Learn about the construction and function of the Middlesex Canal, one of the oldest functioning canals in the U.S., which played a key role in the development of Boston. The Middlesex Canal Museum, 71 Faulkner Road, North Billerica.
See the Sudbury River from a new angle! How many times have you crossed the Sudbury River and wondered what’s around the bend? Here’s your chance to see a bit more of our Wild and Scenic Rivers. This free 1-hour boat tour will leave from the South Bridge Boat House (486 Main Street). For more info, and to book a seat, call 978-505-3009. Advance reservations are required.
Join Billerica Recreation for the annual NE Bassmasters Fishing Derby at Micozzi Beach on Nutting Lake (586 Middlesex Turnpike). Bait provided (or bring your own). Prizes for top anglers and free lunch for all youth participants. For more information contact Donna Hansen at Billerica Recreation at 978-671-0921.
Join the Concord Land Conservation Trust for a 1.5-hour walk to explore the varied riparian landscapes along the Assabet River. Park along the Nashawtuc Road causeway and meet at the corner of Nashawtuc and Musketaquid Roads.
Naturalist Peter Alden will lead a 2-hour guided tour, focusing on plants and birds, along the recently-opened Emerson Thoreau Amble. Sponsored by the Concord Natural Resources Commission. The walk will explore portions of the Amble, a trail winding through wetlands along Mill Brook, fields, and woods in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest. Meet at the Hapgood Wright Town Forest parking lot on Walden Street. Wellingtons or other waterproof footwear recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them. Call 978-318-3285 to sign up.
Come hear, and perhaps see, the gorgeous Scarlet Tanager and the melodious Hermit Thrush. Peter Alden, author of the popular Audubon Field Guide to New England, will lead a 2.5-hour walk, in partnership with the Concord Land Conservation Trust, on "secret" trails by rarely-visited hillsides and cliffs in remote Walden and Wright Woods, beyond the rail line. The loop walk will be several miles. Please bring binoculars, a light supper and drinks for a riverside picnic. Meet on Arena Terrace off Fairhaven Road on eastbound side of Rt. 2 (beyond Walden Woods Farmstand).
Nature/Discovery Walk: Join the Framingham Conservation Commission "ambling down the river" on the Carol Getchell Trail. Look for tracks and emerging plants along the banks of the Sudbury River as spring turns toward summer. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road. Members of the Friends of Saxonville will join us for a water stop at the Old Danforth Street Bridge. Some may wish to walk into Saxonville and learn some of the history of the village. The rest will retrace their steps along the trail. Call 508-532-5460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register and for directions and trail conditions. Dogs welcome but must be leashed. 10 am
Explore the Cochituate: Join the Framingham Conservation Commission for a walk along the new Cochituate Rail Trail, branching off into Cochituate Brook Reservation and out to the shores of the North Pond of Lake Cochituate State Park. Explore Cochituate Brook, a tributary of the Sudbury River and enjoy the transformed rail bed and the nature of the Reservation. Wear proper footwear for this longer walk. Call 508-532-5460 or email email@example.com to register and for meeting location Dogs welcome but must be leashed. 2 pm
Hand pull water chestnut, an invasive aquatic plant, from Stearn's Mill Pond in Sudbury. All volunteers age 14+ are welcome. This is a great hands-on opportunity for high school students who are interested in the environment and need community service hours! Life vests are required. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Bring water, bug spray, sun block, work gloves and water shoes–be prepared to get messy! Contact Ann Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and get more information. Sign up as soon as possible and no later than Friday, June 19.
Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities! Events will be held rain or shine at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, For more information call 978-443-4661 x34.
Calling All Anglers: Beginners and experienced anglers join refuge staff and MassWildlife’s Angler Expert Jim Lagacy to learn how to fly-cast, spin-cast, and even tie your own fly. All equipment will be provided. State fishing licenses are not required to participate. 10 am – 2 pm
Family Fun for Everyone. Join in games, crafts, and face painting, or go for a hike on the trails to discover the variety of riverine habitats on the refuge. 10 am – 2 pm
Wildlife–Up Close and Personal. Join Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native wildlife, birds and reptiles that live along the banks of the rivers and depend on a healthy habitat. 11 am – 1 pm
Snakes of New England and the World. See a variety of local snakes close up, and a few exotic ones too. Rick Roth, Director of the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team, will bring some of his favorites and talk about their lives and habits. 1 pm
Travel in time as you paddle with Brian Donahue, Brandeis University history professor and expert on the history of the Sudbury River. This 3-hour paddle to Sherman's Bridge (Sherman's Bridge Road) through the wide meadows that prompted the founding of Wayland and Sudbury, will have frequent stops to hear stories of a fascinating and sometimes lurid past. Meet at the Route 20 boat launch. Bring your canoe or kayak and life jacket (required). Cars will be available at Sherman’s Bridge to ferry you back to the launch site. If you plan to come and have space in your boat, or if you need space in someone else’s boat, or have any questions, call 508-358-2980.
Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers will host a Photo Walk around the Cow Common. Join SVNP member Hendrik Broekman in a stroll around the 65-acre plot, looking for interesting photos in a mixture of forest and field with some views across the Sudbury River marshes (leaves permitting). This is normally a 40-minute walk over flat, easy terrain, but we’ll be stopping to photograph, teach, and discuss, ending shortly before sunset. Folks can stay and watch (and photograph) the sunset from the Cow Common or take the 2-minute walk up to the North Cemetery and see the sun set from there. Novices and veterans, young and old – no matter. If you bring your eyes, plenty of enthusiasm, and a camera you’ll fit right in. Meet at the Cow Common parking lot on Old Sudbury Road (Route 27) across from the North Cemetery. Rain date: Sunday. If you have any questions, call 508-358-2980.
Join wildlife specialist Ken Harte for a sunrise birding paddle along the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your canoe or kayak, life jacket (required), weather-appropriate clothing for a 2 to 3-hour paddle, binoculars, money for breakfast, drinking water, and nature guidebooks for identifying river-edge birds, plants, insects. Meet to sign in at 5:15 am at the Bedford Boat Landing on Rte. 225 at the Carlisle/Bedford town line. Launch time is 5:30 am. A stop is scheduled half-way through the trip at a casual riverside restaurant for breakfast and to compare notes. An optional stop at the recently protected Elliott Concord River Preserve will be near the end of the trip. Cancelled in the case of inclement weather or flood conditions. For more information, call the Carlisle Conservation Commission at 978-369-0336.
Paddle and celebrate the summer solstice at Micozzi Beach. Bring your canoe or kayak. A few canoes will be available. Free parking all day. For more information contact Donna Hansen at Billerica Recreation at 978-671-0921.
Would your kids like to learn how to fish? Concord Outfitters will run a 2-hour free fishing class for children ages 5-13 years old on the banks of Nashoba Brook in West Concord. Registration is required. Call 978-318-0330 by Saturday, June 20, to register. This event is sponsored by OARS and made possible by the generosity of Concord Outfitters. Meet at Concord Outfitters' new location, 113 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord.
Come to the riverbank by foot or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy music and art at the Old Manse (269 Monument Street). For boat rentals contact South Bridge Boat House at 978-369-9438.
Plein Air Painting Class: Art instructor Cecilia Sharma's free 2-hour outdoors watercolor workshop with demonstration and personal instruction. Students will explore watercolor landscape painting through natural light in an outdoor setting. For all levels, some experience in drawing and painting helpful but not required. Email email@example.com for material list. 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Come join us in launching "The New World Drama: And Crown Thy Good with Sister- and Brotherhood." Scenes for the drama are being written by fellow citizens in communities across our land. Bring your own verse, song, legend, tale, your inspirations, which offer a Concord, Middlesex County, or Massachusetts perspective on the aspiring promise of sister- and brotherhood — from sea to shining sea. For a further glimpse visit www.concordium.us/initiatives/new-world-drama. Noon - 1:30 pm
Free Paddling and Quest: Paddle from the North Bridge to Egg Rock on the Concord River in search of clues and stickers. 1-hour free canoe rental available on a first-come-first-served basis. Meet us at the river bank behind the Old Manse. This is a family-friendly event. To reserve a boat in advance, contact OARS at 978-369-3956 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, June 19. 11 am - 2 pm
Be Creative, Build Art: Join Musketaquid Artists for a spontaneous sculptural installation on the banks of the Concord River. 11:30 am – 2 pm
Create Your Own Fish and Turtles: Join OARS to turn recycled soda bottles into colorful fish and turn bowls into turtles. Younger children can create their own watersticks. Visit www.oars3rivers.org for details. 11:30 am – 2 pm
Riverside Dixieland Jazz: Come hear the Dixieland music of the Silver Leaf Jazz Band as they float down the river with a stop at the Old Manse. 12 – 2 pm
Concert: A free concert on the Old Manse lawn featuring Lloyd Thayer. Lloyd puts the 'multi' in multi-insturmentalist, playing a mind-boggling assortment of stringed instruments including: Dobro and Weissenborn lap steel guitars, Turkish Oud, Sax and Cumbus, Indian Chaturangui and Mohan Veena, Ragmakamtar, Ukelele and more. 2 – 4 pm
Bike ride with the Nashoba Valley Pedalers for 30 miles (~2.5 hours) on roads criss-crossing our Wild and Scenic Rivers (click here to see the route). Meet at parking lot across Monument Street from the North Bridge. Helmets required. For more information, contact Dick at email@example.com. Rain or shine (if in doubt, click here).
Join a Park Ranger for a 20-minute program at the benches by the North Bridge (269 Monument St.). Learn about the opening battle of the American Revolution, which occurred here on April 19, 1775, and the powerful legacy of this event in American history. Location: North Bridge (rain location, North Bridge Visitor Center).
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. Meet at the footbridge across Nashoba Brook behind Nashoba Brook Bakery in West Concord.
Join Bill Fadden and the AMC Boston Paddlers to paddle our Wild and Scenic Rivers. Launch at the Lowell Road bridge in Concord. Stop at the Old Calf pasture across from Egg Rock and and then explore the lower Assabet and Sudbury Rivers and upper Concord River. Rest stop at Old North Bridge, walk at Great Meadows and option to end at the Old Manse to particpate in Summer Solstice activities at 6 pm. Bring your own canoe/kayak and life jacket (required), or rent at the South Bridge Boat House (978-369-9438, 486 Main Street), To sign up and for details, call 508-397-0078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Add to your enjoyment of the Summer Solstice by exploring the environs of the Old Manse.
Robbins Open House: Learn about 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. 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Old Manse Open House: Enjoy free admission for a tour of the Old Manse, a property of the Trustees of Reservations and the historic home of Emerson and Hawthorne, situated on the banks of the Concord River. Tours at 6 & 7 pm
Music: Voices for the Earth Chorus and others will entertain for those who wish to picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Old Manse, on the shores of the Concord River. 6:30 pm
Illuminated Flotilla: Launch your canoe, rowboat, or kayak for a paddle on the Concord River. Bring along a candle lantern (instructions for making lantern) that you can attach to your boat. Boat rentals available from the South Bridge Boat House. Boats put-in and take-out at the Old Manse or Lowell Road bridge. For those who want to participate without getting wet, the best viewing spot is from the Old North Bridge. 8 pm
Solstice Bonfire: Join the bonfire at the Old Manse. 8 pm
Visit www.oars3rivers.org for details.
Invasive plants threaten our local ponds and rivers. Every summer volunteers spend hours hand pulling the weeds, but sometimes we need the help of big machines. Join Hop Brook Association at Carding Mill Pond for a demonstration of how a mechanical harvester collects water chestnut, duckweed, pondweed and green algae and helps to save our waterways.
The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge's Puffer Pond has been closed to the public to protect it from invasive plant contamination. This is your chance to enjoy a self-guided exploration on the pond by canoe or kayak. A family-friendly event. Boats will be available for free for 1-hour of paddling courtesy of Nashoba Paddler. Reserve your slot by emailing email@example.com.
Wetland Wildlife: Join a Mass Audubon naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native turtles and ducks as you investigate water samples from our local rivers looking for the invertebrates that live there. 1 – 3 pm
Rubber Duck Race: Hop Brook Protection Association and the Sudbury Ponds and Waterways Committee will hold a Rubber Duck Race in Hop Brook at the Grist Mill by Sudbury’s Wayside Inn. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free and open to kids 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 978-443-9638. 1:30 pm
Join Weston Conservation Agent, Michele Grzenda on a 2-hour tri-town birding adventure along the watershed divide. A special place exists where Lincoln, Wayland, and Weston come together. Hundreds of acres of protected open space and dozens of bird species exist within reach of the Sudbury River. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear suitable clothing/bug spray to keep the bugs away. Cancelled in case of bad weather. Park on the road shoulder on right side near mailbox for 49 Stonehedge Road, Lincoln. Info: 781-697-1410.