A vast expanse of cold-water streams, ponds, forest, and woodlands, Tidmarsh is a 481-plus acre landscape permanently protected and open for all to enjoy. Once a working cranberry farm, this landscape underwent the largest freshwater ecological restoration ever completed in the Northeast.
Its previous owners, the Schulman Family—along with the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and many other organizations—re-created nearly three and a half miles of meandering stream channel, sculpted the land's surface, and removed nine dams to reconnect the headwaters of Beaver Dam Brook to the ocean for the first time in more than a century.
As a result of the collective actions of the collaborators, this entire landscape is now on a dramatic trajectory of change—a spectacle that will play out for decades, and even centuries, to come. Walk the trails to learn about the landscape's transformation and the importance of habitat protection, ecological restoration, and climate change response.
60 Beaver Dam Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
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Trails: Open daily, dawn to dusk
- Members: Free
- Nonmembers: $2 suggested donation
- EBT Participants: Free for up to 4 people when you show your EBT card
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- Trails that allow you to explore many thriving habitats including grasslands, Atlantic White Cedar swamp, pine-oak forest, cold streams, and more.
- Field-based educational programs for school groups (Pre-K through Grade 12), as well as for Scout troops, that teach the interconnections between land, air, water, and wildlife.
- A variety of programs and workshops for all ages and interests, including nature walks, sunset hikes, and family excursions.
- Wildlife such as River Herring and Muskrat returning to the stream after a long absence, plus bird sightings of common and rare species like Northern Harriers and King Rails.
Get an overview of the history, habitat restoration, and continuing conservation taking place at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary.