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In August, the Nashua River Watershed Association continues its exploration of local trails ideal for those who are looking to make walking part of their regular wellness routine. Join us and discover just a few of the wonderful trails in our watershed. Our walks will take place on Tuesday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m., at the following locations:

* August 11 in Groton: Sabine Woods and Surrenden Farm/ General Field.

* August 18 in Ayer and Harvard: Pine Meadow Conservation Area and Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge Tank Road.

* August 25 in Townsend: Ball Road Conservation Area & Howard Park.

Google maps and directions for each walk available at We’ll take a short, approximately 20-minute, guided walk on each of the trails listed. Each walk is 1.5 miles or less, and is easy to moderate in activity level. We’ll meet-up at the first trail, walk, and then drive in caravan to the second trail (directions to the second site will be provided at the first). These trail tours are free, open to all ages and all communities.

As part of its Heart Healthy Trails project, the NRWA is seeking to introduce people to trails in their own “greater backyard” that are accessible to everyone, even those with some physical limitations, including young children or elders. The goal of the project is to identify easy to moderately strenuous trails in six communities, to help people feel comfortable that they know the location of the trailhead and parking areas, and to motivate people to make walking on these trails part of a healthy exercise routine. The NRWA encourages everyone to get outdoors and connect with the natural world for their own well-being and that of the environment. The NRWA’s Heart Healthy Trails project is funded by a grant from the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.

These walks will take place rain or shine, but will be postponed in the event of severe storms; postponement will be posted on by 4 p.m. on the day of the walk. For the comfort of all, no dogs are allowed. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated for planning purposes. To pre-register, please contact Al Futterman, NRWA Land Programs and Outreach Director, at 978-448-0299, or email

The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization providing natural resource protection and environmental education programs to 32 communities in north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

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