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Jan 21

Focus on Nature Walk: the Cascades

January 21, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Cascades in winter

The first of several free guided “Focus on Nature” walks in the woods, by the river, or in other pockets of nature in or bordering Malden. Bring your camera or phone. Free and open to all.

This particular walk will be to the Cascades, a small water fall located in the Middlesex Fells at the border of Melrose and Malden.

1/21, 10:30-12:00pm – the Cascades – part of the fells 

For a bit of an overview about this wonderful spot, check out this delightful video produced by Wonderland Spectacle.

  • Name of site visiting: Cascades Middlesex Fells 
  • Address Goodyear Ave
  • Guide: Ose Schwab, UMA staff, nature appreciator and amateur phone photographer
  • Focus: To see a local waterfall from bottom, top and all around, capture pictures and video, learn about its origin and destination.
  • Ideal for: anyone able to manuever slight inclined trail in the woods. Unfortunately, not accessible by wheelchair.
  • Directions: Go to Goodyear St., off of Washington St.

Overview of the series of walks

From January 21, 2023 through and including March 18, UMA will be offering the public free guided “focus on nature” walks in the woods, by the river, or in other pockets of nature in or bordering Malden. The purpose of these walks is to invite the local community to discover, experience, and share the nature we have close by with others. It is also intended as an opportunity to connect with others and possibly generate and curate crowdsourced media of our natural treasures over time. 

What to bring 

  • Camera or phone to take photos or videos
  • Sketch pad – if you are so inclined 
  • Weather appropriate clothing 
  • Binoculars for certain sites 

Who are these walks ideal for 

  • During winter, those who do not mind a bit of cold. 
  • Anyone who feels able to maneuver a walk in the woods for one to 1 ½ hour with consideration for temperature.  The pace will be slow as a group, however, there will be no restrictions on folks moving ahead more quickly. 
  • Some walks will be specified as wheel chair accessible.
  • Children with caregivers are absolutely welcome! 

Logistics of meetup 

  • To sign up, please RSVP as indicated on the UMA event listing. 
  • We will always provide a parking location and exact meetup location. 
  • We will always provide a bit of history about the site. 
  • If inclement weather, we will post cancellation on the UMA event page, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by 9am that same day.  

Future walks (not exhaustive or conclusive)

  • Forest Dale Cemetary trail
  • Flagg Acroes
  • Knox Memorial Woods
  • River’s Edge (Medford)
  • Middlesex Fells: a variety of starting points forthcoming including: Woodland Ave, East Border Road, etc.

Photo: the Cascades in winter Courtesy Ose Schwab. Excerpt from a video.



January 21, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST
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Middlesex Fells – the Cascades
Goodyear St.
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