Apr 302014

NRWA Groton Greenway Walk near Fitchs Bridge 1NRWA

NRWA Groton Greenway Walk near Fitchs Bridge 1

The Nashua River Watershed Association is springing forward with three walking programs this weekend — its monthly Wellness Walk and a Trail Jog for kids 7-11 on Saturday and a family trail walk in the woods near Fitch’s Bridge on Sunday.

Outdoor Wellness Walk May 3

Nashua River Outdoor Wellness Walks are back! We had a great first walk in April and can’t wait to get back out on the trail in May. The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to join us for our free monthly NOWW walk on Saturday, May 3, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the Nashua River Rail Trail in Groton. Spring migratory birds will be passing through or returning, the trees will be budding out, and wildlife will be out of their winter burrows. Your guide on this 60-minute walk, NRWA’s Environmental Education Director, Mary Marro, will share her knowledge of the eco-systems along the path and point out interesting plants and animals as we walk. Our focus is on exercise and experiencing our natural world, both parts of healthy living. The Rail Trail is flat and paved; the walk is free and open to all ages. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. We’ll meet at the Station Avenue kiosk on the Trail in Groton; a Google map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes. To pre-register, or for more information, please contact Mary Marro at (978) 448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Join us for a fun spring outing!

Science Saturday Trail Jog May 3

This Science Saturday program is meant to get everyone moving as we combine outdoor exploration with exercise! Join Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) Environmental Education Director Mary Marro for fun and activity during “Trail Jogging and the Science of Exercise” on Saturday, May 3rd from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Williams Barn, a town-owned conservation property, at 160 Chicopee Row in Groton. Running on a path is good for your feet and joints, and also gets you to beautiful places. We will slowly jog the trails at Williams Barn, stop to check our pulses and to investigate the ponds and the forest, and then we’ll jog a little more. Wear comfortable sneakers and a hat! This Science Saturday program is open to children ages 7 to 11 from all communities. Cost: $20 for NRWA members; $25 for non-members. For siblings who wish to attend, pay full price for the first child, ½ price for the second. Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Environmental Education Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email MaryM@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Grab a friend, lace up your shoes, and let’s go!

Fitch’s Bridge Greenway Walk Sunday May 4

The Nashua River Watershed Association invites the public to join us for the second free guided walk in our 2014 Spring Greenway Walk series. Join us on Sunday, May 4 (raindate May 10) from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. to explore Groton’s greenway on the westside of the Nashua River beginning at Fitch’s Bridge. Now that the new Fitch’s Bridge is open for pedestrian traffic the trails on the west side of Nashua River are more accessible. NRWA wants to let residents know about these trails and, on May 4th, we’ll feature the trail that passes through the Johnson Conservation Area to the Groton Senior Center and back again. This three mile walk is relatively flat but the terrain is uneven. Your guide will be NRWA’s Land Programs and Outreach Director, Al Futterman.

This spring walking series features trails that are next to or near brooks, rivers and streams in our Nashua River watershed. This makes them “greenway” trails. Greenway generally describes a place alongside a waterway. The NRWA acts as advocate for the establishment of greenways in our region. Conservation of the river’s edge is a priority, as expressed in our founding vision of “sparkling blue water with a ribbon of green alongside it.” We encourage a permanently protected open space corridor along both banks of the Nashua River, its main tributaries, and its smaller streams as well. In rural areas, this greenway can be a natural buffer (ideally 300 feet wide) to filter pollutants, prevent soil erosion, provide floodways, protect wildlife habitat, and offer outdoor recreation, like riverfront trails. In urban areas, the greenway can conserve water supplies, increase the value of land adjacent to the greenway, stimulate downtown revitalization, and provide riverside parks for recreation and public access to the river.

This walk is free and open to the public. Parking is available on either side of Fitch’s Bridge, the meet up point for this walk, which can be reached by Fitch’s Bridge Road on the east side of the river off of Rt. 119, and on the west side of the river off of Pepperell Road. A Google Map and directions are available at www.NashuaRiverWatershed.org. In case of severe weather, the walk will be postponed until the same time on Saturday, May 10th. Pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes and for notice of a weather postponement. To pre-register, contact Al Futterman at (978) 448-0299 or email AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.