Natick Community Organic Farm
117 Eliot St Natick, MA 01760
Founded in 1974, The Natick Community Organic Farm is a non-profit, certified organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round.
Pegan Cove Park
Washington Avenue Natick, MA
Open dawn to dusk, Pegan Cove Park is owned by the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Management (within Cochituate State Park), and is managed jointly by the Natick Conservation Commission and the Natick Recreation and Parks Commission under a special, 25-year lease.
Pegan Cove is a lovely 22 acre park which includes at least 5 interesting habitat zones: meadow, stream, diverse woodlands, shore front on Pegan Cove (Lake Cochituate). This is a popular path for dog walkers and neighbors and is an easy 10 minute walk from Natick Center. This trail is maintained by the volunteer group Big Heart Little Feet Trail Buddies. There is a large parking area off of Washington Avenue just north of the railroad tracks.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary - Mass Audubon
280 Eliot Street Natick, MA 01760
An expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River, Broadmoor is an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife: dragonflies darting, turtles basking, otters leaving tracks in the mud or snow, and more than 150 species of birds. Broadmoor’s nine miles of Easy-to-rugged well-groomed trails lead you through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of vibrant streams, ponds, and marshland.
South Natick Dam
The South Natick Dam is a small dam on the Charles River set in a beautiful green park. The dam itself is an earth embankment that stretches approximately 300 feet. The spillway, visible from Mill Street, is concrete and is approximately 80 feet long and 8 feet high and is slightly curved inward. The dam marks the location of a former saw mill, so noted by a plaque on the Mill Street side stating that the dam was built in 1934 to replace a circa 1760 timber dam. In 1651, Reverend John Eliot had established the first and most successful Praying Indian town on these banks, and the American Indians lived and prayed at this location for several years, and likely fished here.
In addition to people walking around the park, fishers are often seen both below and above the dam. Canoeing and kayaking are very popular at this location, though you will have to bring your own craft. The Natick Outdoor Store in Natick Center about a mile and half to the north might rent or tell you where you can rent one.
The South Natick Dam Park, a multi-purpose area is a beautiful spot just south of the dam and intersection of Pleasant Street and Eliot Street. The park is also a nice place to walk, fish, launch a canoe or play basketball.
Hunnewell Town Forest
In the mid- 1850s, a large tract of land in what is now Natick and Wellesley passed out of the hands of the resident Indian tribes and was acquired by Horatio Hollis Hunnewell (1810-1902). In 1933, the Hunnewell family donated a 100-acre parcel between Bacon Street and Route 9 to the town of Natick. The Natick Town Forest is located in Natick, Massachusetts bordered by Worcester St. (Rt. 9) to the north and between Bacon St. to the south, Oak St. to the east, and Walnut St. to the west. Entrances to the forest are on Oak St. (parking available), Worcester Rd. (no parking available), and Bacon St (parking nearby). It is bordered by private land on three sides, please respect private property.
The entrance from Oak Street is 200 feet lower than the 322 feet height of Pleasant Hill, where the large Natick water tank is located. The varied topography of the Forest supports a wide variety of plant and animal communities. Here you will find evergreen-covered slopes, mixed hardwood forest, a small stream, a marsh and a small pond. This fact, plus the steep northeast slope of Pleasant Hill, has created an environment that encourages a wide variety of wildlife and plants - from waterfowl (ducks, geese, swans) in the pond to forest-loving birds in the tall trees on the hillside and the occasional red tail hawk soaring above the hill; otters and muskrats along the water to squirrels in the forest; and cattails and red (swamp) maples along the wetlands to mature white pine and eastern hemlock on the slopes.
Belkin Family Lookout Farm
89 Pleasant St. South South Natick, MA 01760
Over the years, Lookout Farm has become one of the oldest working farms in the country, and an important part of the history of South Natick. Originally, the land yielded beans, turnips, strawberries, and grapes.
Sassamon Trace Golf Course
233 South Main Street Natick, MA 01760
Sassamon Trace is a nine hole executive length golf course designed in the classic tradition. Sassamon Trace is located partially on the Natick landfill and an apple orchard in Sherbron. The picturesque setting gives Sassamon Trace Golf Course a unique feel. In addition to fantastic play, Sassamon gives players a numbers of options for season tickets as well as lessons.
Bacon Free Library
58 Eliot Street South Natick, MA 01760
The Bacon Free Library was established in 1880 and continues to provide the community with library services and programs today. The library provides its users with a charming blend of today's best-sellers, old fashioned friendliness, and modern technology in an historic neighborhood setting. Their riverside location offers the perfect spot to relax with a book or laptop computer. Through the Bacon Free Library, patrons have access to over five million items from the 40+ public & academic libraries of the Minuteman Library Network. The library also provides access to regional electronic databases and the internet. Ask us about obtaining any information or materials that you need.
The Bacon Free Library offers a variety of adult, child, and seasonal programs. Many of the library programs and collections are made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Bacon Free Library. The building also houses the Natick Historical Society Museum in the lower level, which offers a rich collection of artifacts and memorabilia of local significance.
Morse Institute Library
14 East Central Street Natick, MA 01760
The Morse Institute Library is the place where people of Natick and the Metrowest area can learn, enjoy and enrich their lives. Our mission is to provide free access to print and non-print materials and quality reference service to library users of all ages and abilities; to serve as a major educational resource with programs and hands-on learning opportunities for all residents of Natick and the MetroWest area; and to serve as a community and cultural center with meeting and exhibit spaces for individuals as well as municipal and civic groups.