Enjoy nature activities with the BRWC

Enjoy nature activities with the BRWC

LINCOLN – The Blackstone River Watershed Council announces the following September programs.

• Water 2 Wine: Saturday, Sept. 7, 4-10 p.m. Enjoy a guided canoe trip or walk along the Blackstone River followed by samples of fine wines paired with food all delivered by a certified sommelier.

The Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone are teaming up with Vine to Wine Spirits and Tours to bring a night of nature, canoeing or walking, food and wine. Everything needed for a relaxing paddle or stroll down the Blackstone River will be provided. All proceeds will go to support the work of BRWC/FOB. Those wishing to participate in the canoeing or walking should arrive by 4 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the wine tasting only should arrive by 6 p.m.

Tickets are $40 per person, and you must be 21 to participate. Tickets may be purchased online at Eventbrite.com and search for Water 2 Wine on the Blackstone, or visit blackstoneriver.org and click on the events page calendar for September.

• Tree Steward Class: Tuesdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The class will be hosted by The Rhode Island Tree Council. Learn how to identify and recognize different species of trees, tree biology and health, proper planting and pruning methods, insect and disease diagnosis, invasive plants and more. This class is approved for International Society of Arboriculture and Master Gardener continuing education credits. Class will culminate on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a real tree planting exercise.

Cost for all of the classes is $50 for R.I. Tree Council members or Blackstone River Watershed Council members; $75 for non-members. Registration can be made online at www.ritree.org or by calling R.I. Tree Council at 401-764-5885. Space is limited.

• Mill Villages on the Blackstone: Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Join Erik Eckilson for a talk on the history of Rhode Island mill villages along the Blackstone River. Listen to stories of the old mill buildings and how the river played a role in their manufacturing. Learn about the history of Woonsocket and its villages of Globe, Bernon, Hamlet, and Woonsocket Falls; Manville, Albion, Ashton, Berkley, Lonsdale, and Valley Falls.

• Connect with Canoes: Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9:30 a.m. A two-hour guided canoe trip down the Blackstone from 10 a.m. to noon. Arrive by 9:30 a.m. for sign-in and instruction. Cost is $25 per person, or $20 per person for BRWC members. Instruction, life jackets, paddles and canoes are included. Open to adults and children 5 and up. A parent or guardian must accompany children.

Two people required per canoe. The area to be paddled will be a scenic, flat-water section from Manville to Albion and back. A member of BRWC group will be your guide. The trip will be held weather and river condition permitting. Be sure to wear sturdy water shoes or sneakers. Reservations are recommended by visiting the Facebook event page at: Blackstone River Watershed Council, or by calling Bob Charpentier at 401-688-4416 or John Marsland at 401-644-3215.

• Papermaking with Invasive Plants: Saturday, Sept. 14, 1-4 p.m. As part of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor’s 2019 “GO!” program, stop by the environmental center to learn how to create your own piece of handmade paper from Japanese knotweed, a common invasive plant. Learn each step of the process from award-winning artist May Babcock, and browse informative books and handmade paper samples. Fee of $10 includes supplies and a donation to the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone. This is a drop-in event.

All events will take place at the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone Environmental Center, 100 New River Road, Lincoln. Visit www.blackstoneriver.org .