Nissitissit in Winter by Birch Three Photography

The Nashua River Watershed Association wants to call attention to this series of three free guided hikes in Brookline and Hollis. 

The Nashua River Wild & Scenic River Study Committee encourages you to attend one or all of these hikes to see the Nissitissit River firsthand, and learn more about the voluntary  “Nashua, Squannacook, and Nissitissit Rivers Wild and Scenic River Stewardship Plan” from Study Committee members attending the walk. For more information about the Study, and to view the draft voluntary River Stewardship Plan, visit www.WildandScenicNashuaRivers.org.

Brookline Winter Festival- Potanipo Rail Trail Hike
Sunday, February 18, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon

Join Brookline Conservation Commission Board Member Jordan Bailey for a family-friendly exploration of the soon-to-be Nissitissit River Park area in Brookline, as well as hike along the Potanipo Rail Trail. A short loop hike option is available (1 hour max), as well as an extended trek (2 hours) along the rail trail to explore more!  We’ll meet at 75 Route 13 (Sunoco gas station) in Brookline, NH.  Please park in the rear of the parking lot. Be sure to dress for the weather.

Potanipo Rail Trail Hike
Saturday, February 24, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Join a naturalist for a leisurely walk along the Nissitissit River to the Great Meadow beaver pond along the Potanipo Rail Trail. This easy family-friendly hike is a free public event to showcase the beauty of the Nissitissit River which is nominated to be a Wild and Scenic River. Park and meet-up at the Great Meadow Parking Lot, Potanipo Rail Trail, on West Hollis Street next to Worcester Road in Hollis, NH.  View Google Map. Be sure to dress for the weather. 

Nissitissit River- Keyes Trail Hike
Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Join a free hike along the Nissitissit River on the Keyes Trail travelling upstream along this riverbank trail.  We’ll explore the natural resources shared by Brookline and Hollis.  Park and meet-up at the Great Meadow Parking Lot, Potanipo Rail Trail, on West Hollis Street next to Worcester Road in Hollis, NH.  View Google MapBe sure to dress for the weather.

This series of hikes is co-sponsored by the Brookline Conservation Commission, the Hollis Conservation Commission, Beaver Brook Association, Nashua River Watershed Association, and the Nissitissit River Land Trust. 

Watch for any updates on these hikes on the Brookline Conservation Commission Facebook page.

Please share this information with your neighbors and friends in Brookline and Hollis. Thank you!

Photo: Nissitissit River downstream from Bohannon Bridge in Brookline, NH; photo by Birch Three Photography.

Strix varia Mdf Wikimedia Commons

NRWA Auction 2018

March 24, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Leominster

Online Auction 2018
March 13 thru March 22, 2018

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time for our gala NRWA Auction 2018.  Auction 2018 will be held on Saturday evening, March 24th, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Leominster, MA. Join in the fun and help support the work of the Nashua River Watershed Association in your community.

How can you help?

1.  Donate an item or service.  We are still building our auction catalogue.  Can you donate tickets to a sports or cultural event?  Can you contribute an antique, artisan item, fine jewelry, or gift certificate?  What about a professional service or weekend getaway?  Donation deadline is February 23rd.  

2.  Gather your friends and plan to attend our gala event.  Plan to join us on March 24th, and bring your friends (tables seat 8 or 10)! Our festive evening includes dinner and a cash bar, a Live Auction, and a silent auction with hundreds of great items. Mix and mingle with old friends and new.  Reservations required; reserve by March 5th for our Early Bird discount.  Make reservations online, or call (978) 448-0299. Reservation deadline is March 15th.

We have hundreds of items in our silent auction, and a specially curated collection in the live auction. You can bid on vacation stays in St. Croix, Kissimmee, Santa Fe, Lake Tahoe, and Saddleback Lake; specialty wines; fly fishing and golf outings; artisan furniture; vintage and fine jewelry; restaurant gift certificates from around the watershed, and more.

3.  Bid in our Online Auction and spread the word to others to join in.  Ahead of the gala, NRWA will run an Online Auction at biddingforgood.com/NashuaRiverWatershed.  Everyone can participate.  Items will range from vintage jewelry, to gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, to certificates for local services.  Something for everyone.

Auction proceeds support the NRWA's land and water protection projects and environmental education programs in 32 communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. 

Get involved because you appreciate clean water, forested trails, good fishing, or beautiful vistas...or maybe you value NRWA's education programs for young people. Together we can make a difference.

If you have questions about Auction 2018, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call (978) 448-0299

Thank you to our Auction 2018 Sponsors:

Rollstone Bank & Trust
Enterprise Bank

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Photograph “Barred Owl (Strix Varia)” by Mdf from Wikimedia Commons

 

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.  

NRWA FSU Grad/PDP Course for Teachers Grades K thru 8

Monday, July 9 thru Friday, July 13, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Based at NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt.119), Groton, MA

Paddle, hike, and explore a schoolyard while earning graduate or PDP credits thru Fitchburg State University during the Nashua River Watershed Association’s summer course for teachers, “NRWA Watershed Investigations Course: Connecting Watersheds and 2016 MA Science & Technology/ Engineering Standards”.  The course will allow graduate level and/or in-service teachers, grades Kindergarten thru 8, to dissect and apply the new Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Draft Revised Standards. This course, offered through Fitchburg State University/Summer II 2018, will run from Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will be based at the NRWA’s River Resource Center located at 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA.  Candidates will practice using the publication Nashua River Watershed Investigations for Grades K-8: Connecting Watersheds to the 2016 MA Science and Technology/ Engineering Standards, including 27 lessons ready for classroom use. They will learn through hands-on outdoor science lessons, presentations from NRWA scientists, and collaboration with peers. Candidates will also design a science unit including a self-designed research project with measurable data collection. Outdoor excursions will include a short canoe trip, walks through several forested areas, and explorations in a schoolyard. The cost is $600 for 3 graduate credits from Fitchburg State University, or $400 for 37.5 PDPs.  Space is limited; be sure to register today to reserve your spot. The deadline for registration is June 30, 2018.  To register, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., NRWA Environmental Education Associate.  

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 tinyurl.com/nplkid and scroll down to February 26.