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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.

May Exhibit of the Month

Assabet River NWR: A River, a Railroad and a Robin

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. This month focuses on the varied history of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, so please stop by to check out some of the artifacts that have graced the Refuge property over the last several hundred years.

May Movie of the Month

America's Darling: The Story of Jay N. “Ding” Darling

Ding Darling, a Pulitzer award winning cartoonist, was an integral part of the formation of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the man behind the Federal Duck Stamp. Watch to learn more about how Darling was an important figure in the early conservation movement in the United States. (Runtime: 75 minutes).

Movie of the month plays on loop in the Visitor Center during regular hours throughout the month.

Sunday May 7, 11:00 AM

Hidden Treasures 2017: Historic Bunker Tour

Join local historian Jan Wright for an informative slideshow, talk and tour of one of the ammunitions storage bunkers at Assabet River NWR. This event is part of the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s 2017 Hidden Treasures celebration.

Space is limited, so please RSVP with name and number of members in party to

Saturday, May 13, 7:00 AM

Spring Migration Bird Walk

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day with a bird walk at Assabet River NWR. Meet in the parking area by the Visitor Center at 7AM. For further information contact Laura Lane at 508-480-8259.

Saturday, May 13, 11:00 AM

Red Maple Trail Celebration at Great Meadows NWR

Join us at Refuge Headquarters at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury to celebrate our new universally accessible boardwalk on International Migratory Bird Day! Festivities include: Guest Speakers, Refreshments, Property Tour, and more!

Saturday, May 13, 5:00 PM

Hidden Treasures 2017: Turtles, Thoreau and Transendentalism: How American Environmentalism was Hatched in Massachusetts at Great Meadows NWR

Take a walk with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service as we investigate the intersection between modern conservation and classical poetry. This event is part of the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s 2017 Hidden Treasures celebration.

Meet at the information kiosk at the Concord Impoundments at Great Meadows NWR in Concord. Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd. Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right. Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end. GPS: 177 Monsen Rd., Concord, MA abutter to refuge driveway.

Space is limited. Reserve your spot by emailing your name and number of members of party to by May 7th.

Wednesday, May 24, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Friends Annual Meeting and Presentation: Ed Sterling presenting The History of the Central Massachusetts Railroad

Ed Sterling will discuss the history of the Central Massachusetts Railroad, known as "The Central Mass" from its beginnings in the post-Civil War years to its sad end in 1980. Using both physical and digital maps, and many photos, he will take the audience from Boston out to Clinton. Stopping at the various stations and depots, we will see the stations as they were, where they were located, and as they appear today where possible. He will describe operations of the railroad in its role supplying the Sudbury Ammo Bunkers. As time permits, the virtual tour of the line will likely stop at Clinton and the Wachusett Dam, although the railroad went all the way out to Northampton.

Ed Sterling has had a lifelong interest in trains and railroads. He grew up in Vermont in the twilight of steam locomotive operations on the Central Vermont railway. His family has always had a large Lionel train layout in their homes. He currently collects large Lionel Standard Gauge trains from the 1920s and 1930s.

The presentation will be preceded by the Friends Annual Meeting. 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).

Friday, May 26, 10:30 - 11:30 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 cover snakes. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Programs are usually held the 4th Friday of every month from 10:30am – 11:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.


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.