"We Can Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World" with Author Ellen Moyer

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at the NRWA River Resourc Center, 592 Main Street in Groton, MA

Creating a high-tech and high-nature way of life can expand our health and happiness, and spark an economic boom. That is the premise of author Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. P.E., and the subject of her presentation, “We Can Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World” on Wednesday, June 6, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton, MA.

Ellen’s talk will feature specific practical, effective, and enjoyable actions we can take now to help us and our world prosper while addressing current environmental challenges. Ellen is the author of “Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to Thrive While Creating a Sustainable World”. Her book will be available for purchase and signing. She is a registered professional engineer with a BA in anthropology, an MS in environmental engineering, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering. She helps government agencies and Fortune 500 companies clean up hazardous waste sites, prevent environmental problems, analyze impacts, and provide educational outreach. Learn more about Ellen.

This program is free and open to the public, made possible in part by a grant from the Groton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Pre-registration is requested but not required; to pre-register, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call 978-448-0299.

 

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2018 Tick Talk: "One Bite Can Change Your Life"

Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Upper Town Hall, 13 Ayer Road in Harvard, MA

Larry Dapsis, Entomologist, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, will speak on the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, and incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses. A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard, and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable. Larry will also explain why Barnstable County is the only county in the state where the incidence rate of Lyme is not increasing.

Larry Dapsis has been an Entomologist since age five. He holds a B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology from Fitchburg State University and an M.S. in Entomology from UMass Amherst. He has thirty-six years of professional pest management experience (including of vegetables, cranberries, and household insects). He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as the Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist, and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.

This free public talk is organized by the Harvard Board of Health, and co-sponsored by the Harvard Board of Health, Harvard Conservation Commission, the Harvard Conservation Trust, and the Nashua River Watershed Association.

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NRWA FSU Grad/PDP Course for Teachers Grades K thru 8

Monday, July 9 thru Friday, July 13, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Based at NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt.119), Groton, MA

Paddle, hike, and explore a schoolyard while earning graduate or PDP credits thru Fitchburg State University during the Nashua River Watershed Association’s summer course for teachers, “NRWA Watershed Investigations Course: Connecting Watersheds and 2016 MA Science & Technology/ Engineering Standards”.  The course will allow graduate level and/or in-service teachers, grades Kindergarten thru 8, to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Draft Revised Standards. This course, offered through Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2018, will run from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be based at the NRWA’s River Resource Center located at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA.  Candidates will practice using the publication Nashua River Watershed Investigations for Grades K-8: Connecting Watersheds to the 2016 MA Science and Technology/ Engineering Standards, including 27 lessons ready for classroom use. They will learn through hands-on outdoor science lessons, presentations from NRWA scientists, and collaboration with peers. Candidates will also design a science unit including a self-designed research project with measurable data collection. Outdoor excursions will include a short canoe trip, walks through several forested areas, and explorations in a schoolyard. The cost is $600 for 3 graduate credits from Fitchburg State University, or $400 for 37.5 PDPs.  Space is limited; be sure to register today to reserve your spot. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2018.  To register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Associate.  

Summer Eco-adventures for Ages 6 to 14 Years Old

See dates by program below
Based at NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt.119), Groton, MA

Make your plans now to register for the Nashua River Watershed Association’s popular Summer Eco-adventures for youth. These small group programs are led by NRWA professional educators/naturalists.  Sign up soon; space is limited. 

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14
June 25 – June 28, 2018 (Mon. –Thurs.) 9:00 a.m. – 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 $210 for NRWA members or $240 for non-members.

Animal Adventures: Discover the Creatures of Our Forests, Fields, and Wetlands for Ages 9 to 11
July 16 – July 19, 2018 (Mon. –Thurs.) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Calling all animal lovers and nature explorers!  From reptiles to mammals, this 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. Discover how our local wildlife has adapted to live and thrive in these three distinct habitants. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members.

Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8
July 23– July 26, 2018 (Mon. –Thurs.) 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Escape the heat of summer with four fun-filled 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 $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.

All programs are based at the Nashua River Watershed Association River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119), in Groton.  Pre-registration is required. Space is limited! To register This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Assistant.