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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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Other Upcoming Events – from our Partners & Friends

DCR February Hiking Series

Location: Gate 8, intersection of Cross St. and Rt. 70, Boylston
Date: 02/29/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturdays in February. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Meet at Wachusett Reservoir Gate 8, intersection of Cross St. and Rt. 70, Boylston. Get to know the trails of Sawyer Bluff! We’ll explore different trails and shoreline areas of the Narrows. Easy-to-moderate hike of approximately 2 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. All ages welcome. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

Free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome.


 

Past Events

Nature Almanac Club Harbingers of Spring

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Watershed, Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 02/22/2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK PROGRAMMING, sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Meets every 4th Saturday. The focus for February is Harbingers of Spring! All ages and levels of interest welcome to connect to nature through recording observations in your own nature journal. Supplies provided to start a nature journal, or bring your own to share ideas. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

Watershed Ranger Program: Cabin Fever Snowshoe Hike

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Gate 8, intersection of Cross Street and Route 70, Boylston.
Date: 02/22/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK PROGRAMMING, sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. 

Watershed Rangers will lead the program to explore the wooded winter wonderland and discuss how the critters that call Wachusett their home survive the cold winter. The program will last about 90 minutes and the terrain will be easy to moderate. Bring your own snowshoes and dress accordingly for the weather. If there is little to no snow, it will be a foot hike instead so wear sturdy boots. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

DCR February Hiking Series

Location: Gate 8, intersection of Cross Street and Rt. 70, Boylston
Date: 02/22/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturdays in February. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Get to know the trails of Sawyer Bluff! We’ll explore different trails and shoreline areas of the Narrows. Easy-to-moderate hike of approximately 2 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. All ages welcome. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809. Free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome.

Watershed Winter Sensory Walk

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Watershed, Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 02/20/2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK PROGRAMMING, sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Learn about the wonders of the watershed while we explore firsthand using each of our senses (except for tasting!) on this easy 1/2-mile walk. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. All ages welcome. Meet at Stillwater Farm. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

What’s Your Watershed Address?

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Watershed, Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 02/20/2020 Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK PROGRAMMING, sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. This indoor program uses models, maps and hands-on activities to explore what a watershed is and how to protect water supplies. All ages welcome. Meet inside Stillwater Farm Interpretive Center. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

Habitat Hike

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Watershed, Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 02/19/2020 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK PROGRAMMING, sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Discover the different types of habitats that exist along the trail. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Think like an animal as we walk around habitats that may provide cozy winter resting places. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes, about 1 mile walk. All ages welcome. Meet at Stillwater Farm. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov or call 774-261-1809.

All About Owls

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Watershed, Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 02/19/2020 Time: 11:00 am - 11:45 am

FEBRUARY VACATION WEEK PROGRAMMING, sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation. Learn about the most common owls of the area and hear recordings of their calls. Discover how these fascinating birds live and eat. Discover what habitat favors the prey that owls need for food and characteristics that make owls successful hunters. Be prepared to take a closer look and dissect an owl pellet. All ages welcome. Meet inside Stillwater Farm Interpretive Center. In the case of inclement weather, programs may be modified/cancelled. Please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov for updates.

DCR February Hiking Series

Location: Gate 8, intersection of Cross St. and Rt. 70, Boylston
Date: 02/15/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturdays in February. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Get to know the trails of Sawyer Bluff! We’ll explore different trails and shoreline areas of the Narrows. Easy-to-moderate hike of approximately 2 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. All ages welcome. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

Free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome.

White Oak Hike or Snowshoe – Holden

Location: White Oak Trail, Holden
Date: 02/12/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Let’s go for a snowshoe walk on the White Oak Trail in Holden! If there is not enough snow, we’ll hike. Contact Colleen Abrams to sign up at 508-479-2123 or colleen.abrams@verizon.net. If you need snowshoes, let Colleen know.

DCR February Hiking Series

Location: Wachusett Reservoir Gate 8, intersection of Cross St. and Rt. 70, Boylston
Date: 02/08/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturdays in February. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Get to know the trails of Sawyer Bluff! We’ll explore different trails and shoreline areas of the Narrows. Easy-to-moderate hike of approximately 2 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. All ages welcome. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

Free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome.

DCR February Hiking Series

Location: Gate 8, intersection of Cross Street and Rt. 70, Boylston
Date: 02/01/2020 Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Saturdays in February. Sponsored by our friends at the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Get to know the trails of Sawyer Bluff! We’ll explore different trails and shoreline areas of the Narrows. Easy-to-moderate hike of approximately 2 miles. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy hiking shoes. All ages welcome. For more information or to check status during inclement weather, please email Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov ​or call 774-261-1809.

Free and open to the public; children must be accompanied by an adult. Reasonable accommodations are available upon advanced request. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome.

Poutwater Pond Snowshoe or Hike

Location: Poutwater Pond, Holden
Date: 02/01/2020 Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Join Wachusett Greenways and the Green Mountain Club for this 3-mile hike. You may wish to bring microspikes for hiking. This round-trip hike will ascend 300 feet in elevation through the North Sterling woods, traversing Sterling Land Trust, Mass. Fish and Wildlife and DCR open fields. Come along and enjoy this isolated pond that few venture to in winter. Contact Christy Barnes to sign up for the hike and get details on where to meet and park at 508-688-7540, or email her at christybarnes0706@gmail.com.

To reach the Poutwater Pond parking area, exit at Rt. 140 from I190 (exit 5 heading north from Worcester). Follow Rt 140 north (approximately 2 miles) to the intersection of Rt. 140 and Rt 62. Turn left on Rt. 62 and follow it to Holden Road (less than 0.2 mi) on the left. This left hand turn is just before the West Sterling Athletic Fields. Follow Holden Road for about a mile to a parking lot located on the right side of the road across from the Holden/Sterling town line (a sign indicates the town line).

Empty Nest Winter Walk

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/31/2020 Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Free, sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Get an introduction to winter birding and take an easy stroll through the forest to enjoy the season with bare trees donning last year’s empty nests. Look for clues in size, shape, habitat, and nesting materials to identify which nesting birds come to the area. Approximately 1 mile. If conditions permit, bring snowshoes and hiking poles. In the case of inclement weather, hike may be cancelled. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Maps!

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/30/2020 Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Did you know this farmhouse has a watershed map painted on the floor? Come visit the floor map and unique map collection to find your watershed address. Create your own realistic or futuristic 3-D map to keep. All ages welcome for this family friendly activity. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.

Stillwater Farm Open House

Location: Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Rd., Sterling
Date: 01/30/2020 Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sponsored by Our Friends at the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation.

This 1790’s farmhouse features displays on the Wachusett Watershed, history of the farm site, and wildlife of the area. Open additionally by appointment for guided group tours. In the case of inclement weather, program may be cancelled or postponed. To check on status please call 774-261-1809 or email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov.