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Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Orientation Required

Water Chestnut Removal on the Charles River

Water Chestnut (which actually isn't a nut at all...) is an aquatic vegetable native to parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Since its discovery in Concord, MA, in 1859, the plant has spread throughout the Northeast and has been found as far south as Maryland. In our waters, it blocks native plants from receiving light and can sap waters of oxygen, killing fish.

The best thing we can do? Get our feet wet and our hands dirty taking it out! After learning more about this noxious weed, we will be canoeing out onto the river to physically remove water chestnut using hands and tools. Prior canoe experience is not necessary, but be prepared for a wet and muddy day!

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New England Aquarium

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