Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Youth for Ages 11 to 14

June 26 – June 29,2017 (Mon -Thu) 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Young teens are invited to challenge themselves in nature with four adventurous, action-packed days led by the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA).  Enjoy days of hiking on trails through conservation properties in Groton, paddling on the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends.  “Wilderness Summer Survival Week” for ages 11 thru 14 will be based at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton. This small group adventure is led by NRWA’s River Classroom Director, Stacey Chilcoat. The fee for this four-day program is $200 for NRWA members, and $230 for non-members.  Space is limited; pre-registration is required. To register email Gaynor Bigelbach, NRWA Environmental Education Assistant, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (978) 448-0299. 

Water Chestnut Pull: Volunteers Needed

Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Pepperell Pond in Groton/Pepperell, MA

Volunteers are needed on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from 9:00 to noon, to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Nashua River in Pepperell. Water chestnuts have spread to over 100 acres in the Pepperell Pond impoundment in the Nashua River. However, volunteers working from canoes and kayaks have been critical in keeping the plants from taking hold in new areas.  View a 3-minute video about last year's pull.

Gathering baskets and maps will be provided. Nashoba Paddler LLC in West Groton, MA will be providing a limited number of canoes for use at no charge on a "first call, first served" basis (see contact info below to reserve a canoe). Recommended: work clothes, shoes and gloves that can get dirty and wet (plants have sharp seeds), sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Volunteers may bring their own boat and equipment. PFDs (life vests) are required. 

·            To reserve a canoe you must call Nashoba Paddler at 978-448-8699 before June 25th.

·            Put-in is located adjacent to the Kemp horse track, 120 River Road (Rte. 111), Pepperell. Look for sign on the road across the street from the Pepperell Town Forest access.

·            Advanced sign-up for the event is required. Contact Martha Morgan, Nashua River Watershed Association’s Water Programs Director at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978-448-0299 for more information and to register. Liability waivers must be signed to participate.

Partners in the project are the Nashua River Watershed Association, Nashoba Paddler, Ducks Unlimited, and the Groton Greenway Committee. Your help on June 25th will be much appreciated!  

NRWA FSU Grad/PDP Course for Teachers Grades 3 thru 8

Monday, July 10 thru Friday, July 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

The Nashua River Watershed Association will lead a course for teachers this summer through Fitchburg State University. “NRWA Watershed Investigations Course: Connecting Watersheds and 2016 MA Science & Technology/ Engineering Standards” will allow graduate level and/or in-service teachers grades 3-8 to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Draft Revised Standards. This course, offered through Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2017, will run from July 10 through July 14, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 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 3-8: Connecting Watersheds to the 2016 MA Science and Technology/Engineering Standards, including 12 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, 2017.  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 Youth for Ages 6 to 14

Get ready for summer!  Registration is open for Nashua River Watershed Association’s popular Summer Eco-adventure programs.  Your children will enjoy days of fun science, outdoor adventure, and making new friends. These small group programs are each led by NRWA professional educators/naturalists.  Sign up soon; space is limited.

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11- 14
June 26 – June 29,2017 (Mon -Thu) 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 6-8
July 17– July 20,2017 (Mon - Thu) 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.

Animal Adventures: Discover the creatures that share our forests, fields and wetlands
July 24 – July 27, 2017 (Mon – Thu) 9:00 a.m. to 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 $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.  WAITLIST ONLY

Wee Play: Nature Detectives for Ages 6-7
Joint program with Nashoba Paddler’s Wee Paddle 3-day Camp
Tuesday, August 1 & Thursday, August 3, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The NRWA is offering two land-based outdoor adventure days for children participating in Nashoba Paddler’s Wee Paddle 3-day camp which runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday during this same week. Children will explore woods and fields, collect aquatic insects, play eco-games, and learn about the local wildlife. These two days are open to all families but will expand the outdoor fun for Nashoba Paddler Wee Paddle Campers interested in a full week of adventure! Program fees are $75 for NRWA members or $90 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, or (978) 448-0299.