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Bird Park to host reindeer hide-and-seek

Bird Park in Walpole is hosting a wintry hide-and-seek — the Bird Park Reindeer Quest, from Dec. 1 to Jan. 6 — when four wooden reindeer sculptures will hide in the 89-acre park, waiting to be found and decorated with bells.

Visitors can get the bells at the Bird Park office, and place them around the necks of Charlie, Anna, Billy, and Birdy — named after the family who endowed the park in 1925.

“We did the quest for the first time last year,” said park spokeswoman Maura O’Gara. “It’s a nice way to get out and explore the park in colder weather.”

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The park has more than 3 miles of walking paths, as well as three ponds, tennis courts, and a playground.

Local industrialist Charles Sumner Bird Sr. and his wife, Anna, created the public park in memory of their oldest son, Francis William Bird, who died in the 1918 influenza epidemic. The Trustees of Reservations took control of the property in 2003.

More information about the quest and the park is available at thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/bird-park.html.


Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.