore with New Additions to GreenbeltGo Trails App

August has seen several new additions to the GreenbeltGo Trails App. The Bay Circuit Trail was added to the map, allowing users to hike it all the way across the county from Andover to Newbury, and through several existing Greenbelt conservation areas. Three new properties were also added to GreenbeltGo, including Greenbelt's newly conserved Kamon Farm, and the Amesbury Town Forest and abutting Woodsom Farm. In total, that's over 650 acres and 13 miles of new trails to explore with GreenbeltGo!
Learn More and Download the App→

close up look at Osprey chick leaving the nest  

Osprey Season Comes to a Close

Another successful Osprey season has come to an end in our region, with preliminary data indicating that 75 breeding pairs (6 more than 2021) and 113 fledglings were observed. Active nests were monitored by 25 volunteers who submitted more than 1,500 online reports. Osprey Program Director Dave Rimmer and others banded 63 chicks before they fledged. Annie and Squam, the adult stars of Greenbelt’s Ospreycam, produced three healthy fledglings who were adored by thousands of viewers online!
More about Osprey→

group of gravel bikers getting ready to ride Photo: David Alden-St.Pierre

Gravel Riders Cruise Through West Newbury's Open Space

The parking area at Greenbelt's Pikes Bridge Road was bustling with activity when more than 30 cyclists gathered for a morning gravel ride through and around West Newbury. The group split into six groups based on relative skill level and speed, and rode 25.8 scenic miles (including up and over Indian Hill!) before returning to Pikes Bridge Road. Thank you to our volunteers, and especially to ride organizers Dan Tieger and Noah Leavitt, for making this event safe and fun for all.

 

Interested in joining Greenbelt for a road or gravel ride? Next up is Tour de Greenbelt, Cycle for Land Conservation on Saturday, September 17. Learn more and register at 

Tour de Greenbelt→

saltmarsh and Essex River at Cox with sunset shadows Photo: David Alden-St.Pierre

Remembering Nancy Marculewicz

The Greenbelt community is saddened by the passing of Nancy Marculewicz, age 84, on August 10, 2022. Nancy was an accomplished artist and educator, and one of the founders of Greenbelt's annual Art in the Barn exhibit and sale (which has flourished to become a premier North Shore event). Nancy, along with her husband Bob, was a loyal supporter of Greenbelt's land conservation work for decades, helping to protect the scenic landscapes that inspired much of her art.
Nancy Marculewicz→

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