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Upcoming Events, Walks and Programs

Click on an event in the calendar to see the details on the event.

Note that most of our Monthly Meetings are recorded. Links to the recordings hosted by SudburyTV can be found on the Past Event Videos page.

Sunday, September 4, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Introduction to Fishing for Kids

No rod? No problem! The evening is a good time to see if you can get a bite. Meet at the Assabet fishing dock and learn about the different types of fish found in Puffer Pond, and hopefully catch more than a nice view of the pond at dusk.

Please email Tim at if you plan on using one of our rods.

Sunday, September 11, 3:30 - 5:30 PM

Nature Walk: A Sense of Place at Great Meadows NWR

Join naturalist Cherrie Corey for her continuing exploration of the Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge landscape. All ages welcome. Autumn brings beautiful transitions to the Great Meadows floodplain. Green gives way to burnished color, flowers fade, leaves fall, geese flock, muskrat lodges rise, gossamer billows, and sunsets burn their brightest hues of the year. Join Cherrie to explore these marvels and more.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. For each walk, a $5/person voluntary donation is requested. No pre-registration required.

Meet at the information kiosk at Great Meadows NWR in Concord. Take Rte. 62 to Monsen Rd. Follow Monsen Rd. and turn left into refuge driveway when road turns sharply right. Follow refuge road to the parking lot at the end. GPS: 177 Monsen Rd., Concord, MA abutter to refuge driveway.

Questions? see sense-of-place-concord.blogspot, email or call 978-760-1933.

Please note: Refuge headquarters waives the entrance fee for these walks. However, we encourage everyone to consider purchasing a $12 annual pass to help support critical visitor service needs at Great Meadows - Concord.

Sunday, September 18, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Historic Bunker Tour

Join local historian Jan Wright for an informative slideshow followed by a tour of one of the ammunitions storage bunkers at Assabet River NWR. Only 30 spaces are available, to register please contact Jan at by September 17th at 3pm.

Friday, September 23, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Refuge Fledglings Hour — Nature-themed Program Series for Kids

Join Refuge staff for Refuge Fledglings Hour, a nature-themed program series that includes crafts, stories, and games or songs that relate to a different topic each month. Check the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge facebook page for up to date information.

Programs are usually held the 4th Friday of every month from 10:30am – 11:30 AM. For 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome. Held at the Visitor Center.

Saturday, September 24, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Come volunteer to pull invasive plant species from the refuge and to make room for native plant species. Bring a snack, water, sunscreen, bug repellent, work boots, and gloves. Please contact Assabet Pulling Together at to RSVP by 3pm on Friday, September 23rd.

Sunday, September 25, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Taking the Visitor Center Outdoors

Enjoy walking the trails here at Assabet River? Enjoy them a little more! Learn about the land’s nature and history while simultaneously having a beautiful weekend walk. Informational exhibit tables will be present on the 3-mile loop around Puffer Pond to explore at your leisure, feel free to ask questions!

Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Friends Monthly Presentation: David Scarpitti talking about Wild Turkeys

Massachusetts undoubtedly has a distinct connection with wild turkeys! This presentation will document the unique history of wild turkeys in Massachusetts; from the very first Thanksgiving, followed by complete annihilation, to present day where turkeys are very abundant across the state through reintroduction. In addition, David Scarpitti will describe and document the extraordinary life history, biology, and unique behavior of wild turkeys that enables them to thrive in virtually every community across the Commonwealth.

David is a wildlife biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, or (MassWildlife), the state agency charged with the conservation and management of all wildlife and their habitat across the Commonwealth. For the past 10 years, David has worked as the Wild Turkey and Upland Game biologist with MassWildlife and is involved in all aspects of management of game bird and small game management.

Our monthly presentations are free and open to the public. The presentations are held at the Refuge Visitor Center at 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA (directions). Presentations are preceded by a short business meeting and light refreshments are served.


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