The decade-long political feud between the British government and the American colonists, determined to retain their rights as British subjects, came to a devastating climax as British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19, 1775 at Lexington, Concord's North Bridge and on the long, bloody road back to Boston. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence that lasted more than eight years. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase the shot heard round the world to describe the significance of this event.
Minute Man National Historical Park encompasses 1,038 acres distributed in four distinct units located approximately 15 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts. The Concord River flows through the North Bridge Unit, while Route 2A traverses Battle Road Unit. The Wayside Unit preserves a home of authors including the Alcotts and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Barrett Farm Unit preserves the home of Colonel James Barrett, Commander of the Middlesex Militia. His farm was a key target of the British expedition on April 19th, 1775.
Long Term Monitoring Programs in the Park
Park Basline Inventories
The Inventory and Monitoring Program provides guidance, funding, and technical assistance for parks to complete a set of 12 baseline, or "basic", natural resource inventories. These basic inventories are common to all parks with significant natural resources, and are intended to provide park managers with the minimum information needed to effectively manage the natural resources of their park.
Park Species ListsSpecies lists are available from NPSpecies, the National Park Service's tool for documenting park biodiversity. Keep in mind that these species lists are a work-in-progress. Changes and updates are made as more species are shepherded through a rigorous vetting process. The absence of a species from a list produced with the tool below doesn't necessarily mean the species is absent from a park.
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Natural Resource Briefs for Minute Man NHPClick link below to view all the short briefs about the long-term monitoring and natural resouces of the park.
Non NPS Citizen Science Opportunities in the Park
Bird observations from eBirdMinute Man NHP has been set up in eBird as a birding "hotspot". Help the park bolster bird data by adding your bird obsevations to eBird when you visit the park. To view recent and historical bird observations in the park, cick here.
Species observations from iNaturalist
Last updated: September 24, 2020