2014 Bradner Preserve Family Treasure Hunt

September 27th, 2014

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bradner Preserve, located on Gardner Road in Richmond

The Richmond Rural Preservation Land Trust (RRPLT) invites the community to a Treasure Hunt at the Bradner Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, anytime between 10 am to 2 pm. Bring the kids to explore a beautiful outdoor area while looking for hidden “treasures” scattered throughout the Preserve. The treasures will be stickers hidden in a little box. Every family will be given a map of the trails and a list of clues. Each family that finds five or more separate treasures wins a free box of Kenyon’s Stone Ground White Corn Johnny Cake Meal, donated by the Kenyon Grist Mill.

RRPLT is a municipal land trust that preserves and manages open space for the Town of Richmond. The Bradner Preserve was donated to the RRPLT in 2000 by the Bradner family. This 64-acre parcel contains the headwaters of the Glen Rock Brook; beautiful stone walls; beech, pine and oak groves; a wolf tree and interesting ledge outcrops, including a hanging rock. The trails are fairly easy, with a few small hills to climb and two wooden footbridges to cross.

Directions: From Rt. 138, go north on Hillsdale Road for 3.3 miles. Take a right onto Hoxie Road and follow for 1 mile to the intersection with Gardner Road. Take a right onto Gardner. The trailhead is a small clearing on the right, about 2/10 of a mile south of the intersection.

Parking Info: There is a small parking area for up to 4 mid-sized cars. Additional vehicles can park along the sides of Gardner Road.

Props to the RI Youth Conservation League

The Rhode Island Youth Conservation League helped the Land Trust build the first bridge on our Bradner Preserve.

Great bunch of people — and, man, what hard workers! You can learn a little bit more about their conservation efforts in this video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLsrWatAUBs

New trail at the Crawley Preserve

Take a hike. On the new Red Trail at Crawley. It starts to the left of the kiosk and tracks pretty much up the middle of the preserve through some interesting terrain, including some beech grove, boulder and ledge patches, and a short brook-side segment.

Just follow the red blazes.

Download our Crawley and Bradner Preserve trail maps
http://www.edc.uri.edu/personal/pete/rrplt/crawleymap.pdfhttp://www.edc.uri.edu/personal/pete/rrplt/bradnermap.pdf
Join us for some trail improvement at the Bradner Preserve on Saturday March 17 from 8:30 until around 1:00 or so. Rain date is March 18. We’re planning to:
add stepping stones to wet areas on the trail
putting Land Trust signs at key border areas
mark a new existing trail
cut brush as needed (minimal)
possibly blaze a new trail (or at least mark it)

Bring work gloves, water and snacks. Although we’re sticking mostly to an established trail, ticks may be out, so dress appropriately. Meet at the Bradner Preserve parking area on Gardner Road, about 1/8 mile south of the intersection with Hoxie Road.


Contact Andy Webb at awebb@andrewwebb.com to sign up. 
 
Join us for some trail improvement at the Bradner Preserve on Saturday March 17 from 8:30 until around 1:00 or so. Rain date is March 18. We’re planning to:
  • add stepping stones to wet areas on the trail
  • putting Land Trust signs at key border areas
  • mark a new existing trail
  • cut brush as needed (minimal)
  • possibly blaze a new trail (or at least mark it)

Bring work gloves, water and snacks. Although we’re sticking mostly to an established trail, ticks may be out, so dress appropriately. Meet at the Bradner Preserve parking area on Gardner Road, about 1/8 mile south of the intersection with Hoxie Road.

Contact Andy Webb at awebb@andrewwebb.com to sign up. 
 
Photo Contest Awards Ceremony: The Richmond Conservation Commission will hold its  awards ceremony at 4:00 on Saturday, February 4th, at the Clark Memorial Library, located at 7 Pinehurst Drive in Richmond.
Come on down to see some great work and meet the photographers.

Photo Contest Awards Ceremony: The Richmond Conservation Commission will hold its  awards ceremony at 4:00 on Saturday, February 4th, at the Clark Memorial Library, located at 7 Pinehurst Drive in Richmond.

Come on down to see some great work and meet the photographers.


If you want to see the stars, you’ve got to turn off the lights. Check out the free movie at Clark Library, sponsored by our good buddies on the Conservation Commission.

If you want to see the stars, you’ve got to turn off the lights. Check out the free movie at Clark Library, sponsored by our good buddies on the Conservation Commission.

We officially dedicated the Bradner Preserve on November 12. After Town Council President Joe Reddish cut the ribbon, members of the land trust, Joe and friends of the land trust hiked the preserve’s two trails totaling about 1.3 miles.

We invite everyone to go out and hike this great preserve. There’s a parking lot on Gardner Road between the intersections with Hoxie and Hog House Hill Roads. Look for the green kiosk. Happy trails.

The second bridge was completed in early October. John, a great volunteer on the left and three land trust trustees prove that the thing can take some weight.

The second bridge was completed in early October. John, a great volunteer on the left and three land trust trustees prove that the thing can take some weight.

Building Bridge II on Bradner Sept 24

The Land Trust will construct the second bridge on the Bradner Preserve on Saturday, Sept. 24 starting at 8:30 a.m.

If you want to enjoy some classic RI woodland and get a little exercise, not to mention catching a great vibe after creating a fine architectural wonder, come join us.

Bradner has a very interesting glacial erratic (I learned this term from a geologist friend and use it every chance I get) perched high on a rock outcropping.

Unfortunately, Bradner also experiences young teenagers with paint cans from time to time.