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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, Talks and Kids Programs

Summer is here and while we have no talks scheduled for July, there's still a lot of activity scheduled on the Refuge. Check out our event schedule for walks, talks and kids activities. 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 »

Spring Work Projects

Refuge staff provides a description of three work projects that will be underway on the Refuge this spring: A Work Camping Project, Winterberry Way Power Line Work, and Herbicide Use on Winterberry more »

APT Completes its Second Season

Assabet Pulling Together (APT) has completed its second season of removing invasive plants from the Refuge. This year they also started planting native species. Read on to learn more or to sign up to help next more »

New Duck Stamps On Sale Now

The 2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp featuring a pair of ruddy ducks painted by contest-winner Jennifer Miller are on sale now in the Nature Store. read more »

Puffer Pond Closed to Water Craft

As of January 1, 2015 the refuge will be closing Puffer Pond to all public water craft. This decision is in effort to protect the pristine habitat at the pond from the encroachment of invasive species. read more »

Change to Visitor Center Hours

The Visitor Center at the Assabet River NWR will be closed on Thursdays as of January 1st, however it will remain open Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm and will be available for use by other organizations on closed days. read more »

Small Visitor Services Grant

The Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge has been awarded two grants: $8,800 to begin an Urban Youth Ambassador program and $12,800 for transportation costs for our Urban Environmental Education program. 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 »

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 »

Last Update: July 9, 2016