Events

Friday September 16, 2022
Start: 09/16/2022

36th Annual River Cleanup, September 16-18

Join us as we spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers and streams in Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Berlin, Boxborough, Billerica, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham/Saxonville, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Marlborough, Northborough, Stow, Southborough, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Wayland, and Westborough.

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Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18
Saturday September 17, 2022

36th Annual River Cleanup, September 16-18

Join us as we spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers and streams in Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Berlin, Boxborough, Billerica, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham/Saxonville, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Marlborough, Northborough, Stow, Southborough, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Wayland, and Westborough.

CREATE YOUR OWN TEAM
Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18
Sunday September 18, 2022
Start: 09/16/2022
End: 09/18/2022

36th Annual River Cleanup, September 16-18

Join us as we spread out across the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord River Watershed to clean up our rivers and streams in Acton, Ashland, Bedford, Berlin, Boxborough, Billerica, Carlisle, Concord, Framingham/Saxonville, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Maynard, Marlborough, Northborough, Stow, Southborough, Sudbury, Tewksbury, Wayland, and Westborough.

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Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18
Sunday October 09, 2022
Start: 10/09/2022 8:30 am
End: 10/09/2022 12:00 pm
Paddle the Concord River from the Old Calf Pasture downstream through Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge to Ball's Hill and back (~6 miles roundtrip).
Wednesday May 24, 2023
Start: 05/24/2023 7:00 pm
End: 05/24/2023 10:00 pm

WILD & SCENIC® FILM FESTIVAL 2023 FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY
OARS 3 Rivers is once again hosting one of the largest environmental film festivals.

WHEN & WHERE
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 7 pm–10 pm
(doors open 6 pm)
LOCATION
Fine Arts Theatre Place
19 Summer St, Maynard, MA 01754
Monday June 05, 2023
Start: 06/05/2023 7:00 pm
End: 06/05/2023 8:15 pm

2023 ANNUAL MEETING. RECONNECTING WATERSHEDS: Innovative Approaches for River Connectivity & Restoration

WHEN
Monday, June 5, 2023, 7 pm–8:15 pm
WHERE
Zoom
Meeting link shared after registration

Featuring a presentation by Chad Sumner
Chad is Principal and CEO of SumCo Eco-Contracting, LLC (“SumCo Eco”), a self-performing heavy-site civil construction firm. Founded by Chad and his brother Travis in 2006, the company has completed hundreds of ecological restoration projects across the Northeast, including dam removals and rehabilitations; river, wetlands, and marsh restorations; coastal resiliency and climate adaptation; invasive species management; and more. His work addresses diverse ecological, environmental, and infrastructure challenges posed by climate change.

Saturday June 10, 2023
Start: 06/10/2023 8:30 am
End: 06/10/2023 3:30 pm

Come visit us on South Street in Hudson this weekend for the Hudson Community Fest!!

Located on South Street, in the heart of Hudson’s Historic District, the Hudson Community Fest is an old-fashioned street fair that includes entertainment, a food court, family-friendly activities, and over 120 vendors. Weather permitting, it draws approximately 5000 patrons. The Fest is rain or shine.

Saturday July 01, 2023
Start: 07/01/2023 4:00 pm

RAIL TRAIL WALK ALONG THE ASSABET RIVER

Saturday, July 1st, 4 PM, Bruce Freeman Rail Trail, W. Concord

Naturalist Peter Alden, author of the Audubon Guide to New England, will lead a 2.5-hour walk focusing on birds and plants on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail from West Concord toward White Pond. Meet at the beginning of the Rail Trail in West Concord (Rt. 62).

Registration is appreciated but not required.

RSVP HERE: http://sudbury-assabet-concord.org/riverfest-2023/rail-trail-walk-along-...

Sunday July 02, 2023
Start: 07/02/2023 5:15 pm

SUNRISE PADDLE

Sunday, July 2nd, 5:15 PM, Bedford Boat Landing (Route 225), Carlisle

Join Alan Ankers for a 2 to 3-hour paddle along the Concord River through the Carlisle, Bedford and Billerica sections of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, with a stop for a hearty breakfast at a
casual riverside restaurant. Bring your canoe/kayak, life jacket (required), binoculars if you have them, and water. Meet at the Bedford Boat Landing (Rte. 225).

RiverFest is a summer of celebration on and along the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.

Saturday July 08, 2023
Start: 07/08/2023 9:00 am

HISTORY PADDLE

Saturday, July 8th, 9:00 AM, Route 20 boat Launch, Wayland

Travel in time as you paddle with Brian Donahue, Brandeis University history professor and expert on
the Sudbury River. Paddle to Sherman’s Bridge through the wide meadows that prompted the founding of Wayland and Sudbury and hear stories of a fascinating and sometimes lurid past. Meet at the Rte. 20 boat launch. Bring your canoe/kayak and life jacket (required). Cars will be available at Sherman’s Bridge Rd. to ferry you back. For more information: 508-358-2980.

Start: 07/08/2023 10:30 am

THE NATURE OF STORIES: THE HIKE

Saturday, July 8th, 10:30 AM, The Old Manse, Concord

A group of friends go for a hike in the woods, explore the natural world around them and record their findings in a journal. After the storytime, make a nature journal of your own. The Old Manse (269
Monument Street) 10:30am

RiverFest is a summer of celebration on and along the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.

More information on RiverFest can be found here: http://sudbury-assabet-concord.org/riverfest-2023.php

Sunday July 09, 2023
Start: 07/09/2023 12:00 pm

NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SUDBURY RIVER WALK

Sunday, July 9th, 12:00 PM, Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Enjoy the wonderful vistas of the meandering Sudbury River at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge with Neela de Zoyso, botanist and instructor at the Native Plant Trust. Be introduced to the glacial sculpting of Weir Hill and the Native American history of the location. Learn about the floodplain trees,

Thursday July 13, 2023
Start: 07/13/2023 11:30 am
End: 07/13/2023 1:00 pm

Addressing New Stormwater Regulatory Pressure Through Asset Management & Grant Funding

When: Thursday, July 13th from 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Topics Covered: ​Direction for the next MS4 permit, regulatory compliance costs, grant funding opportunities, and asset management for municipal stormwater projects.

Speaker Info & Presentations:

Newton Tedder, Senior Permit Writer, Stormwater Section, US EPA

Friday July 14, 2023
Start: 07/14/2023 8:00 am

BIRDING THE ASSABET RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Friday, July 14th, 8:00 AM, Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Maynard

Mass Audubon Senior Director of Conservation Science, Jeff Collins (OARS Board of Directors member) , on a 2-hour birding stroll around the Refuge in Stow and Maynard. We’ll search for birds of forest, wetlands, and fields, and learn to identify various bird species by sight and sound. Bring binoculars if you have them, bug spray, and water; wear long sleeve shirt and pants (for mosquitos).

Registration by July 12 required.

Saturday July 15, 2023
Start: 07/15/2023 10:00 am

LOWELL FAMILY FESTIVAL

Saturday, July 15th, 10:00 AM, Muldoon Park, Lowell

The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust is partnering with the MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Mass Audubon, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Assabet National Wildlife Refuge to host 3 Family Outdoors Days this summer. Lowell is designated as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership City (one of only 29 in the US) by the US F&WS. This date is in honor of Latino Conservation Week, an initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation.

Start: 07/15/2023 10:30 am

THE NATURE OF STORIES: WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS

Saturday, July 15th, 10:30 AM, The Old Manse, Concord

When a black snake threatens to poison earth’s water, a young girl joins her community in protecting their
water. Following the storytime, create cool illustrations with watercolors and wax. The Old Manse (269 Monument Street) 10:30am

RiverFest is a summer of celebration on and along the Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Rivers.

More information on RiverFest can be found here: http://sudbury-assabet-concord.org/riverfest-2023.php

Start: 07/15/2023 11:45 am

WHAT IS YOUR WATERSHED ADDRESS?

Saturday, July 15th, 11:45 AM, The Old Manse, Concord

Rivers connect us! Through hands-on activities, learn about your watershed and how you can protect it. Designed for children 6-12. The Old Manse (269 Monument St.)

This is one of our Junior River Ranger programs, designed for children 6-12. Explore and learn about our rivers with us or on your own and complete the Junior River Ranger Booklet to earn a Junior River Rangers badge and certificate.

Sunday July 16, 2023
Start: 07/16/2023 10:00 am

WRIGHT WOODS WALK

Sunday, July 16th, 10:00 AM, Wright Woods, Concord

Start: 07/16/2023 1:00 pm
End: 07/16/2023 4:00 pm

RECREATION ON OUR RIVERS

Sunday, July 16th, 1:00–4:00 PM, Concord River

Exploring on and along our rivers is the most fun way to learn about them. Learn how to do so safely and with respect! Participants will have the opportunity to paddle in a canoe on a Wild & Scenic River! Details will be emailed to you.

This is one of our Junior River Ranger programs, designed for children 6-12. Explore and learn about our rivers with us or on your own and complete the Junior River Ranger Booklet to earn a Junior River Rangers badge and certificate.

Tuesday July 18, 2023
Start: 07/18/2023 8:00 am

BIRDING THE LINCOLN’S CODMAN CONSERVATION LAND AND FARM MEADOW

Tuesday, July 18th, 8:00 AM, Lincoln

Join Lincoln Conservation Director, Michele Grzenda, on a 2-hour birding stroll around Codman Estates, Farm Meadow, and North Codman Conservation Area. Meet 25 bird species commonly found in our
neighborhoods, wetlands, and forests, and learn various field identification techniques by sight
and sound. Bring binoculars if you have them, bug spray, and water. Wear long sleeve shirt and pants
(for mosquitoes).

Registration by July 16 is required.

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