Earlier this year, I became a board member of the Greater Worcester Land Trust. As the youngest member on the board, this was a somewhat intimidating prospect at first, but I’ve slowly become accustomed to the position. It has been a rewarding experience that has opened my eyes to conservation and recreation in ways I never would have imagined. 

The GWLT is a non-profit conservation organization based in Worcester, Massachusetts that has helped to preserve myriad properties in and around the city. One such property is Broad Meadow Brook. Deemed “Your Sanctuary in the City,” it is a Massachusetts Audubon Society property, but the Land Trust holds a Conservation Restriction on the Property.

On a beautiful blue Christmas day, Lauren and I parked at the visitor center on Massasoit Road and began our jog through the pristine city wilderness. There wasn’t a drop of snow left on the ground sans a few icy patches here and there. We took the Holdredge Trail to the Frog Pond Trail and then cut over to the Sprague Trail up the hill and caught up with the Power Line Trail.

The Power Line Trail had perfect footing, so we opted to take it all the way to the Cardinal Trail, where we made a brief stop at the Quarry Overlook and then headed back down toward the Troiano Brookside Trail, which follows along the scenic Broad Meadow Brook on a nearly flat trail.

We followed the signs back toward the visitor’s center over the Lady Slipper Trail, with a run of just over 4 miles. It’s definitely a place I plan on coming back to and am grateful there is such a place located in the heart of the city.