Nature walk set for Saturday


NEWBURYPORT – A tour on the Little River Trail System starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 26th and ends at 1:00.


According to weather forecasts (So far as predicted.); it is supposed to be sunny with a nice temperature range from 59 degrees to 77 degrees.




Arrive at the Marlene Schroeder Nature Trail Head at the very end of Colby Farm Lane. (For those with antiquated GPS postings, this is the old Crow Lane).) Children over 6 with an adult are welcome. No pets are allowed.


It is suggested that hikers wear comfortable shoes with full clothing (no shorts!) (Due to the extended drought in the region, the poison ivy bordering the trails is 'potent'.)   Suggested equipment would be binoculars, a bird guide and something to hold water. Bugs and Ticks shouldn't be a problem but bug spray will be made available.


The tour is sponsored by the Parker River Clean Water Association and is one of more than 100 free events that will take place during the Essex National Heritage Trails and Sails weekend.


The Little River Nature Trail is a surprisingly wild area and yet close to more densely developed areas. Many species of animals, birds and butterflies can be observed.

The trail is maintained by the association to highlight the importance of the Little River, a major tributary of the Parker River. The river is about 19 miles long from its headwaters in Boxford to its outlet at Plum Island Sound in Newbury. It covers approximately 82 square miles in Essex County.


For more about the association, see www.parker-river. org or call 978-462-2551. For more about Trails & Sails events, check the website:     Jerry Mullins, the Tour Guide is available for tour inquiries at


As soon as a new date has been established, the public

and the membership will be notified.

It's a shame as this meeting would have been very

encouraging and informative concerning a much-needed

snapshot of the Parker River Watershed!



































(Lots of fresh air and work that improves one of

Newburyport's hidden treasures)


Three dates to attend to assist in the improvements to the Little River Trail System: (at this stage, each event is tentative depending in local, national, state and regional notices, and by local municipalities and their health departments)



Due to the unexpected arrival of Tropical Storm "Bay"; the work party will be rescheduled; stay tune for the new work crew date.

So much was accomplished on June 20th but there is so much more  yet to be done!

Alternate rain dates will be provided due to inclement weather.


















PRCWA Contacts

We'd love to hear from you and get your input on ways to preserve the Parker River Watershed and the Plum Island Sound.

PO Box 798, Byfield, MA  01922
Telephone :

Email :


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Webmaster: Jerry A. Mullins

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Share common experiences & observations in our three beautiful watersheds (Essex, Ipswich, Parker).  Please share your activities with your photographs, mapping your location, and if possible, a journal reflection.


The results of your journal entry will be visualized, along with all of the other participants.

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