Category Archives: Get Outdoors

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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What To Do This Weekend: April 22-23

March for science, celebrate Earth Day, see bird banding up-close, go on nature walks, explore vernal pools, volunteer, and more!

Palm Warbler at Wellfleet Bay via Elora Grahame

Greater Boston

To protect our natural resources and support the science that guides our mission, Mass Audubon is participating in the March for Science on the Boston Common. Be sure to stop by our table at the Kids’ Corner.

Join Habitat for a Rail Trail Hike from the Beaver Brook Reservation to the Hammond St. railroad station in Waltham along the abandoned railroad right-of–way. This is a true urban exploration. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Spring Bird Walk at Boston Nature Center to observe resident birds and spring migrants. Learn tips on how to identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. (adults and children ages 10+, 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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North of Boston

During Bird-by-Bird Gardening at Ipswich River in Topsfield find out how to attract different bird species to your garden with the proper plants, food, and shelter. (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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South of Boston

Head to Stony Brook in Norfolk for an Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration. Expect children’s nature games and crafts, music, composting demonstrations, and a sneak peak at the boardwalk renovations.

Get a Slice of Summer Camp at North River in Marshfield. Go on adventure hikes and gather all things wild to view under our digital microscope, play games that teach us natural history concepts, make and grill our own pizza at lunch, and learn about the science of flight as we build and fly kites. (families, registration required)

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 and Islands

Go Birding on Earth Day at Long Pasture in Barnstable to learn how to identify different bird species, what optics to use, and how to time your birding adventures for different species. (adults, registration required)

Join Felix Neck for Horseshoe Crab Survey Training to learn how to help preserve this ancient marine species. Horseshoe crab surveys are conducted during the new and full moons of May and June. Volunteers are expected to attend trainings and complete two surveys. (adults, 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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Central Massachusetts

Go on an early morning Spring Bird Walk in search of Wachusett Meadow’s diverse birdlife in Princeton. Looking for migrants as well as breeding species, and practicing identification based both on sight and sound. Beginners always welcome. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy an Earth Day Floodplain Canoe Paddle at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Along the way, identify spring plants on the shore, look for returning nesting songbirds, and watch for great blue herons.  We’ll also take a short walk to view the old rookery, a communal nesting spot for great blue herons for many years past. (adults, registration required)

Get the basics of nature photography just in time to capture the beauty of spring in the Connecticut River Valley. During the two sessions of Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden, learn best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Help Pleasant Valley in Lenox care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces during a Volunteer Day. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: April 15-16

Go on bird and nature walks, learn about salt marshes, look for amphibians and reptiles, become an osprey volunteer, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Greater Boston

Go Birding at Great Meadows in Concord, one of the area’s most important bird habitats. Look for ducks and waders in the pools, marsh wren along the dike, and a variety of songbirds in the woods along the Concord River. (adults, registration required)

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

Meet some of the species of reptiles found around Broadmoor in Natick during Wild about Reptiles. Find out if turtles really leave their shells like they do in the cartoons and if snakes are really slimy. (families, registration required)

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North of Boston

During Salamander Meander at Ipswich River in Topsfield,  learn about the life cycles of frogs, toads, and salamanders and then search the sanctuary’s wetlands and woodlands for amphibians on the move. (adults and children, 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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Cape & Islands

Interested in volunteering to monitor ospreys on Martha’s Vineyard? Come to Felix Neck’s Osprey Monitoring Program Training in Edgartown. Volunteers will learn about ospreys and get assigned a nest for the duration of the monitoring season, which runs from late April through September. (adults, registration required)

Find out why salt marshes are one of the most biologically-productive ecosystems on Earth during History or Salt Marshes at Wellfleet Bay. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Take an early-morning Spring Bird Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Look for migrants as well as breeding species, and practicing identification based both on sight and sound. Beginners always welcome. (adults, registration required)

During Broad Meadow Brook’s Preschool Story Hour in Worcester, listen to Robin of Hickory Street, do an activity, and then explore the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Check out the Vernal Pools at Laughing Brook and look for egg masses, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates. Learn why it’s so crucial to protect these small bodies of water and what you can do to help ensure their protection. (families, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: April 8-9

Search for spadefoot toads and salamanders, go on a hawk and woodcock watch, enjoy outdoor meditation, learn how to make sourdough bread, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Spadefoot Toad by Heidi Filmer-Gallagher

Berkshires

Head  to the Little Cinema at the Berkshire Museum for a screening of The Messenger, a a visually thrilling documentary to explores what’s killing our songbirds and what can be done about it. (adults)

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Connecticut River Valley

Explore Vernal Pools at Arcadia in Easthampton by dipping your net in the water to find out what creatures live there. These special habitats serve as homes to a number of extraordinary animals that have adapted to live in them. (families, registration required)

Watch the special dance of Woodcocks at Laughing Brook in Hampden. We’ll listen for the sound of the woodcock and watch the fields until dark. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go for a Spring Bird Walk at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. We’ll be looking for migrants as well as breeding species, and practicing identification based both on sight and sound. Beginners always welcome. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Search out the first amphibians of the season as part of Spadefoot and Salamander Big Day at Ashumet Holly in Falmouth. (adults and children, registration required)

During the interactive presentation Life in the Egg at Wellfleet Bay, learn about the avian reproductive cycle by examining reproductive anatomy, fertilization, egg production, incubation, and how a chick develops within an egg. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Join Oak Knoll in Attleboro for an “egg”citing Egg Hunt as we start the day dying eggs with natural dyes, create a bird’s nest, visit with some egg-laying animals, and learn about different types of eggs in our educational stations before heading out for our annual egg hunt. (families, registration required)

Celebrate Amphibians After Dark at Stony Brook in Norfolk by walking the lantern-lit trails with a guided group and encounter costumed characters waiting to teach you about amphibians through their stories and songs. (adults and children, registration required)

During Our Changing Forests and the American Chestnut Tree at Moose Hill in Sharon, venture along the trails to locate and identify American Chestnut trees, investigate the disease that continues to inflict them, and come to understand how its demise has influenced the forest ecosystem and local culture. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

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. Please bring a notebook, pen, and be prepared to spend the majority of time outside. (adults, registration required)

Does your child love photography, technology, and nature? Over the course of three Saturdays, kids will build a real working digital camera as part of Build a Digital Camera and Learn the Art of Nature Photography at the Museum of American Bird Art. Along the way, they’ll learn about the science, engineering, and technology behind the camera lens. (children ages 9-16, registration required)

Learn the age old tradition of Sourdough Bread Making in a hands-on workshop at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Participants will go home with their very own sourdough starter and the skills to make sourdough bread at home with just flour, water, and salt. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Woodcock Walk in the Blue Hills and at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about these strange birds before venturing out in search of a male bird displaying. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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North of Boston

Go on a Hawk Watch with Joppa Flats. Before heading out to Plum Island, we will first examine the dynamics of fall hawk migration, concentrating on movement through central Massachusetts. (Adults, registration required)

Learn How to Attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds to Your Landscape at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Based on organic and environmentally sound principles, will provide the information you will need to design your own butterfly garden and attract  hummingbirds, while teaching you how to enrich and support your environment by using native plants. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: April 1-2

Looks like Mother Nature is getting into the April Fools’ game with rain, sleet, and snow in the forecast for Saturday. Weather permitting, there’s still fun to be had at wildlife sanctuaries across the state.

© Jeremy Lane, Photo Contest Entry 2015

© Jeremy Lane

Greater Boston

Does your child love photography, technology, and nature? Over the course of three Saturdays, kids will build a real working digital camera as part of Build a Digital Camera and Learn the Art of Nature Photography at the Museum of American Bird Art. Along the way, they’ll learn about the science, engineering, and technology behind the camera lens. (children ages 9-16, registration required)

During Drumlin Farm’s Chickadee Birders: Bird Nests, learn what birds use to build unique nests and how to identify them. We’ll also take a look at the eggs of different bird species and build nests of our own! (families with children 7-11, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center for Habits of Rabbits to find out the difference between a rabbit and hare, why they have such big ears and feet, and what they like to chow down on besides carrots. We’ll explore the meadow and forest looking for tracks and signs and play some rabbit games. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Eat good food and witness the American woodcock’s unique sky dance during Timberdoodles and Tapas at North River in Marshfield. (adults, registration required)

As part of Stories in Stone at Stony Brook in Norfolk hike the sanctuary and learn how millennia of glacial advances and retreats created the landforms and topography of New England. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Family Nature Hike at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn about local flora and fauna while getting some exercise. (all, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Get to Know Your Birds Inside and Out during an interactive presentation at Wellfleet Bay. Find out some fascinating adaptations of birds that enable specific lifestyles, how birds respond to heat and cold stress, and more! (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Enjoy a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester and 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)

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Connecticut River Valley

It’s Big Night at Arcadia n Easthampton. Travel to a magical forest trail to meet costumed characters from vernal pools and learn about their lives through short animated and humorous skits. (families, registration required)

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North of Boston

Get an Introduction to Birdwatching with Joppa Flats. Learn the basics of field identification, including physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, voice, and more. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate spring by Building a Bluebird House with your child at Ipswich River in Topsfield. We’ll supply all the materials and instruction to build a nest box for bluebirds and tree swallows. (registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: March 25-26

Check out sheep-shearing and maple sugar festivals, watch woodcocks dance, learn how to garden sustainably, and more at wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Greater Boston

Celebrate spring at Drumlin Farm’s Woolapalooza, an annual festival featuring fiber, food, and fun! Check out a sheep-shearing demonstration, visit the lambs, and see local fiber artisans at work. Note: This is a popular event so plan accordingly!

Join Broadmoor on Sunday, March 26, at The Natick Center for the Arts for this year’s Jean and Henry Stone Memorial Lecture—”Human Health and the Environment“—with Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Chivian. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Woodcock Walk with Blue Hills Trailside Museum to learn a little about these strange birds that are full of surprises. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Head to Boston Nature Center for Solar Energy Science to learn about the inner workings of solar panels, see some in action, and learn about the features of Boston’s first green building. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

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North of Boston

Want a beautiful flower or vegetable garden without using chemical insecticides and herbicides?Sign up for Ipswich River’s Beneficial Bugs, Pollinators, and Your Garden in Topsfield and walk away with new understanding and appreciation for beneficial insects. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the Sea at Joppa Flats in Newburyport with a full day of indoor activities and exhibits that focus on our ocean giants, such as whales, sharks, and sea turtles. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Participate in a Coastal Waterbird Workday at Allens Pond in Westport and help Mass Audubon’s Coastal Waterbird Project erect fencing that is used to symbolically fence off areas where two beach nesting birds, the piping plover and the American oystercatcher, nest. (adults, registration required)

This program was cancelled. 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)

Attend an all-day outdoor Greening Your Garden Workshop in Marshfield and learn how to reduce energy, water usage, and labor for sustainable vegetable, flower and herb gardens. (adults, registration required)

Last chance to take part in Moose Hill’s Maple Sugaring Festival in Sharon. Go on a 90-minute tour and learn about the history of maple sugaring, ending at the sugar shack for a sweet taste. (all ages, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go Winter Birding Around Pleasant Bay in Harwich to catch a glimpse of  sea ducks and other waterfowl. (adults, registration required)

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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

Come witness the Dance of the American Woodcock at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Normally a reclusive forest dweller, the male of this game bird species takes center stage in his springtime dance to attract a female. (adults, registration required)

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