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"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.)

OARS believes that with awareness and knowledge come appreciation and stewardship - whether for marsh, pond, or river. With this in mind, OARS 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 rivers, 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 the rivers for future generations!

The Junior River Ranger Program was added to the workshops in 2011, 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. Children who complete the program receive a Junior River Ranger Badge from the National Park Service.

OARS periodically offers lectures, workshops, and discussions to encourage dialogue on the many complex issues that affect the rivers. 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.