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Upcoming Events

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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: 10 minutes).

Saturday, June 2, 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.

Saturday, June 9, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 16, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 23, 9:00 AM - Noon
Saturday, June 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

Please contact Dave Lange delange005@earthlink.net for more information.

Tuesday, June 12, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, June 19, 9:00 AM - Noon
Tuesday, June 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 Tuesday and Saturday through the fall. Wear long pants and bring insect repellant, sunscreen and water. Gloves will be provided if you don't have them. Sessions are open to drop-ins. Please meet at the Visitor Center.

Please contact Dave Lange delange005@earthlink.net for more information.

Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Riverfest 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.

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

Wednesday, June 20, 7:00 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: Local Fish Species by Jim Lagacy

Large Mouth Bass in Puffer Pond by Gary Freedman Come learn about the fish species in the Hudson, Maynard, Stow, and Sudbury area on the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and nearby waters. Learn how to fish and safely release these species both on and off the Refuge. Become familiar with the numerous spring, summer, fall and winter fishing programs presented by our speaker through Mass Wildlife for children and adults.

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.

Saturday, June 23, 10:30 AM

Refuge Fledgling Hour

Nature themed program series for kids that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month. This month’s theme will be on turkeys.

Refuge Fledgling Hour programs are held the 4th Saturday of every month 10:30am – 11:30am for 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome.

June - August

Assabet River Camp

Drumlin Farm Assabet River Camp are running at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge this summer. There are seven five day camps (each Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM) for kids entering grades 2-5. First camp starts June 25th, last camp starts August 6th. See here for details and registration. 5 day camps Monday–Friday One-Week Camps (entering grades 2–5)

 

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