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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

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Past Events

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Presidents’ Day Snowshoe/Hike

Location: Meet at Reservoir Gate 8, Boylston
Date: 02/19/2018 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Come and join the DCR Rangers for a FREE fun snowshoe or hike
into the woods of the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed. We will
explore the wooded winter wonderland and discuss how the critters
that call Wachusett their home survive the cold winter. The
program will last about two hours and the terrain will be easy to
moderate. Please bring your own snowshoes and dress accordingly
for the weather. If there is little to no snow we will do a foot hike
instead so wear sturdy boots.

Meet at the Gate 8 parking lot at the corner of Cross St. and
Route 70 in Boylston.

For more information or for directions, please contact the
Wachusett Reservoir Ranger Station at (978) 365-3800.

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Snowshoe/Hike/Ski to Poutwater Pond – Saturday, February 10, 9:30 AM

Location: Contact us for meetup location
Date: 02/10/2018 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

This 3-mile round-trip hike will ascend 300 feet in elevation through the North Sterling Woods and then traverse open fields. We will stop at the pond’s Bog Walk and enjoy pristine views. Poutwater Pond is a delightful destination any time of the year, but few venture there in winter. The bog and pond were named a National Natural Landmark in 1972. Snowshoes are available for loan. Nordic skiers are welcome, but beware the terrain is steep in sections. Contact Mike to sign up and reserve snowshoes at 508-829-3954 or

Or take a walk on the Mass Central Rail Trail anytime to see the wonders of winter. When you layer up for the weather and bring walking pole or a pair of ‘grippers’ for your shoes, you’ll enjoy a winter trek on the trail.

How Wildlife Survives In The Winter

Location: DCR Water Supply Protection Office 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston
Date: 01/14/2018 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DCR Interpretive Program – How Wildlife Survives in the Winter

Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians have all evolved to develop unique survival adaptations that allow them to withstand the cold and snow of a New England winter. Come learn about these animals through a fun and informative power point then go with the Rangers to see some signs of what the critters are doing to get through the winter.

Location: DCR Water Supply Protection Office, 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston

For more information or for directions, please contact the
Wachusett Reservoir Ranger Station at (978) 365-3800.

New Year’s Day Hike at Noon

Date: 01/01/2018 Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bundle up and enjoy greeting your neighbors and the New Year! Hike all or half of the East Quabbin Land Trust’s 3½ mile section of the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in Hardwick and New Braintree, crisscrossing the Ware River. Meet at West Road, New Braintree, a quarter mile south of the former Clover Farm Stand on Route 32 in Hardwick, at the triangle site of the former New Braintree railroad station. Contact Ed at to sign up.

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Massachusetts Trails Conference

Location: 90 Erdman Way, Leominster, MA
Date: 11/04/2017 Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Preregistration is required here:
Wachusett Greenways members attending, please register, contact us to say you’re coming to the conference. There are also great field trips on Friday. There may be an opening for the Thursday and Friday chainsaw training too.

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Springdale Mill Celebration – New Date!

Location: Springdale Mill Historical Site on MCRT
Date: 10/01/2017 Time: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Springdale Mill Celebration – all are welcome! MOVED TO SUNDAY AT 1:30pm. Join us on Sunday October 1st at 1:30 at the West Boylston entrance to the Mass Central Rail Trail. Then journey 1.5 miles to the Springdale Mill Historic Site. We’ll have live music, food and fun!

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Happy Birthday MCRT – New Date!

Location: West Boylston Entrace to MRCT on Thomas St.
Date: 10/01/2017 Time: 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Happy 20th birthday Mass Central Rail Trail! MOVED TO SUNDAY AT 1PM. You’re invited for the birthday party on Sunday, October 1st at 1pm at the West Boylston entrance to the MCRT. We’ll celebrate with 20 birthday cakes. RSVP requested but not required (see “YES!” on home page). Come raise a cheer! Thank you to everyone cares for this trail.

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Trail Clearing on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Sterling

Location: Contact us for meet-up location
Date: 09/02/2017 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Worcester Polytechnic Institute APO volunteers for a good morning’s work. Contact or 508-479-2123 to sign up and get meet-up location.

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Sholan Point Sunset Hike – Wachusett Reservoir

Location: Contact us for meet-up location
Date: 08/27/2017 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This approximately 5-mile round trip hike along old roads on DCR watershed land will loop near the Lily Ponds, then over French Hill through mature white pine and oak forest to Sholan Point on the shore of Wachusett Reservoir — offering million-dollar views of the Reservoir looking west, south and east.

Bring mosquito repellent and a headlamp or flashlight for the hike back out. Contact Mike Peckar at 508-835-2959 to sign up.

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Holden Days

Location: Main Street in Holden
Date: 08/26/2017 Time: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Find the Wachusett Greenways booth at Holden Center across from the Gale Free Library. Come pick up a new t-shirt, hat, map or membership.