Fiddleheads to Ferns: Fiddleheads

April 2, 2023 (Sunday) 12:00-2:00pm


Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton


Alison O'Hare - Birder's Certificate Program graduate
Clair Degutis - Teacher Naturalist






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Whether you like to sketch, photograph, name, or simply gaze in awe at ferns, this two-part field class will help you understand the seasonal progression of these ancient plants as they unfold in early spring. In the first session, you will learn how to recognize and observe fiddleheads, those beautiful, tightly curled promises of spring. Two weeks later, return to observe changes in these same plants as they mature into their summer form. During each session we'll stroll a short distance along Sanctuary trails to search for typical New England fiddleheads and ferns. Along the way, we'll learn how fiddleheads relate to mature ferns and how to recognize structural features and appreciate unique details that characterize the fiddleheads and ferns that you find. While we recommend attending both sessions, it is not a requirement.

Instructions and Directions:

Bring a hand lens or other small hand-held magnifier; we will have some for loan. A small note or sketch pad, and/or camera is recommended but not required.

Dress for weather, sun, and insects.

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary
113 Goodnow Rd
Princeton, MA 01541
Email [email protected] for more information.