August Events at Breakheart Reservation

All programs are free and open to the public.  Bring water, use sunscreen/bug spray, dress in comfortable layers, and wear sturdy closed toe shoes. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Inclement weather cancels outdoor programs. For more information call 781-233-0834 or visit: Website https://www.mass.gov/locations/breakheart-reservation or email [email protected] Breakheart Reservation is located at 177 Forest Street in Saugus. Parking is free.  

Stories in Stone Hike 

Sunday, August 7, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Breakheart has been shaped not only by nature but by the many people who have called it home. Join our park interpreter to discover this history through the stone artifacts they left behind. This is a 2.5 mile, moderate hike along rocky trails, with several stops. Best for adults and older children with a keen interest in history. Meet outside the Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

Glacial Giants Hike 

Sunday, August 14, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Countless clues to a glacial past dot the landscape. If one knows where to look, this hidden geologic history can be revealed. Join our park interpreter to better understand the natural processes that have shaped our world. This is a 1.8 mile moderate hike along rocky trails, with several stops. Meet outside the Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

The Hidden Life of Trees

Sunday, August 28, 10:00am – 12:00pm 

Often what we do see of the natural world is less important than what we don’t see. Learn how trees communicate with each other and what lessons they have to teach. This is a 1.5 mile hike along rocky trails, with several stops. Meet outside the Visitor Center. 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels.

Hike N’ Seek

Mondays, 10:00am – 11:30am 

Adventure awaits! This program is for young hikers and their parents, best for ages 3-5. Join the park interpreter for a hands-on exploration of the plants and animals that call Breakheart home! Hikes are approximately 1 mile and are not accessible for strollers. Meet outside the Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

Breakheart Birding

Tuesdays, 9:00am – 11:00am 

Help our park interpreter identify and count the many different birds that visit Breakheart on this 2 mile hike. First time birders are welcome! Binoculars encouraged but not necessary. Best for adults and older children. Meet outside the Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

Full Moon Hike

Wednesday, August 10, 8:00pm-9:30pm

Registration Required — email [email protected]

The full moon has been a vital part of many cultures for centuries. This 1.5 mile night hike includes viewing the moonrise, an explanation of moon phases and moon cycles, as well as a campfire and night-time activities. Bring a flashlight and dress appropriately! Early registration is recommended as space is limited. Meet outside the Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

Off the Beaten Path

Saturday, August 6, 20, 10:00am-12:00pm

Join the Park Interpreter for this weekly hike! Each trip will highlight natural and historic features that make Breakheart unique. Hikes will range from 2—4 miles and travel on uneven and rocky terrain. Best for ages 8 and up. Meet outside the Visitor Center, 177 Forest Street, Saugus. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

Family Fishing 

Saturday, August 13, 27, 10:00am-11:30am

Join our park interpreter for a drop-in fishing program! Learn how to fish, what fish live in our ponds, and how to catch and release responsibly. Bait and a handful of rods will be provided but feel free to bring your own gear and fish with us and share your tips! No license required if fishing in this program. Most appropriate for children 5 years and up. Meet at the left side of Pearce Lake Beach. Tel. (781) 233-0834. Rain cancels. 

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Commissioner Doug Rice, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, our facilities, and our programs, please visit www.mass.gov/dcr.

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