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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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Recent Meetups

  • Yesterday · 10:00 AM

    Animal Detectives

    4 Friends of Myles Standish Forest

    The forest has a story to tell but you have to know how to read the language. Learn to read the story of animals in the forest by learning their tracks. On this fun and... Learn more

  • 2 days ago · 8:00 PM

    Owl Prowl

    9 Friends of Myles Standish Forest

    When the sun sets, owls take to the sky and rule the night forest. Come “hunt” these hunters on a night walk through the woods to see if we can hear or see some of these... Learn more

  • 3 days ago · 9:00 AM

    Cutter Field Bird Watch

    2 Friends of Myles Standish Forest

    As you have walked through the woods, have you wondered who is making all those beautiful songs, or caught a glimpse of streaking blue or orange or yellow in the sky and... Learn more

  • 4 days ago · 9:00 AM

    Curlew and Widgeon Ponds

    8 Friends of Myles Standish Forest | 5.00 | 11 Photos

    A tour of Curlew Pond and Widgeon Ponds. Our walks usually go for about two hours. We will start from the Rocky Pond bog parking lot off Bare Hill Road at 9am. Meet us... Learn more

  • 5 days ago · 7:00 PM

    Meeting the next threat to MSSF- the Southern Pine Beetle

    10 Friends of Myles Standish Forest | 5.00 | 3 Photos

    You are probably unaware of the danger to pitch pines posed by the Southern Pine Beetle.  The next lecture in our Centennial series will present Ken Gooch, DCR's... Learn more

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