Ideas for a Mother’s Day Outing in Nature

Are you looking for something special to do on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14? Our region is bursting with new life in May; so many families may opt to celebrate outdoors. Sudbury Valley Trustees (SVT) offers ideas for local places to enjoy nature this Mother’s Day Weekend.

Does Mom love flowers? SVT helped conserve land that abuts the Acton Arboretum in Acton. The Donald CR offers lovely woodland trails that connect to the cultivated gardens of the arboretum. The lilac fragrance garden will be in full bloom!

Is she partial to water views? The Elliott Concord River Preserve in Carlisle offers a short trail that loops down to the Wild and Scenic portion of the Concord River. There is also a canoe landing here, so if you prefer, launch your boat upriver to spend the day paddling, and stop here for a picnic break.

Does she consider herself a birder? Most conservation land is teeming with birds now, but a spectacular sight can be had at SVT’s Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury where you can see great blue herons and their fledglings. The nature trails lead to a heron rookery boasting dozens of nests. Don’t forget binoculars for this outing!

Would she prefer breathtaking mountain views? The north view of Mount Pisgah, a connected tract of conserved lands in Berlin and Northborough, offers views stretching to Boston on a clear day. This peaceful forested area features a variety of trees and wildlife, as well as babbling brooks.

Visit SVT’s Properties page at for maps, directions, and parking for these and other local conservation areas. Sudbury Valley Trustees is a regional land trust, protecting and caring for land and wildlife habitat in 36 communities surrounding the Concord, Assabet, and Sudbury Rivers.




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