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May 2016

Read the May MassWildlife Monthly Newsletter

2016 Season Summaries pdf format of Seasons Summary 2016

April 25, May 2: Adult Learn to Fish Class, Leominster – This is a two session adult only "learn to fish" course designed for beginners, in cooperation with the Leominster Recreation Department at 25 West Street Leominster from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please contact Judy Sumner at (978) 534-7529 or Jsumner@Leominster-Ma.Gov

May 1: Brookline Reservoir Family Fishing Festival, Brookline – This event is in cooperation with the Brookline Recreation Department at the Brookline Reservoir (located along Rte. 9 between Lee and Warren Streets in Brookline), 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Stephanie Springer at sspringer@brooklinema.gov or Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 4: Jamaica Pond Trout Stocking Event, Boston – Join state and local officials as they stock trout in Jamaica Pond! Thought of as an annual "rite of spring," this event provides a unique opportunity for the public to help with trout stocking and learn more about MassWildlife's stocking program. Meet at the beach area between Pond Street and Elliot Circle; stocking will begin at 11:00 A.M.

May 7: Needham Recreation Family Fishing Festival, Needham – This event is in cooperation with the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at the Needham Reservoir (470 Dedham Avenue in Needham) from 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your  fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact the Needham Park and Recreation Commission at 781-455-7550 for more information.

May 7: Snows Pond Family Fishing Festival, Charlton – This event is in cooperation with the Charlton Conservation Department at the Fay Mountain Farm (12 Cemetery Road, Charlton) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Todd Girard for more information at 508-248-2247 or todd.girard@townofcharlton.net  

May 7: Coes Pond Kids Fishing Derby, Worcester – This derby is sponsored by the Worcester Fish and Game Association at Coes Pond in Worcester (Mill Street beach area), 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 7: Westborough Family Fishing Festival, Westborough This event is in cooperation with the Westborough Civic Club at Sandra Pond in Minuteman Park (123 Upton Road, Westborough) from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Gerry Knall for more information at dacoach50@verizon.net

May 7: Aquatic WILD, Sharon – Receive training in this award winning, interdisciplinary nationally recognized program! It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. This workshop will emphasize aquatic wildlife because of their intrinsic, ecological value, as well as their role in teaching how ecosystems function. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. The Aquatic guide includes field investigation activities, in Step with STEM activity extensions, ‘working for wildlife’, WILD work career components, activities in fish conservation and angling, outdoor components, and much more! Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certificate of completion. This hands-on workshop has applications for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center staff, home educators, after care teachers, etc. Click here for more information about this workshop. To register please contact moosehill@massaudubon.org or (781) 784-5691. Registration deadline April 23, 2016.

May 12: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Advisory Committee Meeting, Westborough – The meeting will take place at the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters Office located at 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough from 1:30 - 4:30 P.M. in the Southwest Meeting Room, Room #103. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

May 14: Western Mass Woodlands for Wildlife: Woods Walk at Haskell Farm, Peru – Join MassWildlife Habitat Biologist, Marianne Piché, and others for and easy field walk and discussion to highlight forestry and habitat management work done on the Haskell Farm. Listen for songbirds as you tour young forests and grasslands that provide critical food and shelter for birds and other wildlife. Mass Audubon, MA DCR’s Service Forester, and Steve Hayes’ consulting forester will be on hand to share information about why certain wildlife species are declining, forest management practices that enhance wildlife habitat, and new cost share programs available to help you manage your woods for wildlife. Free and open to all; pre-registration is requested. Call 625-9151 or email melissa@masswoodlands for more information, directions, or to register.

May 14: Carbuncle Pond Family Fishing Festival, Oxford – This festival is in cooperation with the Oxford Conservation Department at the beach area off of Main Street in Oxford from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a non-competitive, family-friendly, learn-to-fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Judy Lochner at 508-987-6044 or jlochner@town.oxford.ma.us for more information.

May 15: Whitman’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Weymouth – This event is in cooperation with the Whitman’s Pond Association in Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth (boat launch area off of Middle St.) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your own fishing equipment, or borrow ours- limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 17 & 24: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Wellesley – This course is in cooperation with Wellesley Recreation at the Wellesley Recreation Department (90 Washington St, Wellesley) from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Brandon Fits at 781-235-2370 or bfitts@wellesleyma.gov.

May 18: Fisheries and Wildlife Board Meeting, Dalton – The May meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 1:00 P.M., at the Western Wildlife District office, 88 Old Windsor Road, Dalton, Massachusetts. Please note: If you have a disability or medical condition and would like to request special accommodations, please contact Susan Sacco at 508-389-6342.

May 18: Habitat Site Walk at Montague Plains WMA  Join MassWildlife biologists from 11:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M. for a walk through portions of a recently-harvested, 200-acre pitch pine/scrub oak restoration project located on MassWildlife, DCR, and Town of Montague lands. Learn how this, and similar MassWildlife Key Sites projects improve habitat for wildlife on lands already conserved by the agency. In addition to benefiting rare species of moths, butterflies, and plants, this project benefits declining songbirds like the Eastern Towhee and Brown Thrasher, and game birds like American Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse. This is a rain or shine event; please wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather. A hat, binoculars, bug repellent, and camera are also suggested. Directions: Meet on Old Northfield Rd. between Turners Falls Rd. and Lake Pleasant Rd. beneath the large power line.

May 19: Bird Conservation at MassWildlife, Westborough Andrew Vitz, MassWildlife’s State Ornithologist, will discuss the many ways MassWildlife is promoting bird conservation across the Commonwealth. Topics will include the return of Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, Piping Plover and Roseate Tern conservation, grassland and shrubland bird management, and what is being done to support nesting Common Loons and American Kestrels. Also learn how to contribute to bird conservation through a number of citizen science activities. The talk begins at 7:00 P.M. at the new MassWildlife Field Headquarters building, 1 Rabbit Hill Road in Westborough. Talks are free and open to the public. This event is part of the Conservation Connections: MassWildlife150 Speaker Series. The speaker series is part of MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary events in 2016.

May 21: Pine Fest, Plymouth – Located at Charge Pond at Myles Standish State Forest, Pine Fest is a multicultural celebration with free, fun activities for the whole family, hosted by the southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance. MassWildlife's Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program will be at the event with Red-bellied Cooters from our headstart program, along with information on saving rare plants and animals. MassWildlife will also be hosting an archery station at the event, where the public can learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and learn more about MassWildlife's Archery in the Schools Program. Please click here to learn more about the event. 

May 21: Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Whitinsville – Pre-school educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop that focuses on early childhood education. The Growing Up WILD Activity Guide builds on a children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street, Whitinsville. Click here for more information about this workshop pdf format of GUW Whitin 2016
. Please contact Pam Landry at pam.landry@state.ma.us or (508) 389-6310. Registration deadline is May 13, 2016.

May 21: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Marlborough – This event is in cooperation with the Marlboro Fish and Game Club at the Marlboro Fish and Game Club (1 Muddy Lane, Marlborough) from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This fishing event is open to disabled veterans only. Please contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us or 508-389-6309 for more information.

May 21: Burlington Recreation Department Family Fishing Festival, Burlington – This festival is at the Mill Pond  Reservoir, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. Park and walk in from the Water Treatment Plant on Winter Street *This event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Burlington Recreation Department at 781-270-1695

May 21: Spec Pond Family Fishing Festival, Wilbraham – This festival is in cooperation with the Wilbraham Parks and Recreation Department at Spec Pond - 2540 Boston Rd (Rt. 20), in Wilbraham, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy (MassWildlife) at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

May 21: Birding walk, Bolton Flats Wildlife Management Area, Bolton/Lancaster – Join MassWildilfe’s State Ornithologist, Andrew Vitz, at 7:00 A.M. for a walk through the grassland, wetland, and forested habitats of Bolton Flats WMA in Bolton/Lancaster. The WMA is home to a variety of birds including the state-listed Grasshopper Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. During spring migration you can also expect to see or hear many other forest songbirds, grassland birds, and wetland birds. Meet in the parking area located off (and to the north of) Rt. 117, 0.4 miles west of the intersection with Rt. 110 (Still River Road). Bring your binoculars wear waterproof boots, and dress for the weather.

May 25: Turtles of Massachusetts, Rutland – Dr. Mike Jones, MassWildlife’s State Herpetologist will give a talk sponsored by the Ware River Nature Club, at the Rutland Public Library 280 Main Street (Route 122A). The talk is free and open to the public and begins at 7:00 P.M. As the weather finally warms, turtles are coming out bask, lay eggs and cross roads!  Did you know that of the 10 species of terrestrial/freshwater turtles, 6 are listed on the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act list? The Ware River Nature Club is hosting Mike Jones, MassWildlife’s new State Herpetologist, who will give an overview of the turtles of Massachusetts and then focus on three rare turtles which are the subjects of active conservation programs; the Northern Red-bellied Cooter, Blanding’s Turtle, and the Wood Turtle.  Come to this meeting to learn about both common and rare turtles in Massachusetts and conservation tips how you can assist them! This free program replaces the previously advertised rattlesnake program. For more information, email: warerivernatureclubnatureclub@yahoo.com.

May 27: Endangered Turtle Release,  Hanson – The public is invited to help MassWildlife biologists release headstarted endangered Northern Red-bellied Cooters at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area at 10:00 A.M. This is a rain or shine event; please dress for the weather (there is no shade), bring a camera, and bug repellent. Directions: Hawkes Ave. is off Pleasant St. near the commuter rail tracks. Turn onto the dirt driveway and turn past the metal barn and into the property through the gate. Look for event signs and MassWildlife staff. 


June 2016

June 4: MassWildlife's 150th Anniversary Celebration – 2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. Join us at our Field Headquarters at 1 Rabbit Hill Road, Westborough to celebrate this important milestone from 10AM - 3PM. This event is perfect for families and will feature live animals, guided nature walks, interactive fish and wildlife displays, crafts, and hands-on activities like archery, casting, and simulated target shooting. Please click here for a flier pdf format of June 4 MassWildlife Open House Save the Date
. Please visit www.mass.gov/masswildlife150 to see all anniversary events and information.

June 4 & 5: Free Fishing Weekend – Take a friend or family member fishing - you won't need a fishing license to fish any public fresh-water lake, pond, reservoir, river or stream statewide from 12:00 A.M. Saturday June 4th until 11:59 P.M. Sunday June 5th. While you can fish for free on June 4th and 5th, a license is required at all other times for those 15 years of age or older. At all other times, youths ages 15 to 17 must obtain and carry a fishing license; however, licenses are free for that age group. Funds from fishing license sales support MassWildlife’s fisheries research, fish stocking programs, and angler education programs.

June 4: Disabled American Veterans Fishing Festival, Hudson – This event is in cooperation with the Riverside Rod And Gun Club at 16 Wilkins Street (Rt. 62) in Hudson from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. *This event is open to disabled veterans only. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4: Billerica Family Fishing Day, Billerica – This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

June 4: Great Falls Discovery Center Family Fishing Day, Turners Falls – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls (2 Avenue A), 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 4: Aquatic WILD: Adaptations for Survival Professional Development Workshop, Sandwich – Receive training in this award winning, interdisciplinary nationally recognized program! It is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. This workshop will highlight animals and plants inhabiting local wetland areas and their physical and behavioral adaptations for survival. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Aquatic WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills and commitment. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the guide and a certificate of completion. This hands-on activity based workshop has applications for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center staff, home educators, after care teachers, etc. Click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of Aquatic WILD Sandwich 2016: Adaptations
To register please contact Mary Beers at mary.beers@thorntonburgess.org or (508) 888-6870. Registration deadline is May 24, 2016.

June 4: Get Up and Get Outdoors at Buffumville Lake, Charlton – This event is at the Buffumville Lake in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers Buffumville Lake, the Charlton Conservation Department, and the MassWildlife Angler Education Program from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. at the North Cove Picnic Area off of Oxford Road in Charlton. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Giles at (508) 248-5697 or Nicole.C.Giles@usace.army.mil

June 5: Horn Pond Family Fishing Festival, Woburn – This festival is in cooperation with the Woburn Elks from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Horn Pond in Woburn (Located on the south end of the pond near the boat ramp area off of Pond Street.) This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. Please contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or Jim.Lagacy@State.Ma.Us for more information.

June 11: Spot Pond Family Fishing Festival, Stoneham – This festival is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Stoneham Police at Spot Pond in Stoneham (located at the Straw Point area on the north end of Spot Pond off of New South Street) from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at 508-389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

June 11: Hooked On Scouting” Family Fishing Festival, Russell – This event is in cooperation with The Boy Scouts of America Western MA Council at Russell Pond in Camp Moses (Birch Hill Road, Russell) from 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Steve Roberts at Steven.Roberts@Scouting.org

June 11: Fly Fishing Clinic, Clinton – This event is in cooperation with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Lancaster Mill Pond in Clinton from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. Discover the fun of fly fishing! We will teach casting techniques and discuss gear, fly types, and some of the fish species in and around the Wachusett Reservoir. If you have your own gear you are welcome to bring it, but we will have some rods available to use. Previous experience and a license are not necessary! Meet at Lancaster Mill Pond at the end of Grove Street (Clinton). *Open to the public - minimum age is 12 and pre-registration is required. Contact Jim Lafley at Jim.Lafley@state.ma.us or 508-792-7423 x 231 to register.

June 18: Endicott Park Family Fishing Festival, Danvers – This festival is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program and Danvers Recreation at Endicott Park on 57 Forest Street, Danvers from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. This is a non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. This is a FREE event; however, all visitors are subject to a $1 resident vehicle or $3 non-resident vehicle user fee. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Christine Dean at (978) 774-6518 or Jim Lagacy at (508) 389-6309 or jim.lagacy@state.ma.us.

June 18: Great Meadows Family Fishing Festival, Sudbury – This festival is in cooperation with the US Fish & Wildlife Service at the USFWS Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex (Great Meadows) at 73 Weir Hill Road, Sudbury from 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public – please contact Kizette Ortizvangar at (978) 562-3527 Ext.117 or Kizette_Ortizvanger@Fws.Gov

June 22 & 29: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Westborough – This event is in cooperation with Westborough Recreation at the MassWildlife Field Headquarters in Westborough at 1 Rabbit Hill Rd. from 6:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Alan Grady at 508-366-3066 or agrady@town.westborough.ma.us


July 2016

July 12 & 19: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Bridgewater – This class is in cooperation with the Bridgewater Public Library at the Bridgewater Public Library - 15 South Street Bridgewater, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Rose Mamakos at the Bridgewater Public Library (508) 697-3331 or RMAMAKOS@bridgewaterma.org

July 14: “Ladies Night Out” Fishing Clinic, Billerica – This clinic is in cooperation with the Billerica Parks and Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, please contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

July 24: The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Family Fishing Day, Berkley – This event is cosponsored by the MassWildlife Angler Education Program, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Taunton River Watershed Alliance at Dighton Rock State Park – Bay View Ave., Berkley, 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.  This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Lagacy at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us

July 30: Houghton’s Pond Family Fishing Festival, Milton – This event is in cooperation  with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (Blue Hills Reservation), at Houghtons Pond – Picnic Area #5 (Blue Hill River Road, Milton) from 10:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Ray Mckinnon at the Blue Hills Reservation at ray.mckinnon@state.ma.us or Jim Lagacy of MassWildlife at jim.lagacy@state.ma.us


August 2016

August 1-12: The Art and Science of Creating a Junior Duck Stamp Design, Westborough – This is a series of six classes (Monday/Wednesday/Friday) to prepare students in grades 4-6 to enter the 2017 Junior Duck Stamp Competition. This series will explore the fascinating world of waterfowl by combining art, research, conservation, science, and writing. To learn more about JDS, please click here. For more information about this course and to pre-register, please click here.

August 13: Billerica Dog Days Family Fishing Day, Billerica – This event is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation Department at Nuttings Lake in Billerica, 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us


September 2016

September 7 & 14: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Longmeadow – These classes are in cooperation with the Longmeadow Recreation Department at 231 Maple Road, Longmeadow from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Bari Jarvis at bjarvis@longmeadow.org or (413) 565-4160

September 8 & 15: Adult “Learn To Fish” Class, Billerica – This class is in cooperation with the Billerica Recreation at Billerica Recreation - 248 Boston Rd. Billerica from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. This is a two session adult only “learn to fish” course designed for beginners. *This event is open to the public, minimum age is 18, and pre-registration is required – contact Sandra Libby at 978-671-0921 or slibby@town.billerica.ma.us

September 10: Harold Parker State Forest Family Fishing Festival, Andover – This festival is at Sudden Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, non-competitive, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided. *Open to the public. For more information, contact the Harold Parker State Forest at 978-686-3391.

September 24: Friends Of Myles Standish State Forest "Take Me Fishin'!" Event, Plymouth – This event is at Fearing Pond in Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. This is a free, family friendly, learn to fish event. Bring your fishing equipment, or borrow ours - limited equipment and bait will be provided *Open to the public.  For more information, contact Rose Mellino at rosemellino@gmail.com

September 25: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo "The Big MOE", Sturbridge – Experience the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (“The Big MOE”) at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge, MA from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. This FREE, family-oriented event celebrates outdoor skills, nature, art, and wildlife. Stations include: shotgun, rifle, and airgun shooting; mountain biking; fishing; archery; bird house building; and more! For more information, please click here. Individuals or groups who are interested in volunteering or hosting a station are encouraged to contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us 


October 2016

September 25: Massachusetts Outdoor Expo "The Big MOE", Sturbridge – Experience the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (“The Big MOE”) at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge, MA from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. This FREE, family-oriented event celebrates outdoor skills, nature, art, and wildlife. Stations include: shotgun, rifle, and airgun shooting; mountain biking; fishing; archery; bird house building; and more! For more information, please click here. Individuals or groups who are interested in volunteering or hosting a station are encouraged to contact Gary Zima at (508) 389-6314 or gary.zima@state.ma.us 

October 25, 2016 – Growing Up WILD Professional Development Workshop, Bedford – Pre-school educators are invited to this fun, hands-on, 6-hour workshop that focuses on early childhood education. The Growing Up WILD Activity Guide builds on a children's sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, it provides a foundation for developing positive impressions about nature while also building lifelong social and cognitive skills. EDCO Collaborative, 36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford. Please click here for more information about this workshop. pdf format of GUW Edco 2016
Please contact Dana Mullaley at dmullaley@edcollab.org. Registration deadline is October 18, 2016.


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