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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.

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Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) Springtime Spruce-Up

Location: Rutland
Date: 04/27/2018 Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for clearing on the MCRT in Rutland. Tools and refreshments provided. Help get the rail trail ready for spring! Contact Colleen Abrams at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net to sign-up.

To volunteer for more trail clearing, contact us at www.wachusettgreenways.org. You can sign up for trail clearing notifications or set a special team day to help. All ages welcome. Create your own summer stewardship project. Youth, school and community groups are always welcome!

Wachusett Greenways Walk – Eagle Lake

Location: Holden
Date: 04/30/2018 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

April 30, Monday, 10 a.m to 12 noon. Enjoy a lovely two-mile walk on the Eagle Lake—Mass Audubon trail in Holden. Let’s observe flowers and birds that might be making a spring appearance. Sign up with Rich Barry reb1056@icloud.com 508-735-3290 or Colleen Abrams at colleen.abrams@verizon.net or 508-479-2123.

Wachusett Greenways Annual Gathering – All are Welcome!

Location:
Date: 05/09/2018 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Share trail tales, food and fellowship. Please join us at the Holden Senior Center, 1130 Main Street in Holden.
All are welcome! Celebrate our 23rd year.
Gathering at 6 p.m., Dinner at 6:30 p.m. (bring a favorite dish to share) and Awards and Milestones 7:15 p.m.

Directions: 1130 Main Street, access from Route 122A, Main Street behind the bandstand or Holden Center, Route 31/Highland Street to Bascom Parkway across from the Gale Free Library.


 

Past Events

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Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) Springtime Spruce-Up

Location: Rutland
Date: 04/23/2018 Time: 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for clearing on the MCRT in Rutland. Tools and refreshments provided. Help get the rail trail ready for spring! Contact Colleen Abrams at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net to sign-up

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Vernal Pool Discovery Program

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Date: 04/15/2018 Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 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 in the field 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, 228 Redemption Rock Road in Sterling.

For more information please contact the Wachusett Ranger Station: 978-365-3800

Lieutenant Rebecca Baronoski
Wachusett Watershed Ranger II, R-81
Division of Water Supply Protection Ranger Office
978-365-3800 ext.23

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Wachusett Greenways Trail Clearing – Afternoon – Volunteers Wanted!

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Date: 04/14/2018 Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wachusett Greenways Trail Clearing on the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT)

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for clearing on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Rutland. Contact Colleen Abrams at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net to sign-up. Tools and refreshments provided. Help get the rail trail ready for spring. You are welcome for morning and/or afternoon.

If you can’t make April 14, but you’d like to volunteer for more trail clearing, contact us by e-mail or at www.wachusettgreenways.org

You can sign on for trail clearing notifications or set a special team day to help. All ages welcome. Create your own summer stewardship project.

Youth, school and community groups are always welcome!

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Wachusett Greenways Trail Clearing – Morning – Volunteers Wanted!

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Date: 04/14/2018 Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wachusett Greenways Trail Clearing on the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT)

Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join us for clearing on the Mass Central Rail Trail in Rutland. Contact Colleen Abrams at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net to sign-up. Tools and refreshments provided. Help get the rail trail ready for spring. You are welcome for morning and/or afternoon.

If you can’t make April 14, but you’d like to volunteer for more trail clearing, contact us by e-mail or at www.wachusettgreenways.org

You can sign on for trail clearing notifications or set a special team day to help. All ages welcome. Create your own summer stewardship project.

Youth, school and community groups are always welcome!

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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 mike@wachusettgreenways.org.

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

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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 egyaglou@verizon.net 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: http://www.masstrailsconference.com.
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!