REI is encouraging people to get outside this holiday through their #OptOutside campaign. They believe that “being outside makes us our best selves – healthier and happier, physically and mentally. But as a nation we’re still spending over 90 percent of our lives indoors and it’s a trend we need to tackle,” said REI CEO Jerry Stritzke. That is a philosophy we here at NSRWA can get behind. So instead of shopping, how about taking a walk instead.

The Hanover Open Space Committee is hosting a walk on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00 a.m. Join them for a 1.5 mile walk through the Melzar Hatch/Cross Country Preserve. You can walk off some of that Thanksgiving meal on a pleasant loop in the woods behind the Hanover schools. The trail features new footbridges recently installed by talented Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Kinney. Ryan plans to attend, so you will have the chance to meet and thank him. Parking is at the Cedar School, off Cedar Street. Sturdy walking shoes and insect repellent are advised. Maps and more information are available at, or you may contact

We are fortunate to live in an area with an abundance of outdoor spaces, so we encourage you to get outside. There are many beautiful places to go walking in our watershed. Click here to see a map of places to walk on the North and South rivers and for links to other great walking spots.

And don’t forget to mark your calendar for NSRWA’s 23rd Annual New Year’s Day Walk. On Sunday, January 1, 2017 from 1:00 pm–2:30 pm, we will take a walk out to the Third Herring Brook dam removal site which will be in progress. This walk through 100 acres of woodlands to the brook is on private property owned by the Cardinal Cushing Centers. Parking is available at the Cardinal Cushing Centers on Rt. 53. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit our event page.