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NRWA Summer Eco-Adventures for 6 to 14 Year-Olds

School will be out soon; what are your children doing this summer? Do they love adventures? Do they enjoy the outdoors? Nashua River Watershed Association professional environmental educators and naturalists are offering Summer Eco-Adventures for children age 6 to 14. Programs will be based at the NRWA’s River Resource Center with trips to J. Harry Rich State Forest and historic Williams Barn, all in Groton. Sessions run for four days (Monday thru Thursday) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost per session is $170/NRWA members or $200/non-members. Group sizes are small; space is limited. Join us for:

July 6-9 Adventure Week (ages 11-14): A popular program for older children who will hike, paddle and learn back country basics and team building skills.

July 12-15 Eco-Explorers Week (ages 6-10): Explore the local world while orienteering, try your hand at map-making, learn how to track wildlife, and go on a geo-caching adventure.

July 19-22 Water Week (ages 6-10): Get wet this summer while investigating our ponds and river, meeting aquatic creatures up close, doing experiments with water, and even testing out some water balloons.

New this year! Fantastic Fridays at the NRWA! Fantastic Fridays, July 16 and 23, run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will take a hike, play some active team games, cook over a campfire, and make a cool craft. The cost per day is $42/NRWA members or $50/day for non-members.

Registration is required for all summer programs, including a non-refundable $75 deposit to hold your spot. To register or for more information, please contact Lauren Parente, Eco-Adventures Coordinator, at 978-448-0299, or e-mail LaurenP@ NashuaRiverWatershed.org. Sign up now and have an Eco-Adventure this summer!

Townsend Methodist Church Yard Sale, June 26

Townsend United Methodist Church Yard Sale is Saturday June 26, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale is an indoor event so it will be held rain or shine. The church is located at 265 Main St., at the corner of Rts. 13 and 119, in Townsend Center.

This is the time of the year for seasonal cleaning and recycling your no longer needed items. Chairman Marcia MacMaster invites area residents to call the church if you have items to donate. Please, no computers, exercise equipment, luggage or encyclopedias. Call 978-597-2486 for information and donation drop-off times.

“Father’s Day River Adventure”

What are you doing this Father’s Day? Would your father, husband, brother, or grandfather enjoy an outdoor adventure? Join the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) for a guided paddle on a spectacular section of the Squannacook River in West Groton. This river trip will take place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. Your guide will be Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director. On this lovely roundtrip flat water paddle, we’ll explore a section of the Squannacook River known for its rich wildlife habitat and natural beauty. Field guides and other identification materials will be provided. A great family outing!

This river trip is open to the public and free of charge. Participants are welcome to bring their own boats; paid rentals are available through Nashoba Paddler. The trip begins and ends in West Groton. Our canoe trips run in a variety of weather conditions including mist and light rain.

Space is limited: pre-registration is required, whether or not you bring your own boat. Registration deadline is June 17. To pre-register, or for more information, call NRWA at 978-448-0299, or e-mail ElizabethH@ NashuaRiverWatershed.org. The Nashua River Watershed Association is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support, and donations to support NRWA programs are always welcome.

Father’s Day Family Fun Fest June 20

A day of family fun in the sun — something for every age. Live music/BBQ/games and competitions, Sunday, June 20, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saima Park, Fitchburg.

The Remnant Youth Ministries of Crossroads Community Church is proud to sponsor this daylong event. The day begins with a public worship service at 10 a.m., followed by a family BBQ at 11:30 a.m. Throughout the day, fun and lively competition will be had with horseshoes, bocce ball, volleyball and other family sports. A full schedule of field games will also be ongoing, including sack races, tug of war and the perennial favorite, the pie-eating contest. Open to all!

For more information, please call the church office at 978-342-8637 or visit the church website at www.thecrossroadscommunity.com.