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Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Education Programs

Learn about education programs offered at the Wachusett Reservoir.
Photo board at Wachusett Reservoir


DCR's Division of Water Supply Protection offers many opportunities to discover the nature and history surrounding the Wachusett Reservoir, which provides drinking water to three million people.  Programs are also available at the Sudbury Reservoir, the emergency supply reservoir for greater Boston communities.

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Interpretive Programs

View the brochures below to find out about the current interpretive programs at the Wachusett and Sudbury Reservoirs.

Out of an abundance of caution due to the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has currently cancelled all Wachusett Reservoir Watershed programs.

Stay at Home Activities


Wachusett/Sudbury School Programs

Classroom programs and field trips are offered to schools and groups in or bordering the watershed areas, and to MWRA service communities. Program topics include:

  • Water quality
  • Properties of water
  • Watersheds
  • The cultural and natural history of the watershed areas

Teacher Workshops

The Wachusett Interpretive staff offers teacher workshops on:

Group Visits

Groups larger than 25 people wishing to visit DCR/DWSP property must first obtain a permit from the Wachusett/Sudbury section headquarters.

Groups of 10 or more people wishing to visit the Poutwater Pond Nature Preserve must obtain a permit from the same address.

Download the permit applications:

Group Access to Wachusett Reservoir Watershed Permit Application

Group Access to Poutwater Pond Nature Reserve Permit Application

You can also request the form by mail:

Group Permits
180 Beaman St.
West Boylston, MA 01583
(508) 792-7806

Stillwater Farm

Stillwater Farm

The Stillwater Farm Interpretive Site in Sterling is an environmental education facility managed by the Division of Water Supply Protection.

This 55 acre site on the Stillwater River hosts an 18th century farmhouse and a self-guided interpretive trail. This facility provides individuals and groups an opportunity to better understand the connections between land use and community character, and between natural resource protection and land management. Stillwater Farm, through scheduled programs and events, demonstrates both past and present interactions between the working landscape and resource stewardship. Particular emphasis is given to watershed related issues and dynamics.

Stillwater Farm Interpretive Trail Brochure & Map

Kiosk Posters

Additional Resources

Wachusett/Sudbury Education Coordinator

For additional information or to arrange a program, please contact the Wachusett/Sudbury Education Coordinator:

Kathryn Parent
(774) 261-1809



Field Headquarters (508) 792-7806
Watershed Rangers (978) 365-3800


Field Headquarters
180 Beaman St.
West Boylston, MA 01505