Midwinter Mission: Cure Cabin Fever
NRWA February Vacation Eco-Adventure for 6 to 9 Year Olds 

February 22, 23, & 24, 2017 (Wed. thru Fri.) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

Children need outdoor time in nature more than ever during the long winter months. Come explore the exciting winter world with the Nashua River Watershed Association Eco-Adventures team this February vacation!  Children ages 6 to 9 from all communities are invited to join us for “Cure Cabin Fever,” on February 22, 23, & 24, 2017.  Daily treks, snow play, winter animal and plant investigations, snow experiments, winter detective skill building including tracking animals, fun games, and homemade hot chocolate with a story to round out the day. Join us for three action packed days of discovery and adventure!  The fee is $45/day for NRWA members, or $55/day for non-members. Sign up for one, two or all three days.  Pre-registration is required; space is limited. To register, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Director, or call (978) 448-0299.  

Who Goes There? Exploring the Winter Woodlands

Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Williams Barn Conservation property in Groton, MA

Join the Nashua River Watershed Association’s Eco-Adventure team for an exciting afternoon of winter wildlife investigations, “Who Goes There? Exploring the Winter Woodlands.” Discover the hidden signs of life in our local woodlands and wetlands with a guided exploration; get up close and personal with our animal mounts, skins and skulls. Learn how to identify wildlife clues and imagine the hidden stories behind tracks & signs.

This program is designed for all ages, great for families with children. The activity level is light to moderate with some off trail walking.  Attendees will need to dress for the weather: multiple layers, winter boots, and water resistant outer gear (snow pants or gators). For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed.  The fee is $8/person or $24/family NRWA members, $10/person or $30/family non-members.  Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Directions to Williams Barn will be provided upon registration.  To register, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Director, or call (978) 448-0299.  

Conserving the Wood Turtle

Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at NRWA River Resource Center, 529 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

The NRWA and Groton Turtle Conservation invite the public to join us for a free presentation by Michael Jones, state herpetologist, on the topic of “Conserving the Wood Turtle.” The North American wood turtle was probably one of the most common freshwater turtle species in eastern Massachusetts in the mid-1800s. In fact, some of the earliest scientific observations of wood turtle biology and abundance were made in the Nashua and Assabet Rivers by Louis Agassiz and Henry David Thoreau. By the 1970s, most populations in this area had been severely compromised by habitat fragmentation, collection of adults, and pollution. Remaining wood turtle populations tend to be very small, isolated, and declining, but a network of partners is working to conserve them at multiple scales, from the Nashua River watershed to the full extent of their range from Nova Scotia to Virginia, through land conservation, habitat management, and public outreach.

Mike Jones is the state herpetologist for MassWildlife. He has studied New England’s wonderful but imperiled wood turtles for 13 years and is co-chair of the Northeast Wood Turtle Working Group, which represents thirteen states and is dedicated to identifying and protecting significant wood turtle habitat from Maine to Virginia. Mike was a co-founder of American Turtle Observatory and has studied turtles, amphibians, plants, and natural communities in Mexico, the USA, and Canada. Mike is the co-author and editor (with Liz Willey) of Eastern Alpine Guide, an ecological account of alpine tundra; he is from Andover and lives in New Salem.

In the event of inclement weather, this presentation will be postponed to Thursday, February 9th; postponement to be posted on this NRWA’s website, by 4:00 p.m. on the date of the talk.  Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes.  To pre-register, please contact Wynne Treanor-Kvenvold, NRWA Communications Manager, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (978) 448-0299.

About our co-sponsors:  Groton Turtle Conservation is a donor supported volunteer group focused on protecting Groton’s turtle population through a variety of conservation projects and education programs. Learn more at www.grotonturtles.org.