Local Earth Day 2017 Clean-ups

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd!  Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to help out with a local clean-up?  Here are a few that we are aware of:

Groton Grange Annual Town Wide Litter Clean Up and Bike Drive

Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday April 23, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Earth Day with your friends and neighbors at Groton Grange #7 during our Annual Town Wide Litter Clean Up. Meet at Prescott School, Main Street in Groton, MA for gloves, trash bags, and choose a street to clean. Return bags to dumpsters located at Prescott School parking lot.  On Saturday from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Bikes not Bombs (BNB) will be accepting your old, unwanted bikes to be repurposed, recycled, and kept out of the trash stream. BNB ships bikes overseas to economic development projects through International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.  https://bikesnotbombs.org/bike-drive/1358  The Bike Drive is Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ONLY!  Call if you would like someone to pick up your bike!  Information will be available from Friends of the Tree Warden's Arbor Day celebration.  Refreshments available.  For more information:  George 978-448-3715 or Brad 978-448-3418

2nd Annual Harvard Town-wide Trash Cleanup

Thursday, April 27 thru Sunday, April 30, 2017 in Harvard, MA

The second annual Harvard Town-wide Trash Cleanup is taking place April 27-30, and the Harvard Trash Committee hopes to include the Nashua River this year. A recent hike on the River Trail in Harvard by Committee members revealed both submerged and floating/snagged items (including basketballs!) visible in the river. The Committee is looking for individuals with a canoe or kayak who can volunteer an hour to collect hard to reach litter in the river. Sturdy yellow trash bags and disposable gloves will be provided.  Boats can be launched from the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge boat launch at the bottom of Still River Depot Road in Harvard.  Trash can be collected and filled yellow bags can be deposited at the Refuge parking lot near the boat launch by the evening of Sunday, April 30th.  The bags will be collected by Harvard DPW on Monday, May 1st. Gloves and bags will be handed out at the Harvard Congregational Church on Wednesday, April 16th from  2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, April 29th from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  For sign-up information, please contact the Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nashua River Rail Trail Clean-up for Park Serve Day

Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the Nashua River Rail Trail

Lend a hand for this year’s Annual Park Serve Day sponsored by the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation, MA State Parks.  This is a day of state-wide volunteer service at MA state parks.  The Friends of the Nashua River Rail Trail are looking for volunteers to help get the trail in shape for the new season.  Meet at the Sand Hill Parking lot on Nod Road, in Groton MA where we’ll organize for clean-up along the length of the trail from Ayer, MA to Nashua, NH.  Help pick up litter and debris along the Trail. Bring your gloves, and maybe rake or shovel, if you have one.  Along with clearing up the trail surface, we'll work on sprucing up kiosks, and checking trail signage.  To sign-up, or for more information about the Friends of the Nashua River Rail Trail, please contact Duane Cromwell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Ayer Town-wide Clean-up

Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Meet up at Depot Square on Main Street in Ayer.  Join your friends and neighbors, to Keep Ayer (and the Rail Trail) Beautiful! In addition to town streets, parks and other areas, we will include designated cleanup spots along the Nashua River Rail Trail. Reserve your cleanup spots ahead of time at http://tinyurl.com/kab2017 or just stop by Depot Square to register and to pick up trash bags and gloves. Students will receive community service hours for volunteering. We also welcome scout groups, houses of worship and local businesses to get involved. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 978-496-4839 for more info. Help make a difference right here in Ayer!