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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.

June Exhibit of the Month

Art and the Refuge: How Art and Conservation Work Together

Stop by the Visitor Center during regular hours and see our new monthly exhibit. This month focuses on art and photography inspired by the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge.

June Movie of the Month

Leave No Trace

This month’s movie explains the principles of the Leave No Trace program. Movie of the month plays on a loop in the Visitor Center during regular hours throughout the month. (Runtime: 9:30 minutes).

Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 10, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 17, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 24, 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. 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.

Saturday, June 3, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Family Day at the Refuge (Drumlin Farm Summer Camp Open House)

There will be family activities throughout the day ranging from face painting and storytelling to live animal presentations. This day is co-sponsored with Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Day Camp so come learn about summer camp at the refuge as well as getting outside to learn about the natural environment! This is a fun filled day to get to know the refuge and to find out why it is a wonderful place for families to visit.

Friday, June 9, 7:00 PM

Full Moon Nature Walk: A Sense of Place at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey to savor the light and energy of the full moon as it stirs the spirit of Great Meadows this spring. We've had a cool and moody season, but the song birds are back, snakes and turtles are basking, hatchlings are venturing forth, and flowers are bountiful. Dress in warming layers for the cool spring breezes that blow.

This will be Cherrie's last scheduled public walk before she heads off for the green hills of Vermont.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required.

Meet at the information kiosk 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.

Questions? see sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email or call 978-760-1933.

Please note: Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks. However, we encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.

Saturday, June 17, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annual Fishing Event and Riverfest Activities at Great Meadows NWR

Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities. Events will be held rain or shine at the Refuge Headquarters.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Plein Air Painting: Art instructor Cecilia Sharma’s free watercolor workshop with demonstration and personal instruction. Get inspired from nature by painting in Plein air while learning to capture the illusion of light and depth in your landscape painting.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Calling All Anglers: Beginners and experienced anglers come join MassWildlife’s angler expert Jim Lagacy to learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast, and even tie your own fly. All equipment will be provided. This event qualifies as a free fishing day, so state fishing licenses are not required to participate.

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Family Fun for Everyone: Join refuge staff in games, crafts, and face painting, or go for a hike on the new accessible boardwalk trail to discover the variety of riverine habitats.

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Wildlife-Up Close and Personal: Join Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native wildlife, birds and reptiles that live along the banks of the rivers and depend on a healthy habitat.

1:00 PM Snakes of New England and the World: See a variety of local snakes close up, and a few exotic ones too. Rick Roth, Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will bring some of his favorites and talk about their lives and habits.

1:00 PM RIVERUKE: A ukulele meetup at Riverfest: Come celebrate the joys of rivers with your ukulele! Bring a stand, and a seat; please download chord charts and print out. All levels of players welcome! No uke? Come and sing with us or just enjoy the sounds as you explore activities at Great Meadows.

For information on the day contact Katie Nathenson at Riverfest is celebrated all weekend with programs throughout the watershed, for other programs visit: Riverfest.

Saturday, June 24, 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 be on turkeys. 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 10:30am – 11:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.

Wednesday, June 28, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: Jim Lagacy presenting Wildlife Journey in Time: The History of Wildlife in Massachusetts

Join us on a time travel trip that will focus on the history of wildlife in Massachusetts starting from early settlement through the present. MassWildlife’s Jim Lagacy will explain how changes in the landscape changed wildlife populations and people from the colonial era through the present. You’ll learn why the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife was created and how the agency’s role in fish and wildlife conservation has changed with the times. Speculate on the future of fish and wildlife and how you can play a part in it. Jim will describe the numerous spring, summer, fall and winter fishing programs organized and provided by Mass Wildlife for children and adults. Mass Wildlife is celebrating 150 years of wildlife management, conservation, and restoration.

MassWildlife's Jim Lagacy is the Angler Education Coordinator for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. In this capacity he manages a statewide learn-to-fish program and has been doing so for better than 20 years. He has a background in fish and wildlife biology with degrees in Environmental Science and Wildlife Biology. He resides in Ware Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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).


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