"The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters, and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man." (Charles William Beebe, Log of the Sun, 1906.)
OAR believes that with awareness and knowledge come appreciation and stewardship - whether for marsh, pond, or river. With this in mind, OAR offers educational programs for both kids and adults.
OARS' summer Water Wise Workshops offer kids a chance to use their sense of adventure and heighten their awareness of the mysterious creatures that live in the river, how their actions affect the habitat of those creatures and how they can make a difference. Our goal is to inspire future stewards of the environment to protect it for future generations!
During the summer of 2011 is the Junior River Ranger program was introduced, offering engaging activities to allow young people and their families to have fun and learn more about the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers.
The Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest challenges and inspires high school students to develop creative ideas on how to improve the environment in their communities. Their projects focus on water issues in the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord River watersheds. Prizes of up to $500 are awarded to the winners.
We are offering Innovation Workshops to guide interested students through the basics of developing innovative projects for the contest. If you are interested in having us bring this workshop to your school or club, please email or call 978-369-3956.
OARS periodically offers lectures, workshops, and discussions to encourage dialogue on the many complex issues that affect the river. By bringing expert speakers, authors, scientists and government officials into our town halls and schools, we offer communities an opportunity to continue their education on important issues that affect them and the environment. The decisions we make today will affect the world we pass on to our children.
Also see our Events page for upcoming events.