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Rob Thieler knows Buzzards Bay. In addition to being a coastal geologist, Rob dives into the Bay regularly as a member of the Chappy Swimmers, and he is preparing for his ninth Buzzards Bay Swim with fellow members Meredith Gilson and Joe Hebert.

Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary

Sample the diversity of Martha’s Vineyard habitats with a visit to Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary, located on the island’s north shore in West Tisbury. Trails here range through woods and wetlands, past small ponds to coastal shrublands and a rocky beach. This property is managed by the Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation.

Blackwater Pond Reservation

Savor the serenity to be found in the woods and along the shore of this strand of ponds that empty into Blackwater Brook. Whether you want to fish, walk the trails, go for a paddle, or simply sit on a bench and drink in the peacefulness, this Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission property delivers.

The Brickyard

Explore the remnants of a 19th century industrial site perched on the rocky shores of Vineyard Sound. Journeying to the site is an adventure that necessarily begins at the neighboring Menemsha Hills preserve, walking over wooded hills, past marshes and an imposing sandy bluff, to reach this historic location managed by The Trustees.

Great Rock Bight Preserve

Discover one of Martha’s Vineyard’s better-kept secrets—a set of wide, graceful trails that wind through open meadows and woodlands to a sandy beach as well as looping around upland ponds. This property managed by the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank Commission also serves as the first stop on the Martha’s Vineyard African American Heritage Trail.