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Upcoming Wachusett Greenways Events

Come and enjoy what Wachusett Greenways has to offer. Events are free and open to all.

To suggest an event — better yet, to lead one — please contact Christy at bertinbarnes@verizon.net.

Poutwater Pond Snowshoe or Hike

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Date: 02/01/2020 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, February 1. Poutwater Pond Snowshoe or Hike (depending on conditions). Meet at 9:30 am. Join Wachusett Greenways and the Green Mountain Club for this three mile hike. You may wish to bring microspikes for hiking. This 3 mile round-trip hike will ascend 300 feet in elevation through the North Sterling woods, traversing Sterling Land Trust, Mass. Fish and Wildlife and DCR open fields. Come along and enjoy this isolated pond that few venture to in winter. Contact Christy Barnes to sign up for the hike and get details on where to meet and park at 508-688-7540, or email her at christybarnes0706@gmail.com.

White Oak Hike or Snowshoe – Holden

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Date: 02/12/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let’s go for a snowshoe walk on the White Oak Trail in Holden! If there is not enough snow, we’ll hike. Contact Colleen Abrams to sign up at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net. If you need snowshoes, let Colleen know.

Other Upcoming Events – from our Partners & Friends

DCR Winter Hiking Series – Jan. 25

Location: Gate 22, Route 140, West Boylston. GPS address 211 Temple St., West Boylston.
Date: 01/25/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Bundle up and get outside! These Saturday morning hikes will meet at new locations each week. Hikes will be along easy woodland roads to rewarding shoreline views of the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over three million people. This is a 2-3 mile round trip family friendly hike. Be prepared for cold weather and wind. Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

A Year with Nature Almanac

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/25/2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Make a New Year’s Resolution to observe seasonal changes, record memorable events, experience a connection with nature. Recycled supplies provided to make a nature journal/almanac. All ages welcome. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Stillwater Farm Open House

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/25/2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This 1790’s farmhouse features displays on the Wachusett Watershed, history of the farm site, and wildlife of the area. Open additionally by appointment for guided group tours. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Stillwater Farm Open House

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/30/2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This 1790’s farmhouse features displays on the Wachusett Watershed, history of the farm site, and wildlife of the area. Open additionally by appointment for guided group tours. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Maps!

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Date: 01/30/2020 Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Did you know this farmhouse has a watershed map painted on the floor? Come visit the floor map and unique map collection to find your watershed address. Create your own realistic or futuristic 3-D map to keep. All ages welcome for this family friendly activity. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Empty Nest Winter Walk

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/31/2020 Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Get an introduction to winter birding and take an easy stroll through the forest to enjoy the season with bare trees donning last year’s empty nests. Look for clues in size, shape, habitat, and nesting materials to identify which nesting birds come to the area. Approximately 1 mile. If conditions permit, bring snowshoes and hiking poles. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.


 

Past Events

DCR Winter Hiking Series – Jan. 18

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Gate 8, Intersection of Cross St. and Rt. 70, Boylston.
Date: 01/18/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Bundle up and get outside! These Saturday morning hikes will meet at new locations each week. Hikes will be along easy woodland roads to rewarding shoreline views of the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over three million people. This is a 2-3 mile round trip family friendly hike. Be prepared for cold weather and wind. Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Where in the Watershed?

Location: Boylston Public Library
Date: 01/15/2020 Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This interactive photo presentation of trails and interesting views around the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed will get you discovering new local, outdoor sites to explore.

DCR Winter Hiking Series – Jan. 11

Location: Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 35, intersection of Rt. 110 and Chace Hill Rd., Sterling.
Date: 01/11/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Bundle up and get outside! These Saturday morning hikes will meet at new locations each week. Hikes will be along easy woodland roads to rewarding shoreline views of the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over three million people. This is a 2-3 mile round trip family friendly hike. Be prepared for cold weather and wind. Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

DCR Winter Hiking Series – Jan. 4

Location: Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 25, Rt. 140, West Boylston
Date: 01/04/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Bundle up and get outside! These Saturday morning hikes will meet at new locations each week. Hikes will be along easy woodland roads to rewarding shoreline views of the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over three million people. This is a 2-3 mile round trip family friendly hike. Be prepared for cold weather and wind. Dress in layers and wear winter boots. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

East Quabbin Land Trust New Year’s Day Walk/Ski

Location: 1700 Hardwick Rd., New Braintree
Date: 01/01/2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

We’ll toast Ed Yaglou, a consummate supporter of the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT), who passed away on December 8th. Bring a story about Ed to share.

First Day Hike

Location: Meet at Gate 22, Rt. 140, West Boylston
Date: 01/01/2020 Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Celebrate the First Day of 2020 by walking along the shores and trails of the Reservoir and learn the history behind the water supply that provides clean drinking water to over three million people. Approximately 2 miles, slow pace.

Meet at Gate 22, Rt. 140, West Boylston

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. Free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome. For additional information, please contact education staff by email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov or call 774-261-1809.

Legends and Lore Hike

Location: Meet at Wachusett Reservoir, Gate 39, Rt. 110 & South Meadow Rd., Clinton.
Date: 12/28/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Legends and Lore Hike

Earth, Wind & Water Hike

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Date: 12/21/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 11:15 am

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation

This hike will feature how nature and architecture aligns along the hillside walk through a rock cut to the spillway, fountain, and points of interest around the Wachusett Dam. See what the engineers had in mind to turn utilitarian structures into attractive features of the landscape. For additional information please contact education staff at Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov or 774-261-1809.

Meet at Wachusett Reservoir, Gate 39, Route 110 & South Meadow Road, Clinton

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Hike at the Trout Brook Reservation

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Date: 12/12/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Hike at the Trout Brook Reservation, Manning St., Holden
December 12, 9:00 AM

Join Wachusett Greenways for an easy loop hike with a distance of about 3.5 miles. We’ll hike through the Trout Brook Reservation recreation area, then follow the Red Trail along picturesque Trout Brook, and finally loop back to the trailhead using the Bob Elms (Blue) trail. The trailhead begins at the far end of the parking lot off of Manning Street in Holden. Contact Jeff Keay to sign up at jkeay23@gmail.com or 508-353-1174.

Wachusett Greenways Walk-Off-the-Bird

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Date: 11/30/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Time to stretch your legs after your Thanksgiving feast!

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MCRT Grand Opening – Wayside (Wayland and Weston)

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Date: 10/19/2019 Time: 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

Mass Central Rail Trail Grand Opening for Wayside Trail – Wayland & Weston.

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Rauscher Farm Cleanup Day & Clinton Trail Walk

Location: 29 Clamshell Rd., Clinton
Date: 10/19/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The first is the Rauscher Farm Cleanup Day from 9 AM to 1 PM.
After some hard work on the farm, we plan a tour of the Mass Central Rail Trail section that is adjacent to Rauscher Farm.

The trail walk will begin at 1 PM.
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Historic Photo - Charnock Cut on old Mass Central Railroad

Historical Railroad Lecture and Hike

Location: MCRT Rutland
Date: 09/21/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

September 21, 9 am, 21 Miles Rd, Rutland. Please join Wachusett Greenways and the Rutland Historical Society as we discuss and explore the History of Rutland’s Railroad (the Central Massachusetts Railroad). Begin with a talk at the Rutland library (Tuesday, September 17, 7 pm, Rutland library). Then join us the following Saturday, September 21, at 9 a.m. for a 2.5 mile (you can turn around at any point) walk along the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in Rutland. The difficulty level of the walk is easy along the nearly flat railroad bed. We will visit historic sights along the way, including Muschopauge Station, Calkins Pond, and the sight of the 1932 train disaster. Historians from Rutland Historical Society will be available to help your imagination bring the past alive. We will also make some nature observations.

Join us for one or both events! Wear comfortable sneakers or hiking boots. Water, a snack, and insect repellent are all recommended. Contact Christy to sign up, 508-688-7540, christybarnes0706@gmail.com

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Lost Villages of the Quabbin Reservoir

Location: Route 32A, Gate 40
Date: 09/14/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 14, 10 AM. Enjoy the end of summer as we explore one of Quabbin Reservoir’s lost towns and visit the crash site of a Korean War-era U.S. Air Force fighter jet on this relatively flat 7-mile hike. The hike is on paved or formerly paved reservoir access roads that can also be traveled by bicycle for those who find 7 miles to be a bit too challenging. Bob Locke will lead this educational tour. Bring snack or lunch, water, comfortable shoes, and tick repellent. Sign up with Rich Barry, reb1056@icloud.com, 508-735-3290.

Directions: Take Route 122 to Barre town center. Continue on Route 122 for another 4.3 miles. Take a left on Old Dana Road and continue to the end. Turn right on Route 32A, and travel 1.2 miles. Gate 40 will be on your left at a break in the guard rail. Turn left and park to the side of the short access road to the gate.

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Wachusett Greenways at Holden Days

Location: Route 31 and Main Street, Holden
Date: 08/24/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Saturday, August 24, 9 AM-3 PM. Find Wachusett Greenways at the Holden Days annual celebration. We’re located behind the Damon House

at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street, Holden. Come share your Mass Central Rail Trail tales. Here’s an opportunity to renew your membership and find a new t-shirt or hat.