Category Archives: Get Outdoors

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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Taking Photos?

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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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Taking Photos?

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What To Do This Weekend: June 10-11

Take a canoe or kayak trip, learn photography tips, draw clouds, identify invasive plants, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Canoe at Arcadia

North Shore

Go on a Sense of Wonder Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield to discover who lives in the meadow. Use nets to sweep the meadow and take a closer look at the fascinating creatures. After, have fun making our own bubbles! (families, registration required)

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

Spend the morning of capturing our cloudgazing to paper as part of Drawing at Habitat in Belmont. After a discussion of the science and cultural history of clouds, we’ll move outside to seek inspiration from the morning sky before beginning our drawing. (adults, registration required)

During 10 Great Tips for Spring and Summer Nature Photography at Broadmoor in Natick learn everything from tricky lighting to moving wildlife while exploring the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Are you stressed out? Head to Boston Nature Center for a guided Outdoor Meditation Walk. The natural world will be our setting for reflection and stillness. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

As part of Herons at the Nest, take an easy walk to a magnificent rookery, which serves as home to more than 30 pairs of great blue herons near Stony Brook in Norfolk. We’ll also spend time searching for the many other species such as wood ducks and hooded mergansers. (adults, registration required)

Brighten your gardens, provide habitat for birds and butterflies, and support Mass Audubon South Shore Sanctuaries by purchasing native shrubs and flowering perennials during the Native Plant Sale and Open House in Marshfield. Master gardeners will be available for advice and to answer questions.

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)

Bring the kids to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for Roots & Shoots, a program that helps to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. (children ages 8-13, registration required)

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Cape Cod

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)

During a Seashore Ramble at Wellfleet Bay use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the sanctuary’s beach at low tide. You may see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more! (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

During Reading Nature, hike through the woods, meadows, and waters of Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Along the way, share and consider snippets of humor, poetry, mystery, and action. (families, registration required)

Take a guided walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to Identify Invasive Plants that can be found throughout Central Massachusetts. Learn where the plants come from, how the plants spread, and what you can do to keep these plants in check. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Canoe the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River oxbow, and the Mill River on this leisurely trip. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever changing landscape. (all, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go Birding in the Berks at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox, a perfect place to look and listen for marsh birds such as the American bittern, Virginia rail, sora, common gallinule and marsh wren. This is an easy to moderate hike.  (adults, registration required)

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Taking Photos?

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What To Do This Weekend: June 3-4

Search for herons,  pick up some native plants, attend a nature festival, listen to jazz, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Great blue heron

North of Boston

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)

Head to Ipswich River in Topsfield for their Audubon Nature Festival for an owl presentation, naturalist-guided walks, face painting, children’s crafts, an insect zoo, music, and more.

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Greater Boston

Celebrate Dairy Day at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln with ice cream, butter and cheese-making demonstrations, hay rides, milking, and more.

During the Nature Art in Field and Studio: A Workshop, Mass Audubon Artist-in-Residence Barry Van Dusen will teach basic drawing, tone, and color exercises to help you get started with creating their own record of outdoor observations. (adults, registration required)

Learn all about honey bees from the Boston Area Beekeepers at the Boston Nature Center. Find out how they make honey, how they survive the winter, and much more!

Go Birding at the Rookery in Concord to see and learn about great blue herons and the other birds that share these wetlands. (adults, registration required)

South of Boston

Take a Guided walk around Tidmarsh Farms in Plymouth, the site of the largest freshwater wetlands restoration in Massachusetts and potential new Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. (rsvp at rsvp@massaudubon.org)

Spend the evening with friends and community members strolling lantern lit gardens, enjoying delicious food and drink, and listening to live music—all for a good cause as part of Birds and All That Jazz at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. (adults, registration required)

It’s time to get your hands in the dirt, spruce up your yard, and go native! Stop by Moose Hill in Sharon to shop our annual Native Plant Sale. Find perennials to attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators to your yard.

Explore Bogs and Wetlands on the South Shore and discover carnivorous pitcher plants, whirligig beetles, damselflies, British soldier lichen, and more. (all, registration required)

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

Join a Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown to see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. We will look at two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults)

Go Birding with Technology at Wellfleet Bay to find out about the latest and greatest apps for birding ranging from digital field guides and record keeping to bird migration radar and bird identification apps.

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Central Massachusetts

Take a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Learn the basics of birding and bird identification during an easy-to-moderate walk along the trails. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Discover Aquatic Critters at Arcadia in Easthampton to find out what animals live in the river and in the streams and how they survive in this wet world. (all, registration required)

Learn the Basics of Digital Nature Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Get best practices for capturing an image, exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Pleasant Valley in Lenox is hosting a Family Fun Day. Enjoy nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts.

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What To Do This Weekend: May 27-29

Practice yoga, search for horseshoe crabs, learn about wild edibles, go on nature walks, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Yoga at Stone Barn

Cape Cod

Go In Search of Horseshoe Crabs that are coming up on the beach in Orleans to spawn at high tide. Learn about their behavior, biology, conservation, and management. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

See Bird Research in Action at Wellfleet Bay. Meet the bird banding team and learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, 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)

Bring the kids to Oak Knoll in Attleboro for Roots & Shoots, a program that helps to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. (children ages 8-13, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Learn all about Wild Edibles from berries and flowers to roots and leaves at the Boston Nature Center. Also find out how weather and climate affect growing seasons and forest composition. (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

Head to Ipswich River in Topsfield for Turtle Time, an afternoon of exploring our wetlands in search of these fascinating reptiles. Check out areas where turtles like to nest and, with a little luck, get an up-close look at a painted turtle. (families, registration required)

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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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)

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Berkshires

Take a course in Plant Identification in a Spruce Fir Forest in Windsor to look for boreal species such as red spruce, balsam fir, blue bead lily, pink ladyslipper, wild azalea, and bunchberry. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: May 20-21

Celebrate turtles, look for birds and wildflowers, take in an art exhibition, look at the stars, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Snapping Turtle © Susumu Kishihara

Greater Boston

Head to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton for a Turtle Festival. Explore fun turtle facts, take part in hands-on activities to find out what’s inside a turtle shell, and make turtle-themed crafts.

The Museum of American Bird Art in Canton kicks off its new exhibition with an Exhibit Opening & Artist Reception. Meet Barry Van Dusen, Mass Audubon’s artist-in-residence, who spent the last year travelling across the state and chronicling the rich and diverse wildlife, habitats, and landscapes he encountered at each wildlife sanctuary.

During Nature Photography at Waseeka in Hopkinton learn to fine tune your composition, lighting, depth of field, and other techniques that can help make the most of your images at this beautiful place. (adults, registration required)

Take leisurely walk to explore the Trees of Mount Auburn Cemetery in all their springtime splendor. We’ll examine their trunks and buds and discuss their role in history. (adults, registration required)

Head to Garden in the Woods in Framingham to learn all about Wildflowers of Spring. Find out how to identify flowers, their habitats, and pollinators during classroom instruction and a walk in the field. (adults, registration required)

Take a Nature Walk at the Boston Nature Center. Along with a teacher naturalist, stroll on the trails through the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands and found out about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+, registration requested)

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North Shore

During Ipswich River’s Spring Forest Bathing in Topsfield, take a guided mindfulness hike through forested trails and reconnect with the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature. We’ll finish our walk with time for reflection and a relaxing cup of tea in the Nature Center.

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

Go on a Walk for Wildlife at Daniel Webster in Marshifeld. Whether you’re interested in birds, bugs, plants, or just being outdoors, we’ll have fun for all ages at this free day of discovery.

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (adults and children ages 6+)

Take part in a Sensory Explorations hike along Attleboro Spring’s accessible Reflection Trail behind LaSalette Shrine. We’ll focus on using one sense to investigate natural wonders. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Oystercatchers, plovers, and terns, oh my! During Tracking Shorebirds with Felix Neck in Edgartown, 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.

Use dip nets and magnifiers to search for swimming, flying, and burrowing wildlife on the beach at low tide as part of Wellfleet Bay’s Seashore Ramble. We hope to see crabs, turtles, fish, and much more! (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Take an an early morning Bird Walk at Lake Wampanoag in Gardner to search of bobolinks, bluebirds, warblers, and more. Beginners and birders at all levels of expertise are welcome. Bring binoculars and field guides if you have them. (adults, registration required)

Create your own art from found material as part of Crafty Art & Upcycling at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. This is a great chance to give yourself some “me” time while meeting other like-minded, crafty people and reusing household items. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the beauty of Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton at a relaxed pace during a Seasonal Nature Walk. (adults, registration required)

Look for Frogs at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Head to the vernal pool in search of wood frogs and spring peepers. At this time of year you should be able to see tadpoles and adults as well as egg masses. (families, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go on a Spring Wildflower Search at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Take a leisurely walk and search for early blooming flowers. We’ll gather for snacks and look up any mysterious plants we discover along the way. (adults)

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What To Do This Weekend: May 13-14

Get into the Bird-a-thon action, learn how to take better nature photos, help out with some farm chores, look for wildflowers and more!

North of Boston

During Family Nature Photography at Ipswich River in Topsfield get the basics of digital nature photography and practice those skills while exploring some trails. At the end of the program each child will take home a print of their favorite photo! (families, registration required)

The folks from Habitat in Belmont will head to Newburyport for some prime birding as part of Bird-a-thon. Go all day, just the morning, or the afternoon. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Head to Boston Nature Center for an informative, interactive, and free Herb and Weed Walk through the young food forest. Find and identify local plants currently flourishing and discuss their many properties over a slow stroll. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

It’s Afternoon Chore Time at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln! Feed chickens and collect eggs, then bring hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. After we finish up we’ll treat ourselves to a farm snack. (families, registration required)

Explore Broadmoor in Natick with your camera as part of Nature Photography: Beauty of Spring. See how composition techniques, use of natural light and changes in exposure and depth of field can help in successfully capturing and strengthening natural images. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Celebrate Bird-a-thon at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Families can learn what types of birds you can attract to your backyard and build a bird-box to take home. Adults can learn about the challenges birds face in Massachusetts before taking a bird hike on the sanctuary to identify local species! (registration required)

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Cape Cod

See Bird Research in Action at Wellfleet Bay. Meet the bird banding team and learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for Bird-a-thon Birds and Breakfast. Go on an early-morning guided walk and then return to the sanctuary for a delicious breakfast. (all ages, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go on a Spring Wildflower Search at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. Take a leisurely walk and search for early blooming flowers. We’ll gather for snacks and look up any mysterious plants we discover along the way. (adults)

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New Hampshire

Visit Wildwood, Mass Audubon’s overnight camp in Rindge for an Camp Open House. Meet staff, ask questions, and see our beautiful site. Head up a little early and go Birding at Wildwood as part of Bird-a-thon. (all ages)

School’s [Not] Out for Summer

Red Knots © Photographer Shawn Carey

Red Knots © Photographer Shawn Carey

Kids will soon be out of school for the summer, but the adults are just beginning!

Every summer, several of Mass Audubon’s coastal wildlife sanctuaries host classes that offer a wide variety of in-depth learning opportunities for adults that focus on the unique coastal environment and wildlife of the Cape. Field schools emphasize active outdoor “in-the-field” experiences and are taught by professional naturalists and scientists.

The beaches, woods, dunes, and wetlands of the Cape Cod National Seashore, Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the islands off Chatham, and the waters of Cape Cod provide the setting for the courses.

Previous experience is not required—all you need is an inquisitive mind and an eagerness to learn!

The following Field School programs are still taking registrations—sign up today!

Bees & Other Pollinators

June 17–18
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

Summer is the high time for insects and pollen-gathering bees are the essence of the season. So let your summer take flight with the study of the biology, behavior, adaptations, and identification of these beautiful, interesting, and extremely valuable insects.


Let’s Go! Field School Series: Osprey Field Exploration

June 24
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, Dartmouth & Westport

Allens Pond has been working with the Southcoast osprey population for years—a real environmental success story. Now join them for an immersive field school experience. You’ll get up-close and personal with the platforms and check for nest activity and chicks.


Forging a Deeper Connection to Nature

July 15–16
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

It is in interpreting nature that we come to understand it better and forge a deeper connection. Find inspiration, expand your creativity, and learn to really see the world around you with artist, writer, and naturalist Julie Zickefoose.


Photographing Insects and their Kin

July 21–22
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

This intensive two-day workshop with entomologist and photographer Kefyn Catley focuses on the intersection of art and science by creating images that are rewarding works of art but also items of scientific data.


Hatching Diamondback Terrapins

August 25–27
Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Wellfleet

During this three-day weekend you will gain first-hand knowledge of turtle biology; monitor nests for hatching activity; weigh, measure, and release hatchlings; and document nesting success at various Outer Cape locations.


Sandy Neck Field Studies Series: Nature Photography on Sandy Neck

October 19–22
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable

Explore all the capabilities of the digital camera with award-winning freelance photographer and photography instructor Laura Gingerich. Say goodbye to blasé images and immerse yourself in the world of photography among the natural wonders of Cape Cod.

What To Do This Weekend: May 6-7

Mother Nature may have other plans in mind for the weekend, but should the skies clear, there’s plenty of adventure to be had from wildflower walks to a goat gala.

Trout-lily

Greater Boston

Habitat is hosting a Spring Celebration in Belmont, complete with an herb sale and Goat Gala.

Join Ted Elliman, author of The Wildflowers of New England, for an Author Talk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, featuring the wildflowers of many of the natural habitats of Massachusetts. After go on a wildflower hike around the farm. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy Birds and Breakfast at Broadmoor in Natick. Enjoy a guided bird walk followed by homemade pancakes. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Join Boston Nature Center and the Boston Area Beekeepers Association for a Bee for Every House. Learn about different types of observation hives, how to setup and care for them and their occupants through the four seasons, and how to get the most out of your many hours of observations.  (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Explore the Habitats of Moose Hill in Sharon. Head out onto the trails to discover how the different habitats are responding to past land use, encroachment by invasive species, climate change, and more. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to get some exercise and learn about local flora and fauna. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Learn about the Cape’s most famous fish, river herring, during Springtime Herring Exploration at the Mashpee River. See live herring as they swim upstream, make your own herring crafts to take home, and learn how to become a citizen scientist to study herring populations.

See Bird Research in Action at Wellfleet Bay. Meet the bird banding team and learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to look for dwarf ginseng, golden ragwort, and just maybe an early lady’s slipper on our gentle walk along the trails. (adults, registration required)

Get an Introduction to Birding at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to learn the basics of bird identification. After a classroom session, we’ll go outside in search of birds so that you will have an opportunity to practice your identification skills. (adults, registration required)

Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy a Spring Walk at High Ledges in Shelburne. Look for both plant and animal life as we walk a moderate three mile trail and enjoy lunch while overlooking the scenic Deerfield Valley. (adults, registration required)

Head to Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton for the Valley Bird Festival. Expect live birds of prey presentations, bird banding, games, bird walks, and activities for all ages.

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Berkshires

Go Spring Birding at Lime Kiln Farm in Sheffield. Listen and look for warblers, sparrows, thrushes, and other birds. (adults)

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North of Boston

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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What To Do This Weekend: April 29-30

Volunteer at a sanctuary, go birding,  see sheep shearing, take a mindfulness workshop, enjoy a nature walk, and more!

Statewide Volunteer Day

Spend the morning helping wildlife sanctuaries get a jump on spring cleaning while you reconnect with nature. We have a variety of projects suitable for all ages at 16 sites across Massachusetts. View the projects and be sure to register!

Connecticut River Valley

Go on an Early Morning Birding Adventure at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Head to Wachusett Meadow in Princeton for their Sheep Shearing Open House. Meet the flock and learn how sheep are sheared and how those fleeces eventually become warm hats and mittens. There will be local vendors and crafters, kid’s activities, and more!

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North of Boston

Learn how millennia of glacial advances and retreats created the landforms and topography of Ipswich River during The Ice Age Geologic History of the Sanctuary and Environs in Topsfield. A presentation will be followed by a hike on the sanctuary to see and identify various distinctive glacial landforms. (adults, registration required)

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

Explore the wild side of Drumlin Farm with the Wonders of Wildlife. Meet some of the wildlife ambassadors, enjoy some “keeper talks” with our Wildlife Care Staff and visit our brand new New England Wildlife Exploration exhibit, and much more. (all ages)

Experience the wonders of spring on a naturalist-led Nature Walk around Boston Nature Center. Observe the beauty of spring flowers in bloom, listen to the birds as they start returning from their winter grounds, and watch for animal tracks in the fresh mud. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Discover some of the fantastic creatures that inhabit Broadmoor’s vernal pool during Frogs, Polliwogs, and Fairies in Natick. Use hands-on activities to explore and learn what hides under the water and lives around this seasonal pool. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Explore the forests and wetlands of Moose Hill in Sharon as part of a Nature Egg Hunt.  Meet a costumed character as you learn about Moose Hill’s diverse egg-laying inhabitants. Have fun searching for hidden eggs…find the specially marked egg and win a prize! (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

Experience and cultivate positive approaches to building resilience and happiness into everyday life during the Mindfulness & Woman’s Wellness Workshop at Moose Hill. This workshop .explores practices to empower women and includes a guided, mindful trail walk in nature. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

See Bird Research in Action at Wellfleet Bay. Meet the bird banding team and learn about banding methods and the information gathered from this research. You will likely get to see live birds up-close and observe the banding process. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Go on a Hawk Watch at Pilgrim Heights in North Truro for a chance to see migrating birds of prey. (all ages)

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