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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
DCR Summer Geocache Event
Location: Meet by the Shaft 1 Building at the end of River Rd, West Boylston
Date: 08/24/2019 Time: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
The 11th annual Wachusett Reservoir Summer Geocaching Event will feature forestry management practices and methods pertaining to water quality at the reservoir. Several Geocaches will be placed in the area of the event. Event can be found on http://www.geocaching.com
Meet by the Shaft 1 Building at the end of River Rd, West Boylston.
MidState Trail Hike, Oakham, MA
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 email@example.com
Perambulate: Leisurely Mass Central Rail Trail Walk – Oakham
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-753-0420.
DCR Ranger Program: Identifying Animal Tracks
Date: 06/29/2019 Time: 10:00 am
Is that a coyote or bobcat track? Some animals have similar tracks, but small differences that can aid in identification. The Watershed is made up of thousands of acres of forested lands providing habitat for many species. Come learn how you can determine what wildlife frequents your neck of the woods. Meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling.
Pedal: Mass Central Rail Trail Bike Ride – Rutland
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 email@example.com or 508-479-2123.
Photography Program on the Quabbin
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com to sign up.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-735-3290. Meet near the Coldbrook Springs monument off Rte. 122 in Oakham.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com with any questions.