Open Space Background

Special Events

Deer Lake Planting Day - Jan 6th 10:50 am - 2:00 pm

We will prepare planting sites and plant acorns and buckeyes. We will meet at the Marshall Drive entrance at 10:50 and walk (you can ride a bike if you wish) to Deer Lake, about 3/4 of a mile. We will end by 2 PM. Volunteers will need to wear clothes that can get dirty, gloves, and should wear good boots as we will be walking across uneven terrain. Volunteers should also bring water and a snack. There is space for up to ten more besides a group that is coming to help. Please contact Bob Simmons at if interested.

Trails Committee Meeting - Jan 11th 7 pm - 9 pm - Assembly Hall building in Civic Park

The WCOSF Trails Committee is hosting the third public meeting to give open space trail users an opportunity to discuss trails and trail use. The first two meetings were general discussion type of meetings. The structure of this meeting will be different in that there will be time for small group discussions to develop a general goal statement for trails and trail users in the open space, and then a general discussion. If there is time, we will try to identify some trail etiquette principles that will help make our open space areas safe for trail users. The meeting will be on Jan. 11 from 7-9 at the Assembly Hall building in Civic Park. A good place to park is the public garage on Broadway, just slightly more than a block from the Assembly Hall.

Ongoing Events

We have several volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in working outside and being a part of our many habitat restoration projects. For all opportunities check here and on our Calendar page. for scheduled dates. Unless otherwise specified assume all activities are from 9am - noon.

If you would like to participate in any of these activities or would like more information please Contact us.

Tuesday Group

The Tuesday Group meets every Tuesday morning from 9am to noon at various locations within our Open Spaces. To find out where this group will be or to join, please contact the group leader, Lesley Hunt, at

Nursery Group

This new group meets on the second Monday of the month from 9am to noon at our native plant nursery behind the Shadelands Art Center. For more information or to join, please contact the group leader, Lesley Hunt, at

Weekend Group

There are a couple of different groups that meet on the weekends in various locations. For more information about activities in each location or how to sign up check out the descriptions below.

Schedule 2018 Jan - June

January 13, 2018 - Sutherland Area
January 27, 2018 - Sutherland Area
February 10, 2018 - Sutherland Area
February 24, 2018 - Sutherland Area
March 10, 2018 - Sutherland Area
March 24, 2018 - Sutherland Area
April 7, 2018 - Sutherland Area
April 21, 2018 - Sutherland Area
May 5, 2018 - Sutherland Area
May 19, 2018 - Sutherland Area
June 2, 2018 - Sutherland Area
June 16, 2018 - Sutherland Area
June 30, 2018 - Sutherland Area
Schedule 2018 July - Dec

July 14, 2018 - Sutherland Area
July 28, 2018 - Sutherland Area
August 11, 2018 - Sutherland Area
August 25, 2018 - Sutherland Area
September 8, 2018 - Sutherland Area
September 24, 2018 - Sutherland Area
October 6, 2018 - Sutherland Area
October 20, 2018 - Sutherland Area
November 3, 2018 - Sutherland Area
November 17, 2018 - Sutherland Area
December 1, 2018 - Sutherland Area
December 15, 2018 - Sutherland Area
December 29, 2018 - Sutherland Area

More dates added all the time....Check back frequently!

Sutherland Native Plant Restoration Information - 9am to 12pm
Meet at the Sutherland Drive entrance to Shell Ridge. Leader will have some tools, but please bring your own if possible. Most of what we will be doing is hand pulling, prying or slicing of taproots of mustard in short annual grasses. This is easier than it sounds. Stout, sharp knives (like a hori-hori) or similar tools work very well. Minimum age 14. For more information or to sign up write to

Indian Valley Pond Information - 9am to 12pm
Come help plant native grasses and wildflowers along around the pond while learning about the native plants and wildlife in our Open Space. We will discuss how you can use these planting techniques for native plants in your own garden. The planting days also provide a chance to see what work has been completed around the pond and what future plans will bring. We will meet at the Marshall Drive entrance to Shell Ridge. For more information or to sign up contact Sean Micallef at Plants, tools, and some extra gloves will be provided (but please bring your own if you have a pair).

Grass Planting Information - 9am to 12pm
Help the Foundation plant native grasses and do other restoration activities at various locations. Plants, tools, and some extra gloves will be provided (but please bring your own if you have a pair). Most locations are near an open space entrance, but Deer Lake will require meeting at a specified parking area and taking a short hike to the work location. For more information or to sign up contact Lesley at