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What To Do This Weekend: Sept. 15-16

Go on hawk watches, attend a fall festival, tag Monarchs, clean up a beach, look at the stars, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Berkshires

Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Asters and Goldenrods at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn identifying features of these composites and enjoy a walk at the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Hawk Watch at Blueberry Hill in Granville. If conditions are right, we might witness kettles of large numbers of birds moving south to spend the winter. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Saturday is Hey Day at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton. Come for farm-related demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages, including cider-pressing, hayrides, and canoeing.  Kid’s activities will include a mini-maze, pumpkin painting, and free pony rides.

Head to Wachusett Mountain for a Hawk Watch to witness hawk migration and find out how to identify raptors in flight. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

As part of Monarch Magic at Endicott in Wenham, learn all about the Monarch’s life cycle, the challenges facing its habitat, and how to attract it to your garden. We will also work together as citizen scientists to tag and release several Monarchs to start their journey south. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Go on an Early Fall Bird Walk at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Explore the sanctuary’s wetlands, fields, upland forest, and river edges in search of the many bird species attracted to these habitats such as warblers, vireos, hawks, and waterfowl. (adults, registration required)

Remove trash and debris from the beaches of Plum Island, including Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Sandy Point State Reservation, and the north end of the island, as part of COASTSWEEP 2018. Over the past 11 years, we have collected more than 16 tons of debris.

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Greater Boston

It’s a Fall Harvest Celebration at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. Spend the day outdoors and watch cooking demonstrations; enjoy tastings; and make herb butter, crafts, and an herbal bouquet.You can also take part in our scavenger hunt, explore the garden, and meet some of our farm animals up-close!

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)

Learn important skills of how to properly harvest, prep and process leaf, root, flower and berry for making herbal products as part of Harvesting for Medicine at the Boston Nature Center.

Get Fall Photography Tips at Broadmoor in Natick to prepare for the upcoming season of gorgeous colors and to take advantage of golden hour as you make the most of your fall landscape images

During a Mushroom Presentation and Exploration at Habitat in Belmont examine the life cycles and identification features, then hit the trail in search of the tiny or gargantuan, the pale or neon, the edible or poisonous, and whatever else might be awaiting us. (adults, registration required)

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Head to Tidmarsh in Plymouth for a Sunset Stroll to our overlook to enjoy snacks and a lively presentation about bats at Tidmarsh. (all ages, registration required)

Spend Saturday Morning at the Pond at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Use dip nets to catch dragonfly nymphs, discover the unique adaptations of caddisfly larva, and help conduct water tests to learn what the pond environment needs to stay healthy. (families, registration required)

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)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Terrapin Hatchlings at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet and visit with research volunteers to learn about our 30 year project to monitor this threatened species. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Enjoy Birding on Tern Island, a 28-acre island located just a stone’s throw from the shoreline of Chatham’s mainland. It features extensive tidal flats at low tide and is fast becoming one of the best spots to see migrating shorebirds in the late summer and fall, including short-billed dowitchers, American oystercatchers, and flocks of red knots. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Sept. 8-9

Look for wildflowers, go on a treasure hunt, search for terrapin hatchlings, practice yoga, learn about monarchs, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Greater Boston

It’s Turtle TIme at Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Find out if turtles take off their shells, how a turtle shell grows, and what’s the difference between a turtle and a tortoise. (families, registration required)

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)

Head to the Boston Nature Center for a Fall Bird Walk to find and identify birds through field marks, sounds, and behaviors. (adults)

Enjoy a Autumn Wildflower Exploration at Broadmoor in Natick to learn about late-blooming wildflowers in Broadmoor’s diverse meadow and wetland habitats. There will still be a lot in flower from asters to goldenrods and other composites, and a variety of swamp and marsh species. (adults, registration required)

During the Annual Optics Fair at the Mass Audubon Shop, meet reps from the top optics companies and take advantage of incredible discounts on binoculars, scopes, & tripods.

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North Shore

Go on a Map and Compass Treasure Hunt at Ipswich River in Topsfield. After some orienteering basics, hit the trails and use the new skills learned to search for some hidden natural treasures. (adults and children ages 7+, registration required)

It’s Family Day at the Joppa Flats Bird Banding Station on the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. See Mass Audubon scientists capture, evaluate, and release migrant songbirds while you learn about migration and habitat use. (adults and children ages 6+, 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)

During the Mt. Watatic Hawk Watch in Ashburnham, hosted by Stony Brook and Moose Hill, get a chance to observe some of the thousands of hawks that migrate south through the area each fall. The trip starts and ends with a short but strenuous hike through a beautiful northern hardwood and hemlock forest. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Look for Wildflowers at Graves Farm in Williamsburg, especially goldenrods and asters, snakeroots and bonesets, and lobelias and ladies’ tresses as well as other summer wildflowers. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Saturday Morning Bird Walk at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton to learn all about field identification techniques, flight patterns, field marks, habitat preferences, and songs and calls. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Explore the coves and marshes by Canoeing Upper and Lower Goose Ponds. Paddle around in search of eagles,herons, and kingfishers. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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South of Boston

During Flight of the Monarchs at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, find out about this butterfly’s incredible journey, the obstacles it faces, and most what you can do to help them! (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Explore the Woods of Wareham at Great Neck. Open your senses and observational skills up to the wildlife that call the pine forest and marshes home and learn more about the flora and fauna that we encounter. (adult, registration required)

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)

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Cape Cod

Go In Search of Terrapin Hatchlings at Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet and visit with research volunteers to learn about our 30 year project to monitor this threatened species. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

What To Do This Weekend: Sept 1-3

Count butterflies, paddle at sunset, look for birds, volunteer, search for seals, take a cruise, and more with a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Berkshires

Enjoy a Canoe on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, 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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North Shore

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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Greater Boston

Would you like to support the Boston Nature Center while enjoying time outside? Spend your Saturday Morning Volunteering to help with the gardens and invasive plant control! If the weather does not cooperate, there are plenty of indoor projects to be completed as well. (adults and children 8+)

Bring the kids to go on a Spider Web Walk at Boston Nature Center. Investigate all the different habitats where spiders can be found and put together a spider identification book to take home. (families, registration encouraged)

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South of Boston

Savor the last remnants of summer, enjoy some time outdoors, and learn about butterflies at the annual Allens Pond Butterfly Census in South Dartmouth! (families, registration required)

During Family Ponding at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, explore the pond and its banks search for some of the amazing creatures who call it home. Use nets and hand lenses to see tadpoles, frogs, fish, and other critters up close! (families, registration required)

Listen to a fun story, play a nature game, explore the sanctuary, or meet one of our animals as part of Saturday Morning Storytime at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. (registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

Enjoy a breathtaking Sunset Kayak Tour on Sengekontacket Pond on Martha’s Vineyar. Relax, unwind, and appreciate the painted sky like never before while paddling the waters. As the sun sets, see the natural world come to a tranquil peace as you float and relish the view. (adults and children ages 14+, registration required)

Join Long Pasture for Cuttyhunk And Penikese Cruise, a day-long excursion on a privately chartered boat. As we make our way to Penikese we’ll cruise through Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay along the Elizabeth Islands, with commentary focusing on landmarks, geology, wildlife, and the history of the quiet, protected islands. (All ages, registration required)

During Seabirds and Seals at High Head in Truro hike along a sand road through the dunes to the Atlantic where we’ll search for jaegers, shearwaters, and other oceanic birds. We may also have an opportunity to see gray seals resting on a sandbar and swimming. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 25-26

Paddle by day or night, take a full moon hike, camp under the stars, go beachcombing, learn to identify woodland mushrooms, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Cape Cod and Islands

Go on a Shorebird Kayak Expedition with Long Pasture to see Cape Cod’s elusive shorebirds before they begin to migrate south. (adults, registration required)

See Sengekontacket Pond on the Vineyard via a Moonrise Kayak as we celebrate the different full moons of summer. With a guide, kayak on the pond as the sun sets, stars twinkle, and the moon rises. (adults and children ages 11+, registration required)

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South of Boston

Once dusk has settled over the marsh take a Full Moon Hike at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Stop, look, and listen for creatures that awaken with the setting of the sun. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

Head to Duxbury Beach for a Free Family Fun Day to build a few simple kites as we explore the science of flight.

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)

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Greater Boston

Go Beachcombing at Carson Beach with the Boston Nature Center. Walk the beach looking for shells, driftwood, interesting rocks, and much more! (registration recommended)

Enjoy a night of camping under the stars as part of Moose Hill’s Family Camp-Out in Sharon. Make s’mores over a campfire before you drift off to sleep to the sounds of crickets and owls. (families, registration required)

During Boston Nature Center’s Pollination Station, see the magic of butterflies take wing. Go for a walk to learn how to identify butterflies and make a take home butterfly craft. (families, registration recommended)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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

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. Slow down and breathe in the “medicine” of nature. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Learn about the Secret Life of Woodland Mushrooms at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. After a presentation indoors, members of the Pioneer Valley Mycological Association will lead walks to find and identify mushrooms in the Arcadia woods. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

You have three opportunities to canoe in the Berkshires. Canoe the October Mountain State Forest by day, enjoy a Moonlight Canoe at dusk, or Canoe the Housatonic River on Sunday morning. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 18-19

Explore beach wildlife, paint wildflowers, investigate insects, paddle at sunset, gaze at the stars, participate in a duck derby, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Cape Cod and Islands

This one-hour program at State Beach, run by a Felix Neck naturalist, explores a different aspect of Sengekontacket Pond each week. Saturdays at Sengekontacket include hands-on activities that engage with the birds above us and the creatures below the water’s surface. (all ages)

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)

Go on a Sunset Kayak at Grays Beach in Dennis, a breeding ground for fish, birds, mollusks and crustaceans. Learn how these animals have adapted to live in the tidalzone by paddling through their waters with knowledgeable Mass Audubon naturalists. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Go on an Insect Investigation at Tidmarsh in Plymouth to learn all about creeping, crawling, and flying critters. Before going on our bug hunt we will get to make our own device that allows us to safely capture insects to observe them up close! (families, registration required)

Get your ducks in a row for the Allens Pond Duck Derby in South Dartmouth. You could win dinner anywhere in the world! Purchase your ducks and/or watch the race live. (registration required for race watching)

Did you know the razor clam’s can create its own quicksand in order to escape predation. Learn all about mollusks like the razor clam during a Family Fun Day at Duxbury Beach.

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Greater Boston

Enjoy a free Coastal Bird Walk at Belle Isle Marsh in East Boston. Belle Isle Marsh offers a unique birding experience as it is close to urban life, but also has a highly productive coastal ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

It’s Garden Harvest time at Boston Nature Center. Explore the garden, learn about some tasty recipes, and find out how to prepare your garden for winter. (adults and children ages 5+)

Join local astronomers for a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. Look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. (all ages)

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North Shore

During Wildflowers and Watercolors at Joppa Flats in Newburyport, discover summer wildflowers outside and then sketch and paint what you find. No experience necessary! (adults, 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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Connecticut River Valley

Beavers are amazing architects with fascinating life histories. Learn all about them as part of Beavers at Laughing Brook in Hampden and then head out on the trails looking for beaver dams, lodges, trees, and other signs. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

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Berkshires

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)

Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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White Admiral

What To Do This Weekend: Aug 11-12

Celebrate butterflies, go on nature walks, watch for shooting stars, enjoy a paddle, practice outdoor yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

White Admiral

Greater Boston

Go on a Summer Morning Canoe on the Charles with Broadmoor in Natick. Listen to bird songs and watch for great blue herons, turtles and dragonflies as we paddle during the quiet morning hours. (adults, registration required)

Take a deep dive into habitats and ecological communities on a Naturalist Walk at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, where you’ll explore the sanctuary observing, learning, and looking for amphibians, reptiles, mammals, flowering plants, trees, insects, birds, and more. (adults)

During Star, S’mores, and Meteors at Blue Hills in Milton, take in the sunset while we toast marshmallows, enjoy some celestial stories, and watch for early falling stars from the Perseid meteor showers. (families, registration required)

Stretch your legs on a Nature Walk at Boston Nature Center. Find out what there is to discover in the forests, meadows, and seasonal wetlands and learn about the biodiversity in an urban setting. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

Explore the fascinating world of Stony Brook in Norfolk during an Evening Wildlife Prowl. The pace will be relaxed and senses heightened as we look for creatures that come out just as the sun is setting (including owls, beavers, otters, and bats). (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

With rates of up to one meteor per minute, the Perseid Meteor Shower is not to be missed!  Pack your telescope and/or binoculars and head to Allens Pond in South Dartmouth to watch as it lights up with beauty. (adults and children 12+, registration required)

Explore the Woods of Wareham on a guided hike through the trails at the Great Neck Wildlife sanctuary. Learn more about the flora and fauna that we encounter in the pine forest and marshes. (adults, registration required)

Learn how shorebirds all eat at the same table and compete with each other for the shoreline’s bounty during this week’s free Duxbury Beach Family Fun Day.

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Cape Cod and Islands

This one-hour program at State Beach, run by a Felix Neck naturalist, explores a different aspect of Sengekontacket Pond each week. Saturdays at Sengekontacket include hands-on activities that engage with the birds above us and the creatures below the water’s surface. (all ages)

Take in the view from atop Sandy Neck Lighthouse and see all of Cape Cod Bay on a Barnstable Harbor Kayak Excursion. Land on Sandy Neck at the remote cottage colony and learn about one of the bay’s most fascinating places. (adults, 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)

Celebrate butterflies with a day of educational fun for all ages as part of the Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. Expect nature-themed arts and crafts, a live caterpillar exhibit, butterfly plant sales, delicious food, and music.

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Connecticut River Valley

Get an Introduction to Grasses at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Find out the characteristics that distinguish grasses from grass-like sedges and rushes and learn how to identify some of the grasses found at Arcadia. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Upper and Lower Goose Ponds or the Housatonic River with Pleasant Valley. Look for wildlife and learn about the region’s waterways. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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North Shore

Spend a morning at Ipswich River in Topsfield learning about Butterflies of Massachusetts.  Find out how to identify local species and their host plants, flight times, and life cycles. (adults, 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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What To Do This Weekend: Aug 4-5

Paddle in the Berkshires, take a night hike, look for birds, learn how to ID butterflies, run in a race, get the truth about bats, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Berkshires

Enjoy a Canoe on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Go on a Moonlight Hike at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton and connect to the landscape in an entirely different way than hiking by day. Landscapes become soundscapes, and familiar daytime wildlife yield the night to those with nocturnal habits. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Spend a morning at Ipswich River in Topsfield learning about Butterflies of Massachusetts.  Find out how to identify local species and their host plants, flight times, and life cycles. (adults, 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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Greater Boston

Do you like chocolate, bananas, or vanilla?  Without bats, we would not have any of these products. Enjoy an evening at Boston Nature Center for Go Bats to learn fact from fiction about bats.  (families, registration required)

Summer is a great time for a wide variety of  butterflies and dragonflies. During a program for adults and families learn about and explore the world of these beautiful flying insects at some of Broadmoor’s hotspots in Natick. (registration required)

As part of Dazzling Dragonflies and Damselflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum make a craft and go on a short guided hike around Trailside’s pond to look for dragonflies and damselflies. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

This event has been cancelled Go on a 4.5 mile Tidmarsh Traverse in Plymouth to explore the upland forests and wetland marshes. (adults, registration required)

Take part in the Annual Ducky Dash 5k road race to benefit the Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary in South Dartmouth. Run, walk, or roll (strollers are allowed) along the most gorgeous scenic course that starts at the sanctuary and runs flat and fast to Gooseberry Island and back.

Listen to a fun story, play a nature game, explore the sanctuary, or meet one of our animals as part of Saturday Morning Storytime at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. (registration required)

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Cape Cod and Islands

During a Climate Change Walk and Talk at Felix Neck in Edgartown see areas that have been impacted by climate and weather events. Look at two ongoing projects that aim to address the changes that are occurring and learn what Mass Audubon is doing to address climate change. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Kayak Expedition of Chase Garden Creek in Dennis, a breeding ground for fish, birds, mollusks and crustaceans. Learn how these animals have adapted to live in the tidalzone by paddling through their waters with knowledgeable Mass Audubon naturalists. (adults, registration required)

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Black Swallowtail

What To Do This Weekend: July 28-29

Look for butterflies, forage for edible plants, learn how to identify ferns, fly a kite, kayak a creek, search for whimbrels, practice yoga, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail

Greater Boston

Go on a Foraging Walk and Cooking Demo at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and find out how to identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants found in everyday landscapes. (adults, registration required)

Learn about the Beautiful World of Butterflies at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Start inside with an investigation of butterfly and moth specimens, a story, and a craft. Then go on a short walk around a native plant garden followed by a guided hike to look for local butterflies. (families, registration required)

Go Fly a Kite at Boston Nature Center. Partake in feather races, learn about wingbeat patterns, and make our very own kites. Bring your own kite for some quality flying time as well. (families, registration required)

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South of Boston

As part of Aquatic Explorers at Tidmarsh in Plymouth, take a closer look at the sanctuary’s pond and stream in search for some of the amazing creatures who call the water home. Use nets and hand lenses to see tadpoles, frogs, fish, and other critters up close! (families, registration required)

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)

Celebrate Family Fun Night at Oak Knoll in Attleboro by playing a game or making a craft. (families, registration required)

Head to Duxbury Beach for Free Family Fun about Horseshoe Crabs. Build sand sculptures depicting both this unique creature and its fellow citizens of the beach. Bring your buckets and pails.

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Cape Cod and Islands

This one-hour program at State Beach, run by a Felix Neck naturalist, explores a different aspect of Sengekontacket Pond each week. Saturdays at Sengekontacket include hands-on activities that engage with the birds above us and the creatures below the water’s surface. (all ages)

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)

Go on a Kayak Expedition of Chase Garden Creek in Dennis, a breeding ground for fish, birds, mollusks and crustaceans. Learn how these animals have adapted to live in the tidalzone by paddling through their waters with knowledgeable Mass Audubon naturalists. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Drop in to Joppa Flats before the beach, after the beach, or instead of the beach to Meet Beach Creatures in a 110-gallon tide pool touch tank. Volunteers interpret the amazing animals you may or may not have seen on your own beach visits and answer all the “why, what, how” questions you want to know.

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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. Slow down and breathe in the “medicine” of nature. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

Go Canoeing on the Housatonic River in Lenox, looking for swallows, herons, kingfishers, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the way. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

Go on a journey into the Fascinating World of Ferns at Pleasant Valley to learn clues that reveal their true identity. Find out how to identify a fresh assortment of local ferns, then head outside to test your new skills.

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What To Do This Weekend: July 21-22

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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© Alyssa Waterman

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.

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Greater 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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North Shore

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)

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Central Massachusetts

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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Berkshires

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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kayaking in Barnstable

What To Do This Weekend: July 14-15

Go kayaking, make mead, look for fireflies, practice yoga, take a nature cruise, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Kayaking in Barnstable

Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard

Take in the view from atop Sandy Neck Lighthouse and see all of Cape Cod Bay on a Barnstable Harbor Kayak Excursion. Land on Sandy Neck at the remote cottage colony and learn about one of the bay’s most fascinating places. (adults, registration required)

This one-hour program at State Beach, run by a Felix Neck naturalist, explores a different aspect of Sengekontacket Pond each week. Saturdays at Sengekontacket include hands-on activities that engage with the birds above us and the creatures below the water’s surface. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Explore the Woods of Great Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Wareham. Open your senses and observational skills up to the wildlife that call the pine forest and marshes home and learn more about the flora and fauna that we encounter. (adults, registration required)

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)

Unlock the Secrets of Fireflies at Tidmarsh in Plymouth on a guided walk of the sanctuary after dark. (adults, registration required)

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Greater 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)

Go on a Family Night Hike at Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton. Test your senses, look and listen for animals, and (conditions permitting) gaze at the stars. (families, registration required)

Learn how to make mead, an ancient wine made from honey, in this hands-on Mead Making Workshop at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln. We’ll cover the history of this fascinating beverage, ingredient selection, and the steps to creating delicious mead. (adults, registration required)

Get the Most of Your Smartphone Camera at Stony Brook in Norfolk. Head out on the trails after a quick tour to put those camera phones through their paces. (adults, registration required)

Find out how to ID Summer Trees at Boston Nature Center. Distinguish between a maple, oak, black locust, or birch as you take a closer look at the forest around us. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Go on a Beach Creature Cruise with Joppa Flats aboard the Yankee Clipper. Practice hands-on science, use interactive props, and look for seabirds, seals, and waterfowl. (families, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Yoga is a beautiful way to connect to your inner refuge. Head to Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester to experience Yoga at the Sanctuary surrounded by the serenity of nature. (Adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Explore the world of Dragonflies and Damselflies, jewels of the insect world, at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn tips on how to identify the common species in our area and go for a walk to find them. (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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Berkshires

Canoe the Upper and Lower Goose Ponds or the Housatonic River with Pleasant Valley. Look for wildlife and learn about the region’s waterways. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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