What to do Outside in June

Thanks to GCT Advisory Council member Mary Metzger, you have many options for the great outdoors. We have a few local examples here from the complete list for the region. Enjoy!

Tick Talks: How to Prevent Tick Bites, Lyme, and Other Tick-Bourne Diseases in Humans and Pets. Sponsored by the Nashua River Watershed Association, this expert presentation will be given in several locations: Tuesday, June 2, 7 pm at the Lunenberg Public Library, 1023 Massachusetts Avenue; Tuesday, June 9, 7 pm at the Lawrence Public Library, 15 Main Street, Pepperell; and Tuesday, June 23, 7 pm at the Harvard MA public library, 4 Pond Rd. Program details are available at the website. To Pre-register contact Al Futterman, 978-448-0299 AlF@NashuaRiverWatershed.org. FREE.

Groton Greenway River Festival 2015 takes place Sunday, June 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Petapawag Boat Launch on the Nashua River off Rt. 119. This free family event features live music including Native American drummers, nature exhibits, children’s activities, canoeing all day courtesy of Nashoba Paddler LLC, a cardboard canoe race and more. Food available for purchase. Free parking and shuttle buses are available at Deluxe Corporation, 500 Main St. Groton. More info here.

Nashoba Paddler Nature Tours: Paddling With Beavers, Saturday, June 13, 6-9 pm.

Thanks to GCT Advisory Council member Karen Riggert for the great pictures!

Thanks to GCT Advisory Council member Karen Riggert for the great pictures!

Easy, flat-water, 4 miles roundtrip. Cost: $35pp-canoe, $55pp-kayak.

Whitewater Overnight June 25-26, Thursday 8:30 am-Friday 8:30 pm. Instructional program for young adults ages 15-20 with whitewater canoeing experience on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Taught by an American Canoe Association Canoeing Instructor. (Prerequisite: River Camp “Leadership Expedition” or two years of “Adventure Challenge” or similar experience. Must meet certain swimming requirements– Red Cross Level 4 or equivalent) Cost: $240. For young adults ages 15-20. Registration Required for both events, 398 West Main Street.

Groton Trails Committee and AMC Trail Hike, Sunday, June 14, 1-3 pm at Surrendon Farm/Sabine Woods. Open field, upland woods, and Nashua river habitat. Meet at the trail kiosk on Shirley Road/ off Farmer’s Row. 42.5866N   71.5947W   Olin Lathrop.  978-742-9014

Groton Trails Committee Hike at Gamlin Crystal Spring Conservation Area, Sunday, June 21, 1 -3 pm. This Groton Conservation Trust property features glacial erratic boulders, beaver ponds, a porcupine den, and an old “lost” quarry. Meet at the trailhead on Old Dunstable Rd, 1.25 miles north of Bridge Street. 42.631084N 71.510190W Dave Minott

Squannacook River Runners Club presents the 21st Annual Kids Summer Track and Field program for kids entering Kindergarten through 8th Grade (5-14 years of age) and 6th Annual Adult Running program, geared toward all abilities. This 8-week program will run from June 22- August 12, every Monday and Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School track.

Wilderness Summer Survival Week for Ages 11 to 14, Tuesday-Friday, June 23– June 26, 9:00 am-3:00 pm. Nashua River Watershed Association Eco-Adventures. Four adventurous, action-packed days of hiking, paddling the Squannacook River, developing summer survival skills, and exploring the inner world of our local river, woodlands and fields while making new friends. Program fees are $200 for NRWA members or $230 for non-members. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Contact Stacey Chilcoat, (978) 448-0299