Upcoming programs at the Wachusett Reservoir Watershed & Stillwater Farm– FREE!

Check out these upcoming FREE programs! DCR’s Division of Water Supply Protection offers many opportunities to discover the nature and history surrounding the Wachusett Reservoir, which provides drinking water to three million people.

Upcoming Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Programs

All programs are free and open to the public, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Dogs and domestic animals are prohibited on watershed lands. Service dogs are welcome.

Legends and Lore Hike
Saturday, March 7, 10:00am-12:00pm
Meet at Wachusett Reservoir, Gate 39, Route 110 & South Meadow Road, Clinton
Take a walk along the North Dike to the Clinton Dam and discuss the geology and history of Wachusett Reservoir along with legends and lore of the North Dike and Cemetery Island. Easy 3.5 miles round trip.

Ranger Program: Wildlife Tracks & Signs
Saturday, March 14, 10:00am
Meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling
The Watershed is made up of thousands of acres of forested lands providing habitat for many species. Searching for animal tracks and other signs left by them can tell us a lot about their behaviors and activities. Come learn how to track an animal and interpret their behavior at this time of year. Be prepared to take a short walk outdoors for part of this program.

Seeing Green Hike
Tuesday, March 17, 4:00-5:00pm
Meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling
Enjoy a short moderate 1-mile hike to take in the early spring landscape and see the forest’s role in protecting water quality. We will be hiking a loop with some steep areas but taking frequent breaks to enjoy all the shades of early spring greens, if not four leaf clovers and leprechauns! Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome.

Gates Cove Hike
Saturday, March 21, 10:00am-12:00pm
Meet at Wachusett Reservoir, Gate 25, Route 140 West Boylston, GPS address start of Goodale St, West Boylston (at bridge and powerlines)
This moderate 3.5-mile hike will explore the trails to interesting views around coves that provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. Moderate hike on a mixture of wide forest roads and narrow paths with some steep slopes. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome.

Empty Nest Birding Walk
Friday, March 27, 9:00-10:00am
Meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling
Get an introduction to spring birding and take an easy stroll through the forest to spot last year’s empty nests. Look for clues in size, shape, habitat, and nesting materials to identify which nesting birds come to the area as we await their spring arrival. Approximately 1 mile.

Greenhalge Point Hike
Saturday, March 28, 9:00-11:00am
Wachusett Reservoir Gate 35, intersection of Route 110 and Chace Hill Rd, Sterling
Join DCR Watershed Education Staff and Sterling Open Space Implementation Committee on a walk along wide forest roads and narrow footpaths to rewarding shoreline views of the Wachusett Reservoir. About 4 miles round trip. Please wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and be prepared for windy conditions along the shoreline point. Dogs are not permitted on watershed property; service dogs are welcome.

Nature Almanac Club
Saturday, March 28, 1:00-2:00pm
Meet at Stillwater Farm, 228 Redemption Rock Road, Sterling
Observe seasonal changes, record memorable events, and experience a connection with nature. Meets monthly. Recycled supplies provided to make a nature journal/almanac. Vernal pools will be the topic for March. All ages welcome.

For additional information, please contact education staff by email Kathryn.Parent@Mass.gov or call 774-261-1809.

 

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