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Snowdrops blooming on the Brandeis campus.

There’s always something happening at Brandeis, but did you know you can also experience some local wildlife steps from campus? Both the Waltham Land Trust and Mass Audubon offer members of the local community access to parks, trails, programming and more.

The Waltham Land Trust hosts a number of events to get you outside throughout the year, from hiking to biking, to clean-ups and playground building. There are tons of opportunities to get out and about this spring and summer- check out pics from recent events! New England is known for beautiful seasons and exploring the parks in the spring, summer, fall, and winter can help you get inspired to write that upcoming paper you’ve been avoiding. Not sure where to go? The Waltham Land Trust offers a series of maps to help get you started.

One map on the Land Trust website will show you the way to the Beaver Brook Historic Reservation in Belmont. Easily accessed by public transportation, just hop on the commuter rail from Brandeis and head inbound to the Waverly stop. Whether you’re in the mood to cross-country ski in the winter, go fishing this spring, or cool off in summer, Beaver Brook offers 60 acres of outdoor activity right on the Waltham/Belmont line. Make sure to check out the waterfall and historic mill while you’re there!

Feeling super adventurous? Journey to nearby Belmont or Lincoln and visit the parks and greenspace associated with Mass Audubon. Mass Audubon offers a lot more than birdwatching and hiking. They support the community by offering seasonal CSAs (community supported agriculture), lectures on various topics, and classes in Photoshop or cheesemaking. You can find out all the happenings by accessing their programs page. The wildlife sanctuaries and parks associated with Mass Audubon are not only beautiful, but a center of activity. You can spend an hour, day or days at the parks being as active or inactive as you’d like. Mass Audubon offers you the opportunity to volunteer your time and grow your talents.