The Quincy Salt Marsh Trail is a half-mile long self-guiding nature walk designed to showcase the major plant and animal species that find their homes in and around the Quincy salt marsh. Whether you are involved in a major ecological research project or simply out for a leisurely stroll on a pleasant summer day, this guide will help you use the numbered markers along the trail to identify noteworthy plant and animal habitats.
Each season brings its own visual treats. As early as May you can see many flowers dotting the landscape. In summer and early fall, the colors of the marsh reach their peak and provide magnificent views.
Originally designed and constructed in 1973 by Eagle Scout Charles Phelan Junior, with the assistance of Quincy Boy Scout Troop #20, the Quincy Salt Marsh Trail was updated and restored in 1999 through the efforts of local educators at the Beechwood Knoll Elementary School, located at the edge of the marsh. With the help of school principal Kathleen Morris and parent and community member Maureen McCarron, Beechwood Knoll Elementary School teacher Brenda Shore put together a committee of school staff, parents and community members to work on the restoration project.
Under the direction of Ms. Shore, students at Beechwood Knoll Elementary School currently use the marsh as a living laboratory for school and after school science enrichment activities. Furthermore, students have been invited to adopt the trail and become its caretakers.
The Quincy Salt Marsh Trail, along with the surrounding marshland, is under the protection of the Quincy Conservation Commission. The Commission is dedicated to keeping this land preserved in its natural state for the enjoyment and benefit of all the citizens of Quincy.
Enjoy your walk!