DEVENS — The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) has opened sign-ups for one of several free, guided Nashua River paddles in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, May 4.

There will be two small group sessions, each lasting 90 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Paddlers will launch and return to the same location, the Bill Ashe Visitor Facility, 80 Hospital Road in Devens.

This is an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the river and look for spring wildlife with Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, and River Classroom guides from Nashoba Paddler, which also will provide canoes for all participants.

For those who have not paddled before, there will be brief paddling instruction on shore before departure, and multiple guides will be paddling with the group. Space is limited; pre-registration is required.

Participants should arrive 15 minutes ahead of their launch time.

To register, contact Diane Carson at Nashoba Paddler at 978-448-8699.

This program is free and open to the public made possible with the support of event sponsor Emerson Green.

These paddles are part of the year-long series of free programs being presented in NRWA’s watershed communities as part of NRWA’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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