Beaver Brook hosting hikes as part of ‘Hidden Treasures’

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

From Saturday, May 14, through Sunday, May 22, communities across the 994-square-mile Freedom’s Way area, 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 a diversity of activities that highlight the many cultural, historical and natural treasures of the region. The website,, is a great resource to plan your regional adventure from the more than 100 activities offered.

The Beaver Brook Association is offering these "Birds and Blooms" hikes:

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

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

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

Although the hikds are free, registration is required at

Booklets that accompany Beaver Brook’s Self-Guided Natrual 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.

Freedom’s Way connects the people, places and communities of the heritage area through preservation, conservation and educational initiatives to protect and promote our shared resources and to encourage residents and visitors to explore our landscape, history and culture.