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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.

Perambulate: Leisurely Mass Central Rail Trail Walk – Oakham

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Date: 07/18/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Come along for a gentle 1½-mile walk on the MCRT in Oakham. Meeting location will be at the Oakham entrance on Route 122 at the horseshoe parking lot. Sign up with Gordo Elliott at boltstwo@charter.net or 508-753-0420.

MidState Trail Hike, Oakham, MA

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Date: 07/20/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

This 6 mile section hike will go over moderate ground, starting from East Hill Rd in Rutland traveling south through Oakham and Oakham State Forest and finishing on McCormick Rd in Spencer. Registration is required, please contact Mike Peckar at 508-835-2959 or mike@wachusettgreenways.org


 

Past Events

Pedal: Mass Central Rail Trail Bike Ride – Rutland

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Date: 06/24/2019 Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at 21 Miles Road, Rutland, for a gentle 8-10 mile ride on the rail trail in Rutland. Bring a snack if you like. Sign up with Colleen Abrams at colleen.abrams@verizon.net or 508-479-2123.

Photography Program on the Quabbin

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Date: 06/23/2019 Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

On Sunday, June 23, at 1:30 PM, Bob Clark will offer a photography program on the Quabbin in Four Seasons. All are welcome.

Summer Solstice Paddle – Canoe or Kayak – Rutland

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Date: 06/21/2019 Time: 7:00 pm

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with an evening on Long Pond, Rutland. Bring your PFD and canoe or kayak. We’ll tour the pond starting at 7, and if time allows, adjourn to Four Corners for ice cream before 9. Sign up with Joan Killough-Miller at 508-882-3439 or jkmiller@wpi.edu for weather updates.

Location: Route 122 in Rutland just north of the junction with Route 122A. See sign at Long Pond Boat Ramp on the left as you travel north. Go left through both gates to park. Long Pond Boat Ramp directions and map:

massachusettspaddler.com/long-pond-north-worcester or www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/xd/dfwlongr.pdf

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Bike Ride on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Sterling

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 06/12/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ride the Mass Central Rail Trail, June 12, Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon. Take an easy 8 mile ride on the rail trail and beyond in Sterling, then enjoy a picnic lunch. Contact Colleen Abrams, 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net to sign up.

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Blood Swamp Hike in Rutland State Park

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 05/25/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Blood Swamp Hike Saturday at Rutland State Park with Wachusett Greenways. This easy hike is about 6 miles along established non-paved roads and a stretch of the MIDSTATE Trail through a cathedral of pines and skirting a large wetland replete with enormous beaver lodge. Contact Rich Barry to sign up at reb1056@icloud.com, 508-735-3290. Meet near the Coldbrook Springs monument off Rte. 122 in Oakham.

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Cache In / Trash Out at Sudbury Reservoir

Location: 911 Field, Acre Bridge Road, Marlboro
Date: 05/25/2019 Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am

DCR Event: Combine the fun of geocaching with cleaning up the environment. The DCR Rangers will place caches around the area of the Sudbury Reservoir. Participants will pick up trash along the way to the caches. Trash bags will then be placed along the roadside for pick up by the DCR staff. Meet at 911 Field, Acre Bridge Road, Marlboro. This event will be posted on www.geocaching.com.

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Bringing Back the Birds

Location: John Augustus Hall, 180 Beaman St., West Boylston
Date: 05/18/2019 Time: 7:00 am - 9:00 am

DCR Event: From Common Loons, to Bald Eagles, to native songbirds and raptors, there are many unique bird species that call the Wachusett Watershed home. Some of these species are threatened in Massachusetts. Come hear Wachusett Rangers describe ongoing restoration projects undertaken by the DCR & their partners to help these species thrive in this part of Massachusetts.  Meet at John Augustus Hall, 180 Beaman St., West Boylston.

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Wachusett Greenways Annual Gathering

Location: Holden Senior Center
Date: 05/15/2019 Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wachusett Greenways Annual Gathering at the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main Street, Holden. Join us at 6 p.m. for fellowship followed by 6:30 pot-luck dinner, then 7:15 celebration of 24 years of connecting our communities through the Mass Central Rail Trail and greenways. Contact Colleen 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net with any questions.

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Clinton Dam Day

Location: Clinton Dam. Rt. 70 in Clinton
Date: 05/11/2019 Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

DCR Event: The walkway across the top of the Wachusett Dam in Clinton will be open for the public to walk across and enjoy the view of the Reservoir. DCR Rangers and staff will be there to answer questions, provide historical information, and discuss the importance of watershed protection. Come learn about the Division of Water Supply Protection’s role in ensuring that the reservoir remains a pristine drinking water source for 2.5 million Massachusetts residents.

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Harvard Forest Hike & Visit to Fisher Museum in Petersham

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 05/11/2019 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Harvard Forest and Fisher Museum, Petersham on Saturday, 10 am May 11th, 2019 (alternative date May 25th)

Founded in 1907 and located in Petersham, Massachusetts, Harvard Forest is Harvard University’s 4,000 acre center for ecological research and education. Wachusett Greenways will hike part of the French Road Trail to the observation tower on Prospect Hill and back. The hike will be about 4 miles. After the hike, we will visit the Fisher Museum to see the 23 dioramas that were built in the 1930’s. Contact leader Mike Peckar at mike@wachusettgreenways.org to register for this event and get details on where to meet.

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Stonewalls In New England

Location: Stillwater Farm Interpretive Site, Sterling, MA
Date: 04/28/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

DCR Event – Stonewalls in New England are as iconic as lobster and clam chowder. The Wachusett Watershed encompasses thousands of acres of forested lands and fields that contain these structures. Learn about New England geological characteristics and wall construction followed by a guided walk to one of the most impressive stonewalls in the watershed. This is a moderate level hike. Meet at Stillwater Farm Interpretive Center in Sterling – 228 Redemption Rock Rd (Rt. 140), Sterling, MA.

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Vernal Pool Investigation

Location: Stillwater Farm Interpretive Site, Sterling, MA
Date: 04/14/2019 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Come and learn why vernal pools are a vital part of the ecosystems within the Wachusett Watershed. These pools that dry up later in the year are teaming with life in the spring. Participants will learn how to identify vernal pools and search within the pools for organisms that rely on them for habitat. Please dress to be outdoors in the woods for part of the program. Meet at Stillwater Farm Interpretive Center in Sterling – 228 Redemption Rock Rd (Rt. 140), Sterling, MA.

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Mass Central Rail Trail – Spring Cleaning II

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 04/13/2019 Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Mass Central Rail Trail Spring Cleaning II, April 13, 1:30 to 4:30 p .m.

Come volunteer with Wachusett Greenways in Holden to help clear ditches and move branches. We’ll also work on cleaning the Charlotte Kaplan Bridge. Contact Colleen Abrams to sign on at 508-479-2123 or Colleen.abrams@verizon.net. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.

Come volunteer with Wachusett Greenways in Holden near the Charlotte Kaplan bridge. Help clear ditches and move branches. Contact Colleen Abrams to sign on at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.

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Mass Central Rail Trail – Spring Cleaning

Location: Contact us for meeting location
Date: 04/11/2019 Time: 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Mass Central Rail Trail Spring Cleaning on April 11, Thursday, 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Come volunteer with Wachusett Greenways in Holden near the Charlotte Kaplan bridge. Help clear ditches and move branches. Contact Colleen Abrams to sign on at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net. Gloves, tools and refreshments provided.

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Mass Central Rail Trail Clearing in Rutland

Location: 21 Miles Rd. Rutland, MA
Date: 04/10/2019 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mass Central Rail Trail Clearing Wednesday, April 10, 9 a.m. to noon. Meet at 21 Miles Road, Rutland. Please sign up with Colleen 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net