Events

Saturday July 15, 2017
Start: 07/15/2017 9:00 am
End: 07/15/2017 1:00 pm

Help Eradicate Invasive Water Chestnuts from the Assabet

We have a limited number of canoes - please sign up early! We also need some people helping on shore!

Saturday, July 15 from 9 am - 1 pm.
Meeting Place:Assabet River in Stow (directions to come Wednesday)
Sunday July 16, 2017
Start: 07/16/2017 5:00 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Thursday July 20, 2017
Start: 07/20/2017 9:00 am
End: 07/20/2017 9:30 am
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Friday August 11, 2017
Start: 08/11/2017 9:00 am
End: 08/11/2017 12:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Please come help move pre-made boardwalk sections from one location to another, joining them into one boardwalk! It will involve carrying and hammering!

Friday, August 11
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Wednesday August 16, 2017
Start: 08/16/2017 10:00 am
End: 08/16/2017 12:00 pm


Back for the 14th season!
These free, outdoor, community workshops offer children ages 6-10 a fun, hands-on chance to explore rivers, creatures, water conservation, and much more in our watersheds. Download OARS Water Wise Workshops flier.

Sunday August 20, 2017
Start: 08/20/2017 5:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Sunday September 17, 2017
Start: 09/17/2017 6:00 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Friday October 13, 2017
Start: 10/13/2017 9:00 am
End: 10/13/2017 12:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Task: assembling pre-built boardwalks along the trail!

Friday, Sat., Sun., October 13, 14 & 15th
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Saturday October 14, 2017
Start: 10/14/2017 8:00 am
End: 10/14/2017 11:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Task: assembling pre-built boardwalks along the trail!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 13, 14, and 15th
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Start: 10/14/2017 10:00 am

Paddle on the Sudbury River from Wayland to Concord (about 6 miles) .
Camp at Scout Island in Fairhaven Bay on Saturday night. Flexible end time on Sunday (TBD by participants). Takeout will be at Lowell Road on Concord River (about 4 miles).

Join us for paddling either day or for camping only (water taxi to campsite will be available).

Meeting time: 10 AM. On Saturday, we will spot cars at Concord Land Conservation Trust's Wright Woods in Concord, a short paddle from the campsite.

Sunday October 15, 2017
Start: 10/14/2017 10:00 am
End: 10/15/2017 2:00 pm

Paddle on the Sudbury River from Wayland to Concord (about 6 miles) .
Camp at Scout Island in Fairhaven Bay on Saturday night. Flexible end time on Sunday (TBD by participants). Takeout will be at Lowell Road on Concord River (about 4 miles).

Join us for paddling either day or for camping only (water taxi to campsite will be available).

Meeting time: 10 AM. On Saturday, we will spot cars at Concord Land Conservation Trust's Wright Woods in Concord, a short paddle from the campsite.

Start: 10/15/2017 9:00 am
End: 10/15/2017 12:00 pm

Seeking River and Nature Enthusiasts to work on the Assabet River Blue and Green Trail

Task: assembling pre-built boardwalks along the trail!

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 13, 14, and 15th
9 am - noon
Please RSVP if you plan to come: email
Sunday November 12, 2017
Start: 11/12/2017 7:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2017

Sunday, May 21st (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 18th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 16th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 17th (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 12th (start 7:30am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Wednesday March 28, 2018
Start: 03/28/2018 7:00 pm
End: 03/28/2018 10:00 pm
***SOLD OUT***
10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival - An Evening Not to Be Missed!

Wednesday, March 28th
Maynard's Fine Arts Theatre Place

Learn more about the film festival.

Saturday April 28, 2018
Start: 04/28/2018 10:30 am

Join OARS in celebrating our rivers at the Musketaquid Earth Day parade. We will march with our fish hats, butterfly and dragonfly puppets and water costumes. We have plenty for you too!

10:30 - 11:30 am: Earth Day Parade - NEW START! steps off from The Umbrella to the Old Manse.

11:30 am - noon: River Ceremony with singing, drumming, and the launching of Earth Floats at the Old North Bridge.

Sunday May 06, 2018
Start: 05/06/2018 8:30 am
End: 05/06/2018 9:30 am

Training sessions for new and returning volunteers:

  • Sunday, May 6th, 8:30am - 9:30am in Hudson
  • Thursday, May 10th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm in Wayland
  • Saturday, May 12th, 8:30am - 9:30am in Acton

To register contact OARS' Staff Scientist, Sue Flint:
Email Sue Flint or call 978-369-3956 for information.

More dates and information here!

Thursday May 10, 2018
Start: 05/10/2018 7:00 pm
End: 05/10/2018 8:30 pm

Training sessions for new and returning volunteers:

  • Sunday, May 6th, 8:30am - 9:30am in Hudson
  • Thursday, May 10th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm in Wayland
  • Saturday, May 12th, 8:30am - 9:30am in Acton

To register contact OARS' Staff Scientist, Sue Flint:
Email Sue Flint or call 978-369-3956 for information.

More dates and information here!

Saturday May 12, 2018
Start: 05/12/2018 8:00 am
End: 05/12/2018 9:30 am

Training sessions for new and returning volunteers:

  • Sunday, May 6th, 8:30am - 9:30am in Hudson
  • Thursday, May 10th, 7:00pm - 8:00pm in Wayland
  • Saturday, May 12th, 8:30am - 9:30am in Acton

To register contact OARS' Staff Scientist, Sue Flint:
Email Sue Flint or call 978-369-3956 for information.

More dates and information here!

Monday May 14, 2018
Start: 05/14/2018 5:30 pm
End: 05/14/2018 7:30 pm

Join us for Rivers, Views and Brews:

Exhibit 'A' (81 Morton Street, Framingham)
Monday, May 14
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Light appetizers provided. Cash bar.

Register here . Appreciated as it helps us plan accordingly.

Sunday May 20, 2018
Start: 05/20/2018 5:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2018

Sunday, May 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 17th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 22nd (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 19th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 23rd (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 11th (start 8:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Tuesday June 12, 2018
Start: 06/12/2018 7:00 pm

"The stories in Canoes are a tribute to the first Peoples who, 500 or 1,000 or even 5,000 years ago, built a craft designed to such perfection that it has plied the waters fundamentally unchanged ever since."
With features of technology, industry, art, and survival, the canoe carries us deep into the natural and cultural history of North America.

Beautiful slide presentation by Norman Sims, co-author of Canoes: A Natural History in North America.

Tuesday, June 12
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
(81 Elm Street, Concord)

Sunday June 17, 2018
Start: 06/17/2018 5:30 am

Sampling Teams, we're sampling this Sunday!

Sampling dates for 2018

Sunday, May 20th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, June 17th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, July 22nd (start 5:30am)
Sunday, August 19th (start 5:30am)
Sunday, September 23rd (start 6:00am)
Sunday, November 11th (start 8:00am)

Learn more about volunteering: here

Start: 06/17/2018 9:00 am
End: 06/17/2018 10:30 am

Fishing Class for Kids!
Sunday, June 17 from 9 - 10:30 am.

Would your kids like to learn how to fish? OARS along with Concord Outfitters and Trout Unlimited will run a fishing class for children ages 6-13 years old on the banks of Nashoba Brook in West Concord.
Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Call 978-369-3956 or email OARS by noon on June 16.
Meet at the Nashoba Brook Dam in West Concord.

Start: 06/17/2018 10:00 am

Celebrate our Wild and Scenic Rivers on a 30 mile (~3 hours) bike ride with OARS and the Nashoba Valley Pedalers.

The ride will include multiple river crossings of the Assabet, Concord and Sudbury rivers, with occasional stops for re-grouping and brief descriptions of the rivers we're celebrating. We will pass through parts of three different watersheds, all crucial to our local fresh water supply, river recreation, farms, and orchards. Ride includes a stop at Erikson's Ice Cream!

Start time: 10 am

Start: 06/17/2018 11:00 am
End: 06/17/2018 7:00 pm

Come to the riverbank by foot, or paddle, bring a picnic, and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment at the historic Old Manse (269 Monument Street).
Interested in renting a boat? Contact the South Bridge Boat House.

Start: 06/17/2018 1:00 pm

Paddle on our Wild & Scenic Rivers. Launch from the Old Calf Pasture on Lowell Road. Bring boat (or rent from South Bridge Boat House), snacks and drinks and life jacket (must be worn if 12 under). Bring a picnic if you wish to stay on and enjoy the Solstice Celebration and paddle in the illuminated flotilla back to the launch.

Registration not required, the more the merrier.
For more information, contact Bill Fadden: call 978-369-3956 or email.

Start: 06/17/2018 3:00 pm
End: 06/17/2018 6:00 pm

Celebrate Riverfest and test your STEAM skills! Can you make a boat out of cardboard and paddle it 25 yards? Before it sinks? Can you design your boat not only for maximum flotation and speed but also to blend in with the river habitat? In an hour and a half?

The winner categories: First to cross the finish line in boat; Most creative Concord River habitat design; Most spectacular sinking.

Start: 06/17/2018 6:30 pm
End: 06/17/2018 9:00 pm

Celebrate the arrival of Summer with Musketaquid and OARS along the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers on Sunday, June 17. Join us as Riverfest (June 16-17), a weekend of celebrating our Wild and Scenic Rivers draws to an end!

The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a picnic on the grounds of the Old Manse. Bring food, drink, and a blanket, and relax to music by Sawyer Lawson and Band while taking in an incomparable view.

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