Nature Walk in Mine Falls Park

Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 9:00 to 11:30 p.m., at Mine Falls Park, off Whipple Street, Nashua, NH

Spring is a wonderful time to get outdoors, to take in some fresh air, and to see what’s new. The NRWA invites the public to join naturalist Bruce Lund for a walk in the 325-acre Mine Falls Park – Nashua’s natural “Crown Jewel” park. This being the height of spring, we’ll look for spring wildflowers and nesting birds as we walk easy foot trails around an oxbow lake and its marshes, along the man-dug Nashua Power Canal, and over forested paths on the bank of the Nashua River. Mark Archambault from the NRWA, an avid birder, will be joining Bruce to co-lead this walk.

Regular walking footwear is all that’s needed – binoculars and cameras are welcome. Park and meet in the parking lot on Whipple Street in Nashua, NH.  The parking lot is on the opposite side of the street from the UPS facility (whose address is 3 Whipple Street).  View Google map and directions.

This walk is free and open to the public. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated for planning purposes.  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..

Birds of the Nashua River

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at Thayer Memorial Library, 717 Main Street in Lancaster, MA 

The Nashua River and its tributaries are part of the vital habitat for a wide variety of species of birds.  Join NRWA's Mark Archambault for this free presentation on the birds who make their homes along our rivers and streams, as well as those whose migration path is influenced by our waterways and surrounding habitat.  Mark will cover water birds as well as woodland and field birds. Learn about the Great Blue Heron, Spotted Sandpiper, Belted Kingfisher, Baltimore Oriole, and Yellow Warbler, to name a few. Mark will discuss their behaviors and habitat, and the importance of clean water and protected woodlands for their survival. Learn tips on identifying these birds by sight and sound when out paddling or walking.

Free and open to the public, this program, part of Thayer Library’s “H2O Series”, is funded by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Rosemary Davis Memorial Fund. For information, please contact Karen Silverthorn, Assistant Director at Thayer Memorial Library, at (978) 368-8928, ext. 4 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Protecting Townsend's Waterways

Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Road, Townsend, MA

The Squannacook River winds its way through the center of the community of Townsend, through Harbor Pond, on its journey to join with the Nashua River. What is being done to protect this beautiful waterway? Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director, and Kathryn Nelson, NRWA Water Monitoring Coordinator, will discuss the history of the cleanup of the Nashua River since the 1960’s, and the water quality issues facing Townsends‘s waterways today. Learn more about the Nashua River Wild & Scenic River Study (which includes the Squannacook River), NRWA’s monitoring program, habitat connectivity and paddling improvements in the Squannacook watershed, invasive aquatic plants such as water chestnut and milfoil, and efforts to curtail the spread of invasive plants. And there will be details about how you can get involved as a volunteer. Appropriate for adults and young adults. This presentation is free and open to the public, supported by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.  For more information, please contact Martha Morgan at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Birding Walk

Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. in Groton, MA

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.  To see some of these migrants and learn more about birds of our region, the public is invited to join Mark Archambault of the Nashua River Watershed Association for a free “Spring Birding Walk” in Groton  After meeting at the NRWA’s River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA at 8:00 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. This program is free and open to the public; pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes, but is not required.  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.

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.  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 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!