Author Archives: Hillary T.

About Hillary T.

Where: Mass Audubon Headquarters, Lincoln Who: Massachusetts transplant by way of Florida and New York. Raising two young girls, who she hopes will be budding naturalists Favorite part of the job: Learning something new every day from some of the smartest and most enthusiastic groups of people

Turkeys

What To Do This Weekend: Nov 17-18

Talk turkey, make an evergreen wreath, go birding, try nature journaling, set out on an owl prowl, create herbal lip balm, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Turkeys

Central Massachusetts

Make a Holiday Evergreen Wreath at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton using greens, winterberry, seed pods, and ribbon—a perfect gift for the holiday season! (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

As part of Terrific Turkeys and Fall Harvest at Laughing Brook in Hampden, learn about wild turkeys, go for a hike, and look for evidence of these impressive birds, all the while scouting for autumn’s woodland harvest.

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Berkshires

Relax into the beauty of the woods, waters, and trails of Pleasant Valley in Lenox while Nature Journaling. Guided writing and sketching deepens observations and expands creativity. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

During Birding for Beginners at Ipswich River in Topsfield find out how to choose the right binoculars and what to look for in a field guide. Then head out onto the sanctuary and learn what to look and listen for to help identify these beautiful creatures. (adults, registration required)

Go Birding in the Newburyport/Plum Island Area with Joppa Flats. Watch seabirds migrating, ducks as they feed and seek shelter, and a wide variety of land birds, which stop in the area to feed and rest before continuing their southward migration. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

As part of Afternoon Chores at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, feed chickens and collect eggs, then bring hay to the sheep, goats, and cows. After finishing, we’ll treat ourselves to a farm snack. (families, registration required)

Join in on an Owl Prowl Family Adventure at Broadmoor in Natick to learn about owl calls, behavior, and habitat as you search and listen for our resident screech, barred, and great horned owls. (families, registration required)

Learn how to Make Herbal Lib Balm at Boston Nature Center using herbal infused olive oil along with cocoa butter and natural beeswax. (adults, registration required)

During Fantastic Fossils at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, kids will listen to a story about dinosaurs and then go on a short nature hike to gather leaves and other natural materials to then imprint in pieces of air dry clay to make their own “fossils.” (children, registration required)

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels are invited to join Habitat in Belmont for a free HIP Morning Walk. (adults and children)

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South of Boston

Get in the holiday spirit with Walkin’ and Talkin’ Turkey at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Walk a former cranberry farm and learn all about the stars of many a Thanksgiving table, turkeys!  (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Oak Knoll in Attleboro is also Talkin’ Turkey. Tell turkey facts from turkey myths and go on a hike to look for some on our trails. (adults and children, registration required)

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Porcupine © Cheryl Rose

What To Do This Weekend: Nov 10-11

Go for hikes; learn how to make cheese; try block printing; search for beavers, owls, and porcupines; take a seabird cruise; and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend. Also, Veterans and their families get free admission to our wildlife sanctuaries this Sunday and Monday.

Porcupine © Cheryl Rose

Porcupine © Cheryl Rose

North Shore

Bring your family to Ipswich River in Topsfield to unplug, stretch your legs, and give thanks for the great outdoors as part of the Big Woods & Little Woods Hike. After your hike, warm up in the Barn by the woodstove! (adults and children, registration required)

Attend a Family Open House at Joppa Flats in Newburyport to say bon voyage to the migrating songbirds flying south for the winter. There will be plenty of drop-in activities and exhibits featuring bird banding demonstrations, interactive games, and lots of table-top science.

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Greater Boston

Explore the world of owls during a Family Owl Prowl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (families, registration required)

Be a Busy Beaver at Broadmoor in Natick and discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. (families, registration required)

During Simple Cheesemaking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, taste homemade cheeses while learning the skills you need to make your own cheese at home. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

Take part in Yoga and Mindfulness in Nature at Habitat in Belmont, a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors, and then head outside to explore the trails of Habitat. (adults, registration required)

Join artist Sherrie York to Explore Block Printing at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. Design, carve, and print two small blocks inspired by natural forms: plants, animals, insects… anything! (adults, registration required)

Kids can go On the Trail of Turkeys at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Learn some facts about turkeys, search outside for signs of turkeys, and also make a fun a turkey craft. (children, registration required)

As part of a Forest Regeneration Study at Moose Hill in Sharon, join Teacher Naturalist, Michael Scutari Acciavatti for a hands-on afternoon of observation, inquiry, and more as we visit selected trees and test plots. (adults)

Enjoy an Evening Stroll at the Boston Nature Center to look for animals that are primarily active at dusk and dawn including owls, bats, deer, foxes, and raccoons. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Go on a Fall Foliage Exploration at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to explore the colors of fall and learn about the science of dendrology (trees). (adults and children, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Gear up for Thanksgiving with a Turkey Trek at Wellfleet Bay. Learn about their behavior, natural history, and curious turkey facts. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Embark on a Seabird Cruise from Sesuit Harbor in Dennis into Cape Cod Bay aboard the Albatross. Search for alcids, loons, gannets, and sea ducks in flight and floating on the waves. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

See Waterfowl in Greater Worcester in a van tour. Find out how to identify a variety of beautiful water birds in the field, explore some hidden local areas, and come away with a greater appreciation of these birds and the waterways that they rely on. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the Trees at High Ledges in Shelburne. Hike through the forests to the top of the ledges, all the while learning how to identify trees once their leaves have fallen. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Porcupine Hike at Graves Farm in Williamsburg and get to know the second largest north American rodent. Hike to visit a porcupine den and look for quills and tracks along the way. (adults, registration required)

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Marques, Antonio Cortez, age 14,

Sneak Peek at Youth Art Exhibition

This weekend marks the official opening of the Museum of American Bird Art’s 3rd annual Youth Art Exhibition. On display are 35 artworks were selected out of 277 entries and include a wide variety of mediums—colored pencil, ink, watercolor, acrylic, block print, pastel, markers, collage, and several mixed media pieces.

The opening reception is on Saturday in Canton and the exhibition will remain on view in the Estate House by appointment through March 31, 2019. In the meantime, enjoy four of the pieces on display, including an artist statement about each one.

Shoebill Stork by Mackenzie Casto, Age 12, Haverhill, Massachusetts

“I think the Shoebill Stork ties into the theme of favorite birds because it is one of the most unique birds alive today. It is also one of the birds that many people do not know exist. A quick look at the Shoebill Stork will make you think you are in the Jurassic time period because it looks prehistoric and that why it is one of my favorite birds!”

The Swordfish Bird with Salmon Flowers by Antonio Cortez Marques, Age 14, Portugal

“This swordfish bird comes from my imagination. I love bright colours, therefore I chose a mixture of colours which is somewhat unreal. I always liked attracting birds and animals. Usually, I like birds with long crests.”

Peacock by Lucy Modern, Age 6, Pagosa Springs, Colorado

“I drew a peacock because they have beautiful puffy tails.”

Flamingo by Sabrina Puccio, Age 16, Canton, Massachusetts

“I recently started sketching flamingos after finding some old family photos taken at a zoo’s bird exhibit. Flamingos quickly became a new favorite bird of mine to draw, which is why I decided to enter this piece.”

What To Do This Weekend: Nov 3-4

Look for fall birds, learn how to make sourdough bread, go on an owl prowl, try nature journaling, take a photography workshop, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Common Loon, winter plumage

Common Loon, winter plumage

North Shore

Reconnect with the sights, sounds, smells, and textures of nature during Autumn Forest Bathing Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. After the guided walk, there will be time for reflection and a relaxing cup of tea. (adults, registration required)

Discover the Seabirds of Cape Ann with Joppa Flats. Be on the lookout for Red-throated Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Harlequin Duck, Black Guillemot (and maybe other alcids), and three species of scoters.

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Greater Boston

Learn the age-old tradition of Sourdough Breadmaking at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Mix, knead, and shape loaves and go home with sourdough starter. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Explore the world of owls during a Family Owl Prowl at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Discover some of the unique adaptations of owls, practice owl calls, and meet some of the museum’s resident owls before going on a night hike to search for owls and other nocturnal life. (families, registration required)

Experience Saw-whet Owl Banding at Moose HIll in Sharon. After a presentation, take a night walk for a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole banding process. (adults, registration required)

As part of It’s a Job for Decomposers at Boston Nature Center, explore the outdoors looking for decomposers and examine the worm bins to learn about the mysteries of the soil. (families, registration required)

Be an environmental steward by taking part in HIP Trails Day at Habitat Education Center in Belmont. environmental stewardship. Chip trails, work in the children’s garden, the Sun/Moon Herb garden, and more. (all ages, registration required)

Be a Busy Beaver at Broadmoor in Natick and discover what life is like as a beaver and how to recognize signs that a beaver has been in the area. As sunset approaches, watch for our resident beavers on their evening explorations. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

Explore the different habitats found around Oak Knoll in Attleboro as part of a Family Habitat Day. Look for interesting animals, plants, and see what has visited the sanctuary. (families, registration required)

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Cape Cod

During Fall Ducks of Cape Cod with Long Pasture, view eiders, scoters, buffleheads, Common Goldeneyes, and Red-breasted Mergansers as they pause in their migratory journeys. (adults, registration required)

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to 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 Saturday Morning Bird Walk for Adults at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. 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

Get an Intro To Digital Photography in Hampden including the best practices for exposure, focus, and technique so you leave with a wealth of knowledge and beautiful photographs. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Relax into the beauty of the woods, waters, and trails of Pleasant Valley in Lenox while Nature Journaling. Guided writing and sketching deepens observations and expands creativity. (adults, registration required)

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Plumage Project

The Making of an Upcycled Owl

Art is silent but powerful, just like an owl’s wings. To kick off Blue Hills Trailside Museum’s very first Owl Festival, which took place on October 13-14, art, imagination, and creativity were combined with science and conservation to create the Plumage Project. The idea for this project was developed by part-time Teacher Naturalist Karin Sanborn, who is an artist among several other avocations.

Plumage Project

Plumage Project

Before the event, a call went out for “feathers” created from found materials. An activity station was set up in the museum so visitors could easily participate. One of the focal points for this project was conservation, so raw materials were pulled out of recycling bins. Old cereal boxes and construction paper scraps were “upcycled” and converted into art.

Art Meets Science

Another focal point of the project was science education. Visitors to the museum used feather templates, labeled with names like “primary feather” or “covert feather.” Posters and other visual displays helped visitors explore feathers: the huge variety of shapes, sizes, textures, structures, and functions.

Each feather on a bird’s body is like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle, with a unique shape that will fit no other place on the bird’s body. And each feather has a specific function, which can range from flight to protecting a bird’s eyes from sun and dust. Hundreds of feathers were either created at the museum or dropped off by visitors.

Trailside’s Kathleen Regan provided the sweat needed to complete the assembly of the final product, a larger than life sized representation of a Great Horned Owl. We plan on running future cooperative art projects like this one, combining art, science, and conservation with the goal of helping people connect to nature.

— Perry Ellis, Blue Hills Trailside Museum Teacher Naturalist

Pumpkins

What To Do This Weekend: Oct. 27-28

Carve pumpkins, explore haunted trails, discover creepy crawlies, learn how to bird, hike to an old growth forest, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Pumpkins

Greater Boston

Head to Tales of the Night at Drumlin Farm on Friday night for a frightfully fun evening for the whole family! Put on your favorite costume, grab a flashlight, and join us for the silliest, spookiest, and most family-friendly Halloween tradition. (registration required)

During Pumpkinfest at Boston Nature Center, carve a pumpkin, play pumpkin games, and listen to the Jack-O-Lantern story. (families, registration required)

Celebrate Halloween at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Meet the different species of owls that call Trailside home, as well as snakes and our resident Common Raven! Make an animal mask and play a game to earn a Halloween treat. (families)

Enjoy a Morning Bird Walk at Habitat in Belmont. Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill are welcome on this gentle stroll around the sanctuary. 

How do you hiss without using your mouth? Breathe without lungs or gills? Move if you don’t have legs? Find out as part of Creepy Crawlies at Broadmoor in Natick. Get up close and personal with tarantulas, amphibians, snakes, and even some cool cockroaches! (families, registration required)

Go on a Halloween Prowl at Moose Hill in Sharon to discover the history of Halloween from a Druid and then encounter costumed characters performing nature skits as you are guided along a candle-lit trail. (registration required)

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North Shore

Children ages 7-11 can learn all about a Bat’s Life during Saturday Morning Science at Joppa Flats in Newburyport. (children, registration required)

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South of Boston

Vampire fireflies? Zombie ants? Go on a fantastically spooky Real Life Monsters walk at Tidmarsh in Plymouth and learn how nature is truly stranger than fiction. (adults and children ages 13+, registration required)

During Birding for Beginners at Oak Knoll in Attleboro, learn how to bird and why birding is a fun hobby for everyone. This program is intended for individuals who have never birded before. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Explore Wellfleet Bay’s Haunted Forest after dark Friday night. As you stroll along an illuminated trail, you’ll be entertained and enlightened by curious characters from the natural world that you’ll meet along the way.

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a 3-mile hike to visit several Old Growth Forests at Wachusett Mountain. Learn to recognize old-growth trees, discover the outstanding ecological value of these communities, and find out how forests can be managed to promote desirable old-growth characteristics. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy the woods and meadows found at Arcadia’s 700-plus acres in Easthampton and Northampton as we explore the sanctuary at a relaxed pace during a Signs of the Season Walk.

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Learning STEMS from Nature

Children have wonderful imaginations and an innate desire to explore the world around them through direct experience, and the natural world provides endless opportunities for exploration and discovery, questioning and investigation.

Spending time outdoors is often thought of as recreation but so much learning in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) can happen at the same time.

Through play and exploration, children in our early childhood programs practice and build confidence in core science attitudes and skills, including:

  • curiosity by asking lots of questions because the natural world provides endless opportunities for wonder
  • creativity and inventiveness through the construction of animal homes with twigs and pine needles or imaging the life cycle of the dragonfly larvae to adult though the dramatic play at the pond’s edge.
  • persistence as they collect maple seeds on a walk for experiments in aerodynamics back in the classroom
  • critical thinking through the open-endedness of learning in and with natural materials by observation, asking questions, investigations, re-thinking things and asking more questions.

By listening to the different bird songs in spring, noting the arrival of a dragonfly larvae in the pond, chasing butterflies in a field, timing the length of time it takes a maple leaf to drop to the forest floor, or carefully noting the shape of winter’s first snowflake, children gain these documented benefits while participating as a part of the cycles and systems of nature, all the while deepening their connection, appreciation, and sense of stewardship for the environment.

At Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries, STEM learning is a part of everything we do. Every one of our school programs is designed to integrate with the Massachusetts State Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework, but our commitment goes even deeper.

Hundreds of classroom educators attend professional development programs run by Mass Audubon each year to increase their comfort with integrating nature play and learning into traditional preschool and elementary education curriculum. And through our nature preschools, camps, and school programs, we reach tens of thousands of children annually.

Beyond the traditional educational setting, STEM thinking is reflected in how we invite people to approach the environment and how we manage our sanctuaries. Scientific practices and monitoring guide the stewardship of our properties, with scientific data collection taking place year-round related to breeding bird activity, wildlife populations, the spread (and control) of invasive species, and many more research opportunities. We embrace evidence-based thinking in all we do, and we invite you to join us in exploring how learning STEMs from nature.

Get outside where every day can become a STEM day! Visit a Mass Audubon sanctuary near you to explore on your own or through one of our thousands of hands-on educational programs.

– Kris Scopinich (Mass Audubon Director of Education)
and Renata Pomponi (Sanctuary Director, Drumlin Farm)

Cedar Waxwing

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 20-21

Look for birds, go on a foliage or fungi hike, attend a farm festival, celebrate nature-inspired Halloween, harvest honey, band owls, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

South of Boston

Head to Attleboro Springs in Attleboro for a Fall Foliage Exploration to explore the fall colors and learn about the science of dendrology (trees). (adults and children, registration required)

Saturday is Farm Day at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, where the grasslands will be transformed into a festival of fall farm fun including live owls, bluegrass music, hayrides, and more.

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Cape Cod and Islands

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to 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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Greater Boston

Go on a naturalist-led Fall Hike to the summit of Great Blue Hill in Milton to appreciate the fall foliage and scenic view. Learn about the area’s history, how to identify trees, and observe how wildlife is preparing for winter. (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Uncover the Secret Lives of Owls at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton.  There will a story, a sing along with the different owl calls, a clay-owl craft, and then a nature hike. (families, registration required)

During a Fungi Field Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, discover the crucial roles fungi have in the ecosystem, and methods for identifying mushrooms and other fungi in the field. (adults and teens 14+, registration required)

Enjoy Fall Birding at Broadmoor in Natick to find out what birds are staying and going and who is making what call or song. (adults, registration required)

Experience Saw-whet Owl Banding at Moose HIll in Sharon. After a presentation, take a night walk for a chance to see a saw-whet owl up close and watch the whole banding process. (adults, registration required)

Celebrate the Honey Harvest at Boston Nature Center. Learn why bees collect honey, where and how it is stored in the hive, and then, together, we will uncap the honeycomb, extract the honey in a hand-crank spinner, and enjoy some “liquid gold.” (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

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North Shore

Ipswich River in Topsfield will be transformed into a magical forest for Halloween Happenings. Go on a a guided walk along our Halloween trail, home to some interesting creatures that come out just for Halloween. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Search out avian activity in the Newburyport/Plum Island area, one of the best year-round birding locations in the country, as part of Saturday Morning Birding. Beginners and birders of all levels are welcome. (adults)

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Central Massachusetts

Treat yourself to non-scary, educational fun at Broad Meadow Brook’s Boo Meadow Brook Halloween Hike in Worcester. There will also be face painting and snacks. Costumes welcome! (adults and children, registration required)

Learn how to Identify Sparrows at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. First get tips and techniques indoors before heading outside to search for sparrows in the field. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

During The Lives of Beavers at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton, learn about this animal’s amazing adaptations and life histories and search for signs of beavers. (adults, registration required

Visit Laughing Brook in Hampden and take a 3-mile, moderate Hike along the Neff Trail to a beautiful hemlock forest. Along the way we’ll talk about the past history of the area including the many stone walls that we see. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Housatonic River with Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Along the way, watch for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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A Guide to Fall Foliage

All across Massachusetts, the landscape is lighting up with the brilliant colors of fall. Get the most of the season from great fall hikes to photography tips.

Top 10 Fall Foliage Hikes

The diversity of plant species across Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries means you can experience the radiance of fall foliage in an incredible variety of ways. We’ve gathered together 10 spectacular autumn hikes at wildlife sanctuaries across Massachusetts to inspire you to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Timing of Fall Foliage

Have you ever noticed that the progression of fall foliage follows a natural schedule? Certain plants become colorful early in the season, and others take their time. Here’s a quick viewer’s guide to autumn color changes.

Fall Photography at Mass Audubon

Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries are often the perfect place to snap a stunning photo of the landscapes, late-blooming flowers, and wildlife that make fall so special in the Northeast. In fact, many of the sanctuaries offer photography workshops.

See some exquisite fall photographs taken by some of the talented photographers that lead these programs, along with their best advice for lighting, composition, and technique to capture the highlights of fall in all its splendor.

The Science of Foliage

When you’re checking out nature’s painterly display, do you ever wonder why the leaves change color in the fall? Get the details.

Fall Color Activity Page

This coloring page is full of plants and animals that you can see in the fall—and it is ready for you to color! Download the page and get a quick guide to the species on the page and the colors they are in real life.

Before You Pick Up That Rake

Oh, leaves. There’s so much we love about you. The first sight of your flowers in the spring; the sound you make when you blow in the breeze during summer; your brilliant shades of red, yellow, and orange come fall. And then you drop to the ground and become another thing on our to-do list.

If this sounds familiar, don’t fret—we can help. Before you break out the rake, check out our top 5 uses for fall leaves.

Happy leaf-peeping!

What To Do This Weekend: Oct 13-14

Attend an owl festival, kick off the Halloween celebrations, practice yoga, look for fungi, visit a bog, start nature journaling, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Barn owl

Greater Boston

Give a hoot for owls at Trailside’s Owl Festival on Saturday and Sunday in Milton. There will be owls, crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages.

During Yoga and Mindfulness at Habitat in Belmont, take part in a 45-minute slow and gentle yoga class indoors and then head outside to explore the trails. (adults, registration required)

Learn about the exciting ways in which monarch butterflies migrate as part of The Mighty Monarch at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, le. Start with a story, look through digital microscope to examine monarch butterflies up close, create a butterfly using air-dry clay, then go on a short nature hike. (families, registration required)

Go on a Fall Foliage Canoe down one of the most beautiful stretches of the Charles River with Broadmoor. Start from the Medfield marshes, enjoy the many colors along the bank and the smell of wild grapes. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Take a short hike to observe Autumn Colors at Boston Nature Center. Find out how and why leaves change color, and make beautiful autumn leaf suncatchers to take home. (families, registration required)

Teens can spend an Saw-whet Owl Banding evening at Drumlin Farm as we track the migration of the Northeast’s smallest native owl. (teens, registration required)

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North Shore

Witness the Great Duck Migration at Ipswich River. Hike down to Bunker Meadows and climb the observation tower to observe the magnificent spectacle of ducks coming in to roost. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Visit the Banding Station in Newburyport to watch scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary comes alive at night for Spooktacular. While walking through pumpkin-lit trails “meet” forest inhabitants who will share the history of the sanctuary through fun skits and stories. (adults and children, registration required)

Head to Tidmarsh in Plymouth for Sunsets, Snacks, and Coyotes. Take a sunset stroll to our overlook to enjoy a lively presentation about some of the sanctuary’s wonderful wildlife.

Try Outdoor Baking with Native Fruits at North River in Marshfield. Create several treats using the ancient art of fire building, including the bow and drill method of starting a fire. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

During Bird Research in Action! at Wellfleet Bay, meet James and the rest of the bird banding team to 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 to connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature during Yoga at the Sanctuary. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners, as several options/modifications will be given for each pose. (adults, registration required)

Investigate the hidden world of Fabulous Fall Fungi at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Get tips on how to recognize fungi and learn about their role in ecosystems. (adults registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Celebrate the wonders of nature with walks, stories, live animals, crafts, and games — all part of the Nature Festival at Laughing Brook in Hampden.

Experience an unusual ecosystem with Hawley Bog in the Fall. This pristine peatland contains all three types of carnivorous plants that are found in Massachusetts: sundew, pitcher plant, and bladderwort. (adult, registration required)

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Berkshires

Relax into the beauty of the woods, waters, and trails of Pleasant Valley in Lenox while Nature Journaling. Guided writing and sketching deepens observations and expands creativity. (adults, registration required)

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