Soil Safari: Exploring Nature's Own Water Filter

Part of the H2O Series at Thayer Memorial Library

October 18, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street, Lancaster, MA

As part of Thayer Memorial’s “H2O Series”, the NRWA will be presenting “Soil Safari” at the library in Lancaster. NRWA’s education staff leads this discovery of the essential role of soil in maintaining the health of our rivers, ponds, lakes, streams and wetlands. Using experimentation and observation skills, participants will explore soil by visiting stations set up around the library classroom and interacting with materials. Soil stations include: Soil Alive!; In the Mix: Making Soil; A Worm’s Eye View: Up Close and Personal with Soil, Clay, and Sand; How Water Shapes the World: Erosion Experiments; Touchpoints: How Soil is Made; Erosion Test; Life Below the Surface; Water Holding Properties: Compare & Contrast Analysis. This free program is open to the public, funded by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund. For more information, please contact Karen Silverthorn, Assistant Director at Thayer Memorial Library, at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Heart Healthy Trail Walk in Shirley, MA

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

All are invited to join the NRWA for our free Heart Healthy Trails walk on Tuesday evening, September 27th, beginning at 5:30 p.m., when we’ll explore the Esker Trail in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge in Shirley. We’ll take a short, approximately 20-minute, guided walk on a trail that is appropriate for easy or moderate activity levels. The meeting location to start will be at the intersection of Walker Road with Filter Bed Road in Ayer.  There is parking on Filter Bed Road.  View a Google map. This trail tour is free, open to all ages and all communities. Join us for exercise and to experience the beauty of our local trails.

As part of its Heart Healthy Trails project, the NRWA is seeking to introduce people to trails in their own “greater backyard” that are accessible to everyone, even those with some physical limitations, including young children or elders. The goal of the project is to identify easy to moderately strenuous trails to help people feel comfortable that they know the location of the trailhead and parking areas, and to motivate people to make walking on these trails part of a healthy exercise routine. The NRWA encourages everyone to get outdoors and connect with the natural world for their own well-being and that of the environment. The NRWA’s Heart Healthy Trails project is funded by a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

This walk will take place rain or shine, but will be postponed in the event of severe storms; postponement will be posted on this website, by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the walk. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..