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We hold volunteer-led group hikes and birding events at various locations in and around the vast Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth and Carver, Massachusetts. You can see that MSSF dwarfs all other parks in the area.

For most of the year, we have a regular group that goes out hiking on Thursday mornings after sharing a hearty breakfast. We also have a group that goes out with their dogs on some Sundays.  Other hikes are offered whenever we have leaders available. (Want company? Suggest a Meetup.)

Bird watching and other bird support activities when the birds allow.  We are approaching our 900th Meetup since our group started using Meetup in 2009. Clearly, we're having fun and hope you will join us.


Members of the Friends are also currently working on various stewardship projects such as:

    installing and monitoring bluebird boxes or

    our Pine Barrens Community Initiative, which raises and sells native plants unique to the pine barrens of Southeast Massachusetts.

    trail maintenance-- there are many miles of trails in the forest

    Our annual free Family Fishing Derby in September, in cooperation with Mass Wildlife and the DCR and with the help of many local sponsors, drew more than 500 people this year.

Visit the Friends of Myles Standish web page to find out more about these activities and please consider obtaining a membership, which is only $10, to support them.  (Registering on the Meetup is free. Membership in the Friends is completely optional.)

This Meetup Group is sponsored by the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest (FMSSF). a volunteer group charity organization founded in 2007.  We are private individuals who want to bring interesting and fun hikes, bird-watching programs and other events for all ages to Myles Standish State Forest, the largest state forest in eastern Massachusetts-- a park as big as many of the towns that surround it.

We often work closely with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on clearing trails and many other projects but this group is not sponsored by the DCR or the State of Massachusetts.

All ages are welcome on our hikes as long as parents/guardians are with any younger hikers. Friendly leashed dogs are welcome on most hikes.  If you love hiking or birding you will discover that MSSF has some great places to explore. Where else in Massachusetts can you find vistas that make you think you are in the Southwestern U.S.?

Again, please consider joining our Friends group. Basic membership is only $10 per year.  Visit the Friends of Myles Standish web page to find out more about us.

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Happy Centennial

Recent Meetups

  • 2 days ago · 1:00 PM

    A Tale of Two Roosevelts: A MSSF Centennial Program

    2 Friends of Myles Standish Forest

    In honor of Memorial Day we pay tribute to the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt with a program about these two men who directly and indirectly contributed to the... Learn more

  • 2 days ago · 12:00 PM

    Plymouth Airport Bird Walk

    5 Friends of Myles Standish Forest | 5.00

    Once a year the club is granted access to the airfield inside the perimeter fence. This usually increases our chances of observing grassland bird species, most notably... Learn more

  • 2 days ago · 11:00 AM

    sunday dog hike

    7 Friends of Myles Standish Forest | 5.00

    we plan to explore the area around three cornered pond and the ccc camp and wherever we end up.this area is the heart of the forest.bring food and water for both you and... Learn more

  • 2 days ago · 10:00 AM

    Animal Detectives

    3 Friends of Myles Standish Forest | 4.00 | 3 Photos

    Animal tracks tell the story of wildlife in the forest. Where they go, what they eat, and who’s trying to eat them. Come enjoy the story of the animals of Myles Standish... Learn more

  • 2 days ago · 6:30 AM

    Plymouth Long Beach Bird Walk!

    2 Friends of Myles Standish Forest

    Join us on our annual early morning bird walk on Plymouth's Long Beach.  Last year,  2000+ swirling birds and 49 species made it worth the early trip. We will be off... Learn more

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