What To Do This Weekend: February 20-21

Short-eared owl © Jim Sonia

Short-eared owl © Jim Sonia

Looking for fun things to do this weekend? We’ve got a great mix of activities to suit every taste. Get artistic with a photography class for adults and a snowflake craft for kids; look for seals, seabirds, owls, and other wildlife; build a birdhouse; and much more!

Why should kids have all the fun? Join other adults for The Wonder and the Wow: Harbor Seal and Seabirds for a fresh look at coastal and bird ecology, treasured local habitats, and breathtaking wildlife sanctuaries. Enjoy the sights and sounds of our natural resources, then extend this inspiring experience with an optional group meal. (Adult, registration required)

Families can make a home for a bird family with Stony Brook in Norfolk’s Build a Backyard Birdhouse. Learn the housing needs of several local bird species (bluebirds, chickadees and Carolina wrens). Then, assemble a bird house to take home. (Family, suitable for children aged 6+, registration required)

Winter is an amazing time to take photographs. Sharpen your skills on a Winter Photography Walk at Graves Farm in Williamsburg and Whately. Join photographer and naturalist John Green to look for for animal tracks, snowy landscapes, and streamside ice formations. Learn tips for getting pleasing winter photographs. (Adult, registration required)

Children and their caregivers will enjoy a story and an outdoor adventure with Wachusett Meadow in Princeton’s Owl Prowl. We’ll read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, examine owl pellets, and take a walk in search of these elusive nocturnal birds. (Family, suitable for children aged 4+, registration required)

Adults can enjoy their own owl prowlcomplete with breakfastat North River in Marshfield’s Owls and Omelets. Seek out the wildlife sanctuary’s resident screech and great horned owls, explore some owl adaptations, and work up an appetite in the process. After the early morning prowl, head indoors for a full breakfast. (Adult, registration required)

Kids can make spectacular paper snowflakes with Moose Hill in Sharon’s Snowflake Art. Learn tips to make your creations even more amazing, such as how to hide your name in the design! Drop in any time during the class. (All ages)

Discover the natural delights of the season with an expert guide on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Are you interested in the natural world around you? Would you like to notice more when you are outside? These excursions will focus on observing, exploring and appreciating the world around us. (Adult)

Let the games begin! Joppa Flats in Newburyport is sponsoring Winter Games at Maudslay State Park. Beat the winter blahs with a high-energy scavenger hunt for footprints, nests, and burrows. Winter shelter building, animal tracking races, and adaptation demonstrations are part of the line-up for this active and educational romp through the park. Finish up with cookies and cocoa to celebrate the day. (Family, suitable for children aged 7+, registration required)

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