Invasive Water Chestnut Pull on Nashua River in Pepperell, MA

Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Pepperell, MA

Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Pepperell, MA, to help scout and pull water chestnuts, an invasive exotic weed, from the Nashua River in Pepperell. Gathering baskets and maps will be provided. Nashoba Paddler LLC in West Groton, MA will be providing a limited number of canoes for use at no charge on a "first call, first served" basis (see contact info below to reserve a canoe). Recommended: work clothes, shoes and gloves that can get wet (plants have sharp seeds), sunscreen, bug spray, and water. Volunteers may bring their own boat and equipment. PFDs (life vests) are required.

  • To reserve a canoe you must call Nashoba Paddler at 978-448-8699 before June 25th.
  • Put-in is located adjacent to the Kemp horse track, 120 River Road (Rte. 111), Pepperell. Look for sign on the road across the street from the Pepperell Town Forest access.
  • Advanced sign-up for the event is required. Contact Martha Morgan, NRWA Water Programs Director at (978) 448-0299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to register. Liability waivers must be signed to participate.

Partners in the project are the Nashua River Watershed Association, Nashoba Paddler, Ducks Unlimited, and the Groton Greenway Committee; the project is funded in part by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. Your help on June 25th will be much appreciated! 

If you cannot make this pull day, there will be additional opportunities to paddle and scout for water chestnuts in small groups with NRWA staff in your own boat (or a rented boat from Nashoba Paddler) beginning Thursday, July 7th. Stay tuned for more information.


Calling All Teachers Grades 5 to 8! NRWA Offers FSU Grad Course this Summer

July 11 thru July 15, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Based at the NRWA's River Resource Center parking lot, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA 

The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) will be leading a graduate credit 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 is being offered through Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2016.  The course will run from July 11 through July 15, 2016, 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.  Successful completion of the course will earn 3 Graduate Credits from Fitchburg State University. The course costs $285.  

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.

Space is limited; be sure to register today to reserve your spot. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2015.  To register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Director. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

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-- FULL to capacity; taking waitlist
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 Gaynor Bigelbach, NRWA Education Assistant, at (978) 448-0299, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.