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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.

August 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.

August 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, August 5, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, August 12, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, August 19, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, August 26, 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.

Sunday, August 20, 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.

Wednesday, August 23, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Adult Fishing Clinic

This is an adult only “learn to fish” clinic designed for beginners at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. This event is hosted by MassWildlife in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Jim Lagacy at or 508-389-6309.

Saturday, August 26, 9:30 AM - 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 Saturday of every month from 9:30am – 10:30 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.