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Horn Pond
 Horn Pond Conservation Area - Features

Horn Pond
Native American name: Innitou, which meant "Mirror of the Spirit"
Area of the Pond: 133 acres
Area of surrounding conservation area: 500 acres
Habitats: Lake, pond, stream, cattail marsh, bog, dry oak-hickory woods, open fields and reclaimed sandpit.
 
Horn Pond Mountain
Native American name: Towanda
Height: 287 feet above sea level.
Area: 40 acres.
Habitats: Dry oak-hickory woods, open grassy slopes, rocky outcrops, a small loosestrife swamp and the old reservoir with a little water in the bottom; a great place for studying geology.
The Woburn Conservation Commission oversees the Horn Pond Conservation Area. 

Click here to view an interactive map of Horn Pond 

 Whatever the Season, There's Always Something to Do at Horn Pond

In springtime, bring your kids to see the many baby ducks, geese and swans. But as cute as they are, please don't feed these birds, as it is not good for them or for Horn Pond. To learn more about why it is not good to feel wild waterfowl, see the 'How You Can Help' section of this website.

Photo by Paula Labbe

In summer, join one of the guided nature walks organized by WREN or other area environmental groups.

Shown here: Gerry Kehoe, a local naturalist, leading a nature walk through Ice House Park and the lagoon sections of the Horn Pond Conservation area on June 19, 2004. The group of children, accompanied by their parents and other WREN members, learned about Horn Pond and its history during the days of ice harvesting at the pond. They also viewed and identified many species of plants and wildlife.

In autumn, you don't need to drive north to enjoy those spectacular New England colors...

Photo by Paula Labbe

And during a winter walk you can experience Horn Pond as few people do. You will see people skating, ice fishing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing ...

And at any time of year, stop your car on Arlington Rd. and take in one of those spectacular Horn Pond sunsets!

Photo by Joe Brown

Further deliberations along the trail.

From left to right: Bruce Benton, Gerry Kehoe, David Kehoe and Sally Ryken. Photo by Mark Rosenblum.

 August 2005 - Wildlife Habitat at Horn Pond.
Woburn as a city has many attractions, but few can compare to the Horn Pond Reservation. Most people know the spectacular lake with a trail that you can circle in about an hour on foot. At the western end of the lake there is a thicket, a concentration of natural habitat that keeps the place alive with birdsong. Adjacent to that is the lagoon, the smaller and shallower pond where the swans nest. Beyond that are wooded trails winding past still pools, climbing over glacial eskers, and through meadows and hills. At the eastern end of the lake is Horn Pond Mountain. There a brisk climb leads to hillside meadows filled with uncommon prairie warblers in the early summer, and where red-tailed hawks scan for prey from the power line towers.

 "Winitihooloo" A Horn Pond Landmark is Missing!
Horn Pond's well known Native American statue, Winitihooloo, has been missing since July 2009.

Following are photos of Winitihooloo's unveiling at Horn Pond:

Sunday, May 1, 2005 , "Winitihooloo", the newly created cast of the carved Native American at Horn Pond was unveiled during a ceremony attended by Mayor John Curran, Conservation Commissioners Mike Benenate and John Tancredi, several Native Americans and WREN members and friends.

Mayor Curran and Justin Gordon unveiled Winitihooloo. The original carving was done by Justin Gordon on Conservation Day in 1999. After several years, the wood carving was deteriorating from rot and insect damage. Before it was permanently lost, the Woburn Conservation Commission decided to have a resin mold made to replace the original carving.

Mike Benenate, Chairman of the Woburn Conservation Commission addressed the crowd. The carving was originally removed from Horn Pond and taken to the well known Skylight Studios in Woburn. There, a more durable resin cast was created. The new cast is now mounted on a cement slab at the same spot where the original carving was located. It looks exactly like the original carving.
Several Native Americans were on hand at the unveiling to say a prayer and to bless the new statue. They also performed several native songs during the festivities.

The Native Americans were very appreciative and touched by Mr. Gordon's work and presented him with a 'Flying Eagle' Indian Blanket. The gift was presented by 'Grandmother Guiding Hawk' (Barbara Casey)

Many thanks go out to Mike Benenate and the Conservation Commission for commissioning this renovation, to Bob Shure and the Skylight Studios for their expertise and generous contribution of all the labor costs involved, to Tom Brady for arranging for the many arborist that came in 1999 on Conservation Day to do thousands of dollars of tree work to the Horn Pond area and of course to Justin Gordon (who was part of that team) for his skills and artistry creating this wonderful artwork.
 Horn Pond Photo Album
Horn Pond Sunset by Doug Robitaille
March 7, 2005
Photo by Gang Liu

This photo of a swan at Horn Pond was taken by Gang Liu this past winter.

A visiting scientist, Mr. Liu currently resides in Woburn. He enjoy's walking and taking photos at the Horn Pond Conservation area and plans to have a garden plot at the Community Gardens.

Pictured to the right is a photo of 'Winitihooloo' at its original location in the Horn Pond Conservation area in Woburn. The photo was taken in the Winter of 2003.
'A fly fisherman casting into the setting sun'
Photo by: Mark Rosenblum