Due to the Governor’s emergency order limiting gatherings more than 25 people due to the coronavirus, the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) has closed the Parsons Reserve and its daffodil field for the 2020 season as of Tuesday, March 24. 

The entire Parsons Reserve will be closed. DNRT has blocked trails and will be monitoring the property to enforce the closure. Police will also be patrolling the area.

According to DNRT Executive Director, Dexter Mead, the daffodil field typically attracts 8,000 to 10,000 people over a three-week period. “While we know that many people love the daffodils, we also know that limiting contact between people will save lives,” said Mead.

DNRT Development and Outreach Specialist Kendra Murray added, “The daffodils will be back next year. In the meantime, you can enjoy our other Reserves, but please be sure to follow appropriate guidelines for protecting yourself and others, including not coming within six feet of another person.”

A couple of years ago, my twin sister took a family trip to see the daffodils at the reserve and that is where my now brother-in-law asked her to marry him with a little help from their infant son, Hudson. He was wearing a hand-decorated onesie that read, "Mommy, will you marry my daddy?"

Kayla Joyce Faria via Facebook
Kayla Joyce Faria via Facebook

The daffodils hold a special place for us, and I’m sad that we won’t be able to visit this year. However, it is the responsible decision by DNRT and I thank them for protecting the community from COVID-19. Even though the public will not be allowed to visit this beautiful, Insta-worthy location in 2020, might you consider still making a donation of two dollars to help maintain the reserve? You can also become a member HERE.

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