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Friends president Betsy Griffin received a Certificate of Special Recognition for the Friends work from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at the Fourth Annual River Day on Sunday, September 12th The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit that works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives, recreational and educational goals and support diverse programs related to the Refuge.

We promote educational programs related to the Refuge and natural history of the area. We organize events and programs that help make the refuge more available to the public. We work with Refuge staff to help improve the refuge. This work also provides an opportunity for members to get to know the refuge.


Friends Annual Meeting and Monthly Speaker Series

On Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 PM, at our Friends Annual Meeting, OARS will talk about Water Chestnut Mapping of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers. read more »

Special Talks This Month

On Saturday April 5th, hear from Jared Green and learn about the threatened turtles of Massachusetts and how local communities and schools are working to save them. read more »

On Sunday April 6th, join citizen activist Marion Stoddart for a screening of Work of 1000. The film tells the exhilarating story of Marion's work to clean-up the Nashua River. Marion will lead a discussion after the film. read more »

Walks and Kids Programs

Spring is coming, albeit slowly and we have both indoor and outdoor activities are scheduled for April! read more »

April is new member month. During April, receive a gift with a new membership. Already a member? Bring a friend to the Nature Store to sign-up and you both receive a gift. See our membership page.

Help Save Blanding's Turtles

Since 2006, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has made an effort to establish a new population of Blanding's turtles (a threatened species) at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by moving juveniles and hatchlings from Oxbow NWR.

Funding is urgently needed to help continue this conservation effort. Please consider helping fund this effort with a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends.

For information see Save the Blanding's Turtle.

See the Refuge OnlineMore information »

We've been photographing the wildlife on the refuge. Check out our wildlife photo gallery and see the refuge through the eyes of talented local photographers. read more »

Eagle Scout Project Installs Five Benches on the Refuge

Eagle Scout candidate Austin Heisey installed five benches at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Austin led a team of Scouts from Troop 61, parents, and friends to construct and install the benches at the Refuge for his Eagle Scout Project. read more »

Naturalist Educator Training with Stephen DeFlorio

November 2nd was the last session of Stephen DeFlorio’s Four Season Naturalist Educator Training Series. It was another great session and learning experience for all involved. read more »

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Boosts Local Economy

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts generated nearly $2.1 million for Middlesex and Suffolk counties in Fiscal Year 2011, according to a new economic analysis. read more »

Scouts Wage an Epic Battle Against Alien Invaders

On Saturday June 8th, Girl Scouts, Boy scouts, Cub scouts, Brownies a few siblings and 20 adult leaders and parents participated in invasive plant training and removal at the Assabet River NWR. read more »

Saving Blanding's Turtles

The Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the Friends of the Oxbow NWR are collaborating to provide much needed funding for the conservation of Blanding's turtles. And the MetroWest Daily News covered Hudson School children's contribution to the conservation of the turtles. read more »

Friends Awarded Every Day Event Grant

With generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) has awarded the Friends an Every Day Event Grant to further our mission of engaging the community to learn about, use and enjoy the more »

A Place to Rest and Enjoy the View

Mark Tentarelli of Sudbury as his Eagle Scout project built three benches which are now artfully located on the refuge. Come take a walk, sit for a spell, and take in the more »

Last Update: April 14, 2014