Who Goes There? Introduction to Animal Tracking for Families with Young Children

Sunday, February 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA

Animal tracking is a detective game where a story unfolds and a window opens into the world of animals around us. Join NRWA naturalists for "Who Goes There?" an introductory workshop on animal tracking designed for young children ages 4 to 10 and their families. We'll use animal tracks and clues to discover the secrets of our local winter wildlife through hands-on exploration. We'll make animal prints, play predator/prey relay, and take an adventurous hike on the NRWA property looking for signs of wildlife and imagining what takes place when we are not looking! The activity level is light to moderate, some off trail walking. Please dress in multiple layers, winter boots, and water resistant outer gear (snow pants or gators). Fee: $8/person or $24/family NRWA members, $10/person or $30/family non-members. Reservations are required; space is limited. To make reservations, 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.

Know Your Trees with Author Michael Wojtech

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 7:00- 9:00 p.m.

NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street, Groton, MA

Do you want to know more about the trees in your local woods? The traits most often used to describe tree species—leaves, buds, and twigs—are high and out of sight on most trees or, in the case of leaves, absent for half the year. Michael will explore bark, the tree characteristic that is always visible, in every season. In addition to learning about species identification, the audience will also begin to discover why such a variety of bark characteristics exists. Why do some species have smooth bark, while on others it is thick and broken? Why do layers of bark peel away in curly strips? These questions and more will be explored.

Michael is the author of Bark: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast. He is known for his animated lectures on tree identification and ecology in New England. He earned his Master's degree in Conservation Biology from Antioch New England.

This program is free and open to the public, made possible in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds' Lecture Fund.  Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Pam Gilfillan, NRWA Development Associate at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.