Lancaster Friends of the Nashua River Festival

Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cutler Field, Rt. 117, Lancaster, MA

The Lancaster Friends of the Nashua River sponsors this fun-filled celebration of the Nashua River. Enjoy guided canoe and kayak trips, take a walk with Henry David Thoreau, view nature displays, enjoy a delicious BBQ and ice cream, and participate in games. And, of course, NRWA will be there and we hope you stop by to say hello. A great family event! For more information, visit LFONR's website.

Groton Greenway River Festival 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Petapawag Boat Launch in Groton, MA

June is Rivers Month!  Come celebrate the Nashua River at the Groton Greenway River Festival 2015 sponsored by the Groton Greenway Committee!  Enjoy paddling, nature displays (be sure to stop by the NRWA display), live music including Native American drumming, and, of course, the famous cardboard canoe race. Great fun for the whole family!  Free parking at Deluxe Corporation, 500 Main Street in Groton with a free shuttle bus to the boat launch. Learn more on the Festival's Facebook page.

 

How to Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases in Humans and Pets

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Harvard Public Library, 4 Pond Road, Harvard, MA

This is the season for enjoying the outdoors, whether hiking, gardening, or just playing in the yard, but many of us have had contact with ticks, tick bites, and even Lyme disease. How can you protect your family and pets from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis? Come learn the latest information from a panel of experts from the fields of public health, wildlife biology, academic research, and veterinary medicine. Our panelists in Harvard will be Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; David Stainbrook, Mass Wildlife Deer Project Leader; and Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM, Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic. Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions to the panel. This is a rare opportunity to ask a group of experts questions specific to our region.

Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee, has been in the field of pharmacology for 40 years.  Dr. Roth-Schecter was a member of the state Commission that wrote: "Lyme Disease in Massachusetts: A Report Issued by the Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impacts of Lyme Disease" (February 28, 2013). David Stainbrook is the state's deer and moose biologist, responsible for managing deer and moose across the commonwealth. He has been with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife for over 3 years, and works out of the field headquarters in Westborough, MA.  He did his graduate work at Penn State University on wildlife management, with a focus on wildlife population dynamics of white-tailed deer. Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM received her degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and has been in practice for the past 17 years, opening the Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic in 2005.

Unable to attend on June 23rd? There are two additional "Tick Talk" panel presentations, attend the program that fits your schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Lunenburg Public Library with Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Amherst Dept. of Microbiology; and Dr. Kathy Trenholm, DVM, Ayer Animal Medical Center.  View program details.
  • Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Pepperell Public Library with Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; and Dr. Brad Smith, DVM, Pepperell Veterinary Hospital.  View program details.

The NRWA's "Tick Talk" series is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please specify the date and location of the program you wish to attend.

We hope you'll join us to learn about tick bite risk management.  We want to encourage everyone to get outdoors safely and connect with their local landscapes for their own well-being and that of the environment.

How to Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases in Humans and Pets

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Lawrence Public Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell, MA

This is the season for enjoying the outdoors, whether hiking, gardening, or just playing in the yard, but many of us have had contact with ticks, tick bites, and even Lyme disease. How can you protect your family and pets from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis? Come learn the latest information from a panel of experts from the fields of public health, wildlife biology, academic research, and veterinary medicine. Our panelists in Pepperell will be Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; and Dr. Brad Smith, DVM, Pepperell Veterinary Hospital. Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions to the panel. This is a rare opportunity to ask a group of experts questions specific to our region.

Dr. Catherine Brown is the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2006. Following 8 years of clinical practice in wildlife medicine, she was awarded a Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. In her current position she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee, has been in the field of pharmacology for 40 years.  Both Dr. Brown and Dr. Roth-Schecter were members of the state Commission that wrote: "Lyme Disease in Massachusetts: A Report Issued by the Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impacts of Lyme Disease" (February 28, 2013). Dr. Brad Smith, DVM, Pepperell Veterinary Hospital, has been practicing veterinary medicine for 30 years. He studied at the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Unable to attend on June 9th? There are two additional "Tick Talk" panel presentations, attend the program that fits your schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 p.m. at the Lunenburg Public Library with Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Amherst Dept. of Microbiology; and Dr. Kathy Trenholm, DVM, Ayer Animal Medical Center.  View program details.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Harvard Public Library with Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; David Stainbrook, Mass Wildlife Deer Project Leader; Dr. Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM, Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic. View program details.

The NRWA's "Tick Talk" series is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please specify the date and location of the program you wish to attend.

We hope you'll join us to learn about tick bite risk management.  We want to encourage everyone to get outdoors safely and connect with their local landscapes for their own well-being and that of the environment.

How to Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme and Other Tick-borne Diseases in Humans and Pets

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Lunenburg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA

This is the season for enjoying the outdoors, whether hiking, gardening, or just playing in the yard, but many of us have had contact with ticks, tick bites, and even Lyme disease. How can you protect your family and pets from tick bites and prevent tick-borne diseases like Lyme, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis? Come learn the latest information from a panel of experts from the fields of public health, wildlife biology, academic research, and veterinary medicine. Our panelists in Lunenburg will be Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Amherst Dept. of Microbiology; and Dr. Kathy Trenholm, DVM, Ayer Animal Medical Center. Their presentations will cover the life cycle of local ticks, local tick-borne diseases, disease transmission and symptoms in humans and pets, best practices to avoid tick bites, as well as efforts to control tick populations. There will also be a time for audience questions to the panel. This is a rare opportunity to ask a group of experts questions specific to our region.

Dr. Catherine Brown is the State Public Health Veterinarian at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2006. Following 8 years of clinical practice in wildlife medicine, she was awarded a Fellowship sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and prevention. In her current position she oversees surveillance and educational outreach on all zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. Dr. Brown was a member of the state Commission that wrote: "Lyme Disease in Massachusetts: A Report Issued by the Special Commission to Conduct an Investigation and Study of the Incidence and Impacts of Lyme Disease" (February 28, 2013). Dr. Stephen Rich, is a professor in the Department of Microbiology at UMass Amherst. His field of research is zoonotic diseases, which are those that originate and/or maintained in natural animal populations, but which occasionally spill over into human populations. He has had a focused study on Lyme disease, as well as on other emerging tick-borne diseases such as Anaplasma, Babesia, and Bartonella. Dr. Kathy Trenholm, DVM, is the owner of the Ayer Animal Medical Center where she has been a small animal practitioner for 27 years. She received her DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and her Masters Degree in Pathobiology from the University of Connecticut.

Unable to attend on June 2nd? There will be two additional "Tick Talk" panel presentations, attend the program that fits your schedule:

  • Tuesday, June 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Pepperell Public Library with Dr. Catherine Brown, MA Dept. of Public Health; Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; Dr. Brad Smith, DVM, Pepperell Veterinary Hospital.  See program details.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 p.m. at the Harvard Public Library with Dr. Barbara Roth-Schecter, Dover Board of Health & Lyme Disease Committee; David Stainbrook, Mass Wildlife Deer Project Leader; Dr. Dr. Michelle Bianco, DVM, Mid-State Mobile Veterinary Clinic.  See program details.

The NRWA's "Tick Talk" series is free and open to the public, made possible by a grant from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please specify the date and location of the program you wish to attend.

We hope you'll join us to learn about tick bite risk management.  We want to encourage everyone to get outdoors safely and connect with their local landscapes for their own well-being and that of the environment.

NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures

It's not too soon to think about summer programs for your children. NRWA's Summer Eco-Adventures will be back with these great options:

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14
June 23– June 26, 2015 (Tues. – Fri.), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Challenge yourself in nature with four adventurous, action-packed days of hiking Groton trails through numerous conservation properties, paddling the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends. Outdoor adventure at its best with River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members.

Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8
July 13 – July 16, 2015 (Mon. – Thurs.), from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Escape the heat of summer with a fun-filled four days all about water!! Collect aquatic critters from the Nashua River, make a fresh water aquarium, do water experiments, make mini-boats to race on mini streams, and stay cool each day with lots of water games. Perfect for nature & water loving kids! Program fees are $180 for NRWA members or $210 for non-members.

All Things Animal: Incredible Insects, Secretive Salamanders & Outrageous Otters for Ages 9 to 11
July 20 – July 23, 2015 (Mon. – Thurs.), from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Calling all animal lovers and nature explorers! From reptiles to mammals, this four-day program focuses on the amazing lives of our local wildlife. Collect fascinating insects, practice summer tracking skills, hike local trails and play animal camouflage games. Build animals homes and feeders with natural and recycled materials. Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.

Pre-registration is required; space is limited. To pre-register or for more information, please contact Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.