Events

Thursday June 01, 2017
Start: 06/01/2017 7:00 pm

Thoreau Country is River Country Lessons from The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years

Presenter: Robert Thorson, Author of The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau's River Years (Harvard, April, 2017) and Professor of Geology

Thursday, June 1
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Concord-Carlise High School Auditorium
(500 Walden Street, Concord)

Sunday June 18, 2017
Start: 06/18/2017 5:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Start: 06/18/2017 9:00 am
End: 06/18/2017 10:30 am

Fishing Class for Kids!
Sunday, June 18 from 9 - 10:30 am.

Would your kids like to learn how to fish? OARS and Concord Outfitters will run a fishing class for children ages 6-13 years old on the banks of Nashoba Brook in West Concord.
Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 978-369-3956 or email OARS by June 16.
Meet at the Nashoba Brook Dam in West Concord.

Start: 06/18/2017 10:00 am

Celebrate our Wild and Scenic Rivers on a 30 mile (~3 hours) bike ride with OARS and the Nashoba Valley Pedalers.

The ride will include multiple river crossings of the Assabet, Concord and Sudbury rivers, with occasional stops for re-grouping and brief descriptions of the rivers we're celebrating. We will pass through parts of three different watersheds, all crucial to our local fresh water supply, river recreation, farms, and orchards. Ride includes a stop at Erikson's Ice Cream!

Start time: 10 am

Start: 06/18/2017 11:00 am
End: 06/18/2017 12:00 pm

Scientists study the fish on our rivers to better understand how we can protect them. Come watch a fish electro-shocking demonstration by MassWildlife and hear about what they learn from it.

Date: Sunday, June 18
Time: 11am - noon
Location: Meet at the footbridge across Nashoba Brook behind Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord.
NOTE: this event cannot take place in foggy or rainy conditions because of the equipment.

Start: 06/18/2017 11:00 am
End: 06/18/2017 7:00 pm

Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy an aft�ernoon of entertainment at the historic Old Manse (269 Monument Street).
Interested in renting a boat? Contact the South Bridge Boat House.

Robbins Open House: Learn Concord’s early African-American history at the Robbins House, built for the son and daughter of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s. 11am - 4pm

Start: 06/18/2017 3:00 pm
End: 06/18/2017 6:00 pm

Celebrate Riverfest and test your STEAM skills! Can you make a boat out of cardboard and paddle it 25 yards? Before it sinks? Can you design your boat not only for maximum flotation and speed but also to blend in with the river habitat? In an hour and a half?

The winner categories: First to cross the finish line in boat; Most creative Concord River habitat design; Most spectacular sinking.

Start: 06/18/2017 6:30 pm
End: 06/18/2017 9:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of Summer with Musketaquid and OARS along the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers on Sunday, June 18. Join us as Riverfest (June 18-19), a weekend of celebrating our Wild and Scenic Rivers draws to an end!

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a picnic on the grounds of the Old Manse. Bring food, drink, and a blanket, and relax to music by Sawyer Lawson and Band while taking in an incomparable view.

Saturday July 15, 2017
Start: 07/15/2017 9:00 am
End: 07/15/2017 1:00 pm

Help Eradicate Invasive Water Chestnuts from the Assabet

We have a limited number of canoes - please sign up early! We also need some people helping on shore!

Saturday, July 15 from 9 am - 1 pm.
Meeting Place:Assabet River in Stow (directions to come Wednesday)
Sunday July 16, 2017
Start: 07/16/2017 5:00 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Thursday July 20, 2017
Start: 07/20/2017 9:00 am
End: 07/20/2017 9:30 am
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Friday August 11, 2017
Start: 08/11/2017 9:00 am
End: 08/11/2017 12:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Please come help move pre-made boardwalk sections from one location to another, joining them into one boardwalk! It will involve carrying and hammering!

Friday, August 11
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Start: 08/16/2017 10:00 am
End: 08/16/2017 12:00 pm


Back for the 14th season!
These free, outdoor, community workshops offer children ages 6-10 a fun, hands-on chance to explore rivers, creatures, water conservation, and much more in our watersheds. Download OARS Water Wise Workshops flier.

Sunday August 20, 2017
Start: 08/20/2017 5:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Saturday September 16, 2017
Start: 09/16/2017 9:00 am
End: 09/16/2017 9:00 am

31st Annual River Cleanup
Saturday September 16, 2017
9:00am - noon

Make a difference in your community!
Join us along the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers for a morning of rewarding work with friendly people, followed by pizza celebrations along the rivers! The cleanup takes place rain or shine. Cleanup meeting locations are listed below.

Signing up in advance helps us to plan and have enough supplies for everyone. To signup, contact the OARS office at 978-369-3956 or email.

Sunday September 17, 2017
Start: 09/17/2017 6:00 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Wednesday October 04, 2017
Start: 10/04/2017 5:00 pm
End: 10/04/2017 7:00 pm

Join us for Rivers, Views and Brews:

Battle Road Brew House (20 Sudbury Street, Maynard)
Wednesday, October 4
5 - 7 pm
Appetizers provided. Cash bar.

Register here . Appreciated as it helps us plan accordingly.

Friday October 13, 2017
Start: 10/13/2017 9:00 am
End: 10/13/2017 12:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Task: assembling pre-built boardwalks along the trail!

Friday, Sat., Sun., October 13, 14 & 15th
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Saturday October 14, 2017
Start: 10/14/2017 8:00 am
End: 10/14/2017 11:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Task: assembling pre-built boardwalks along the trail!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 13, 14, and 15th
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Start: 10/14/2017 10:00 am

Paddle on the Sudbury River from Wayland to Concord (about 6 miles) .
Camp at Scout Island in Fairhaven Bay on Saturday night. Flexible end time on Sunday (TBD by participants). Takeout will be at Lowell Road on Concord River (about 4 miles).

Join us for paddling either day or for camping only (water taxi to campsite will be available).

Meeting time: 10 AM. On Saturday, we will spot cars at Concord Land Conservation Trust's Wright Woods in Concord, a short paddle from the campsite.

Sunday October 15, 2017
Start: 10/14/2017 10:00 am
End: 10/15/2017 2:00 pm

Paddle on the Sudbury River from Wayland to Concord (about 6 miles) .
Camp at Scout Island in Fairhaven Bay on Saturday night. Flexible end time on Sunday (TBD by participants). Takeout will be at Lowell Road on Concord River (about 4 miles).

Join us for paddling either day or for camping only (water taxi to campsite will be available).

Meeting time: 10 AM. On Saturday, we will spot cars at Concord Land Conservation Trust's Wright Woods in Concord, a short paddle from the campsite.

Start: 10/15/2017 9:00 am
End: 10/15/2017 12:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Task: assembling pre-built boardwalks along the trail!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 13, 14, and 15th
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Sunday November 12, 2017
Start: 11/12/2017 7:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:30am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

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