AVIS 125th Year Celebration Videos from 2019

 

Upcoming Events


When Where What
Feb 17, 2024 10:00AM - 2:00PM Saturday Hike the Bay Circuit Trail through Deer Jump AND Rafton Reservations Come and enjoy a one-way hike along the Merrimack River and Fish Brook, approximately 5 miles. We will leave our cars at the Tewksbury Pumping station and carpool to the starting point. We'll hike through several smaller reservations and see extensive stands of Hemlock and immense white pines.

We will be hiking at an easy pace over roots and rocks with numerous ups and downs as we alternate being directly on the shore of the river to the higher ground overlooking it. We plan to end our hike between 1:30 and 2:00PM, depending on the pace of the group.

Registration is required. Please visit: https://activities.outdoors.org/search/index.cfm/action/details/id/148379
April 9, 2024 6:00PM - 8:30PM Tuesday Old Town Hall on Main Street in Andover AVIS Annual Meeting: The AVIS Annual Meeting will be the evening of Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at the Old Town Hall on Main Street in Andover. The schedule of events is as follows:
  • Cocktails at 6:00 PM
  • Dinner at 6:30 PM
  • Business Meeting at 7:00-8:30 PM
The business Meeting will include the election of trustees, AVIS Financial Report, Land Management Report, Land Stewardship Report, and a special projects update. This will be followed by guest speaker Meg Holmes, who will discuss Traversing the Bay Circuit Trail in Andover.

Past Events

When Where What
November 4, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
November 18, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
November 25, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
October 8, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Sunday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
October 9, 2023 1:00p - 4:00p Monday Meeting location will be shared with registration confirmation Guided Nature & History Hike on Indigenous People's Day 2023: Andover Center for History & Culture, AVIS, and Andover Conservation Commission offer a guided nature and history hike on Deer Jump and Retelle Reservations Join us for a Fall discovery of birds, plants, trees, ecology and those who settled here over the last 8,000 years, including the Pennacook Native peoples. Register here: https://andoverhistoryandculture.org/Public-Programs. Limited seats!
October 14, 2023, 10:00 am Goldsmith trailhead at 941 S.Main Street, Andover Goldsmith Woodlands: Come search with us for some of nature's treasures. The walk will be held, weather permitting, on October 14th. We will walk the wide, gently sloping trails of the reservation and then up the short hill to Bessie's Point, and on to Scout Hollow, if the group wishes. Let's see what we might find along the way! October is a beautiful time to explore the woodland.
October 14, 2023, 10am - 2:00 pm Ballardvale Ballardvale Day: Please visit the AVIS table in downtown Ballardvale, in the historic Ballardvale neighborhood of Andover. Learn about the history of Andover, take a guided hike, or just hang out.
October 21, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
September 28, 2023, 10:00 am, Saturday Shawsheen River & Vale Reservations Trails and Sails hike: Please join AVIS Trustee Denise Boucher in a hike through the Shawsheen River and Vale Reservations. Park on Abbot Bridge Drive
September 30, 2023, Saturday Downtown Andover Andover Day: please visit the AVIS table at Andover Day in downtown Andover.
September 30, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
October 1, 2023 4:00PM Sunday Bessie Goldsmith Reservation AVIS Fall Hike: Starting at 4:00 with a stop at Scout Hollow for a campfire, hot cider and donuts at 5:30 on the way back. Sunset is at 6:26 so it will start to get shadowy if not actually dark. We take the main trail back to the parking lot as it gets dusky.
September 24, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
September 15 to September 24, 2023 TBA Trails & Sails: This is an annual event all over Essex County. AVIS and other Andover organizations are participating in this celebration of culture, nature, and history by sponsoring a hike and other activities throughout town. Learn more at trailsandsails.org.
September 2, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
August 26, 2023, 9am-1pm, Saturday: South Church, Central Street, Andover Farmers Market; please visit the AVIS table at the Andover Farmers Market at South Church, Central Street, Andover
August 6, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Sunday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
August 19, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
Jul 1, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
July 15, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
July 29, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: Email Lynn at HamletofLynn@gmail.com to be put on the Eco Team email list. You’ll get up-to-date notifications about the location.
June 17, 2023 8:30 - 11:00AM Saturday TBA Invasive Plant identification and Removal Session: The AVIS Eco-Team will be joining forces members of Grow Native Massachusetts for an invasive plant identification and removal session. We will be tackling bittersweet and buckthorn using manual methods such as hand pulling, weed wrenches, hand saws, and buckthorn baggies. Please email Lynn at Hamletoflynn@gmail.com to be put on the mailing list for this and other Eco-Team events. It helps us know if you will attend to plan for tool needs.
May 7, 2023 8:30AM Sunday Shawsheen River Reservation, Central St between the RR bridge and the River Shawsheen River Reservation Garlic Mustard Pulling Event: Park on Abbott Bridge Drive and meet at the gated entrance to the Shawsheen River Reservation on Central Street at 8:30 am. Two years ago there was enough of this invasive plant to fill 23 garbage bags---let's see what we can remove this year! We welcome new and occasional volunteers. Please Email Eco-team Lead (hamletoflynn@gmail.com) for more information and to let us know you're coming so that we can have tools and gloves available for all.
May 6, 2023 9:30AM Saturday Arch at West Parish Cemetery @ 129 Reservation Rd Three Reservation walk: Come join us for a ~3.25 mile / ~2 hour hike across three of the most beautiful AVIS reservations. We will meander through the West Parish Meadow, around Baker’s Meadow and return via Indian Ridge Reservation. This will include a side trip to the Alice Buck Memorial for a short talk about one of Andover’s first conservationists. More than 145 species of birds, including herons, migrating ducks and nesting Canadian geese, have been observed in these reservations. The wetlands also provide vital habitat for muskrat, mink and beaver. Meet at the Arch at West Parish Cemetery @ 129 Reservation Rd, Andover, MA 01810 @ 9:20
April 18, 2023 10AM Tuesday Shawsheen River Hike Led by Trustee Mark Kaluzny, we will be hosting an easy fun hike at the Shawsheen River Reservation. Let's walk along the Shawsheen River and see which critters are back or waking up! Maybe we'll find Andover's famous "Octopus Tree"! Meet at the far end of the Ballardvale Communter parking lot at 195 Andover St, Andover MA.
April 17, 2023 10AM Monday West Parish Scavenger Hunt Cheryl McKeough, teacher and naturalist will be leading a fun scavenger hunts in the West Parish Reservation. We'll meet at the children's garden across from West Parish Church at 10:00AM, Monday, April 17, for an easy one-hour scavenger hunt and walk in nature. No dogs, please. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
April 11, 2023 6PM Tuesday Annual Meeting The Andover Village Improvement Society will hold its Annual Meeting at the Andover Town House on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 beginning at 6 PM. Cocktails and self-serve appetizers start at 6 PM (cash bar) followed by a buffet style dinner at 6:30. Learn more here
April 2, 2023 2PM Sunday Harold Rafton Hike Come join us for a ~2.75 mile / ~2 hour hike at the largest of the AVIS reservations. Maple, birch, oak, hickory and sassafras trees can be found in these serene woods. Tall white pines grow along the ridges and hilltops and the ski loop trail passes through lovely hemlock groves. The forest floor is carpeted with ferns, partridgeberry and teaberry. Deer, beaver, fox and numerous bird species have been observed here. Meet at the Andover Community Garden @ 265 High Plain Rd, Andover, MA 01810 at 2:00p.
April 1, 2023 8:30AM Saturday Weed Warriors Kickoff Meet at West Parish Church's parking lot at 8:30a. We'll have a guided hike for newcomers, while experianced team members get started on removing some glossy buckthorn and European honeysuckle.
Nov 5, 2022 9:00AM-3:00PM Memorial Hall Library Shawsheen River Master Plan - Community Design and Planning Charrette: Hands-on, on-site planning and design Brainstorming, group discussions, and sketching of key design elements related to priority projects on the Shawsheen River. Learn more here
Oct 15, 2022 10:00AM-2:00PM Ballardvale Day Ballardvale Day: Visit the AVIS booth in the historic Ballardvale neighborhood of Andover. Learn about the history of Andover, take a guided hike, or just hang out.
Sep 16 to 25, 2022 Trails & Sails Trails & Sails in an event all over Essex County, and AVIS is participating in this celebration of culture, nature, and history by sponsoring a hike through some of AVIS's best known reservations. Learn more here
Sep 17, 2022 9AM Saturday West Parish Cemetery Arch: 129, Reservation Rd, Andover MA Trails & Sails West Parish and Bakers Meadow Hike: Small group hike through a meadow, around a pond, along an old cart path and through a beautiful cemetery. Learn about how these properties became public land that is protected and maintained for passive recreation. The elevation will vary and trails are well marked and clear. Bring water, wear sturdy hiking shoes and protection from insects and sun.We will be walking on trails in the woods with some hills and uneven terrain. Distance covered is estimated at 3 miles. Heavy rain will cancel. Learn more here

Photos from Past Events