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A message from the DCR Wachusett/Sudbury Program Coordinator:

Happy New Year Greetings,

Our Saturday Winter Hikes continue. If you have any questions on cancellations, feel free to call 617-352-4044 or email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov the morning of the hike.

The hiking schedule is at this link- https://www.mass.gov/doc/wachusett-watershed-events/download

We have an exciting new addition for 2024! We are offering an evening program one Wednesday each month for staff to share their knowledge and have engaging conversations. All are welcome.

The “Watershed Wednesday” schedule can be found at this link:

https://www.mass.gov/doc/wachusett-watershed-wednesday-events-2024/download

Events are also listed below. Please share!

Saturday, January 13, 11:00am-1:00pm Then and Now at Greenhalge Point

Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 35, intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Rd, Sterling. Find evidence of the past and compare the landscape over time, from glacial lake, to farmsteads, to reservoir and protected watershed. About 4 miles round trip.

JANUARY 17, 6:30-7:30pm Evening program, Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Headquarters 180 Beaman Street West Bolyston.  

TALES FROM SMITHTOWN, THE WORKFORCE AT WACHUSETT AQUEDUCT     

Newspaper clippings, annual reports, and historical photographs tell the story of migrant and immigrant workers, the immense scope of work of the project, and the dangers and harsh conditions they endured to secure an enduring high-quality drinking water supply. Presented by Interpretive Services Staff.

Saturday, January 27, 11:00am-12:30pm Earth Wind and Water North Dike Hike

Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 39 North Dike. Parking at the intersection of South Meadow Road and Route110, Clinton. About 2 miles round trip to the Wachusett Dam and back. This open hillside walk along the Wachusett Reservoir features how nature and architecture align and takes you through a rock cut to the spillway, and points of interest around the Wachusett Dam.

Saturday, February 3, 11:00am-12:30pm Seeing Green to Horseshoe Cove

Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 22, Rt 140, West Boylston. GPS address 167 Temple St, West Boylston. About 3 miles round trip.

Snap out of the winter blues and search for evergreen plants. Discover the role of pine trees and arborvitae in the construction of the Reservoir and what green plants adapt to the cold weather and provide food or shelter for wildlife.

Saturday, February 10, 11:00am-12:30pm Hike To GreenHalge Point

Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 35, intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Rd, Sterling.

Saturday, February 1711:00am-12:30pm  Gate 22 Hike to South Bay

Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 22, Rt 140, West Boylston. GPS address 167 Temple St, West Boylston. About 2.5 miles round trip.

Sunday, February 18, 11:00am-12:30pm Hike Cabin Fever Ranger Hike

An additional School Vacation weekend hike on Sunday led by Rangers. Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 8, Parking near the intersection of Cross Street and Route 70, Boylston. Watershed Rangers will lead the program to explore the wooded winter wonderland on easy to moderate terrain, about 2.5 miles.

Wednesday, FEBRUARY 21, 6:30-7:30pm   

WHERE IN THE WATERSHED? Photo trivia of trails and interesting views around the watershed.  Unveiling of new self-guided recommended hikes using ArcGIS Storymaps will get you discovering outdoor sites to explore. Presented by Education and Outreach Staff.

Saturday, February 24, 11:00am-12:30pm North Dike to Dam. Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 39 North Dike. Parking at the intersection of South Meadow Road and Route110, Clinton. About 2 miles round trip to the Wachusett Dam and back.

I hope to see you on the trail, or at our headquarters one of those Wednesday evenings!

Thank you,

Kathryn Parent
Program Coordinator, Wachusett/Sudbury Section
MA DCR Division of Water Supply Protection
Cell: 617-352-4044

www.mass.gov/dcr/wachusetteducation