The Devens Regional Household Hazardous Products Collection Center is open to Groton residents Wednesday, June 4, and Saturday June 7, 9 a.m.- Noon. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information: www.devenshhw.com.
Members of the Groton Conservation Trust will lead a Conservation Walk Wednesday, June 4, 6-7 p.m. along Baddacook Pond. Meet at the intersection of Martins Pond Road and Floyd Hill Road.
Groton Greenway River Festival 2014 takes place Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Petapawag boat launch on Rt. 119. This free family event features live music, nature exhibits, children’s activities, a cardboard canoe race and more. Free parking and shuttle buses are available at Deluxe Corporation, 500 Main St. Groton. More information at www.facebook.com/GrotonGreenwayRiverFestival.
An Introduction to Bee Keeping with John Kelly is scheduled Tuesday, June 10, 7-8:30 p.m. at Groton Public Library. Learn about honey bees, and the equipment needed for their hives. Registration requested, but not required at www.gpl.org.
Groton Boy Scouts Troop #1 will be doing a carwash, Saturday, June 14 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Prescott School Building on Main St. The fundraiser helps cover the general costs of the troop, helping with campouts, food and awards.
Groton Conservation Trust, through a grant from the Groton Commissioners Trust, brings author and conservationist Tom Wessels for a talk Saturday, June 14, 1 p.m. at the Groton School Library Conference Room. As demonstrated in his book “Reading the Forested Landscape, the Natural History of New England,” Wessels interprets land use history by the clues left behind, and will lead a walk after the presentation. Registration is appreciated at this free event. http://www.gctrust.org/.
Nashoba Paddler, 398 West Main St., Groton, is offering Full Moon Canoeing, Saturday, June 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m. A second evening ride, Paddling with Beavers will be held Saturday, June 28, 6-9 p.m. Registration is required for these trips. http://www.nashobapaddler.com/.
Free Shredding Event sponsored by the Friends of Groton Elders, Saturday, June 21, 9 a.m.-Noon at the Main St. Sacred heart Church Parking Lot. All paper records, staples and paper clips allowed.
The Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club will lead a two hour Guided Walk through Mass Audubon’s Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, off Robin Hill Rd. in Groton Sunday, June 22, 1 p.m. sharp. The sanctuary supports moose, beavers, and porcupines, as well as nearly 100 species of birds and more than 240 plant species. No dogs allowed on this walk.
Beginning Monday, June 23, Squannacook River Runners will host its 20th Annual Summer Track and Field Program for Kids K-8, and an Adult Summer Workout. The eight week program runs Mon. & Wed. 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School. For more information and to sign up visit www.gdtrack.com.
The Nashua River Watershed Association’s website offers an extensive list of hiking opportunities and trail maps at scores of conservation areas in Groton, nearby towns, and Massachusetts. www.nashuariverwatershed.org/recreation/hiking-walking.html .
And outside Groton
The New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) is honoring World Environment Day at its 70th annual meeting, Thursday, June 5, check-in begins 4:15 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center. Key speaker is Jeremy Grantham, an investment strategist whose foundation focuses on climate change and biodiversity conservation, with an emphasis on international initiatives. NEFF will also launch its new report “New England Forests — the Path to Sustainability.” www.newenglandforestry.org/
Birding at Fruitlands: Nesting Birds Ornithologist Patricia White will lead a free walk on Fruitlands Museum trails to look for nesting birds, Saturday June 7, 6:30 a.m. Dress for the weather and the bugs for this two mile walk over meadows and varied terrain. www.fruitlands.org 102 Prospect Rd. Harvard MA.
Caterpillar Foray at Great Meadow National Wildlife Refuge Concord. Naturalists Sam Jaffe and Cherry Corey will share their knowledge of the hidden larval universe in a trail walk, Sunday, June 8, 1-4 p.m. Ages 7-Adult. Fee; $30 preregistration required at: email@example.com or 978-760-1933. Limited to 18. Co-sponsored with Friends of the Assabet River NWR.
Mount Wachusett Spring Ephemerals Hike, Sunday, June 8, 10:30-2:30 p.m. Led by New England Wildflower Society staff. This moderate-to-strenuous half day hike loops from Echo Lake to the summit to learn about the New England landscape. Fee is $21 (members) $25 (non-members). Registration required /www.newenglandwild.org/learn/catalog/fdt1025.
2014 Great American Backyard Campout takes place Saturday, June 28, and is part of the National Wildlife Federation’s annual nationwide event to connect thousands of people with nature and support NWF’s efforts to get kids outdoors. www.nwf.org/great-american-backyard-campout.aspx.
Researchers at Northeastern University are requesting agricultural soil samples for The National Soil Project. This project will measure several markers that represent the sequestered carbon content of the soil, and give a picture of the health of the nation’s soils. www.northeastern.edu/hagroup/national-soil-project/.Related