Summer Eco-adventures for Ages 6 to 14 Years Old

See dates by program below
Based at NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt.119), Groton, MA

Make your plans now to register for the Nashua River Watershed Association’s popular Summer Eco-adventures for youth. These small group programs are led by NRWA professional educators/naturalists.  Sign up soon; space is limited. 

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14
June 25 – June 28, 2018 (Mon. –Thurs.) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Challenge yourself in nature with four adventurous, action-packed days of hiking Groton trails through numerous conservation properties, paddling the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends. Outdoor adventure at its best with River Classroom Director Stacey Chilcoat. Program fees are $210 for NRWA members or $240 for non-members.

Animal Adventures: Discover the Creatures of Our Forests, Fields, and Wetlands for Ages 9 to 11
July 16 – July 19, 2018 (Mon. –Thurs.) 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Calling all animal lovers and nature explorers!  From reptiles to mammals, this program focuses on the amazing lives of our local wildlife. Collect fascinating insects, practice summer tracking skills, hike local trails and play animal camouflage games. Discover how our local wildlife has adapted to live and thrive in these three distinct habitants. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members.

Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8
July 23– July 26, 2018 (Mon. –Thurs.) 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Escape the heat of summer with four fun-filled days all about water!  Collect aquatic critters from the Nashua River, make a fresh water aquarium, do water experiments, make mini-boats to race on mini streams, and stay cool each day with lots of water games. Perfect for nature & water loving kids! Program fees are $190 for NRWA members or $220 for non-members.

All programs are based at the Nashua River Watershed Association River Resource Center at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119), in Groton.  Pre-registration is required. Space is limited! To register This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Assistant.  

Nashua River Junior Naturalist Program for 8 to 12 Year Olds from Nashua, NH
A Free NRWA Led Februay Vacation Program at the Nashua Public Library

Monday, February 26 thru Friday, March 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chandler Wing Activity Room, Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, Nashua, NH

This five-day program is offered for free to twenty Nashua students from ages 8 to 12 years. Children will participate in two environmental education activities related to the river and watershed each day and spend time reflecting their experiences and discoveries in their personalized River Journal. Registrants are expected to participate in all five days.

Monday: River and Watershed Formation - complete programs “How Water Shapes Our World” and “How to Make a Personalized River Journal”. Reflection and river journaling begin.

Tuesday:  River History and Pollution Run-off - read "A River Ran Wild" by Lynne Cherry, complete program “The Enviroscape Interactive Model®” and group walk to river.  River journaling continues.

Wednesday: River Natural History – complete programs “River Animal Adaptations’ and “Birdways of the Watershed”. River journaling continues.

Thursday: Protecting Land, Protecting Water - complete programs “Soil Safari” and “Treemendous Trees”.  River journaling continues.

Friday: Healthy River Ecosystems - complete “Aquatic Insect Investigations”.  River journaling completed and exhibit prepared for display in the Children’s Room.

Led by Nashua River Watershed Association education staff and sponsored by Merrimack Conservation Partnership Grant Program.

Space is limited; to register your child for this program go to the Library's website, or go to and scroll down to February 26.

Midwinter Mission: Cure Cabin Fever
An NRWA Februay Vacation Eco-adventure for Ages 6 to 9 Years Old

February 21, 22, and 23, 2018 (Wed. thru Fri.), 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119), Groton, MA

Children need outdoor time in nature more than ever during the long winter months. Come explore the exciting winter world with the Nashua River Watershed Association Eco-Adventures team this February vacation!  Children ages 6 to 9 from all communities are invited to join us for “Cure Cabin Fever,” on February 21, 22, & 23, 2018 (Wed. thru Fri.). Daily treks, snow play, winter animal and plant investigations, snow experiments, winter detective skill building including tracking animals, fun games, and homemade hot chocolate with a story to round out the day. Join us for three action packed days of discovery and adventure!  The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA.  The fee is $55/day for NRWA members, or $65/day for non-members. Sign up for one, two or all three days.  Pre-registration is required; space is limited. To register, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Director, or call (978) 448-0299. Come join the winter fun!

Replace Your Lawn with Native Plantings
A Presentation by Mark Richardson of New England Wildflower Society

Sunday, January 28, 2018, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  (Snowdate: Sunday, February 11th)
NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119), Groton, MA

The Washington ran an article a few months past with a headline that read, "Lawns are a soul-crushing timesuck." According to NASA, in the United States more surface area is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings during this presentation by Mark Richardson, New England Wild Flower Society’s Botanic Garden Director.

Mark oversees both Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm. He studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.

This free public program is co-sponsored by the Groton Garden Club and the NRWA, funded by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds’ Lecture Fund. For more information, please contact the Groton Garden Club at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..