Spring Bird Walk in Groton

Saturday, May 7, 2015, from 7:00- 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the NRWA's River Resource Center parking lot, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton at 7:00 a.m

Early May heralds the beginning of the 'high season' of spring migration, when many species of neo-tropical migrant birds including warblers, vireos, orioles, flycatchers, swallows and others start to arrive in Massachusetts. The public is invited to join Mark Archambault of the NRWA on a free guided Spring Bird Walk beginning at 7:00 a.m. and running to approximately 10:30 a.m. Whether you're interest in birding is newly found, or you are an experienced birder, Mark's walk will be of interest as we look for a wide variety of species, discuss their habitat needs, and what makes our watershed so valuable to these migrating bird populations. This walk will be on easy, relatively level terrain, at a slow to moderate pace.

After meeting at the NRWA’s River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA at 7:00 a.m., participants will bird one or more locations in Groton, including Surrenden Farm/General Fields and either the Nashua River Rail Trail or Groton Woods. Please bring binoculars, a field guide, drinks and snacks for a few hours, and dress appropriately for a field walk including sturdy shoes and mosquito/tick bite protection. Children over 10 are welcome accompanied by an adult. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed.

In the event of a steady rain on Saturday, the event will be held the next day on Sunday, May 8. This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes, but is not required. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


River Ecology and Aquatic Insect Investigation

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 1:00- 2:00 p.m.
Boat ramp on Nashua River off Stadium Drive in Nashua, NH

Did you know that Dragonflies spend the first years of their lives hunting at the bottom of the river? Did you know that a Water Scorpion has a tail like a snorkel?  The NRWA invites the public, including families, scout groups and seniors, to a free “River Ecology and Aquatic Insect Investigation” in Nashua, NH. Learn more fun facts…. Giant Water Bugs carry their young on their backs, and Whirligig beetles have two sets of eyes to see above and below the water at the same time. Explore the busy, and diverse, world below the surface of the Nashua River with this hands-on science program for the whole family. Using our picture guides, and live samples, our educator will show you how to identify these marvellous and ingenious aquatic insects. Find out what they tell us about the health of our water systems and use our kid-friendly Magiscopes to see for yourselves how amazing they really are!  This could be a fun family outing during NH school vacation week. We will meet at the boat ramp on the Nashua River off Stadium Drive near Stellos Stadium in Nashua.  For more information, or to sign up, please contact Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Funding for this free program is provided by BAE Systems.