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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 19-20

Calling all weekend adventurers—summer is almost over and there are still things to check off your bucket lists.

Berkshires

Explore the meandering heart of the Berkshires by canoe this Sunday during a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip. The ecologically rich Housatonic River is teeming with wildlife and waiting for you. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Experience State Beach through the eyes of a Felix Neck naturalist as part of Saturdays at Sengekontacket, filled with hands-on engaging activities. (all ages)

Love oysters but don’t know the first thing about how their raised? Take a Barnstable Oyster Farm Tour this weekend to learn more about shellfish aquaculture—and pick up some delicious oysters for yourself. (adults, registration required)

Discover the best estuary in the Outer Cape for herons and egrets by kayak. Winding tidal rivers, quiet bays, and the scenic marshes of Cape Cod make the Kayak Trip: Nauset Marsh in Eastham one you won’t want to miss. (adults and children 12+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Can you tell the difference between Christmas fern and the hay-scented fern? Do you know what makes ferns unique to other flora and where to find them? Visit Broad Meadow Brook  in Worcester this Sunday for another inquisitive session of Plants Everyone Should Know. (adults only, registration required)

Forests that don’t have a history of logging are rare in Massachusetts. Specialist Bob Leverett will lead you on this Old Growth Forest Walk at Wachusett Mountain to find these special spots, along with some of the oldest red oaks anywhere. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Boston Area Beekeepers Association’s Open Hives are doing their part to save the bees. Experts on all aspects of honeybee life are here to answer questions, educate, and show off the Boston Nature Center’s collection of beehives in Mattapan. (all ages, registration required)

If your little one loves nature walks, crafts, and activities they’ll love Tiny Trekkers. This Saturday at Stony Brook in Norfolk, we’ll focus on the fun and unique worlds of reptiles and beavers. (families, registration required)

Observe, explore, and appreciate the diverse world around us. Drumlin Farm in Lincoln is a host of different habitats and wildlife just waiting to be discovered on this weekend’s Naturalist Walk. (adults and children age 12+)

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North Shore

Why should kids have all the fun? The Wonder and the Wow trips take you to amazing places with plenty of time to allow a full-immersion nature experience and socialize as a group. This weekend’s destination: Coolidge Reservation and Agassiz Rock. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

There’s nothing more relaxing than balancing in tree pose, breathing in fresh air, and listening to the gentle hums of nature all around you. Yoga at the Stone Barn in South Dartmouth brings inner peace to the outside world, allowing you to unwind and exhale. (adults)

Shorebirds are the first fall migrants to stop by Duxbury Beach after leaving their arctic breeding grounds. You’ll learn about magnificent creatures while enjoying quality time together at Family Fun Day on the Beach. (all ages)

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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 12-13

Things to look forward to this weekend: a butterfly festival, canoe and kayak trips, a duck derby, nature walks, and more!

Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook

Cape Cod and Islands

Head to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (all ages)

Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Shorebird Kayak Exploration in Barnstable to witness the beginning of the fall migration on one of the Cape’s most beautiful barrier beaches, Sandy Neck. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

The Allens Pond annual Duck Derby takes place on Saturday in South Dartmouth. After the duck race, head to the sanctuary for a festival complete with great food, music, and a silent auction. Can’t make it but still want to try and win dinner anywhere in the world? The deadline to purchase a duck online is Friday at 5 pm. (all ages)

Construct some simple homemade Bathyscopes, a viewfinder for underwater exploration, at Duxbury Beach. (all ages)

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Greater Boston

Join Drumlin Farm on a field trip to Plum Island in Newburyport to see Swallows and Shorebirds at Sunset. (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

Go on a guided Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center to discover in the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands. Ask questions and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+, registration requested)

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North Shore

Paddle to Thacher and Milk Islands, off the coast of Rockport, to visit an active nesting colony of herring and great-black backed gulls, and observe the behavior of young birds, from nestlings to fledglings. Then we’ll walk the mowed paths of the island to the North Tower lighthouse and climb the stairs to the top. (adults, registration required)

Bring the family for an Ocean Web Cruise aboard the Yankee Clipper for an exciting exploration of the lower Merrimack River ecosystem. We’ll also look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Celebrate butterflies during the 10th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. On tap: Caterpillar Lab, nature walks, face painting, music, plant sale, and more.

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Berkshires

Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes on a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip. Paddle across Lower Goose Pond to pristine Upper Goose Pond in search of eagles, herons, ravens, and a variety of songbirds. Eat a snack onshore and search for interesting plant and animal life. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: August 5-6

Look for dragonflies while paddling, run a 5k, try your hand at science experiments, practice yoga, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Berkshires

During the Loon Moon Canoe Trip on Buckley Dunton Lake in October Mountain State Forest look for herons, loons, beavers, and owls at twilight. When the moon is high, we’ll raft up or go ashore to share snacks and beverages while we listen for nocturnal sounds of wildlife. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Connect with yourself as you connect with nature during Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. This class is appropriate for all levels, from complete beginners to advanced, as several options/modifications will be given for each pose (asana). (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding with Joppa Flats. Join beginners and birders of all levels to search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. (adults)

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Greater Boston

Enjoy a leisurely Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles in Natick. Listen to bird songs and watch for great blue herons, turtles, and dragonflies as we paddle during the quiet morning hours. (adults, registration required)

Explore Spiders on the Pond at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Take a closer look at webs and the spiders that create them as you explore around the edges of Trailside’s pond. (families, registration required)

We all know about solids, liquids, and gases, but what is oobleck? Find out during Boston Nature Center’s Science Experiments. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Get to know Bats at Moose Hill in Sharon. After the talk, we will head out on the trails in search of bats. (families with children ages 10+, registration required)

Participate in the Annual Ducky Dash 5k road race to benefit the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary. Run, walk, or roll (strollers are allowed) along the most gorgeous scenic course that starts at the sanctuary and runs flat and fast to Gooseberry Island and back. (adults and children, registration required)

Search for Horseshoe Crabs on Duxbury Beach as part of North River’s free Family Fun on the Beach days.

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Cape Cod and Islands

Spend the day at Long Pasture in Barnstable Getting to Know Your Digital Camera Part 2. (adults, registration required)

Head to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (All ages)

Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: July 29-30

Look for shorebirds, go on nature walks, fly a kite, listen to bird-inspired classical music, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Sanderling © David Clapp

Cape Cod and Islands

Spend the day at Long Pasture in Barnstable Getting to Know Your Digital Camera. (adults, registration required)

Head to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (All ages)

Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth for Yoga at Stone Barn with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults)

Go Beach Combing on Duxbury Beach, part of North River’s Family Fun Days series.

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Greater Boston

Fly a Kite at Boston Nature Center. Bring your own kite or make one here. (families, registration recommended)

Take a guided Evening Stroll at Boston Nature. Listen to the night insects and bird calls and watch for the first stars of the night. (adults, registration recommended)

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North Shore

Join Joppa Flats for Focus on Shorebirds to explore the Newburyport area looking for a range of shorebirds including black-bellied and semipalmated plovers, greater and lesser yellowlegs, semipalmated and least sandpipers, short-billed dowitchers, willets, Hudsonian godwits, and more. (adults, registration required)

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Central Massachusetts

Learn to connect with the natural world in a healing, calming, grounding, and replenishing way through a Shinrin-Yoku Forest Breathing Guided Sanctuary Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the beauty of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton during a relaxed Seasonal Nature Walk. Bring a bag lunch for a picnic after the walk! (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go on a Naturalist Guided Canoe Trip in October Mountain State Forest. Explore the coves and inlets of this beautiful lake and we’ll go ashore to eat a snack, visit forest plant communities, and search for signs of animals such as porcupines and moose. (adults, registration required)

Tanglewood Music Center Fellows will play from Messian’s Catalogue of the Birds at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. This intimate (and free) concert experience, which celebrates music, birds, and the nature of the Berkshires, is part of Tanglewood Takes Flight. (adults, registration required).

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What To Do This Weekend: July 22-23

Hunt for treasure on the beach, go on nature walks, tour an oyster farm, photograph the night sky, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

© Frank Welte

Greater Boston

Take a naturalist-guided Nature Walk at the Boston Nature Center to discover the sanctuary’s forests, meadows, and wetlands. Ask questions and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+)

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North Shore

Go on an Essex River Wildlife Adventure by Kayak with Ipswich River. Paddle through the beautiful creeks and inlets of the Essex River basin, where mudflats provide feeding areas for returning shorebirds and snowy and great egrets, while common terns feed in the shallower waters. (adults, registration required)

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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South of Boston

Celebrate the beginning of National Moth Week by going to Moth Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Start with an indoor presentation then head outside to do field research collected from live moth traps made with bright lights over white sheets. (adults and children ages 7+, registration required)

Learn how to Photograph the Night Sky at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. Get tips on camera equipment, camera settings, and how to post-process images before going outdoors to take photos. (adults, registration required)

Channel your inner pirate and go on a Compass Treasure Hunt on Duxbury Beach, part of North River’s Family Fun Day on the Beach.

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go on a Oyster Farm Tour in Barnstable. This low-tide walking tour of a working oyster farm right off the beach at Long Pasture is a fun opportunity to see how an oyster grant works and learn about aquaculture. (adults, registration required)

Head to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (All ages)

Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Head to Arcadia for the perfect Introduction to Nature for Infants and Toddlers. This one-hour hike will enable your child or children, birth to 5 years old, to gently discover the natural world around them and give you skills to confidently lead explorations of your own. (families, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: July 15-16

From a morning canoe to a night hike (and walks, talks, and rambles in between), fill your weekend days with outdoor adventures at a wildlife sanctuary.

Greater Boston

Go on a Night Hike with Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Test your senses, look and listen for animals, and (conditions permitting) gaze at the stars. The evening begins with a brief orientation, followed by a walk on some of the easier paths near the museum. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Enjoy a Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick. Listen to bird songs and watch for great blue herons, turtles, and dragonflies as you paddle during the quiet morning hours. (adults, registration required)

During a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, explore the habitats across the sanctuary from wetlands to uplands as you look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. (adults and children 12+)

Head to Boston Nature Center for a Nature Story Hour. After listening to the story, head outside to take a walk on the trails to learn about the resident animals and plants that call the sanctuary home. (families, registration recommended)

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South of Boston

Get the Most Out of Your Smartphone Camera at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Learn how to compose, crop, edit, and share photos and then head out to put those camera phones through their paces. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a free Beach Ramble along the Beach Loop trail at the Allens Pond in South Dartmouth/Westport. Explore many different habitats and their inhabitants as you meander through grassland meadow before walking by the salt pond onto a sandy beach. (adults and children ages 5+)

Head to Duxbury Beach for Family Fun Day. This week’s theme: mollusks. Find out how the razor clam’s can create its own quicksand in order to escape predation and the many specialized capacities of mollusks.

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go to State Beach for Saturdays at Sengekontacket, a one-hour program run by a Felix Neck naturalist that explores the nature of Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. (All ages)

Take an Early Morning Bird Walk at Wellfleet Bay. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, Goose Pond Trail’s diverse natural communities offer diverse bird sightings. (adults, registration required)

During Life in the Reeds: A Chase Garden Creek Kayak Odyssey learn how fish, birds, mollusks and crustaceans have adapted to live in the tidal zone by paddling through their waters with knowledgeable naturalist. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Are you counting steps or miles as part of your daily health and wellness? Step into Nature at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton will help you reach your goals. (adults, registration required)

Learn to Identify Groundcover at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester by looking at plant structures, using field guides, exploring habitats, and discovering awesome adaptations of our local flora.

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Connecticut River Valley

Explore the world of dragonflies and damselflies during Dragonflies for Beginners at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Get tips on how to identify the common species in our area and go for a walk to find them. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Go on a Forest Discovery Hike at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Search for signs of wildlife as well as clues to where they live. For the young ones in the group, play a game of camouflage and discover how animals use this as protection. (families, registration required)

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Berkshires

Explore the coves and marshes of one of the Berkshires’ most beautiful lakes during a Canoe Trip to Upper and Lower Goose Ponds. Along the way search of ravens, hawks, herons, and a variety of songbirds. (Ages 10+, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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What To Do This Weekend: July 8-9

Go canoeing and kayaking, visit a bog, practice mindfulness and yoga, learn about butterflies and dragonflies, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Halloween pennant

Berkshires

Spend four days practicing mindfulness through observation, appreciation, and awareness of Berkshire flora and fauna as part of Mindfulness & Nature with Pleasant Valley and Kripalu in Lenox. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Naturalist-Guided Canoe Trip on the Housatonic River in Lenox. Look for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers. Along the way, learn about why the waterway is the natural heart of the Berkshires. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Explore the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River oxbow, and the Mill River on this leisurely Canoe Trip with Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever changing landscape. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Visit the Hawley Bog, pristine peatland, where you could see blooming orchids such as grass pink and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the heath family that make the bog their home. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Connect with yourself as you connect with nature during Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. In this all levels yoga class, find out how to connect with our breath, our bodies, and our minds with nature as our backdrop. (adults, registration required)

Wander through Wetlands with Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Hear all about the valuable jobs that wetlands perform for the natural and human communities while hiking vernal pools, streams, a swamp, and a marsh while l. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Greater Boston

Have Fun with Dragonflies and Damselflies at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn all about these beautiful winged creatures and how to help them this summer! (families, registration required)

Head to the Museum of the American Bird Art in Canton for Reduction Linocuts with Sherrie York. During this 2-day workshop, learn block cutting techniques, tips for effective inking, hand-printing methods, and more. (adults, registration required)

During Butterfly Gardens at Boston Nature Center, get tips on attracting these magnificent creatures to your own yard.  Find out about the varieties of native plants that support butterflies through their entire life cycle. (adults, registration required)

Have you ever wondered what it takes to Bulid a Toad a Home? Stop by the Blue Hills Trailside Museum to build and decorate a flowerpot based toad home to add to your yard. Construction time for each home is ten minutes or more, depending on how elaborate you’d like your toad home to be.

South of Boston

Go Family Ponding at Stony Brook in Norfolk and collect samples from below the surface. Among the creatures you may discover living below and on the surface are dragonflies, side-swimmers, clams, diving beetles, water scorpions, and more. (families, registration required)

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Family Fun Day. Join celebrated artist Marcia Ballou at her canvas as she invites you to add your talents to a piece illustrating the bounty of the beach. 

Spend the day at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth enjoying nature, yoga, music, and peace as part of Open Hearts | Open Skies. Start the day with early morning yoga, followed by brunch. Later in the day meditate, practice more yoga, then finish with a gourmet dinner and a guided evening beach hike. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Go on a Full Moon Hike at Wellfleet Bay. Look and listen for nocturnal wildlife as we enjoy the sun setting over Cape Cod Bay and the full moon rising over the treetops to the east. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

See Sengekontacket Pond on the Vineyard via a Moonrise Kayak as we celebrate the different full moons of summer. With a guide, kayak on the pond as the sun sets, stars twinkle, and the moon rises. (adults and children ages 11+, registration required)

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What To Do This (Long) Weekend: July 1-4

Cruise, kayak, canoe, hike, and strike a yoga pose this weekend at a wildlife sanctuary. Here are just a few ways to enjoy the outdoors.

Cape Cod and the Islands

Check out four different habitats at Wellfleet Bay including the forest, freshwater, brackish water, and salt marsh in search of the tiny creatures that live there as part of Tiny Wonders. We’ll use dip-nets, buckets, and magnifiers to get up-close looks. (families, registration required)

Explore Sampsons Island by Kayak with Long Pasture. As your kayak glides along, it is impossible to not be aware if the life that abounds in this protected area. Depending on the tide and conditions, part of the trip may include a tidal pool exploration that reveals different crustacean, mollusk and fish species. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a breathtaking sunset Kayak Tour on Sengekontacket Pond. Relax, unwind, and appreciate the painted sky like never before while paddling the waters. As the sun sets, see the natural world come to a tranquil peace as you float and relish the view. (adults and children ages 11+, registration required)

July 4: Go on a Marine Discovery Tour of Vineyard Sound aboard The Skipper with a Felix Neck naturalist. We may tow a plankton net, use a scallop drag, and check lobster and fish traps for the diversity of crabs, fish and shellfish that live in the waters around the island. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

July 4: Discover the fascinating fish of Wellfleet Bay during Fish Printing.  Meet live fish to learn how these aquatic creatures are perfectly adapted for life underwater and then paint a fish replica with a beautiful array of colors to create a print on paper or a t-shirt to take home. (adults and children ages 2+, registration required)

July 4: Rise and shine with gentle Yoga at Long Pasture in Barnstable. Immerse yourself in a natural studio: breathing, stretching and yoga asana, all in sync with our surroundings. Beginners welcome. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth for Yoga at Stone Barn with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults)

Start your morning off right on the trails of Stony Brook in Norfolk learning about nature as part of Tiny Trekkers. There will be crafts, activities, and lots of laughter. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Curious about compost? Head to Boston Nature Center for a free Compost Pile Workshop and find out what you can do in your own backyard. (adults, registration required)

Be a Wildlife Detective at Boston Nature Center. Turn over logs to discover what is underneath, listen for a Baltimore orioles, search for praying mantises, and take a hike to investigate forests, wetlands, and meadows. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to discover the immense variety of birdlife that exists at this large urban sanctuary. We’ll teach you the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a Moonlight Hike and Campfire at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and get a chance to listen for owls or coyotes, catch a glimpse of beavers on the pond, and walk among lightening bugs in the meadows. After we hike we’ll enjoy s’mores around the campfire. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Dragonflies and Damselflies by Canoe with Arcadia in Easthampton. Learn the differences between dragonflies and damselflies and how to identify each group then head outdoors in canoes for field experience. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: June 24-25

Pick strawberries, look diamondback terrapins, enjoy a sunset paddle, hike to a summit, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Diamondback terrapin © Patrick Randall

Greater Boston

Head to Strawberry Day at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Dig in the dirt with our farm staff, meet some berry-loving animals, and, if weather permits, pick your own strawberries to take home (while supplies last; additional fee applies).

Go Beachcombing on Carson Beach with Boston Nature Center. Carson Beach and its neighbors stretch for over 3 miles and offer great beachcombing opportunities at every turn. (families, registration required)

Take an Evening Canoe on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick. Watch as the sun sets over the river and listen for the evening sounds of birds, frogs, and other creatures. (adults, registration required)

Go on an intergenerational morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill level welcome! (all ages)

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North Shore

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding with Joppa Flats. Join beginners and birders of all levels to search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area. (adults)

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South of Boston

Head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth for Yoga at Stone Barn with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Oystercatchers, plovers and terns, oh my! During Tracking Shorebirds at Felix Neck on Martha’s Vineyard walk the beach with a shorebird biologist to record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand.

Join Long Pasture for Barnstable Harbor Kayak and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse and kayak Cape Cod’s largest barrier beach and salt marsh system. Then go ashore to climb the Sandy Neck barrier beach lighthouse and see the beautiful view. (Ages 12+, registration required)

Go on a Turtle Prowl at Wellfleet Bay and look for diamondback terrapins, a threatened species of salt marsh turtle while walking along sanctuary trails in search of nesting turtles. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a guided Family Canoe Paddle at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and look for wood ducks, bullfrogs, and kingfishers. (families, registration required)

Enjoy an All Trail Interpretive Hike at Rocky Hill in Groton. Besides visiting varied habitats, highlights will include amphibian breeding pools, a heron rookery, and a chestnut oak grove. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Participate in a Water Chestnut Removal by Canoe with Arcadia. Water chestnut crowds out native plants and the wildlife that depend on them. It also obstructs boating and other recreational activities. (adults, registration required)

Come to Laughing Brook in Hampden, former home of the acclaimed children’s author and naturalist Thornton Burgess, for a Story Hour and Walk. Burgess’s characters are those that can be found living at Laughing Brook.  (all, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go on a Berkshire Summit Hike to Race Brook Falls and along the Taconic ridgeline to the summit of Mount Race via the Appalachian Trail with Pleasant Valley. The 6.6-mile round trip hike is rated difficult, with steep sections. The effort is worth the reward, however, since the views from the ridgeline and summit are spectacular. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: June 17-18

Celebrate Father’s Day weekend with hikes, canoe and kayak trips, a scavenger hunt, bird walks, a drawing class, cruise, and more.

Spicebush swallowtail

Berkshires

Go Birding in the Berks and explore the boreal and mixed forest along Jones Nose ridge near the summit of Mt. Greylock while looking for blackpoll warbler and Swainson’s thrush. This is a strenuous hike over steep terrain. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate the coming of summer and Father’s Day with a leisurely Canoe Trip at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Watch for wildlife and learning how to identify wetland plants such as pickerel weed, buttonbush, and royal fern. (all, registration required)

Learn about the Insects of the Field and Forest at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Watch as a bee pollinates a flower, see how many different types of butterflies you can count, and learn what lives within all that white spittle on the field plants. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Father’s Day Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and trek to the summit of Brown Hill. Each Dad will receive a laminated guide of his choice from Mass Audubon’s series. (all, registration required)

Learn how to recognize trees during Plants Everyone Should Know at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on a Hands-on Science Cruise with Dad to explore the lower Merrimack River ecosystem. Look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl and learn about this vital part of the area’s natural history. (families, registration required)

Create a Fairy Garden at Ipswich River in Topsfield. We’ll provide the container, rocks, and native plants, you bring your imagination. After creating the gardens, listen to a solstice story and then take a short walk. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Celebrate Father’s Day with a Breakfast at Blue HIlls in Milton followed by a nature hike to the top of Great Blue Hill with a naturalist. We’ll search out animal tracks and sign, take a look at some of the cool rocks on the hillside, and enjoy the view at the top of Eliot Tower. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

Take a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds. (adults and children ages 12+)

Take a relaxing Father’s Day Canoe Trip on the Charles in Natick Watch the morning mist rising off the river. Keep an eye out for great blue herons and other birds gliding over the water. And enjoy a hearty brunch mid-trip. (adults, registration required)

Take part in a Midsummer Celebration at Boston Nature Center and learn about signs of the seasons, the Earth’s place in the universe, and how your garden knows what time of year it is.  We will explore the garden plots and food forest, as well make a take home craft. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Take a Guided Walk at Tidmarsh Farm to see first hand why we are trying to protect this incredible land and turn it into a Wildlife Sanctuary. (rsvp requested)

Walk around Stony Brook in Norfolk to find info about the Martins and Swallows that travel thousands of miles annually to nest in the sanctuary’s field. (adults, registration required)

Learn how to Draw Wildflowers at Oak Knoll in Attleboro with Abby Rovaldi, program coordinator from the Attleboro Arts Museum. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Enjoy a free Beach Ramble along the Beach Loop trail at the Allens Pond in South Dartmouth/Westport. Explore many different habitats and their inhabitants as you meander through grassland meadow before walking by the salt pond onto a sandy beach. (adults and children ages 5+)

Go on an all-day Kayak Exploration of the North and South Rivers in Marshfield. Having the tides in our favor on both stretches will help as the distance of our paddle is approximately 20 nautical miles. (adults, registration required)

Bring Dad to Moose Hill in Sharon for Dad & Me—a self guided scavenger hunt. Enjoy the many sights and sounds as you follow each clue to the final prize package for your family. (all)

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Cape Cod

Help Wellfleet Bay with Box Turtle Tracking. First learn about the sanctuary’s monitoring and research practices then head out for an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Join Long Pasture for Barnstable Harbor Kayak and Climb Sandy Neck Lighthouse and kayak Cape Cod’s largest barrier beach and salt marsh system. Then go ashore to climb the Sandy Neck barrier beach lighthouse and see the beautiful view. (Ages 12+, registration required)

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