View the brochures below to find out about the current interpretive programs at the Wachusett and Sudbury Reservoirs.
Send an email to Kathryn.Parent@mass.gov to join our email list to receive the program schedule and updates of upcoming programs directly to your inbox.
Activity Guides and Environmental Education Websites
- DCR Division of Water Supply Protection Water Cycle Activity Guide
- DCR Division of Water Supply Protection Watershed Model Activity Guide
Links to Environmental Education Websites
The following are educational resources curated with the support of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES):
- Project WET: https://www.projectwet.org/distancelearning
- Project Learning Tree: https://www.plt.org/activities-for-families/in-your-own-backyard/
- Project WILD
For parents: https://www.fishwildlife.org/projectwild/wild-parents
For educators: https://www.fishwildlife.org/projectwild/remote-wild
- MWRA: http://www.mwra.com/02org/html/edresources.htm
- US Forest Service Digital Resources: https://www.fs.usda.gov/learn/kids
- The National Environmental Education Foundation: https://www.neefusa.org/resource/water-quality-backyard-activity-guide
Videos and Resource Guides
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
- The cultural and natural history of the watershed areas
The Wachusett Interpretive staff offers teacher workshops on:
- Water quality monitoring
- Project WET
- Project WILD
- Project Learning Tree
- The DCR/MWRA water system history
- Other topics
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:
180 Beaman St.
West Boylston, MA 01583
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.
Kiosks are placed around the Wachusett Reservoir watershed with information about various sites and facilities.
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Wachusett Reservoir
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Wachusett Dam
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - North Dike
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Old Stone Church
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Oakdale
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Vernal Pools
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Moose
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Small Mammals
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Monarch Butterflies
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Rare Birds
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Loons
- Wachusett Reservoir Kiosk Poster - Salt Smarter
Why Dogs Aren't Allowed at Wachusett Reservoir
Dogs are not allowed on any DCR Division of Water Supply Protection lands in the Wachusett Reservoir watershed. Dog waste is full of harmful bacteria, excess nutrients, and sometimes parasites and viruses. Parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium can last for long periods of time in dog waste. When dog waste is left on the ground, heavy rain and snowmelt wash the waste into streams and tributaries, compromising water quality.
While all the open space around the Wachusett Reservoir seems like a good place to walk a dog, it is not allowed by DCR's Watershed Protection regulations. People are encouraged to take their pets to visit other DCR property that allow dogs and reminded to always pick up their waste. DCR has produced a brochure and videos to further explain the impact dogs have on drinking water supplies.
Wachusett/Sudbury Education Coordinator
For additional information or to arrange a program, please contact the Wachusett/Sudbury Education Coordinator:
West Boylston, MA 01583