Winter Zoom Series: The Six Ponds Region – Past, Present, and Future

February 8, 2024

Rooted in Resilience, the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe 

Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe's First Pow Wow held in 1928, at 128 Herring Pond Rd, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe Archives

Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe’s First Pow Wow held in 1928, at 128 Herring Pond Rd, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe Archives

Tuesday, February 27
With Jackie Saltalamacchia
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Discover the rich tapestry of history woven by the ancestors of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, who inhabited the lands surrounding present-day Plymouth for thousands of years prior to the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620. As the sole Tribe allotted lands in Plymouth, Massachusetts, their enduring connection persists with the continued ownership of land in the region. Join us on a journey through the captivating and storied history of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, a narrative that extends far beyond the pages of the past and resonates powerfully in the present day.

Mehtugq Week
(Jackie Saltalamacchia)

Mehtugq Week, also known as Jackie Saltalamacchia, proudly stands as a spirited firekeeper and embraces their identity as a Two-Spirit member of the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe (HPWT). Mehtugq draws inspiration and purpose from the deep connection to their lineage as a direct descendent of Sachem Quachattacett in the “royal” line of Monument Ponds/Herring Pond Wampanoags. Fueled by this ancestral connection, Mehtugq is motivated to channel their efforts with unwavering dedication towards the betterment of the HPWT. Click HERE for their full bio.




The Ninth Great Lot and the Six Ponds – Some Historical Notes

1889 USGS Map – Six Ponds Segment

Tuesday, March 26
With Sam Chapin
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Having spent many years in and around Long Pond listening to stories from his elders and currently residing in his grandparents’ house (who never threw anything away), Sam Chapin has a wealth of knowledge about the woods around Pinewoods Camp and life around Long Pond. Join us as he shares some stories, old photographs, and more.

Sam Chapin

Sam Chapin has been involved with Pinewoods Camp for many years in a variety of roles. He lives on Long Pond, where he spent summers as a child, the fourth generation of his family to do so. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board for Wildlands Trust and is the local historian extraordinaire.





The Biodiversity and Conservation of Six Ponds
Tuesday, April 23
With Karen Grey, Chris Jacobs, Steve French, and Blake Dinius
View the presentation HERE.

A Green Heron Stalks it's Prey at the Edge of Round Pond

A Green Heron Stalks it’s Prey on the Edge of Round Pond. Photo Credit: Chris Jacobs

Karen Grey, president of Wildlands Trust, will introduce the history and ongoing conservation efforts in the Six Ponds area. Following her presentation, a panel of educator naturalists will discuss the region’s flora and fauna, natural history, and its unique habitats.

Blake Dinius has spent over 15 years in insect research and education. Currently, Blake serves as the entomologist educator for Plymouth County Extension. He has a lifetime love of insects, spiders, centipedes, and all things entomology-related.

Karen Grey is the President and Executive Director of Wildlands Trust, headquartered on Long Pond Road in Plymouth. Wildlands Trust is one of Massachusetts’s oldest and largest land trusts, ensuring the protection of nearly 14,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands. As Chief Cook and Bottle Washer, Karen thoroughly enjoys her perch at the intersection of amazing humans and beautiful land.

Chris Jacobs is the Executive Director of Pinewoods Camp. In addition, Chris is a curious naturalist with a particular affinity for native plants and aquatic macroinvertebrates. She serves as the Vice President of Wild Ones – South Shore, MA Chapter, which promotes the use of native plant in gardens and landscapes.

Steve French is a Field Teacher in the Southeast Region for Mass Audubon. Prior to working for Mass Audubon, Steve volunteered for the organization for over 10 years in many capacities including membership on the Sanctuary Advisory Committee.  He is a Mass Audubon Field Naturalist Certificate Program graduate and retired small business owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Hanover. A graduate of Northeastern University with a background in Information Technology has been an active community member supporting conservation causes across South Shore.

Steve has been leading presentations, hikes, walks and excursions all over the Southeast utilizing his extensive knowledge of birds and regional history. His passions include nature, hiking and kayaking.



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