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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

Click on an event in the calendar to see the details on the event.

Note that most of our Monthly Meetings are recorded. Links to the recordings hosted by SudburyTV can be found on the Past Event Videos page.

September Exhibit of the Month

Turtles and Telemetry: Biology and Wildlife Conservation

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. This month’s exhibit will explore and celebrate the work of our biologists to protect our endangered and at risk wildlife.

September Movie of the Month

A Day in the Forest with Smokey the Bear

Do you know how to prevent man-made forest fires? Watch this short animated film to learn about the five rules of campfires. Movie of the month plays on a loop in the Visitor Center during regular hours throughout the month. (Runtime: 8 minutes).

Saturday, September 2, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, September 9, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, September 16, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, September 30, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

Help keep the refuge clear of invasive plants! Assabet Pulling Together (APT) will be removing invasive plants from Assabet River NWR each Saturday through the fall. Suggested attire is light-colored clothing, a hat, and work gloves. The Saturday work sessions are from 9:00 AM to noon. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

Please contact Dave Lange for more information.

Thursday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Kids Fishing Clinic

Have you ever wanted your kids to learn how to fish? The MassWildlife Angler Education Program will be providing equipment, tackle, and bait. Your children will learn the basics, from casting out to baiting up, followed by some real fishing. This program designed for beginners (children between the ages of 5-17), is at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Pre-registration is required; please contact Jim Lagacy at or 508-389-6309.

Sunday, September 17, 1:00 PM

Refuge Explorers

Calling all explorers: come join us for a monthly adventure! See nature come alive as we discover our surroundings and learn about the refuge from the pages of books to the forests and wetlands.

Refuge Explorers is a hands-on program for 6-10 year olds focused on getting kids outside and engaged in nature. Dress for the weather (rain or shine) and an adventure!

Family friendly, siblings welcome. Contact Ranger Katie at for more information.

Friday, September 22, 6:00 PM

Autumn Equinox Night Hike

With the Autumn Equinox comes the beginning of our fall season. Come join refuge staff for an evening hike as we explore the changing of the season and folklore surrounding the Equinox. Wear hiking apparel and bring a head-lamp. Contact Ranger Katie at for more information.

Saturday, September 23, 9:30 - 10:30 AM

Refuge Fledglings Hour — Nature-themed Program Series for Kids

Join Refuge staff for Refuge Fledglings Hour, a nature-themed program series that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month. This month’s theme will be on fish. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Programs are usually held the 4th Satirday of every month from 9:30am – 10:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.

Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: John Milhaven presenting Birding Around the Refuge

Have you ever wondered which birds in our area migrate, and why? Which birds are easiest to observe in our area as they migrate south through our area? Do tiny hummingbirds really fly to and from South America every year? And can stocking the feeders in my yard discourage the birds from migrating at all? Find out the answers to these and other questions at this FARNWR seminar presented by John Milhaven.

John Milhaven is an educator and amateur naturalist with a lifelong interest in natural history. He has birded on four continents and participated in scientific expeditions that monitored bird diversity in Ecuador. He previously worked as a researcher in the biotech industry and now teaches high school science.

Our monthly presentations are free and open to the public. The presentations are held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA (directions). Presentations are preceded by a short business meeting and light refreshments are served.

Saturday, September 30, 9:00 AM

National Public Lands Day: Invasive Plant Removal

Come join Assabet Pulling Together, a volunteer-led team focused on the removal of invasive flora, to celebrate National Public Lands Day through volunteerism!

Please contact Dave Lange for more information.

Saturday, September 30, 11:00 AM

Historic Bunker Tour

Join local historian Jan Wright for an informative slideshow followed by a tour of one of the ammunitions storage bunkers at Assabet River NWR. Only 30 spaces are available, to register please contact Jan at janicemariew@verizon.netv by September 17th at 3pm.


Outdoors This Week

The Friends posts our events to Outdoors This Week, a weekly listing of outdoor activities located west of Boston sponsored by local environmental organizations. Click here to subscribe.