During the spring, summer and fall, the NSRWA offers a plethora of activities for every member of your family. From historical and scenic kayak trips along the North River, to stand-up paddle instruction, to fly fishing and clamming – you will find plenty to do if you come with us.
One thing you can be assured of – the NSRWA runs all its activities with three things in mind: to make sure you have a wonderful, rewarding experience; that our instructors and leaders are knowledgeable and professional; and that safety is paramount.
Come with us and you will be guaranteed a memorable experience.
Fish, Walk, Paddle and Cruise with NSRWA!
NSRWA Outdoor Recreation Schedule – April through July
Get out and explore with North and South Rivers Watershed Association! We have a wide variety of events to choose from including fishing, walks, kayaking events and pontoon cruises. See our events page for registration details.
Clamming the North River – Your opportunity to go clamming before the shellfish beds on the North and South Rivers close on May 31. You will be transported by boat out to the clam flats and must have your own clamming equipment and a valid Scituate shellfishing permit for North River clamming. May 13, 20
Guided Fly Fishing Expedition for Shad – In this hands-on activity you will learn where and how to fish for the American Shad. You will learn the fascinating history of shad, the fish that fed George Washington’s troops at Valley Forge! Although shad spend You will learn about the spawning cycle, where to fish and how to catch American shad while learning about the conservation of the rivers which is so important for the health of the fish. May 13
Guided Fly Fishing Expedition for Stripers – Guided 4-hour fly fishing expedition for Striped Bass at the Spit. Have the experience of a lifetime fly fishing at the mouth of the North River. You must have your own equipment including your own saltwater fly rod with an appropriate line and waders. Flies and leaders will be provided if necessary. May 27
Brook Trout Walk – Learn about the history, life cycle and habitat requirements of Eastern brook trout in the North and South Rivers. We will discuss the changes in the rivers and their banks that have brought about a decline in brook trout numbers. We’ll then walk along Iron Mine Brook and talk about where wild brook trout persist in the North and South River systems, and why they have been able to survive in these small tributary streams of our watershed to the present time. We will also talk about ways to protect the remaining brook trout habitat in the watershed, and how NSRWA’s stream restoration work is vital for the continued survival of wild brook as our climate begins to change. April 29
Willow Brook Farm Family Walk and Picnic – This is an easy to moderate guided hike which is geared toward families with young children. We will be hiking approximately 1.5 miles, so your children should be able to walk or be carried for this distance. The goal is to reach the lookout tower which provides a wonderful view of the Herring River marsh in Pembroke. We will stop at a meadow on the return walk for a picnic, so please pack a lunch and picnic blankets, etc. The meadow is approximately 1/3 mile from the parking area. May 6
Herring on the Run Hike – Hike with us to the Third Herring Brook dam removal site and see the brook flowing free after 342 years. This walk through 100 acres of woodlands to the brook is on private property owned by the Cardinal Cushing Centers. If our timing is right you might just get to see the herring run! Parking is available at the Cardinal Cushing Centers on Rt. 53 (405 Washington St., Hanover). This event is free and open to the public. May 14
Blossoms and Birds at the Tucker Preserve Walk – Enjoy late spring surprises at a 78.6 acre Wildlands Trust property on the Indian Head River. Lady slippers and nesting songbirds will be a special treat. Meet in the parking lot just south of the Indian Head River at the town park with a dam on West Elm Street in Pembroke. June 3
Old Railway Bridge to the Herring Brook Salt Marsh – Walk with us and take a closer look at the ecology of a salt marsh; the plants, animals and the changes that have happened over time. June 4
The Secret Lives of Fireflies Walk – Watching fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights in New England. We watch, we enjoy, but do we really know what they are saying. This program will shed a little light on the secret lives of fireflies.
A discussion of the natural history of fireflies will be followed by a walk through a firefly meadow to observe fireflies in action. Join insect expert, Don Salvatore in a hunt for fireflies and learn what’s really happening in a firefly meadow. June 7
Learn to Kayak (Basics) – Join us to learn kayak fundamentals on the North River. Program instruction for adults and kids ages 8+. All kayaking trips leave from the Marshfield Canoe Launch off Union Street. June 10, July 8
Kayak Scenic Tour – Join us for a scenic kayak paddle on the North River. All kayaking trips leave from the Marshfield Canoe Launch off Union Street. June 24, July 22
Hanover Canoe Launch Beginner Family Paddle – This is a beginner level canoe trip down Indian Head River in Hanover. The paddle is geared towards families with young children, but your child will need to be able to sit on their own in a canoe for a least one hour. The end of the river offers beautiful views and a real feeling of wilderness right in our own back yard. June 24
Bird Watching on the North River Pontoon Boat Tour – Come take trip on our pontoon boat with experienced birders and learn about the various birds that use the marshes and banks of the river for nesting and feeding. Birds likely to be seen include Marsh Wrens, Swamp Sparrow, Kingfishers, Red-Winged Blackbirds and a variety of herons and egrets! Bring your binoculars or camera for this one! May 27
Maritime Archeology of the North River – A unique, below the tide-line look, at the history of the North River. Discover and view some of the North River’s historically significant archaeological treasures including: The remains of a large, 19th century wooden sailing ship which has appeared and disappeared periodically over the past 100 years; Three shipyard sites from the late 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries; The remains of a 19th century ferry regularly used to carry passengers and wagons across the North River. North River maritime archaeological pontoon boat river tour to be led by Paul F. McCarthy, an amateur maritime archaeologist, historian, and raconteur who will engage you with a substantive and entertaining visit to our shared past. May 28
History of the North River Pontoon Tour – At one time, recognized as the most important river in the colonies, the North River was known for its shipbuilding and water-powered mills. Enjoy a leisurely 2-hour pontoon boat cruise up the North River and hear tales of the River’s past. June 3, 17, 18
Nature Pontoon Tour to the Spit – Enjoy the scenic views on this leisurely 2-hour trip down the North River to the spit with stops along the way to explore the life on the sand banks and salt marshes. June 24, July 30
Sunset Landscape & Wildlife Photography Workshop – Join professional landscape and wildlife photographer Paul Nguyen on our pontoon boat to learn the art of landscape and wildlife photography on the state’s only Scenic Protected River! During this 2-hour boat excursion up to some of the most preserved parts of the North River you will be provided information on using the right lenses, techniques, and settings to get the best shots of nature. Added bonus it will be high tide and sunset. You must bring your own equipment. June 30, July 18
Nature and History of the North River – Join us for a leisurely 2-hour pontoon boat cruise up the North River. Enjoy the scenic views while learning a little bit about the history and natural history of the River. The North River was once home to great shipyards that built vessels like the famous Columbia – the first American ship to sail around the world. Hundreds of years earlier, the Wampanoags settled here to be near the abundant herring runs and shellfish beds. July 8, 9, 29
Geology of the North and South Rivers – Join local Coastal Geologist, Jim O’Connell, for a pontoon boat tour of the geology of the mouth of the confluence of the North & South Rivers. The Rivers Inlet is one of the most treacherous inlets along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. Its dangerous waves and currents have claimed the lives of numerous sailors. Heroic surfmen with the U.S. Lifesaving Service once patrolled across the sandy barrier beach that connected the glacial drumlins of 3rd and 4th Cliffs until the infamous Portland Gale of 1898 breached the barrier beach and created what is now ‘New Inlet’. We will stop and get out at ‘The Spit’ that protrudes south from the 3rd Cliff glacial drumlin which is the remnant of the former barrier beach that once connected Scituate with Marshfield. We’ll take a walking tour along this ever changing coastal landform. July 15