Go for a leisurely canoe, enjoy a live outdoor concert, join a family fun day at the beach, practice yoga, paint wildflowers in watercolor, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.
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Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard
Explore Sampsons Island by Kayak to paddle past protected nesting habitat for least terns, piping plovers, and common terns. You’ll learn about Mass Audubon’s Coastal Water Bird program’s work to protect these important habitats. (adults, registration required)
With their striking, long, curved beaks, whimbrels are always an exciting shorebird to observe. Join a naturalist for an afternoon stroll by the bay in search of Whimbrels at Wellfleet Bay along with other wildlife. (adults, registration required)
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South of Boston
Practice Yoga at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth with nothing but the sounds of birds and nature serving as the backdrop to your practice. (adults, registration required)
Construct some simple homemade bathyscopes (a viewfinder for underwater exploration) and ply the shallows in search of intertidal life with North River Wildlife Sanctuary staff at the 2018 Family Fun Day at Duxbury Beach.
More South of Boston
Join us for a leisurely Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles at Broadmoor in Natick. Listen to bird songs and watch for Great Blue Herons, turtles, and dragonflies as you paddle during the quiet hours. (adults, registration required)
Start your Saturday morning off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature with their Tiny Trekkers program.
Bring a picnic dinner, blankets, and chairs to Drumlin Farm on Friday night for part two of their Summer Music Series. Enjoy farm-fresh snacks, sweets, and non-alcoholic beverages as you listen to the dulcet tones of local band Lula Wiles. (all ages, purchase tickets in advance online or at the ticket window the day of)
For younger children (ages 0-3), Boston Nature Center has a morning Nature Story Hour that includes a short walk around the trails to learn about the resident animals and plants that call the BNC home. Older kids (ages 4-18) can stretch their legs and their minds on an afternoon Nature Walk through the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands.
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Meet Beach Creatures at Joppa Flats’s 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Drop in before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach! (families)
Discover summertime wildflowers as you walk through their natural habitats, then return to Joppa Flats to sketch what you found, then paint them with watercolors, all part of the Wildflowers & Watercolors program. (adults, registration required)
More on the North Shore
If you are between the ages of three and five, bring your favorite adult to Broad Meadow Brook’s Preschool Story Hour, including a reading of Denise Fleming’s Beetle Bop, an activity, and a naturalist-led walk. (families, children ages 3-5, registration required)
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Connecticut River Valley
Explore Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary to see and hear some of the many Insects of the Field and Forest that live there. Watch as a bee pollinates a flower, see how many different types of butterflies you can count, and learn what lives within all that white spittle on the field plants. (families, children ages 5-12, registration required)
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Explore the lower trails at Pleasant Valley with an experienced guide on a Wildlife Ramble. Search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) wild birds and mammals as you hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. (all ages, registration required)
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