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 “Gifts of the Glaciers”  

Connecting Communities Along Our Trails 2015  in Groton, Sunday, May 31.  Choose from a full day of free activities that explore Groton’s unique geological, ecological, and human historical glacial legacy.

1. Morning Mountain Bike (Advanced) – 7:45 am-12:00 Noon.  Challenging ride past outcrops, wetlands and many geologic features.

2. Morning Hike (Intermediate) – 9:00 am-12:00 Noon.  Experience many glacial remnants hiking from Town Forest to Town Hall.

3. Canoeing/Kayaking – 9:30 am -6:30 pm.  Discounted rentals.  Self-guided tours of the Nashua River.  4. Groton Greenway Video – Two showings: 12:00-12:30 pm and 1:30-2:00 pm.  The story of the Nashua River from its clean-up to the present.

5. Groton Historical Society Open House – 12:00-4:00 pm.  See artifacts and memorabilia that tell the story of Groton’s human history with the land.

6. “Gifts of the Glaciers” Keynote Presentation – 12:30-1:30 pm. Town Hall.  Local experts Bob Pine (geology/ecology) and Michael Roberts (archaeology/history) will tell the story of how the glaciers bestowed an amazing landscape and abundant biodiversity on Groton and how that has affected the human history pre- and post-settlement in the area.

7. Afternoon Hikes (Intermediate) –Long hike: Gibbet Hill to Williams Barn 1:45-5:00 pm.  Short hike: Town Hall to Gibbet Hill, with a panoramic view to Wachusett Mountain. 1:45-3:00 pm.

8. Afternoon Mountain Bike (Beginner) – 2:00-4:00.  Easy ride along forest trails around Williams Barn.

 Full details at  Click on Events.


Connecting Communities is offered by the Montachusett Regional Trails Coalition, which represents 22 cities and towns in the Montachusett Region, and Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, (affiliated with the National Park Service.). Begun in the summer of 2014, Along Our Trails features a trail-inspired event in a different area town every month.


The Groton May 31 event has been created by the combined efforts of the Groton Trails Committee, Groton Conservation Trust, Nashua River Watershed Association, Groton Greenway Committee, Groton Historical Society, Nashoba Paddler, Wachusett NEMBA, and the Groton Sustainability Commission. 

Feature Article: For more information about this event contact Paul Funch, Groton Trails Committee, 

Home: 978-448-2813   Cell: 978-302-9854   speakers: Bob Pine

Michael Roberts




A wonderful local source of outdoor information, environmental activities and family events

Friends of Willard Brook is sorry to report that it is in the process of discontinuing operations.  We had 10 great years, we helped with land acquisition (girl scout camp), we helped eradicate invasive 

species (dead swamp), we hosted many hikes and informative sessions for the members and the public, we held annual meeting with well known presenters in many diverse areas, we hosted 

winter festivals, we helped plan and implement several local hiking trails, we helped maintain and improve the wonderful Nashua River Rail Trail and held biking events several times to demonstrate 

bike techniques and new ideas in bikes, and we were a positive energy in getting and keeping people interested in the environment and in nature.


We will be transitioning our resources primarily to Nashua River Watershed Association, with whom we have worked on some projects previously. If you have thought or ideas please send them to and we will do our best to answer them.

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