Natick High School Forest

Natick High School Forest

Photos by Maya Dutta

On Saturday September 30, 2023 we planted Natick’s first Miyawaki Forest at Natick High School! Sign up to volunteer here.

We are so excited to bring another pocket forest to life with the help of the community, high school, and municipality. We will share information, updates, and photos on the forest as it progresses, so stay tuned!

About the Forest

The Miyawaki Forest is an ultra dense, biodiverse pocket forest that recreates the complexity of natural forests and the relationships and processes that help them grow strong and resilient. By giving home to a vast array of native species, they boost the biodiversity of the area and nurture pollinators, supporting and restoring ecosystems.

They sequester carbon in the soil, reduce air pollution and soil contamination, improve water absorption to buffer against flooding and erosion, and cool the surrounding area to mitigate the urban heat island effect. They also create a living classroom for people and communities to learn about native ecology, engage in stewardship, and experience the interconnectedness of the natural world.

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Many Thanks

To Claire Rundelli and the Town of Natick; Art Goodhind and Natick Department of Public Works; Natick Trails and Forest Stewardship Committee; Natick High School; and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) Accelerating Climate Resiliency Program for their support of this project.

Thank you to the Natick community – to our amazing volunteers, team leaders, and all those who supported this project.