Events Calendar

“Sex in the Sea” Author Marah Hardt at the Nature Center

Sunday, September 29, 2019

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

On September 29th, Friends of Sherwood Island will host local author, marine scientist & Harvard alumna Marah Hardt as our special guest.  Her talk will combine the “timeless topic of sex with the timely issue of sustainable oceans.” Her book, “Sex in the Sea: Our Intimate Connection with Sex-changing Fish, Romantic Lobsters, Kinky Squid and other Salty Erotica of the Deep” was an Oprah book pick and Amazon Best Book of 2016. It focuses on the “funny, racy and raunchy nature of reproduction beneath the waves.” We’ll learn how ocean pollution, overfishing and climate change are causing critical disruptions of “the creative procreation that drives the wild abundance of sea life” and how we need to change ocean management to benefit all the creatures on Earth.
The talk will be at 4 pm in the Nature Center at Sherwood Island SP. We’re hoping to see a full house for this exciting event.

Friends Garden Team Work & Learn Meetups

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Dates: August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28.
September 4
October 9
November 13
The Friends’ Garden Team meets twice a week all summer, and monthly in the fall and winter to curate these gardens:
1) The Entrance – Prairie Grasses – easy to care for & drought tolerant, grasses offer wildlife value & year-round beauty.  Park in the spaces to the left of the ticket booths (in the exit lane).
2) East Beach Dune Restoration – Since 2017, we’ve been planting American Beach Grass to restore bare areas.  We’ve also added Roses and Beach Plums.  We need to continue adding to the grasses each year, and keeping them weeded so they become a robust habitat that anchors the dunes and helps wildlife.  Meet at the west end of the East Beach Parking Lot (just before the Concession Stand).
3) Nature Center Pollinator Garden – In 2018 we began planning & planting a meadow and wildflower garden to provide nectar for bees & butterflies, and host plants for butterflies and skippers.  We add new flowers and grasses every month, and follow up to water and weed so they thrive.
4) Nature Center Three Sisters Garden – We’ve expanded the garden concept to include Native American garden practices and plants from throughout the Western hemisphere.  The garden looks messy, but hiding inside are abundant berries and seeds for birds and small mammals, as well as an herb garden, and the traditional 3 Sisters corn, beans & squash.

Come join our work.  Contact michelemsorensen@gmail.com for more information.

BOO!! SHIVERS at Sherwood

Saturday, October 19 - October 20, 2019

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

ALERT! Volunteers Needed! Help us make sure everyone who attends Shivers at Sherwood has a wonderfully frightful time! And have fun too! Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040f4ba5a92d6-shivers


The Fiends (sic) of Sherwood Island have been relishing the fun of transforming the Nature Center into a Haunted House and collecting bats, spiders, ghosts, tombstones and more!
Shivers at Sherwood
Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Sherwood Island State Park – East End
Admission: $5 per car
Join us for ghoulish fun and seasonal favorites. Face painting, bob for apples, carve pumpkins. Enjoy live music Warm yourself by the bonfire. Or…brave the Haunted Nature Center where creatures of the night have taken over!

Friends Garden Team Work & Learn Meetups

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Dates: August 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 & 28.
September 4
October 9
November 13
The Friends’ Garden Team meets twice a week all summer, and monthly in the fall and winter to curate these gardens:
1) The Entrance – Prairie Grasses – easy to care for & drought tolerant, grasses offer wildlife value & year-round beauty.  Park in the spaces to the left of the ticket booths (in the exit lane).
2) East Beach Dune Restoration – Since 2017, we’ve been planting American Beach Grass to restore bare areas.  We’ve also added Roses and Beach Plums.  We need to continue adding to the grasses each year, and keeping them weeded so they become a robust habitat that anchors the dunes and helps wildlife.  Meet at the west end of the East Beach Parking Lot (just before the Concession Stand).
3) Nature Center Pollinator Garden – In 2018 we began planning & planting a meadow and wildflower garden to provide nectar for bees & butterflies, and host plants for butterflies and skippers.  We add new flowers and grasses every month, and follow up to water and weed so they thrive.
4) Nature Center Three Sisters Garden – We’ve expanded the garden concept to include Native American garden practices and plants from throughout the Western hemisphere.  The garden looks messy, but hiding inside are abundant berries and seeds for birds and small mammals, as well as an herb garden, and the traditional 3 Sisters corn, beans & squash.

Come join our work.  Contact michelemsorensen@gmail.com for more information.