Beaver Brook hikes part of Hidden Treasures

The Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, together with more than 60 partners from the 45 towns and cities within its boundary, announced Hidden Treasures 2016, a nine-day regional celebration.

From May 14-22, communities across the 994-square-mile Freedom’s Way, home to more than 750,000 people, will offer free public programs featuring one or more "hidden treasures" in their town.

From nature hikes and museum open houses to urban walking tours and art events, Hidden Treasures offers activities that highlight the cultural, historical and natural treasures of the region. The website, www.discoverhiddentreasures.org, is a great resource to plan your regional adventure from the more than 100 activities offered.

Beaver Brook, often considered a hidden treasure, is offering hikes on birds and wildflowers on these days:

? Guided Warbler Walk: Sunday, May 15, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

? Guided Wildflower Hike: Wednesday, May 19, 9-11 a.m.

? Guided Nesting Hike: Sunday, May 22, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Although the walks are free, registration is required at www.beaverbrook.org

Booklets that accompany the Self-Guided Natural History Trail are available at the trailhead at 52 Brown Lane so that people can take a 1-mile hike on their own, reading and learning about 74 features of the landscape described by numbered trail signs and the guidebook.

The Beaver Brook Association is a nonprofit educational organization.