Wild Edibles Walk with Russ Cohen in Pepperell

Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 6:00- 8:00 p.m.
Directions provided upon registration

The Nashua River watershed is home to over 100 species of edible wild plants, many of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. The NRWA and the Pepperell Conservation Commission invite the public to attend a free “Wild Edibles Walk” on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in Pepperell, MA.  Join expert forager Russ Cohen, author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, on a two-hour ramble at Nissitissit Meadows, 63 acres of town-owned conservation land boasting rolling agricultural fields, ponds, forested wetlands, floodplain, and Nissitissit River frontage.  Participants will learn tips for identifying wild edibles, seasons of availability, flavor and nutritive value, and preparation methods, along with guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. 

Russ has been featured on NPR’s “Here and Now”, and in Massachusetts Wildlife Magazine, Yankee Magazine and Edible Boston Magazine.  Together with pursuing his passion for gathering, eating and teaching people about wild edible plants, Russ also aspires to become a “Johnny Appleseed” for native edible species.  His goal is to more than match what he “takes,” in the form of edible nuts, berries, etc., with what he “gives,” in the form of propagating and planting edible native species, and assisting and partnering with others in this endeavor.  

For the comfort of all, dogs are not allowed. This walk is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.  The exact meeting location and directions will be provided upon registration. To pre-register and receive directions, or for more information, please contact Wynne Treanor-Kvenvold at the NRWA at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Calling All Teachers Grades 5 to 8! NRWA Offers FSU Grad Course this Summer

July 11 thru July 15, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Based at the NRWA's River Resource Center parking lot, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA 

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will be leading a graduate credit 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 5-8 to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Draft Revised Standards. This course is being offered through Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2016.  The course will run from July 11 through July 15, 2016, 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.  Successful completion of the course will earn 3 Graduate Credits from Fitchburg State University. The course costs $285.  

Candidates will practice using the publication Nashua River Watershed Investigations for Grades 5-8: 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.

Space is limited; be sure to register today to reserve your spot. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2015.  To register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Director. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures

The Nashua River Watershed Association is offering Summer Eco-Adventures for children ages 6 to 14, four day outdoor programs, each a small group experience.  Based at the NRWA River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton, MA and nearby conservation areas, these programs are open to NRWA members and non-members from all communities.  Space is limited; be sure to reserve your space today.

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14
June 27– June 30, 2016 (Mon. – Thurs.), 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. 


Animal Adventures: Discover Forest, Field and Wetland Creatures for Ages 9 to 11
July 18 – July 21, 2016 (Mon. – Thurs.), from 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 habitats. Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.


Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8
July 25– July 28,2016 (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.

To register, or for more information about NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures, please contact Gaynor Bigelbach, NRWA Education Assistant, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.