Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) Water Monitoring Volunteers Orientation and Training Session, Thursday, April 2, 7- 8 p.m. at the River Resource Center, 592 Main St (RT 119). For the 23rd season, April-October, volunteers will monitor 43 sites on rivers and streams throughout the watershed. Contact Kathryn Nelson, KathrynN@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Funded in part by a grant from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. FREE.
Saturday, April 4, Early Spring Wildlife Workshop, 1-4 p.m., Williams Barn and the Chestnut Hills trail area. For adults and children ages 11 and up. Will focus on four distinct habitats and the animals that survive and thrive here after a challenging winter. Fee: $15/person NRWA members, $20/nonmembers. Pre-reservations required; space is limited. Contact Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
Groton Public Library’s Groton READS 2015 selection is Following Atticus: Forty Eight High Peaks, one Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship, by Tom Ryan, a story of the transformative powers of hiking the New Hampshire 4,000 footer mountains. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. Related activities in April include:
Nick Wilder, Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m., for Adults & Teens 14+ 10,200 Reasons to Go Off-the-Grid: A Semester in the Colorado Rockies, Sibley Hall at the library.
Sunday Afternoon with Tom & Atticus, Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.), for Adults & Mature Teens ONLY. Meet at GD Middle School, 344 Main Street. Register ASAP, as Tom has a huge fan base and seats are going to go fast!
Orienteering Workshop for Teens: Part I Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Sibley Hall
Orienteering Workshop for Teens: Part II Sunday, April 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Groton Town Forest.
For more information and to register for these and other programs www.gpl.org
Hazel Grove Agricultural Association (HGAA) is looking for volunteers Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m., Hazel Grove Cleanup and Sunday April 25, to help run the XCountry Derby at Hazel Grove Park / Groton Fairgrounds, 166 Jenkins Rd. If you can spare an hour or more, contact Jean Armstrong at email@example.com or 978-448-2827.
Olin Lathrop of the Groton Trails Committee and the Appalachian Mountain Club will lead a two-hour Guided Hike at Groton Hills, Sunday, April 12, 1 p.m. Walk through deep woods, past a pretty pond, and to the top of a 500 foot hill that was a popular local ski area decades ago. Take RT. 40 (Lowell Rd.) then School House Rd. for 1 mile. Turn left onto Kailey’s Way. Park at the cul-de-sac at the end of Kailey’s Way. FREE
Sunday, April 19, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Trails Walk Throne Hill. Join members of the Groton Trails Committee on an early spring guided hike through one of the largest contiguous undeveloped parcels in the area. Take Townsend Rd. in Groton to Rockwood Lane. Meet at the end of Rockwood Lane at the top of the hill. FREE. Dave Minott (978) 448-9574 DMinott@charter.net
The Butterflies of the Bird World — Introduction to North American Wood Warblers Presentation by Mark Archambault, NRWA Smart Growth Circuit Rider. Thursday, April 23, 7:00 — 9 p.m. at the River Resource Center, 592 Main St, (RT 119). FREE. Preregister at (978) 448-0299 or email MarkA@nashuariverwatershed.org
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m., Rail Trails Cleanup Sat. April 25, 9 a.m. Dept. Of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Friends of the Nashua River Rail Trail “Park Serve Day” cleanup of the Nashua River Rail Trail. Meet at the Sand Hill Rd. parking lot, in Groton, to receive trash bags and instructions.
24th Annual Groton Road Race, sponsored by the Squannacook River Runners, Sunday, April 26 features four distinct races beginning at 10:45 a.m.: Tots’ Trot, 2K Fun Run, 5K, 10K. New this year the Virtual Race category which can be run anywhere. Register online — www.grotonroadrace.com
Groton Turtle Conservation and NRWA co-sponsor a Linking Landscapes Lecture, Wednesday, April 29, 7 p.m., at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main St. Groton. David Paulson from MA Natural Heritage and Endangered Species (NHESP) will talk about the cooperative effort with MASS DOT (Department of Transportation) to identify areas on roadways with high levels of wildlife crossings and mortalities. Using over 350 citizen volunteers’ data, the two agencies work to improve methods of road construction and conservation to protect wildlife. An optional volunteer monitor training will follow the lecture. RSVP 978-448-0299 firstname.lastname@example.org FREE
Job Opportunity-Nashoba Paddler. Two positions, Canoe Guide and Shoreline Educator, with NRWA River Classroom® part time during May, June, September, and October. Work with school groups on the Nashua and Squannacook Rivers in inquiry-based science education. Forward resume or summary of qualifications to email@example.com
Thinking Ahead — NRWA’s Summer Eco-Adventures: Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14 June 23 — June 26, 2015 (Tues-Fri), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wild World of Water Week for Ages 6 to 8 July 13 — July 16, 2015 (Monday — Fri), from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All Things Animal: Incredible Insects, Secretive Salamanders & Outrageous Otters for Ages 9 to 11 July 20 — July 23, 2015 (Mon — Thurs), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. To preregister or for more information, contact Stacey Chilcoat, at (978) 448-0299, or StaceyC@NashuaRiverWatershed.org
Friends of the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Saturday, April 18 1:00 — 3 p.m.; Vernal Pools. Explore vernal pools with guide, Rona Balco. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Still River Depot Road in Harvard, MA. For further information, contact Rona at 978-779-2259.
Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25, at 6:45 p.m. (Rain dates: Sunday 19 and 26). Woodcocks. Listen and watch for the courtship flight of the American woodcock. Meet: Partway down Still River Depot Road in Harvard at the NWR sign on the right. Contact Don Macfarlane 978-897-7567.
Connecting Communities in Gardner: Wellness Walk Celebrating Earth and Arbor Day, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. Into and RSVP www.freedomsway.org 978-630-4014.