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Upcoming Events

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 Nature

This month's display features a variety of wildlife-focused paintings, drawings, photographs, and carvings crafted by local artists. Thank you to all who submitted their work for the display.

June Movie of the Month

An Introduction to the Threatened Turtles of Massachusetts - Why They Need Our Help

Learn about the turtle species in Massachusetts, why they’re unique and important, and how we can help their populations. Runtime: 12 minutes.

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 8, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 15, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 29, 9:00 AM - Noon

APT Invasive Plant Removal Work Party

It's time to remove invasive plants at Assabet River NWR! APT work session will be held every Saturday in June, starting at 9 AM and working until noon. Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 9 AM. Please wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves and eye protection will be provided. Sessions are open to drop-ins.

At your first work session a Volunteer Service Agreement will need to be filled out; if the volunteer is a minor the Volunteer Service Agreement will need to be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

Contact Dave Lange for more information.

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Friends’ Tent Event - Sketching Pollinator Plants

Join the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge for their first ever Friends’ Tent Event and learn about native pollinator gardens at the Refuge. A tent will be set up outside of the Visitor Center with free information and activities.

Saturday, June 22, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Riverfest at Great Meadows NWR

Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities, rain or shine at the Refuge Headquarters, 73 Weir Hill Road. Free food and water will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis by the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge, or bring your own food and have a picnic.

10 AM - 2PM: Calling All Anglers. Beginner and experienced anglers join MassWildlife’s Angler Education Program to learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast, and even tie your own fly! All equipment will be provided free of charge. State fishing licenses are not required.

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Wildlife Up Close and Personal. Join Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native wildlife, including birds and reptiles that live along the banks of rivers and depend on a healthy habitat.

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM: Plein Air Painting. Get inspired by nature with art instructor Cecilia Sharma’s free watercolor workshop with demonstration and personal instruction. Paint in Plein air while learning to capture the illusion of light and depth in your landscape painting. There will be a demonstration of techniques to discover basic shapes and forms in nature. If rain, activity will be held indoors with a gorgeous view of the Sudbury River. Register at to receive a list of suggested materials.

1:00 PM - 2:00 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.

Wednesday, June 26, 7:00 PM

Monthly Presentation: Resilient & Connected Landscape by Marea Gabriel

On May June 26, Marea Gabriel of The Nature Conservancy will describe a network of resilient sites that will sustain these species in a changing climate. Climate change is creating an increasingly dynamic natural world by shifting plant and animal distributions and rearranging habitats. Consequently, conservationists need a way to prioritize land protection to conserve native species despite these changes. Marea will discuss The Nature Conservancy’s Resilient & Connected Landscape analysis, which identifies a network of resilient sites that will sustain these species in a changing climate - she will demonstrate the concepts and data supporting this vision, discuss their applications to conservation decisions, and give some examples, including here along the Assabet River.

Marea Gabriel is the Conservation Projects Manager with the MA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). She works with TNC’s Landscape Conservation Program addressing global climate change through science-based conservation strategies including land protection, ecological restoration, nature-based solutions, and advancing a low-carbon economy. Prior to joining TNC in 2012, Marea served for 15 years as a Conservation Biologist and Aquatic Ecologist with MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program, focusing on freshwater mussel and vernal pool conservation, endangered species regulatory review, and land protection - in doing so, she’s snorkeled hundreds of rivers/streams in MA/NH in search of rare mussels. Marea received an M.S. in Environmental Biology from Antioch New England Graduate School. She lives in Sudbury with her husband and two children and aside from attending her kids’ sporting events, can usually be found hiking conservation trails in the Sudbury area with her dog Halle.

Our monthly presentations are usually held the last Sunday of the month at 2:00 PM or the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Visitor Center at the Assabet River NWR.

By Appointment

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. Programs are by appointment, please contact Ranger Jared ( or 978-579-4028) to book your group’s Refuge Explorers program or for more information.


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.