Free Fun Friday on the Charles River
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Charles River Watershed Association's

Free Fun Friday on the Charles River

Friday, July 13th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Norumbega Park and Marriott Newton

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466


Charles River Watershed Association first Free Fun Friday was held on July 13th in Newton at the Boston Marriott Newton and  Norumbega Park! There was music, food, and free activities throughout the day. Charles River Watershed Association’s Free Fun Friday was sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and is a part of the foundation's Free Fun Friday summer program.

Free Fun Friday Charles River Activities

Canoeing the Charles River

Individuals paddled along the Charles River in the Historic Lakes District and enjoyed a scenic water adventure. Blue heron, turtles, ducks and other wildlife were all viewed on the water. 

Aquatic Scientist for a Day 

Our Aquatic Scientist, Elisabeth Cianciola, taught hands on science experiments on the Charles River. Giving individuals the tools that scientists use to measure and study the Charles River people were able to identify insects and bugs that live in the river, test water temperature and measure stream depth and flow at science stations throughout the park. 

Guided Nature Walk

Leisurely walks through the Norumbega trails were guided by the Bartlett Tree Foundation. Individuals were able to learn about the native fauna and animals of the Charles on both a self guided or instructed walk.

Fishing lessons

Fishing lessons were provided by an experienced fisherman and Boston Metro Boston Alive volunteers on the banks of the Charles River. Sun fish were caught and released throughout the day.

River Celebration

People gathered by the gazebo next to the Marriott for music, storytime, music and more. Ice cream, complementary snacks provided by the Marriott, and food from two amazing food trucks was enjoyed. 


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CRWA Coloring Table
Aquatic Scientist Table
Photo at Picnic Tables
Eating by Gazebo
CRWA Riverfest Free Fun Friday
Reading Station
Community Boating


Charles River Watershed Association’s Free Fun Friday is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and is a part of the foundation's Free Fun Friday summer program.



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