NRWA FSU Grad/PDP Course for Teachers Grades 5 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 5-8 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 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.

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.

Orientation and Training for Water Monitoring Volunteers

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will launch its 25th season of water monitoring this year. On the evening of Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the NRWA will be holding an Orientation and Training session for those interested in learning more about water monitoring and volunteer opportunities. Interested volunteers may be asked to monitor a new site  (Shirley and Ayer), join an existing team, or be a back-up when monitors are not available. New sites are considered based on data needs, volunteer availability, and funding. Sign-up for this program is recommended by March 31st.  

Monitoring will start on the morning of Saturday, April 15th, and continue on each third Saturday of the month through October at approximately 43 sites on rivers and streams in fourteen watershed communities in MA and NH. Water samples taken in the field are delivered to labs in Pepperell or Devens by 9:30am for testing by NRWA staff and lab volunteers.  

To sign-up or for questions, please contact Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To view the 2016 River Report Card or watch a video about streamside monitoring, created by NRWA volunteer monitors from Shirley.

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

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.