Contact Us
 
Subscribe to our newsletter
 
Join the friends
 
Renew your membership
 
Make a donation
 
E-mail: info@farnwr.org
 
About the FriendsMore About the Friends »

Friends president Betsy Griffin received a Certificate of Special Recognition for the Friends work from Congresswoman Niki Tsongas at the Fourth Annual River Day on Sunday, September 12th The Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit that works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and our local communities to meet wildlife and biological management objectives, recreational and educational goals and support diverse programs related to the Refuge.

We promote educational programs related to the Refuge and natural history of the area. We organize events and programs that help make the refuge more available to the public. We work with Refuge staff to help improve the refuge. This work also provides an opportunity for members to get to know the refuge.

 
 

Walks and Kids Programs

With summer in full swing, the Refuge is humming with activity. Check out calendar for walks and kid's programming! read more »

Friends Monthly Speaker Series

Our monthly speaker series is on hiatus during the summer. Check back soon to see who we're scheduling for the rest of the year!

Computer Data Entry Volunteer Needed

The Friends are in need of occasional data entry to maintain our membership records. No special skills required. Some work can be done at home, some on the Friends computer at the visitor center. Most tasks will only take an hour or less. Training will be provided. We really need your help! Please contact Liz Truebenbach if you'd like to help! read more »

Help Remove Invasives from the Refuge

Volunteers are needed to help remove invasives from the refuge. Check out calendar for details. read more »

Help Save Blanding's Turtles

Since 2006, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has made an effort to establish a new population of Blanding's turtles (a threatened species) at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) by moving juveniles and hatchlings from Oxbow NWR.

Funding is urgently needed to help continue this conservation effort. Please consider helping fund this effort with a tax-deductible contribution to the Friends.

For information see Save the Blanding's Turtle.

See the Refuge OnlineMore information »

We've been photographing the wildlife on the refuge. Check out our wildlife photo gallery and see the refuge through the eyes of talented local photographers. read more »

Blanding's Turtles Released

On May 29th, excited high school students from Bristol County Agricultural School took to the water at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge (ARNWR) to release head-started Blanding's Turtle hatchlings. read more »

Invasive Coltsfoot Found on Refuge

Vigilant Friends identified invasive coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) on Taylor Way at UTM 19T0297842, 4698498. Only a single plant was found so it is possible that it is first generation, but it could be in other locations as well. read more »

Friends Annual Meeting and Board Election

The Friends held their annual meeting on April 23rd. We are happy to welcome our newest board member, David Molzan. Along with electing David, the Friends re-elected board members Betsy Griffin, John Milhaven, Liz Truebenbach, and David Williams. read more »

Fire Break Construction on the Refuge

The Assabett River NWR will be creating mechanical fuel breaks along portions of the southern most boundary and western flank of the south unit in an effort to reduce hazardous woody fuels accumulations. read more »

Eagle Scout Project Installs Five Benches on the Refuge

Eagle Scout candidate Austin Heisey installed five benches at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Austin led a team of Scouts from Troop 61, parents, and friends to construct and install the benches at the Refuge for his Eagle Scout Project. read more »

Naturalist Educator Training with Stephen DeFlorio

November 2nd was the last session of Stephen DeFlorio’s Four Season Naturalist Educator Training Series. It was another great session and learning experience for all involved. read more »

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Boosts Local Economy

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts generated nearly $2.1 million for Middlesex and Suffolk counties in Fiscal Year 2011, according to a new economic analysis. read more »

Scouts Wage an Epic Battle Against Alien Invaders

On Saturday June 8th, Girl Scouts, Boy scouts, Cub scouts, Brownies a few siblings and 20 adult leaders and parents participated in invasive plant training and removal at the Assabet River NWR. read more »

Saving Blanding's Turtles

The Friends of the Assabet River NWR and the Friends of the Oxbow NWR are collaborating to provide much needed funding for the conservation of Blanding's turtles. And the MetroWest Daily News covered Hudson School children's contribution to the conservation of the turtles. read more »

 
 
Contact: info@farnwr.org
Last Update: July 27, 2014