Every Kid in the Park
The "Every Kid in a Park" initiative provides all fourth graders and their families free admission to their public lands.
Every Kid in the Park FAQs
2015 Hunt Application
Applications for hunting at Assabet River, Great Meadows and Oxbow NWR will be available online July 1st-31st.
Eastern MA Permits Website
Lowell Students Raise Turtles
Read about how elementary students in Lowell are helping the refuge raise threatened Blanding's turtles.
Read the story on the blog
The Visitor Center is closed Thursdays, but open Fri-Sat 10am-4pm. Puffer Pond is closed to all water crafts.
2015 ASR Updates
There are events year-round for the whole family at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge and the rest of the refuges in the Eastern Massachusetts complex. Check out our events calendar to find one near you!Events Calendar
About the Complex
The complex is comprised of eight refuges.
Assabet River is managed as part of the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
Learn more about the complex
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
Learn more about the NWRS
Around the Refuge
The Visitor Center is open Fri-Sun 10am-4pm. Puffer pond is not open to water crafts.2015 Refuge Updates
Produced by the Maynard Historical Commission and made available through a grant from the Maynard Cultural Council, five walking tours of Maynard can be found on the Town of Maynard website. One of these tours is located at Assabet National Wildlife Refuge.Walking Tours
There are a variety of activities at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife viewing, photography, hunting, fishing, environmental education and interpretation. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more.Visitor Activities
The Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic freshwater turtle that is a threatened species in Massachusetts. The New England population is disjunct from the main portion of their range. They require a variety of wetland habitats, make frequent seasonal overland movements, and therefore suffer mortality not only from direct wetland habitat loss, but from landscape fragmentation as well.
Page Photo Credits All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted.
Last Updated: Oct 08, 2015