Open Space Committee




June 23   9:30pm -12:00pm 

Carey Park, River Road, Merrimac

The Merrimac Open Space Committee invites you to a 'plein air' hosted by Merrimac School art teacher Drew Dupre!
Draw, paint, and sketch with other art enthusiasts on the bank of the Merrimac River.
                                            All abilities welcome
                                            Ages 15 and up
                                            Please bring your own supplies

                    Registration is required. Email Drew at

What is 'plein air' painting? Simply put it is painting outdoors! 


It was a beautiful spring morning for our guided walk on the Marshview Trail 

Many thanks to ecologist Tim Simmons for sharing his knowledge of the marsh habitat and for helping participants identify the many spring flowers we saw and the bird songs we heard. 

Using Cornell Ornithology Lab's Merlin app, we were able to identify the songs many birds including the American Redstart, Red-eyed vireo, Ovenbird, Great Crested Flycatcher and Red-winged blackbird to name just a few! Wildlife photographer, Ken Hilts, brought his telescopic lens to try to capture some images of these elusive birds.

Many thanks to all of you who joined us!

Volunteer Opportunities with the Open Space Committee

Become a friend to Merrimac's trails and open spaces!

The Open Space Committee is an all volunteer group. We can always use volunteers to help maintain our trails, participate in events, and help us to preserve Merrimac's open spaces. For more information and descriptions of some of the volunteer opportunities available go to: Volunteer Opportunities.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, send an email to:

Become a Junior Ecologist!

Learn about tree and bird identification, beaver habitats, animal tracking and more as you explore Merrimac's trails. Complete and submit your Activity Journals to the Open Space Committee to earn levels and prizes. For more information and to download Activity Journals and trail maps click here


Meetings are currently being held in Sargents Hall on the last Tuesday of the month. Click on the agenda for the time of the meeting.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to Identify and help to preserve open space, recreational and trail opportunities in Merrimac. We work to increase public awareness of these open spaces to make good use of them for a wide range of activities such as, organized sports, hiking, biking, walking, birding and horseback riding.


  • Carrie Rennie, Chair
  • Lucy Abisalih, Vice Chair
  • Dawn Ackerman, Treasurer
  • Sandra Venner, Secretary
  • Mary Ann Glennon
  • Jennifer Mansfield
  • Brian Mulvaney
  • Susan Simmons

Contact Us

Open Space Committee
4 School St
Merrimac, MA 01860