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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.

© Alyssa Waterman

© 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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Sundew

What To Do This Weekend: July 7-8

Explore a bog, meet beach creatures, celebrate fireflies, look at the stars, practice yoga, go canoeing and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Sundew

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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Greater Boston

During Flickering Fireflies at Stony Brook in Norfolk, make a craft, explore the science behind the glow, and discover the different kinds of fireflies that live in our area. Then we’ll head outside to search for fireflies on the sanctuary. (all ages, registration required)

Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes as part of a Star Gazing Night at Moose Hill in Sharon. (ages 6+)

Explore the Bog at Poutwater Pond, a National Natural Landmark and Massachusetts’ first Nature Preserve. Look for stunted trees and shrubs as well as unusual orchids and insect eating plants. (adults, registration required)

During Digging in the Garden at Boston Nature Center learn gardening techniques to make the most out of your garden, as well as dealing with insect pests and water levels.  Our education plots in the Clark Cooper Community Gardens provide a perfect setting for some hands-on garden lessons. (families, registration required)

Explore the world of Dragonflies and Butterflies at Broadmoor in Natick. During separate programs for adults and families, learn all about these beautiful winged creatures and how to help them!

As part of Insects for Beginners at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln find out about the 6 common insect orders. Walk through various habitats of the sanctuary with tips on how and where to find insects that inhabit ponds, fields, and forest. (adults and children 12+, registration required)

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South of Boston

North River in Marshfield is hosting a Fantastic Firefly Festival. Celebrate with games, activities, crafts, and demonstrations, all ages will find something to enjoy. You’ll also learn how to identify, count, and report data on our resident fireflies!

It’s Saturday Morning Storytime at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Join our teacher naturalist each month as we read a fun story and then play a nature game, explore the sanctuary or meet one of our animals! (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 and Islands

Kayak the Herring River in Harwich, one of the most wild and scenic rivers on Cape Cod. Wildlife abound along the peaceful banks and expansive marsh. The river also has a rich human history that includes cranberry harvesting, manufacturing, ship building. and fishing. (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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Central Massachusetts

As part of Helping Wildlife for Families: Hummingbirds at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton get a hands-on introduction to ruby-throated hummingbirds, then take a couple of short hikes to some of our monitoring sites. (families, registration required)

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

Visit Hawley Bog with Arcadia. During summer you may see blooming orchids such as grass pink and fringed orchid, all three native insectivorous plants, and the many members of the heath family that make the bog their home. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

During Pleasant Valley Wildlife Ramble, explore the lower trails of the Lenox sanctuary with an experienced guide. Search for evidence of (and hopefully see!) many wild birds and mammals as we hike along the rich pond and stream ecosystems that form the heart of the sanctuary. (adults, 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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American Oystercatcher

What To Do This Weekend: June 30-July 1

Go kayaking to find coastal birds, look for fireflies after dark, learn how to keep bees, search for diamondback terrapins, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

American Oystercatcher via USFWS

South of Boston

Summer is officially here and with it comes one of nature’s most brilliant light spectacles, the flight of the fireflies. Look for Fantastic Fireflies on a guided walk at Tidmarsh in PLymouth after dark. (all ages, registration required)

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

Go on a Beach Ramble at Allens Pond in Westport and South Dartmouth and explore the flora and fauna along our Beach Loop Trail. (all ages, registration required)

Learn all about ticks, how to check for them, and the best way to repel them during a free Tick Talk Walk at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. (adults, registration required)

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Cape Cod

Go In Seach of Diamondback Terrapins at Wellfleet Bay on the Cape. We will start off inside with an introduction to this endangered species then head outside for a walk along sanctuary trails in search of nesting turtles. (adults, registration required)

Kayak Through Chase Garden Creek with Long Pasture to see Common Terns dive over sand lance and orange-billed American Oystercatchers prowl along the shoreline searching for a meal. (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)

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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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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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Greater Boston

Birders and non-birders of all ages and skill levels can enjoy a Morning Bird Walk around Habitat in Belmont. Be ready for surprises!

Join the Boston Area Beekeepers Association at Boston Nature Center for a Beekeeping Workshop on getting started with queen rearing! (adults, registration required)

Be a Wildlife Detective at Boston Nature Center. During this family hike through an urban oasis, investigate forests, wetlands, and meadows that are jam-packed with wildlife. Discover a variety of animal homes and even build one of our own! (families, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: June 16-17

Enjoy a weekend paddle, celebrate Father’s Day, look for fireflies, pick strawberries, go on a scavenger hunt, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Canoe at Arcadia

Cape Cod

Go In Search of Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds at Wellfleet Bay to learn about the connection between the two and the sanctuary’s research on horseshoe crab populations. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Find out if you have what it takes to compete with the woodpeckers, eagles, and owls of the world as part of Avian Avengers at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. Learn about the superpowers of the feathered friends you can find right in your backyard. (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)

Using dip nets, microscopes, and other tools explore all things aquatic as part of a free Ponding Program at Luddard’s Ford Park in Hanover. (all ages, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Head to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln to dig in the dirt, meet some berry-loving animals, and pick your own strawberries to take home as part of Strawberry Day. Events are planned all day, while strawberry picking will be 10-noon (or until they’re gone).

Celebrate Father’s Day early with a relaxing Canoe Trip on the Charles at Broadmoor in Natick. Watch the morning mist rising off the river while we keep an eye out for Great Blue Herons and other birds gliding over the water. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Go on a Dad and Me Scavenger Hunt at Moose Hill in Sharon. Once you decipher your first clue, head out on the trail to get to your new destination and find the next clue while enjoying the sights and sounds of the sanctuary.

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)

Take walk around the field at Stony Brook in Norfolk to explore the lives of the Tree Swallows and Purple Martins that travel thousands of miles annually to nest in those boxes in our field home. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy Breakfast at Great Blue (with Dad). Meet at Trailside Museum in Milton for a light breakfast. Afterwards, go on a guided hike to the top of Great Blue Hill with a naturalist. (adults and children ages 3+, registration required)

During Natural Engineering at Boston Nature Center, find out what animals can carry 100 times their own weight or burrow into the ground to make a house with wood and spit. (families, registration suggested)

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

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North Shore

During Wildflowers & Watercolors with Joppa Flats, you’ll learn about wildflowers as you walk through their natural habitats. Back at Joppa Flats in Newburport, sketch what you’ve found, then paint them with watercolors. (adults, registration required)

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Central Massachusetts

Look for Fireflies at Pierpont Meadow in Dudley. On this beautiful night hike, spend an evening in appreciation of these remarkable insects, learn about some of the challenges they face, and find out what you can do to help. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

As part of Turtles at Laughing Brook in Hampden, meet a live turtle, learn amazing facts about turtles, and take a walk to the pond to quietly search the shore for basking turtles. (adults and children, registration required)

Celebrate the coming of summer and Father’s Day with a leisurely Canoe Trip. Watch for wildlife (Great Blue Herons, beavers, dragonflies, and songbirds) and learn how to identify wetland plants (pickerel weed, buttonbush, and royal fern). (adults and children ages 8+, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: June 9-10

Go on a bird walk, search for wildflowers, look for fireflies, practice outdoor yoga, learn outdoor survival skills on a river, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Starflower, Lysimachia borealis

Starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

Greater Boston

Go on 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)

Young nature explorers can build and take home an animal that you made out of LEGO and  explore outside to learn about the amazing wildlife that lives in your neighborhood as part of  Nature and Art STEAM Lab: LEGO Critter Creations at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton. This month’s theme: Turtles. (families with children ages 7-10, registration required)

During Firefly Friends at Blue Hills Trailside Museum, enjoy a little ice cream, make a craft, and find out how you can make your backyard more firefly friendly. Then venture outside into the night to go looking for these flashing insects. (families, registration required)

Enjoy a Spring Wildflower Exploration at Broadmoor in Natick. Learn about asters, milkweed and other essential flowers for pollinators, and much more. (adults, registration required)

Go on a Fungi Walk at Drumlin Farm and learn how to distinguish a bolete from a gilled mushroom. In addition, find out about the crucial and sometimes astonishing roles these fascinating life forms have in the ecosystem. (adults, registration required)

Get tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe during Outdoor Safety for Beginners at Boston Nature Center. (adults)

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South of Boston

Go on a 2.5-mile beach walk at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth and Westport to look for Sea Glass to Canvas. After the walk, make a beach-inspired work of art using the materials found on our shores.

Take an Amphibian and Reptile Ramble at Tidmarsh in Plymouth. If we’re lucky, we may get up close and personal with some of these fascinating creatures! (adults and children ages 6+, registration required)

Using dip nets, microscopes, and other tools explore all things aquatic as part of the free Family Ponding at Island Creek Pond in Duxbury. (all ages, registration required)

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Central Masschusetts

Take part in Outdoor Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. (adults, registration required)

This month’s Essential Nature Series at Broad Meadow Brook is all about Amphibians. Over the course of two Sundays, gain a thorough understanding of local nature, natural communities, and habitats. (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. (families with children ages 8+, registration required)

Get an Intro to Digital Photography at Laughing Brook in Hampden. Topics will include best practices for capturing an image, understanding exposure and focus, and using both manual and automatic exposure settings.

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Berkshires

Join Pleasant Valley for a walk at Post Farm Marsh in Lenox, a perfect place to look and listen for Wrens, Rails, and Other Marsh Birds.

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North Shore

During the Youth River Survival Canoe Challenge at Ipswich River in Topsfield, kids can learn the basics of canoe safety, paddle strokes, and the river knowledge. On Perkins Island, they will be challenged to craft a paddle out of natural materials, and then test it out on the paddle back to the mainland. (children ages 9-14,registration required)

Adults can enjoy Birds and Brunch via a morning canoe trip along the Ipswich River. Paddle upstream to Perkins Island and enjoy a yummy quiche and biscuit brunch with coffee and juice. (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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Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary Overlook

What To Do This Weekend: June 2-3

Check out a new wildlife sanctuary, attend a nature festival, purchase native plants, go on a hike, get photography tips, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

New overlook at Tidmarsh in Plymouth

New overlook at Tidmarsh in Plymouth

South of Boston

Get to know Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth during the Tidmarsh Open House. Explore newly created trails, participate in one of many guided walks, meet the Tidmarsh team and special guests, and learn about opportunities to get involved.

North River in Marshfield is also hosting their Native Plant Sale and Open House. Take a guided bird walk, tour the garden, check out the Barry Van Dusen watercolor exhibit, and talk with master gardeners about what to plant in your garden.

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Cape Cod and Islands

Take some time to unwind before summer madness during Self Care Sunday at Felix Neck in Edgartown. Attend a Guided Meditation and Labyrinth Walk, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a Guided Kayak, or all three! (adults, registration required)

Explore the moors of Marconi in evening In Search of Whip-poor-wills with Wellfleet Bay. Listen for their plaintive call and learn about the fascinating natural history of this insect-eating, nocturnal bird. (adults, registration required)

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Greater Boston

It’s time to get your hands in the dirt, spruce up your yard, and go native! Stop by Moose Hill on Saturday or Sunday to shop our Annual Native Plant Sale.

Get 10 Great Tips for Spring and Summer Photography at Broadmoor in Natick. From tricky lighting to moving wildlife, we’ll cover these and other challenges as we explore beautiful late spring and early summer habitats around the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

Go on 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)

Join Drumlin Farm on a field trip to Hike the Quabbin Reservoir and experience the beauty, wilderness, and diversity of birds and habitats. We hope to see Hooded Mergansers, flycatchers, tanagers, Common Loons, Bald Eagles, and swallows. (adults and children ages 15+, registration required)

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North Shore

Head to Ipswich River in Topsfield for the Audubon Nature Festival. Throughout the day there will be live owl presentations, face-painting & henna, children’s games and activities, craft demonstrations, a butterfly plant sale, and more.

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

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)

Take a Family Hike to a Great Blue Heron Rookery at Rocky Hill in Groton. Our expert guide will teach you how to spot blue herons, as well as beavers, muskrat, and other wetland creatures. (families with children ages 7+, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Canoe the Arcadia Marsh, Connecticut River oxbow, and the Mill River on this leisurely canoe trip. Learn about the wildlife that inhabits these areas and the ever-changing landscape. (adults, registration required)

Try your hand at Traditional Chinese Nature Painting at Arcadia in Easthampton and Northampton. Learn the meditative skill of preparing ink. Practice landscape, tree, and flower styles and compositions while delving into the philosophical importance of painting. (adults, registration required)

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Berkshires

It’s Family Fun Day at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Enjoy nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts.

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What To Do This Weekend: May 26-28

Go on a wildflower walk, take a beach ramble, look for birds, learn about horseshoe crabs, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Allens Pond © Erica Tworog Dube

Cape Cod

Go In Search of Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds at Wellfleet Bay to learn about the connection between the two and the sanctuary’s research on horseshoe crab populations. (adults, registration required)

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South of Boston

Look for Ospreys, Kestrels, Tree Swallows, Purple Martins, and Bobolinks and find out how to match bird songs to species during Phenology at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. (adults, registration required)

Learn about Wetlands at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Begin indoors with a presentation, then head out with a teacher naturalist for a guided tour through marsh, stream, swamp, pond and vernal pool habitats. (adults and children ages 5+, registration required)

Go on a Memorial Day Beach Ramble at Allens Pond in Westport and South Dartmouth and explore the flora and fauna along our Beach Loop Trail. (all ages, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Enjoy Saturday Morning Birding at Blue Hills in Milton. With its variety of habitats and number of nesting species, the Blue Hills is one of the best places in Greater Boston. (adults, registration required)

Join Habitat on a 6.5-mile morning Western Greenway Hike through Belmont, Lexington and Waltham to explore forest, meadow, and wetlands. (adults, registration required)

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

Drop in at Stony Brook in Norfolk for Recyclemania to make a treasure out of some “trash.” You’ll be amazed at the art you can make with a little creativity and a lot of things you might throw away. (children)

Look for Breeding Birds of Upper Mill Brook Conservation Land in Wayland with Drumlin Farm. You could see Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, Great Blue Herons, kingfishers, rails, warblers, and more. (adults, registration required)

Experience the wonders of spring on a guided Spring Walk around Boston Nature Center.  Observe spring flowers in bloom, listen to the birds, and watch for animals tracks in the fresh mud. (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

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North Shore

It’s Turtle Time at Ipswich River in Topsfield. Visit areas where turtles like to nest and bask, look at and touch real turtle shells, and with a little luck we’ll see if we can summon our resident snapping turtle, Godzilla. (families, 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

Hunt for the Ephemeral Woodland Wildflowers at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton including trout lily, fringed polygala, and lady slipper. (adults and teens, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Take a  Bird Walk at Graves Farm in Williamsburg to sharpen your bird identification skills. See and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time. (adults, registration required)

Sharpen your bird identification skills during the spring migration season during Early Morning Birding at Laughing Brook in Hampden. See and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time.

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Berkshires

Listen and look for Waterfowl and Warblers as well as, flycatchers, and other birds around the beaver ponds and woodland trails of Myrin Preserve in Great Barrington. This trip involves easy walking on relatively level trails. (adults, registration required)

Take a leisurely Wildflower Walk at Cold Brook in Otis to search for early blooming flowers. We’ll learn to use guidebooks and apps to look up plants we discover along the way. (adults, registration required)

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Pink Lady's Slipper

What To Do This Weekend: May 19-20

Become a citizen scientist, go for a long hike, take part in outdoor yoga, search for birds, look for wildflowers, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

Pink Lady’s Slipper

Cape Cod and Islands

Learn how to become a citizen scientist during Wellfleet Bay’s Box Turtle Tracking program. An indoor presentation will be followed by an active excursion to track box turtles. (adults and children ages 12+, registration required)

Walk the beach on Martha’s Vineyard with a Felix Neck shorebird biologist to Track Shorebirds: record field data, search for birds and nests, and identify bird and mammal tracks in the sand. (all ages)

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South of Boston

Join Mass Audubon and the South Shore Bird Club for the 33rd Walk for Wildlife at Daniel Webster in Marshfield. Whether you’re interested in birds, bugs, plants, or just being outdoors, we’ll have fun for all ages at this free day of discovery.

Enjoy a Long Scenic Hike at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth. This 2-mile hike over uneven terrain will open up the senses to the wonders of the sanctuary. (adults, registration required)

Conduct your very own hands on science experiment during Family Science Sunday at Oak Knoll in Attleboro. Each month will feature a different topic and a different drop in activity kit. (families, registration required)

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Greater Boston

Go Saturday Morning Birding at Blue Hills in Milton. With its variety of habitats and number of nesting species, the Blue Hills is one of the best places in Greater Boston. (adults, registration required)

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

During What’s the Buzz? Native Bees of Massachusetts at Broadmoor in Natick get to know the natural history and efforts to help these amazing creatures. After a short indoor program, take part in an outdoor bee walk. (adults, registration required)

Explore Moose Hill in Sharon in a new way during Forest Bathing, a guided, slow-paced therapeutic combination of leisurely walking, sitting, and observation. Unplug, slow down, and de-stress through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to deepen our connection with nature. (adults, registration required)

Take part in Wild Edibles at Boston Nature Center to learn about the edible parts of the plants and how to safely harvest and eat them. (adults and children ages 10+, registration required)

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North Shore

During Spring Birding on Plum Island, learn how to identify migrant and resident birds by using field marks, habitat, and behavior. Great for all levels, especially beginners. (adults, registration required)

Drop in to the Bio-blitz Free-for-All at Joppa Flats in Newburypot to discover the great biodiversity of animals, plants, and insects in our gardens, salt marshes, and backyards.

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Central Massachusetts

Take part in Outdoor Yoga at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton to connect with your breath, body, mind, and nature. This class is appropriate for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. (adults, registration required)

Go one a Family Vernal Pool Exploration at Lincoln Woods in Leominster and discover the life cycle wonders of the frogs, turtles, and salamanders that inhabit them. (families, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Go Early Morning Birding at Graves Farm in Williamsburg to sharpen your bird identification skills. See and learn about the many birds that pass through our area at this time. (adults, registration required)

Enjoy a spring walk looking for the beautiful Wildflowers at Laughing Brook in Hampden. We hope to see wild oats, trillium, fringed polygala, lady’s slippers, and more! (adults and children ages 4+, registration required)

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Berkshires

Search for meadow and woodland wildflowers and other signs of spring on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Pleasant Valley in Lenox. Take a leisurely walk using guidebooks and apps to look up plants we discover along the way. (adults, registration required)

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What To Do This Weekend: May 12-13

Take part in Bird-a-thon, celebrate Mother’s Day, get foraging tips, look for wildflowers, learn how to identify warblers, and more at a wildlife sanctuary this weekend.

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Greater Boston

Kickoff Bird-a-thon at Boston Nature. Learn about the event and go on a walk around the sanctuary looking for birds. (registration required)

Spend part of your Saturday morning at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton having fun, exploring and discovering nature, listening to engaging stories, and creating art during their weekly Nature and Art Discovery Program. (families, registration required)

Head to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln for a Foraging Walk and Cooking Demo. Identify, harvest, and prepare edible plants found in everyday landscapes. And learn ecological, medicinal, and nutritional benefits of specific wild plants (different characters for each season). (adults, registration required)

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Moose Hill in Sharon. Begin with an hour-long guided walk searching for signs of spring. Then return for a hearty pancake breakfast. (registration required)

Meet up with the Wildwood Bird-a-thon team at either Great Meadows in Concord or Broadmoor in Natick to explore different habitats including woodlands, open meadows, and the edges of ponds and streams. (families)

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South of Boston

Participate in a Backyard Bird-a-thon at Oak Knoll in Attleboro to learn what types of birds you can attract to your backyard and what types of food will be best for them. Each person registered will build a bird box to take home! (registration required)

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Cape Cod and the Islands

Experience the best of morning bird activity at Wellfleet Bay with a naturalist-guided Early Bird Walk. From pine woodlands and freshwater pond to salt marsh and beach, the trails’ diverse natural communities offer a tremendous range of possible bird sightings.

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Central Massachusetts

Go on an early-morning bird walk (7:30-9:00 am) followed by a delicious pancake breakfast and a chance to share what you’ve seen at Wachusett Meadow in Princeton, all part of their Bird-a-thon Bird Walk and Breakfast. (all ages, registration required)

Learn all about Ephemeral Flowers over the course of two Sundays at Broad Meadow Brook in Worcester. (adults, registration required)

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Connecticut River Valley

Enjoy a Mother’s Day Paddle exploring the Arcadia marsh by canoe. Search for signs of spring as you leisurely paddle through the marsh and alongside the riparian forest at the water’s edge. (registration required)

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Berkshires

Search for meadow and woodland wildflowers and other signs of spring on a Spring Wildflower Walk at Canoe Meadows in Pittsfield. Take a leisurely walk using guidebooks and apps to look up plants we discover along the way. (adults, registration required)

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North Shore

Learn to Identify Warblers by sight, sound, habits, and the habitats they prefer at Ipswich River in Topsfield. The sanctuary’s freshwater marshes, ponds, river edges, fields, and deciduous and evergreen woods provide food and shelter for 15 to 20 species of warblers at this time of year. (adults, registration required)

Take part in Bird-a-thon Madness with Joppa Flats. We’ll count as many bird species as we can from 8 am to 6 pm traveling throughout Essex County, moving quickly but always making sure that everyone can see the birds. All ability levels are welcome. (adults, registration required)

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