Category Archives: Friday to Friday

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: May 20–27

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What a busy week ahead of us! Fill up your calendar with what’s coming up.

View the full online catalog here

Friday, May 20

Friday Evening Hayride and Campfire
4 and 6 pm | All ages
Join us for a hayride as spring moves into summer. Watch for birds flying at dusk and evening fireflies before stopping at our campfire for stories, s’mores, and a special nighttime visitor.

Teen Night at Drumlin Farm
7–10 pm | Teens
Explore Drumlin Farm’s trails by moonlight, stargaze at the top of the drumlin, and listen for owls and night creatures.

Saturday, May 21

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Birding by Ear Field Trip: Wompatuck State Park
6:30 am–1:30 pm | Adults
Spring migrants and returning breeders establishing territories offer wonderful opportunities for a tremendous variety of sounds to learn and practice.

Discovery Day: Birds, Birds, Birds
10 am–4 pm | All ages
What is it about birds that makes them so fascinating? Visit our new Wildlife Blind, practice backyard bird ID with a teacher-naturalist, and meet some of our songbirds and raptors!

Sunday, May 22

Bird Banding at West Hill
7:15 am–1:30 pm | Ages 9+ w/Adult
Join us at the bird banding station at West Hill Park in Uxbridge. We will walk the net lanes and hopefully catch a variety of warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, and sparrows.

Sunday Morning Birds at Drumlin Farm
8–9:30 am | Adults
Drumlin Farm has a great variety of habitats and gets a nice mix of migrants and residents in the spring. These walks are for birders of all levels. Pre-registration is not required.

Chickadee Birders: Family Bird Walk
1–3 pm | Ages 7+ w/Adult
This Sunday afternoon offers a special opportunity to enjoy our spring migrants, especially the colorful warblers! Learn about blue bird nesting boxes and banding at Drumlin Farm.

Teen Know Your Food: Cows and Cheese
2–5 pm | Teens
During this workshop, we will visit the dairy barn to milk the cow, then return to kitchen make and sample fresh cheeses, including ricotta and mozzarella.

Tuesday, May 24

Rock-a-bye Babies
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Make a nest-helper for our feathered friends, listen to their songs, and search for the best places to build a spring home for the birds.

Wednesday, May 25

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Wild Edibles Walk
6–9 pm | Adults
Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, for a walk around Drumlin Farm to learn about at least eighteen of the tastiest wild plant species in our midst.

Thursday, May 26

Thursday Morning Bird Walk
Time TBD | Adults
Call 781-259-2200, ext. BIRD (2473) the Wednesday before each program for a recorded listing of the exact time and location. Pre-registration is not available.

Turtle Time
10–11:30 am | All ages w/Adult
Discover what these ancient creatures have to teach us.  We’ll meet several of New England’s turtles and learn of their habits and habitats.

Warblers 101: Lecture
7–9 pm | Adults
More than 30 species of warblers can be found in Massachusetts during spring migration, and more than 20 regularly breed in the state. This lecture will provide a logical framework for ID and offer tips on making the most of quick, limited views. Sign up for Warblers 101: Field Trip here.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: May 6–13

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May is prime time for birding both around the farm and throughout Massachusetts (hence why we have Bird-a-thon this month). Keep an eye out for rare migratory birds!

As always, you can take a look at our online catalog for what’s happening beyond this week.

Friday, May 6

Birding Mount Auburn Cemetery
7–10 am | Adults
Ever since Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge was established in 1831 it has been a “migrant magnet.” Today it is one of the 79 Important Bird Areas in Massachusetts.

Trucks, Tractors, and Tools (Waitlist only)
3:30–5 pm | All ages w/Adult
Join us as we search for trucks, tractors, and tools and witness the important jobs they help us do.

Teen Birders: Warbler Rambler Overnight
Friday, May 6 at 7 pm–Saturday, May 7 at noon | Teens
Spring is the time to see warblers!  Spend the night at Drumlin Farm (camping equipment provided) to learn more about warbler and other spring migrants.

Saturday, May 7

Teen Adventure: Coastal Exploration
10 am–1 pm | Teens
Head up to the Cape Ann Peninsula to explore tide pools and see waves crashing on the rugged coastline of Halibut Point State Park.

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Cheesemaking: The Next Level
12–4 pm | Adults
We will explore methods of creating delicious aged cheeses with relatively little equipment and fuss.

Sunday, May 8

Bird-a-thon at Mount Auburn Cemetery
7–11 am | Adults
This morning of birding is offered as part of our annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser. Celebrate the wonders of migratory birds and contribute to their protection at the same time!

Tuesday, May 10

There’s a Goat in the Garden (Waitlist)
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Join us as we act out this funny folk tale and try to figure out how to keep the garden growing.

Wednesday, May 11

Birding by Ear Workshop: Forest and Woodlands
7–9 pm | Adults
This three-part workshop will include two indoor sessions and a field trip to learn birding by ear techniques and hone your auditory skills.

Thursday, May 12

Thursday Morning Bird Walk
7:30–10:30 am | Adults
Call 781-259-2200, ext. BIRD (2473) the Wednesday before each program for a recorded listing of the exact time and location of each walk.

Some Bunny Loves You
10–11:30 am | All ages w/Adult
Have an up-close visit with a Drumlin Farm rabbit! Explore rabbit hiding places around the sanctuary, and plant a rabbit treat.

Friday, May 13

Pigs and Potatoes (Waitlist)
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Let’s see if we can get our pigs to dig for potatoes! Join us for some digging, planting, and pigging out.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: April 29–May 6

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For a full list of our programs, visit our online catalog.

Friday, April 29

The Princess and the Peas
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
We will learn of the pea’s plentiful powers while acting out the story of The Princess and the Pea.

Saturday, April 30

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Discovery Day: Water, Water, Everywhere
10 am–4 pm | All ages
April showers bring May flowers! Meet some animals that live in our ponds and depend on water as part of their life cycle.

Sunday, May 1

Sunday Morning Birds at Drumlin
8–9:30 am | Adults
Join us for Sunday morning birding! Drumlin Farm has a great variety of habitats and gets a nice mix of migrants and residents in the spring. Registration not required.

Wednesday, May 4

I’m a Little Tadpole
3:30–5 pm | All ages w/Adult
Spring is the time for frogs (and salamanders!) to lay eggs in pools and ponds. We’ll investigate frogs, listen for their songs, and discover their babies swimming around.

Thursday, May 5

Thursday Morning Bird Walk
7:30–10:30 am | Adults
Join us as we explore Drumlin Farm and other local hotspots in search of late-winter and early-spring migrants. Registration not required.

Friday, May 6

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Birding Mount Auburn Cemetery
7–10 am | Adults
Ever since Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge was established in 1831 it has been a “migrant magnet.” Today it is one of the 79 Important Bird Areas in Massachusetts.

Trucks, Tractors, and Tools
3:30–5 pm | All ages w/Adult
Join us as we search for trucks, tractors, and tools and witness the important jobs they help us do.

Teen Birders: Warbler Rambler Overnight
Friday, May 6 at 7 pm–Saturday, May 7 at noon | Teens
Spring is the time to see warblers!  Spend the night at Drumlin Farm (camping equipment provided) to learn more about warbler and other spring migrants.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: April 22–29

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Bloodroots are popping up, we have 26 lambs, and seedlings are now in the ground. Summer, here we come!

See all of our upcoming programs, or take a look at what’s happening from Friday to Friday:

Saturday, April 23

Teen Adventure: Mountain Hike
10 am–1 pm | Ages 13–17
Celebrate spring and the return of warmer weather with a hike up Mount Watatic. Keep a keen eye out for wildlife, wildflowers, and other signs of spring on this short ascent to a scenic summit with views of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Sunday, April 24

Small-Scale Agriculture
1–3 pm | Adults
Learn about creating a working compost system, preparing a garden bed, planting seeds, transplanting seedlings, dividing herbs, pruning blueberries, raspberries and fruit trees, and choosing cover crops.

Tuesday, April 26

How Now, Brown Cow? (Waitlist)
3:30–5 pm | Ages 3+ w/Adult
We’ll create a delicious frozen treat and trace the path from cow to ice cream. Feed and milk the cows, then mix a delicious custard, add ice, and, with some hard work, turn it into ice cream!

Thursday, April 28

Thursday Morning Bird Walk
7:30–10:30 am | Adults
Please call 781-259-2200, ext. BIRD (2473) the Wednesday before each program for a recorded listing of the exact time and location. Pre-registration is not available.

Trucks, Tractors, and Tools (Waitlist)
10–11:30 am | All ages
Join us as we search for trucks, tractors, and tools and witness the important jobs they help us do.

Author Talk: Julie Zickefoose
7–8:30 pm | Adults
Please join Julie Zickefoose as she talks about the process she used to make the paintings for Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into the Nest, and what it is like to raise and paint orphaned baby birds.

Friday, April 29

The Princess and the Peas
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
We will learn of the pea’s plentiful powers while acting out the story of The Princess and the Pea.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: April 15–22

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Remember: Rainy days are a small price to pay for the incoming blooms, bird songs, and sunny skies of a beautiful New England spring.

Take a look at our program catalog for a full list of all of our springtime classes.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Friday, April 15

Barnyard Bricks
3:30–5 pm | Ages 4–11
Try a new twist on nature play using LEGO bricks! We’ll warm up with some design challenges to spark our creativity, then head outside to gain inspiration from nature, studying the habitats of Drumlin Farm through the eyes of an engineer.

Saturday, April 16

Birding Basics: Field Trip
8 am–noon | Adults
This field trip will be paced so that everyone has plenty of time to see the birds and to work through the identification process. This is a fantastic introduction to all of our spring birding programs!

Naturalist Walk
1–3 pm | Adults
We’ll cover habitats across the sanctuary from wetlands to uplands as we look for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, shrubs, lichens, fungi, insects, and birds.

Sourdough Breadmaking
1–4 pm | Adults
Learn the age old tradition of sourdough bread making in this hands-on workshop. Practice each step of the bread making process as we mix, knead, and shape bakery-quality loaves to taste and take home.

Wednesday, April 20

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Birding by Ear (Workshop)
7–9 pm | Adults
Spring migrants and returning breeders establishing territories offer wonderful opportunities for a tremendous variety of sounds to learn and practice.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: April 8–15

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The April snow isn’t going to stop us from having a busy week!

Take a look at all of our programs right here.

Friday, April 8

Teen Night at Drumlin Farm
7–10 pm | Ages 13–17
New this year! Meet our community of nature-loving teens. Explore Drumlin Farm’s trails by moonlight, stargaze at the top of the drumlin, and listen for owls and night creatures.

Froggy Night Walk
7–8:30 pm | Ages 5+ w/Adult
Let’s practice our different frog calls from peep-peep-peeps to banjo twangs. Join us for an evening stroll listening and looking for these nighttime singers.

Saturday, April 9

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100th Day Celebration at Drumlin Farm
10 am–4 pm | All ages
This year Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries turn 100! Join us for a 100th Day Celebration the Drumlin Farm way.

Teen Birders: Mission Possible
9–4 pm | Ages 12–16
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to search out the unusual.

Sunday, April 10

Walk and Talk with David Sibley
1–2:30 pm | Talk and 2:45–4 pm | Walk
Author and illustrator David Allen Sibley will showcase his updated and expanded The Sibley Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. Then, he will lead a bird walk around Drumlin Farm while referencing his book.

Chickadee Birders: Bring on the Birds!
1–3 pm | Ages 7–10
Bring the birds to your yard! We will discuss diets,  plants that attract birds, and different types of feeders. We will also build edible feeders, and take a bird walk around the farm.

Wednesday, April 13

Frog Prince
3:30–5 pm | All ages
Join us as we tell the tale of The Frog Prince and search the ponds and pools for amphibian royalty. We’ll sing the songs of the court as we search for His Royal Hopness.

Thursday, April 14

Thursday Morning Bird Walk
7:30–10:30 am | Adults
Join us as we explore Drumlin Farm and other local hotspots in search of late-winter and early-spring migrants.

This Little Piggy
10–11:30 am | All ages
Join us for a swine of a time with piglets!

Birding Basics (Two-part Lecture/Field Trip)
7–9 pm | Adults
If you are just getting started observing birds or you want to make the most of your time in the field this spring, this program is for you.

Friday, April 15

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Barnyard Bricks
3:30–5 pm | Ages 4–11
Try a new twist on nature play using LEGO bricks! We’ll warm up with some design challenges to spark our creativity, then head outside to gain inspiration from nature, studying the habitats of Drumlin Farm through the eyes of an engineer.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: April 1–8

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March sure did fly by, didn’t it? We can’t wait for the flowers to bloom!

Take a look at what’s coming up this week, and see our full catalog for even more programs.

Looking for our series programs? Check out our last blog post.

Friday, April 1

Chicken Dance Party
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Come and dance along with the chickens.  We’ll do the Rooster Rhumba, Barred Rock Ballet, and Chickie-Chickie Cha-Cha when we visit the Poultry House and take care of the chickens. It will be an egg-citing time!

Sunday, April 3

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Nature and Wellness
1–3 pm | Adult
Learn about shin-rin yoku (Japanese for “forest bathing”) and the positive impact of nature on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

Tuesday, April 5

Baa-Baa Baby (Waitlist)
3:30–5 pm | All ages w/Adult
Are ewe ready?  It’s lambing time at Drumlin Farm!  We’ll help the farmer take care of the sheep and get a chance to visit with the newest baa-baa babies.

Friday, April 8

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Teen Night at Drumlin Farm
7–10 pm | Ages 13–17
New this year! Meet our community of nature-loving teens. Explore Drumlin Farm’s trails by moonlight, stargaze at the top of the drumlin, and listen for owls and night creatures.

Bread and Butter (Waitlist)
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
We’ll grind the grains, mix the dough, shape the loaf, and bake it in the oven. While the bread is baking, we’ll visit the cow and shake up some cream to make butter, then spread it on warm bread, and enjoy.

Froggy Night Walk
7–8:30 pm | Ages 5+ w/Adult
Let’s practice our different frog calls from peep-peep-peeps to banjo twangs. Join us for an evening stroll listening and looking for these nighttime singers.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: March 25–April 1

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There’s only one more week left in March! With more than a dozen lambs born, Daylight Saving Time beginning, the first day of spring, and a mini storm under our belts (on the second day of spring, of course), March has definitely kept us on our toes here at the farm.

Keep an eye out for our series programs, which start in just a couple of weeks! In the meantime, here’s what’s coming up this Friday to Friday:

Friday, March 25

Egg-citement (Waitlist)
10–11:30 am, 3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with an Egg Fest.  We will meet, greet and take care of chickens, examine eggs, and use natural materials to dye an egg to take home.

Saturday, March 26

Woolapalooza (Special Event)
10 am–4 pm | All ages
Celebrate the coming of spring at our annual festival featuring fiber, food, and fun! Bask in the beauty of Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, the perfect setting to delight in all things sheep.

Wednesday, March 30

Working with wool (2 classes)
6:30–9 pm | Adults
We will work with one of our raw fleeces—cleaning, carding, and dyeing—to get the wool ready to use. We will also explore spinning and felting.

Thursday, March 31

Thursday Morning Bird Walk
Adults
Join us as we explore Drumlin Farm and other local hot spots in search of late-winter and early-spring migrants. Registration is not required to attend. Call 781-259-2200 ext. 2473 on Wednesday, March 30, for more details on the exact location and time of the walk.

Check out more programs here.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: March 18–25

budHave you starting hearing and seeing signs of spring in your neighborhood? Now that we’ve “sprung” an hour ahead, it’s time to take advantage of the extra sunlight and discover the seasonal changes outside!

If you can’t make it to our programs this week, take a look at our online catalog for events and classes that will fit in your schedule.

Saturday, March 19

Rhode Island Duck Bonanza
7:30 am–5 pm | Adults
We will explore ponds, coves, the Barrington River, and Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. This trip is a great opportunity for you to practice your duck ID skills!

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Naturalist Walk
1–3 pm | Adults
We’ll cover habitats across Drumlin Farm and follow the seasonal changes as the year progresses. Registration is not required: contact tpinney@massaudubon.org to receive details for each walk.

 

Afternoon Chores and More (Waitlist)
3:30–5 pm | Ages 4+ w/Adult
It’s chore time! We will 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-fresh snack.

Chickadee Birders: The Sky Dance of the American Woodcock
6:30–8:30 pm | Ages 7–11 w/Adult
Join us for an evening hike to view a most unusual and interesting courtship ritual. The male’s display is a series of peents, twitters, and chirps as he first prances on the ground and then spirals rapidly upward, circles and drifts down.

Sunday, March 20

Teen Series: Spring Wildlife Caretakers (1 of 3)wildlifecaretakers
12:30–3:30 pm | Teens
Join like-minded teens to gain hands-on experience in wildlife care and conservation. Over three sessions, teens will learn about the natural histories of many animal species and how we can protect them in the field and in captivity.

 

Spring Equinox Frolic
1–3 pm | Adults
Celebrate the spring equinox as the first flowers poke their heads above ground and the days get longer.

Wednesday, March 23

Bread and Bunnies (Waitlist)
2:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Check out what the rabbits been up to—have they been sneaking into the root cellar and snatching carrots? What could they be doing—baking carrot bread?

Thursday, March 24

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Woodcock Walk
6–8:30 pm | Adults
Join us for an evening hike up the drumlin to view a unusual and interesting courtship ritual of American woodcocks.

 

Friday, March 25

Egg-citement (Waitlist)
10–11:30 am, 3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/Adult
Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with an Egg Fest.  We will meet, greet and take care of chickens, examine eggs, and use natural materials to dye an egg to take home.

Check out more programs here.

Drumlin Farm Friday to Friday: March 11–18

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We hope you’re enjoying this mild winter! It looks like this Friday to Friday will be a busy week. As our spring programs really get going in the next month, remember that it’s always good to sign up early. Visit our online program catalog so you can sign up before they fill up!

Friday, March 11

Chicken Dance Party (Waitlist only)
3:30–5 pm | All ages w/adult
Come and dance along with the chickens.  We’ll do the Rooster Rhumba, Barred Rock Ballet, and Chickie-Chickie Cha-Cha when we visit the Poultry House and take care of the chickens. It will be an egg-citing time!

Saturday, March 12

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Teen Birders: South Shore Hotspots
9 am–1 pm | Ages 12–16
Cumberland Fields, Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary and Duxbury Beach are some of the locations we will visit in our search to find rough legged hawks, canvasback, snow bunting, purple sandpiper, and many more species.

Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s Breakfast (Filling up fast!)
9 am–1 pm | All ages
As the maple sugaring season comes to a close, enjoy the results of our farmers’ hard work. Featuring local maple syrup, Drumlin Farm breakfast sausages and home fries, and (of course) hearty pancakes.

Simple Cheesemaking (Waitlist only)
12–4 pm | Adult
We will make and sample several different cheeses, including yogurt cheeses, paneer, mozzarella, and fresh goat cheese.

Sunday, March 13

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Kill Your Lawn
9 am–3 pm | Adult
Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with environmentally friendly native plantings.

 

Sap-to-Syrup Farmer’s Breakfast (Filling up fast!)
9 am–1 pm | All ages

Tuesday, March 15

Maple Moo (Waitlist only)
3:30–5 pm | Ages 2+ w/adult
Let’s milk the cow, then check to see if the sap is running through the maple trees. What might happen when maple meets milk? A Maple Moo Mix-Up might be delicious!

Thursday, March 17

St. Patty’s Party (Waitlist only)
10–11:30 am | All ages w/adult
We’ll plant shamrocks, greet a snake, and enjoy delicious colcannon and boxty—traditional Irish potato treats. Perhaps we’ll even dance a jig or two!

Many of our programs fill up early! Visit our program catalog to find future programs with more availability.