Come, connect, and experience your local Wild and Scenic Rivers! June 17th and 18th, 2017

Enjoy free hikes, paddles, walks, demonstrations, music, and family fun all weekend in this annual celebration of the federally-designated Sudbury, Assabet, and Concord Wild and Scenic Rivers. Explore all the rivers have to offer, just west of Boston!

Please check back prior to attending any events for any weather related cancellations or modifications. Events and schedule subject to change.

Billerica

Middlesex Canal Exhibits

Learn about the Middlesex Canal, the greatest work of its kind in the United States until the Erie Canal. New exhibit this year is the Dahill painting, “The Canal that Bisected Boston,” commissioned by the owner of  One Canal Street for the entrance pavilion of the 310-unit apartment tower at Boston's Haymarket Square. 

Kayakers can portage around the Billerica Falls Dam by taking out at the entrance to the canal in west bank of the Concord (2 Old Elm Street) and portage to the N. Billerica firehouse (21 Lowell Street.) Parking is available at the firehouse. The firehouse was built over the Middlesex Canal but walkable remnants of the canal that John and Henry Thoreau traveled between the Merrimack and Concord Rivers are on the east and west sides of the firehouse. The Middlesex Canal Vistor Center/Museum is at the Billerica Falls of the Concord River. 

 

 

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Concord

Sudbury River Pontoon Boat Tours

See the Sudbury River from a new angle! How many times have you crossed the 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. For more info, and to book a seat, call 978-371-1785. Advance reservations are required.

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Concord

Some Were for Making a Stand

Join a Park Ranger for a 20-minute program at the benches by the North Bridge. Learn about the opening battle of the American Revolution, on April 19, 1775, and the powerful legacy of this event in American history.

Rain location: North Bridge Visitor Center.

 

 

 

269 Monument Street, Concord, MA

11:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30pm

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Billerica

Fishing Derby

Join the Billerica Department of Recreation for the annual free Yankee Bassmasters of New England Fishing Derby at Micozzi Beach on Nutting Lake.

Bait provided (or bring your own). Prizes for top anglers and free lunch for all youth participants.

For more information contact Donna Hansen at 978-671-0921.

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Billerica

Walk with Thoreau along the Middlesex Canal

Join experienced guide Marlies Henderson to explore extant portions of the Middlesex Canal, reading passages from Henry David Thoreau describing the towpath, from the Billerica Falls to Middlesex Village. Focus will be on camaraderie and local history. 

Meet at the gazebo at the falls. Three hour easy walk. Knee high boots recommended if extending the walk beyond a flooded 30 yard section.

 

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Billerica

Paddle the Concord River

Enjoy this 3-hour round trip easy paddle from just below the Billerica Falls towards the Lowell Centennial dam.

Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket (required).

Meet leaders Marlies Henderson and Ed Reiner by the North Billerica Fire Station boat ramp.

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Concord

Assabet River Walk

Join the Concord Land Conservation Trust for a 1.5-hour walk to explore the landscapes along the Assabet River.

Park along the Nashawtuc Road causeway and meet at the corner of Nashawtuc and Musketaquid Roads.

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Concord

Walden Woods Explorations

Naturalist Peter Alden will lead a 2-hour guided tour, focusing on plants and birds, along Fairhaven Bay and Wright Woods of Walden Woods. This will be an easy 1.5 mile walk.

Meet at the corner of Fairhaven Road and Arena Terrace (turnoff just east of Walden Woods farmstand on Rte. 2 eastbound.)

Co-sponsored by Concord Land Conservation Trust. No RSVP needed.

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Framingham

The Morning Sounds of Macomber Reservation

Join the Framingham Conservation Commission for a 1.5-hour walk through Macomber Reservation along the Sudbury River Reservoir. Listen for sounds of the early morning songbirds and learn about the wildlife that has settled around the reservoir.

Wear proper footwear. Meet at the Macomber Estate parking lot on Badger Road. Call 508-532-5460 to register.

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Framingham

Saxonville Dam, Falls and Levee Walk

Join the Friends of Saxonville for an historical 1.5-hour walk with Kevin Swope, author of “The Saxonville Mills,” after which will we walk down stairs for a view of the waterfall from beneath the bridge. Able-bodied visitors will then walk along the levee (steep grassy incline up to the walking path), which protects Saxonville from potential flooding.

Wear sturdy, nonslip footwear and bring a bottle of water and sunscreen. Park in the Pinefield Shopping center parking lot and meet at the corner of Water and Central Sts.  For more information, contact Lynne Damianos at 508-341-8210.

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Framingham

Nature Exploration: The Oxbow of the Sudbury River

Join the Framingham Conservation Commission for a 2-hour backwoods trek to the outer banks of the oxbow on the Framingham Wild and Scenic portion of the Sudbury River. Learn about how the river has evolved over many years and explore the effects of beaver activity on the impounded sections of the oxbow channel.  

This walk may contain some mild to moderate traversing of terrain off of designated paths. Please dress appropriately with proper footwear, long pants, and long socks.  Mosquito and tick repellant will be made available at the beginning of the walk.   

Join us for one or both of the walks as we compare and contrast man-made and natural impoundments of the river! This is a great way for family and friends to get outdoors and get some fresh air.

Please call 508-532-5460 or email  to sign up and for more information, including meeting location.

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Framingham

Framingham/Wayland Historic River Walk

Join a naturalist and the Friends of Saxonville for a 1.5-hour walk along the Sudbury River, the aqueduct, and Stone Bridge in Wayland for a bit of history and information about the area. Revolutionary war general Henry Knox used the bridge to cross the Sudbury River with cannons from Fort Ticonderoga in New York to drive the British fleet out of Boston Harbor.  

Wear sturdy, nonslip footwear and bring water, sunscreen and mosquito/tick repellent. Meet at the end of Little Farms Road at the Sudbury River. Rain or shine. Leashed dogs welcome. For more information, contact Lynne Damianos at 508-341-8210.

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Lowell

SuAsCo Herring Restoration Demonstration

Take a rare opportunity to tour a fishway at the Centennial Island Hydroelectric Project Dam. Last year, hundreds of thousands of river herring returned to the Merrimack River from the sea. Learn how many make it back to the  Sudbury, Concord, and Assabet Rivers and the challenges they face.  Meet an elver that swam 2000 miles “home” to the Concord River and how long it takes to grow into an American eel. These fish depend upon passage between marine and freshwater habitats to complete their life cycle and efforts are underway to improve their access to all three rivers. 

Led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. RSVP to Lowell Conservation and Parks. Meet at 850 Lawrence Street.

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Sudbury

Hand-pull Weed Harvesting Demo

Hand-pulling water chestnuts in canoes at Stearns Mill Pond.

Volunteers 14 and older may participate. Register by June 16. Email , or call 978-443-9638.

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Sudbury

Fishing Event & Family Festivities at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Join us for a fun-filled day of hands-on activities. Events will be held rain or shine at the Refuge Headquarters. For more information call 978-443-4661.

Plein Air Painting: Art instructor Cecilia Sharma’s free watercolor workshop with demonstration and personal instruction. Get inspired from nature by painting in Plein air while learning to capture the illusion of light and depth in your landscape painting. There will be a demonstration of helpful techniques to discover basic shapes and forms in nature. Please bring the following: a set of 12 watercolor paints, a palette to mix colors on, brushes (3 watercolor brushes 1" flat. #12 round and # 6 round), cold pressed 140-lb watercolor paper (9x12, 12x14, or 12x16) - loose sheet taped to a board or watercolor block, pencils and erasers, and a light easel to carry or a small chair. Bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat and comfortable shoes.  If it rains we will work under cover. 10am–1pm

Calling All Anglers: Beginners and experienced anglers come join 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. This event qualifies as a free fishing day, so state fishing licenses are not required to participate. 10am–2pm

Family Fun for Everyone: Join refuge staff in games, crafts, and face painting, or go for a hike on the new accessible boardwalk trail to discover the variety of riverine habitats. 10am–2pm

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. 11am–1pm

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. Noon

RIVERUKE! A ukulele meetup at Riverfest: Come celebrate the joys of rivers with your ukulele! Bring a stand, and a seat; please download chord charts and print out. All levels of players welcome! No uke? Come and sing with us or just enjoy the sounds as you explore activities at Great Meadows. 1pm

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Wayland

History Paddle

Travel in time as you paddle with Brian Donahue, Brandeis University history professor and expert on the Sudbury River history. 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 Route. 20 boat launch. Bring your canoe or kayak and life jacket (required). Cars will be available at Sherman’s Bridge Road. to ferry you back.

Call 508-353-2980 if you have space in your boat, or need space in someone else’s boat.

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Wayland Photo Walk

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), and the sunset. All ages and abilities welcome.

Meet at the Cow Common parking lot on Old Sudbury Rd. (Rte. 27) across from the North Cemetery.

Rain date: Sunday. If you have any questions, call 508-358-2980.

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Bedford/Carlisle

Sunrise Canoe/Kayak on the Concord River

Join wildlife specialist Ken Harte for a 2 to 3-hour paddle on the Carlisle section of the Concord River and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. A stop is scheduled at a casual riverside restaurant for a hearty breakfast and to compare notes. Near the end of the trip there will be an optional stop at the recently protected Elliot Concord River Preserve.

Bring your canoe or kayak, life jacket (required), binoculars, breakfast money, water, and guidebooks. Sign in at 5:15am at the Bedford Boat Landing (Rte. 225). In case of inclement weather or flood conditions, call 978-369-0336 for confirmation.

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Billerica

Micozzi Beach and Paddle

Enjoy free admission to Micozzi beach when the beach officially opens at 10 AM and enjoy free canoe and kayak rentals until closing at 7pm. (Weather permitting)

For more information contact Donna Hansen at Billerica's Recreation Department at 978-671-0921.

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Concord

October Farm Riverfront Walk

Enjoy a walk at this wonderful new property of the Concord Land Conservation Trust along the Concord River opposite Great Meadows. It features William Brewster's canoe house, three hills, a thriving 100' Bald Cypress in a vernal pool, and a nice mix of other plants and birds. 

Due to limited parking we will carpool from the North Bridge parking lot on Monument Street. No RSVP needed.

Walk led by Concord naturalist and author Peter Alden.

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Nashoba Brook Fishing Class

OARS will host a 1.5-hour fishing class for children ages 6-13 on the banks of the brook in West Concord.

Registration required by June 16. Call 978-369-3956.

Meet at the Nashoba Brook Dam on Commonwealth Avenue.

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Ride for the Rivers

Bike ride with the 

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Fish electro-shocking demo

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

Meet at the footbridge along Nashoba Brook behind Nashoba Brook Bakery.

Location is flow and weather-dependent. Changes in location will be posted here and at OARS.

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Dance, Music, Art and History at the Old Manse

 

 

Come to the riverbank by foot or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment at the historic Old Manse.

For boat rentals contact South Bridge Boat House at 978-369-9438.

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

Henry David Thoreau at the Old Manse Garden: Mr. Thoreau, portrayed by Historian Richard Smith, will be on site to discuss the garden that he planted for newlyweds Nathaniel and Sophie Hawthorne in July 1842, as well as his current living conditions at Walden Pond (why was he living in the woods anyway?). 12:15 –3:45pm

The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years: Celebrating the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth, author Robert Thorson will introduce and read from his new book which focuses on Thoreau’s delight with and understanding of his three rivers, and why it’s important for us today. 1–1:45pm

Global Water Dance: To raise awareness of our limited water, 4 dances will be performed on the grounds of the Old Manse followed by a short blessing of the water ceremony at the North Bridge. 2–3pm

Create Your Own Fish and Turtles: Join OARS to turn recycled soda bottles into colorful fish and bowls into turtles. Younger children can create their own watersticks. 1–3pm

Wetland Wildlife: Join a Mass Audubon naturalist for a family-friendly visit with native turtles as you investigate water samples from our local rivers looking for the invertebrates that live there. 1–3pm

Stone Wall Secrets: Stone wall expert and children’s book author Robert Thorson will explain to young and old why the old fieldstone wall behind the Old Manse is the most important one in America. He will explore what its stones can tell us about the past. 3–3:30pm

Music at the Old Manse: Guitarist Steve Rapson and Harp player Hatrack Gallagher play and sing beautifully together. 3–5pm

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 & 7pm

 

 

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Solstice Cardboard Boat Challenge At the Old Manse

Celebrate Riverfest with Musketaquid Arts and Environment and OARS. Take part in the challenge to build and race a cardboard boat in the Concord River!

Race winner categories: first to cross finish line in boat; most creative Concord River habitat design; most spectacular sinking. Bring your team, imaginations, and intrepid spirit. Boat-making materials provided.

Advance registration required (closes at noon on Saturday, registration at event if supplies allow)Register here.  

Cardboard Boat Challenge Rules.

 

 

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Concord

A Literary Paddle Along the Concord River

In celebration of the Thoreau Bicentennial, participate in a literary experience led by Ron McAdow, author of “The Concord Sudbury and Assabet Rivers: A Guide to Canoeing, Wildlife and History.” At famous landmarks, paddlers will pause to hear excerpts from the remarkably rich literature the river has inspired.

Bring your own kayak or canoe and life jacket (required). Boats launch at 3:30pm. Registration required at svtweb.org/calendar/.

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Summer Solstice Celebration

Complete Riverfest by celebrating the arrival of summer on the rivers with OARS and Musketaquid Arts and Environment at the Old Manse.

Music: Music by Sawyer Lawson and Band will entertain those who wish to picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Old Manse. 6:30pm

Illuminated Flotilla with Voices of the Earth Chorus: Paddle from the picnic up the Concord River or enjoy the festivities from the North Bridge. Everyone is encouraged to bring a candle lantern. Directions to make one. Boat put-in and take-out at Lowell Road bridge recommended. Boat rentals available from the South Bridge Boat House (978-369-9438, 486 Main St.). 8pm

Solstice Bonfire: Join the bonfire with s’mores on the back lawn of the Old Manse. 8pm

 

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Sudbury

Annual 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 historic Wayside Inn. Free and open to kids 12 and under. Prizes will be awarded.

For more information, call 978-443-9638

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