Information and Publications from the
Marblehead Conservancy


Probably the most important of the Conservancy’s publications are trail maps. Maps make it easier to explore an unfamiliar place. Print them out and take them along in paper form or just view them on your smart phone. Many conservation areas feature map boxes at entrances so you can pick up a waterproof copy.

Follow the link below to open the Just Maps Overview page or use the Just Maps submenu to go directly to your favorite map:
Click to open the Just Maps Overview page

Hawthorn Pond Plant Guide

This two-page brochure on the plants at Hawthorn Pond was created by the students at Tower School in cooperation with the Marblehead Conservancy.

Click to open the Hawthorn Pond Plant Guide

Discovering Marblehead

Discovering Marblehead is a guide to the Open Spaces and Historic Places of Marblehead. It was published in 2001 and may be purchased at the Marblehead Conservancy tent at the Marblehead Farmers’ Market.

YouTube Channel

Stream video from the Marblehead Conservancy’s YouTube channel. You can watch a video on the history of the Robinson Farm and, courtesy of MHTV, you can watch some of the presentations sponsored by the Conservancy.

Click to open the Conservancy’s YouTube Channel

Web-based Guide to Invasive Plants

Learn about invasive plants – what they look like and how they can harm the environment in these online pages. An overview shows you the variety of invasive plants in Marblehead, and links take you to details pages that include photos, history, and additional information about invasives.

Click to open the web-based invasives guide

Information and Publications from
Other Sources

Books at Abbot Library

The Conservancy provides regular funding to the Abbot Public Library to purchase books of interest to both adults and children on nature, flora and fauna, and natural open spaces. Each book is designated with a special bookplate and books may be borrowed for home use. Here’s a list of just a few of the books available:

  • Reading the Forested Landscape by Tom Wessels
  • Bringing Nature Home by Douglas Tallamy
  • Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East by Carolyn Summers
  • Keeping a Nature Journal by Clare Walker Leslie
  • New England Hiking by Jacqueline Tourville
  • Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
  • Nests by Sharon Beals

Which Plants are Native?

Looking into historical records of area flora, then observing whether common insects, birds, and animals of the same area favor a particular plant of interest tells an observer whether the plant is, or has become, native. For more information, see:

New England Native Plants

During the Conservancy’s 2023 Annual Meeting, Lifetime Master Gardener Gretel Anspach gave a presentation on New England’s native plants.  She explained why native plants are important and provided detailed information about a wide variety of native plants, including many wildflowers.  Gretel graciously offered to share her presentation slides and script.  To access these documents click the following links:

New England Native Flora Presentation
New England Native Flora Script

Marblehead’s Emerald Necklace

Written by Marblehead’s Dennis Curtin, this eBook tells the story of Marblehead’s path along the former rail bed. This path connects many of Marblehead’s conservation areas and provides an excellent way to reach them by bike or on foot.

Click to open Marblehead’s Emerald Necklace

Town of Marblehead Open Space Plan

Encouraged by the state, Marblehead created a plan for the use of its open space and recreational areas. The plan includes an extensive survey of these areas as well as plans based on input from residents.

Click to open the plan on the Town’s website